Successful First Meeting of Member Drop-in Club in Dundee

Posted: 14/02/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

Carole Martin, Outreach worker for Dundee and Angus, reports on the first meeting of the member’s drop-in club at Rosendael House.

The first meeting was held in Rosendael on Thursday 30 January 2014. Seventeen members and family attended from Dundee, Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, Carnoustie, Invergowrie and Forfar,

All members were welcomed and enjoyed a cup of coffee whilst Max McLennan the Manager of Rosendael gave the members a short talk on the history of Rosendael.  The house was gifted to Scottish Veterans Residences by John Normansell Kyd who was a prominent Jute baron in Dundee, and had lost his son on the Somme. The Dundee members found this particularly interesting as they remembered his jute mills in Dundee.

Members enjoyed talking with each other over a cup of coffee; for fun we took on the premise of speed dating and every so often members would move around to talk to someone new.

Eddie Piper, an Ex Royal Navy Diver, attended with his guide dog Innis.

Eddie said:

“I really enjoyed today, it gave me a chance to meet with other Veterans and I enjoyed talking about our service life.”

Ivy Walton who was in the ATS during the 2nd World War and served in France and Germany, said

“It was really great meeting everyone, it gets you out of the house and meeting people you would have never met before, I especially enjoyed meeting the other ladies who had served during the war.

Feedback from all members was excellent are all are hoping to attend next month.