New Bridlington veterans group meeting moved back two weeks after lockdown easing across England is delayed

A new group aimed at helping veterans in the Bridlington and district area, those currently serving, and their families, is set to start this month after a delay of two weeks.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 8:14 am
The Military Assistance and Social Hub (MASH) will launch on Tuesday, July 20 at the Bridlington Community Hub, based at 2a Marshall Avenue.The Military Assistance and Social Hub (MASH) will launch on Tuesday, July 20 at the Bridlington Community Hub, based at 2a Marshall Avenue.

The Military Assistance and Social Hub (MASH) will launch on Tuesday, July 20 at the Bridlington Community Hub, based at 2a Marshall Avenue.

It was due to start on Tuesday, July 3 but the meeting had to be put back due to the suspension of the lockdown easing measures.

The new group will be held between 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

MASH will provide a place for veterans to talk and not be judged for their actions while serving in the armed forces.

Veteran Martin Barmby said: “About three years ago I became involved with the new community hub hoping to be built above the town council offices. It was going to a drop-in centre where veterans could get guidance on where to seek help and what help is available, alongside the Community Cop Shop.

“With the completely unexpected loss of Alderson House and the failure of the Royal British Legion promise to keep the Poppy Club going, East Riding of Yorkshire Council have very kindly stepped up to the mark and replace the vital place veterans need, a safe place to talk and not be judged for their actions when serving in the armed forces.

“The MASH will provide a much-needed group for veterans, serving personnel and their families.

“A vital service being provided by our local council for the armed forces community, which we are very grateful for and proud that our council do such a great job for us.”

Fiona Turner, at East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS), said: “We are very excited to be able to work in partnership with ERYC and the veterans to provide valuable support and a place to meet up with other veterans and their families.”

To find out more about MASH call 07929 7735575.