HRH Prince Charles Visits The Veterans Contact Point

HRH Prince Charles Visits The Veterans Contact Point

Tuesday, 18th April 2020 was a very proud day in the life of The Veterans Contact Point and all who have been involved with this Nuneaton based Military Charity.

Following on from the Refurbishment Re-opening event in November 2019 opened by General The Lord Dannatt and Civil/Military Dignitaries and Veterans, HRH The Prince of Wales visited the charity to see first hand the work the VCP does in support of the Armed Forces Community Across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Area.

With nearly 80 veterans on Parade and Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron ATC, Prince Charles was greeted with the usual pomp and circumstance befitting the future King. He toured the building and met many of the Military Charities and Organisations who help to support the needs of veterans and their families in our area.

A particular highlight of the day was being presented a Garland of Flowers from children of the local Gurkha/Nepalese Community and meeting the Children of Queens CofE Academy Junior School made the visit particularly pleasurable for HRH.

He was invited to unveil a plaque commemorating his visit, which now hangs proudly outside the new building. In his closing comments he thanked all involved for the work that they do in supporting Veterans and their families and appreciated the effort that was put into todays event, which he later commented as a friendly event to end his visit to the region.

Greeted by Sir Martin Dunne (VCP Patron) & David Owen MBE (VCP President)
HRH Prince Charles signing our guest book with Khalida our Volunteer Receptionist

The 18th February 2020 was a very proud day for all at the Veterans Contact Point when HRH Prince Charles visited the newly refurbished centre. He was greeted by over 30 Regimental Standards and over 12 Military Charities/Organisations who showed their support to the VCP.

Also present was young school children from Queens Academy Junior School our neighbouring school. The school head teacher Hannah and several young children also provided a stall in the partnership display area.

The Prince of Wales visited Veterans Contact Point in Nuneaton, a charity that was created, supports and is run by veterans. Armed Forces Centre, The prince was met be met by an honour guard of Standards, carried by local veterans and cadets. The Prince met several partner organisations who support the charity, including Combat Stress of which His Royal Highness has been Patron since 2003. The Prince will also meet staff and veterans who have been supported by the charity, including those from the local Parachute Regiment andRoyal Gurkha Rifles, both of which His Royal Highness is Colonel-in-Chief. The Prince was garlanded by a Gurkha family Picture: Arthur Edwards
HRH meets Dean Banks CEO Balfour Beatty who had provided the building refurbishment
HRH and the honour guard provided by cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron ATC

HRH Greeted by Len Hardy BEM our Executive Officer
HRH presented with a keep sake from the VCP by a son of a Gurkha Veteran
HRH meets the 2 I/C’s from 30 Signals & 159 Regiments
HRH & Sir Martin – preparing for the unveiling of the plaque commemorating his visit