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Mayor attends Local War Veteran‘s Lunch

21st December 2012

The Mayor of Waltham Forest meets author and The Spinney resident Andy Padbury.

The Spinney care home in Chingford, hosted a lunch for the local community last weekend to honour one of its residents, war veteran and author Andy Padbury.

The lunch at Gilwell Park on Sunday 16 December was organised to celebrate Andy’s long and interesting life and was attended by Councilor Richard Sweden, Mayor of Waltham Forest, as well as three members of the local Royal British Legion. 

Watch a short film from the day here.

Andy, who is 92 and has lived at The Spinney since January 2010, spent time during the lunch speaking about his life in the RAF; the publication of his book ‘My War’ (or ‘How I survived In the Royal Air Force Without Being a Hero’), which was published in 1990; and his time as a member of the printing trade in London.

With such a varied and colourful life, Andy entertained his audience with wonderful stories spanning his career and life. Currently Andy spends his days at The Spinney painting, playing bowls, playing the organ and keeping his fellow residents well and truly entertained. The Spinney care home is always keen to connect and build meaningful relationships with its local community – something that Carebase strives to do with all of its homes.

As well as the Mayor and the Royal British Legion attendees, the lunch welcomed local veterans, some of Andy’s friends and residents of The Spinney.

Juliette Oates, The Spinney Care Home Manager, says: “We really enjoyed celebrating Andy’s life stories at the lunch on Sunday. They were some esteemed visitors and we all had a wonderful time. We feel extremely privileged to have such a colourful character at The Spinney.”


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