A MONTHLY veterans meeting set up in Thornbury earlier this year is proving valuable.

The local branch of the Royal British Legion’s started monthly drop-in coffee mornings in Hawkes House in June.

Since then a significant number of local veterans, who were previously unknown to, the RBL have joined the group for a coffee,chat, and the chance to get advice and support.

John Black, branch community support for Thornbury RBL said: "We are very grateful to the management and staff at Hawkes House for their support and the warm welcome we always receive.

"One of our drop-in visitors has also now joined the Thornbury branch of the Royal British Legion and it looks likely that more will follow, which is a bonus.

"Some have recently left the Forces, whilst others have been in “civvy street” for a number of years. Their challenges have included loneliness, isolation, depression, bereavement and post-traumatic stress, as well as some physical disabilities.

The opportunity for us to meet these veterans, to hear their stories and be able to offer practical support and comradeship is a truly heart-warming and rewarding experience for all those involved.

Coffee mornings take place on the second Thursday of the month from 9.30-11.30am.