Veterans Volunteer at the Arboretum

Every Monday Dave, one of our inclusion officers, delivers a Veterans Coffee morning welcoming ex servicemen/ women and their families/ carers to meet, have a brew, share stories and have some fun with like- minded individuals.  The session takes place Monday mornings 11am – 12:30pm, Bloomfield Road Stadium and covers a range of activities.

Back in November, to mark the centenary of the end of WW1, Blackpool Football Club and Blackpool FC Community Trust, in partnership with the Woodlands Trust, EFL Trust and The National Football Museum, commemorated their sacrifice by planting five trees; one for each player. George Elmore, Arthur Evans, William Fiske, Benjamin Green, and Fred Griffiths, were all players who represented Blackpool Football Club who sadly, along with thousands of other young men, all fell during WWI.

Regular members of the Veterans Coffee Mornings have requested to do more throughout the week so in addition to the regular gathering, on Friday 17thMay Dave organised for the group to visit the Fylde Memorial Arboretum to help maintain the area.  The group enjoyed contributing to their community and helping to maintain such a beautiful area available to commemorate.  Dave said, “It was great to see nine ex-servicemen turn up to volunteer.  They did a fantastic job”.

Les Endean, a Veterans Coffee Morning participant, said, “Since losing my wife a year ago, it has made a real difference to my life because it is friends having a casual chat.”

For more information or to get involved please contact Dave on 01253 348 691 or visit our social media site or

Blackpool FC Community Trust run a variety of session throughout the week.  Follow us on social media to keep up to date.