The Chelsea pensioners visit The Grove


It was a great honour for the Grove team to have afternoon tea with the Chelsea pensioners. They offered their advice, and gave thir comments about our Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea.

Read a little bit more about them here:


World War II veteran George Skipper, 92 who has been awarded the Legion d'honneur from the French for his work helping to liberate France from the Nazis During WW2.

George served in the Royal Army Service Corps and took part in the D-Day landings.

George grew up in Bermondsey. Just a teenager; he headed to El Alamein and spent 14 months in the desert as a Bren gunner. He was awarded the French Government’s highest military honour for his role in the D-Day campaign where he landed at Gold Beach, again as a Bren gunner, aged only 21 on June 6, 1944. Until early 2015, Mr Skipper had lived in Amble with his wife Mary, who herself had flown Spitfires from factories to airfields during the WW2. 

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"I was a chef instructor in the Army at Aldershot, and never imagined I would become a Chelsea Pensioner - it felt like I had won the lottery, it's absolutely wonderful.

When I heard they were admitting lady pensioners I went for it. I'm so proud to be an ambassador for the Royal Hospital and for women, and to meet people every day from all over the world."

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ArThur Currie

Arthur Currie Queens Royal Irish Hussars, served 28 years and finished as a (LE) Captain. A young pensioner at 69 served in NI, Rhodesia and 1st Gulf war.

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