Care home residents and soldiers share war time memories

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Entertainer Bernard Cribbins shares a joke with Cpl Smith from Pirbright Barracks at the Silvermere Heroes Past & Present lunch.
Entertainer Bernard Cribbins shares a joke with Cpl Smith from Pirbright Barracks at the Silvermere Heroes Past & Present lunch.
All the soldiers line up before their formal thank you lunch at Silvermere Care Home including resident and former army drummer Denis Betteridge  (Left to right) Chelsea Pensioner, Alan Rutter, Cpl Andy Isles, Silvermere resident Denis Betteridge, LSgt Thomas Abdilla, Sgt McNamara, Cpl Nobby Clarke, Chelsea Pensioner, David Grant, Cpl Smith, Cpl Jo Singh.
All the soldiers line up before their formal thank you lunch at Silvermere Care Home including resident and former army drummer Denis Betteridge
(Left to right) Chelsea Pensioner, Alan Rutter, Cpl Andy Isles, Silvermere resident Denis Betteridge, LSgt Thomas Abdilla, Sgt McNamara, Cpl Nobby Clarke, Chelsea Pensioner, David Grant, Cpl Smith, Cpl Jo Singh.

Silvermere Care Home was thrilled to host a formal lunch followed by entertainment to honour Heroes Past & Present during Remembrance week. The Well-being team at Silvermere, owned by Avery Healthcare, thought that it was a perfect opportunity to show their thanks for the selfless work of the country’s military and invited to the award-winning Cobham home, two Chelsea Pensioners, Alan Rutter and David Grant, along with several serving officers from the nearby Pirbright Barracks.

Everyone had a wonderful time, with the soldiers also delighting residents who wished to share their wartime memories, including Denis Betteridge, who was a former Sergeant in the East Surrey Regiment and an army drummer.  The Home, owned by leading care home operator, Avery Healthcare, was equally thrilled to greet the entertainer, Bernard Cribbins, who is a regular visitor to the Home and himself served national service in the Parachute Regiment.

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