War veteran residents treated to a special lunch out, courtesy of Britain’s oldest brewery


War veteran residents of Lawson House Extra Care Housing Scheme in Larkfield were treated to a special lunch out, courtesy of Britain’s oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame.

The group of 15 veterans enjoyed a complimentary two course meal, along with tea and coffee on arrival at The Boathouse pub and restaurant in Yalding on Wednesday 11th September.

Kindly donated by Shepherd Neame, the local brewery even arranged a minibus to collect and drop off the residents, ensuring a stress-free and relaxing outing that was enjoyed by all.

Keen to support the community it serves, Shepherd Neame invited the residents for lunch after recently visiting Lawson House, which opened its doors in the autumn of 2018. The scheme provides housing and care for over 55s and also has a wing of 20 apartments, which were reserved exclusively for veterans.

Jil Stanley, Housing Officer at Lawson House commented: “The residents thoroughly enjoyed their outing, they all came back and told us how lovely the lunch was and how great the staff were. The location itself was beautiful, dating back to the 16th century with lovely river views and easy access for the residents, some of whom are not entirely mobile.

“We are very grateful to Shepherd Neame for inviting the residents for lunch, it was a very special occasion that was much appreciated by all of the residents. As an organisation, Rapport Housing & Care is wholly committed to its homes and schemes being an integral part of the community, as well as engaging with businesses and groups, so we are looking forward to developing the relationship.”


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