Forest Forces report back to the City Ground

After a year-and-a-half absence we were thrilled to be able to host our first coffee morning back at the City Ground with our Forest Forces reporting in for duty at The European Suite for coffee, a breakfast cob and a good old natter.

The session was attended by an eager group of participants who were thrilled to be back at the City Ground after such a long time away.

During lockdown, the Trust continued to work hard and engaged with the Forest Forces via regular online sessions and also carried out home visits. It was important that throughout the pandemic, the steady flow of communication that had been established was not lost as this is the core of the programme’s main aims.

Whilst this wasn’t the first coffee morning since lockdown, this was certainly the biggest one as we previously hosted a smaller event at The Forest Recreation Ground earlier in the summer.

First to arrive was 90-year-old John who was delighted to be back in his usual car parking space right outside the doors of the Brian Clough Stand, along with a handful of other familiar faces with some individuals sporting a subtle piece of forces regalia.

The session provided the participants with an opportunity to relax and engage in a friendly and welcoming environment with stories and memories being shared across the tables, accompanied by hot breakfast cobs that were washed down with hot beverages.

Linda Philpot, a 20-year RAF veteran explained “I love the tri-forces banter we have here and the camaraderie that it brings.”

Linda went onto say, “The Trust has been excellent through Covid-times, and I’m thrilled to be back at the City Ground. Sessions like this remind you who you really are and has allowed some of us ladies to get our ‘WAF-iness’ back. Being with like-minded people gives you that reminder of the days in the Armed Forces. It never really leaves you. I love it.”

Having the opportunity to speak to individuals such as Linda allows the Trust to get a true understanding of the value running these sessions has for participants. The Trust is always looking to provide an avenue for ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen to be able to attend sessions and share thoughts, memories and aspirations – which remain at the heart of our Forest Forces programme.

If you want to find out more information about the programme, email community@nottinghamforest.co.uk.

Forest Forces report back to the City Ground

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