BOVINGTON’S “Coffee and Chat” group received celebrity support after international star and comedian Al Murray, of The Pub Landlord fame popped in to say hello. 

The military spouse group, which meets every Friday between 1-2.30pm, was gathered at the café in the nearby Tank Museum for a change of scenery when Al showed up as he was visiting the venue on the same day.

After an informal approach and a short explanation of what the group was about, Al Murray quickly agreed to meet the members and posed for several photos and selfies.

Coffee and Chat aims to bring Army spouses together in an informal setting to reduce any feelings of isolation that can come from being part of a rural community.

It also encourages families to share discussions about what’s going on in their lives, have a bit of a laugh and a joke and chat through experiences.

The group continues to meet on a weekly basis and is supported by the Dorset Time to Change Network and Dorset HealthCare. New members are always welcome – to join or find out how to set up your own group in your area, contact AFF Southwest Co-ordinator Laura Lewin or Mags Almond, Welfare Team Manager.

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