Our Veterans & Interesting Pensioners (VIPS) group meet on the third Thursday of every month where we share stories and memories over brunch. We meet from 11am until 1pm at the Methodist Church Hall and we love meeting new people to share in our memories of Stratford.

Our VIP group was born out of Escape’s 2014 project with youth volunteer Bill Jones, 70 Years On: D-Day Remembered. Bill interviewed twelve veterans for the project and produced a short film documenting their experiences. The film was incredibly well received in Stratford; Bill received a Pride of Stratford Award for his achievements and led to our veterans being awarded their Legion d’Honneur medals in a ceremony at Stratford Town Hall. Watch the film here.

Our VIP group was set up following this project so the group could continue to share their stories and memories and meet others who have their own memories to share. This group inspired the Old Slaughterhouse renovation project, as Escape felt passionately that Stratford needed a place for local people to share their stories.¬†This group is donation led, if you are interested in finding out more, contact: [email protected]

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