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Century anniversary for second oldest branch

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25 NOV

Century anniversary for second oldest branch

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

A Moorlands branch of the Royal British Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week. Members of the Leek RBL invited people to join them at a special service which took place today (Thursday, November 25).

A Moorlands branch of the Royal British Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week.

Members of the Leek RBL invited people to join them at a special service which took place today (Thursday, November 25).

The short service was held by the war memorial in St Edward’s Churchyard in Leek at 10.30am.

The Leek Branch of the RBL formed on November 25, 1921. Current chairman Mick Brough reflects on how the branch has faired over the years.

He said: “During the 80s and 90s the branch did very well, helped by the fact that we had our own club in Russell Street, with regular social events.

The people of Leek are absolutely wonderful when it comes to supporting the poppy appeal and it goes from strength to strength every year.

We are the second oldest branch in the country and it is really important for me personally to ensure that the branch keeps going to help serving and veteran members of the Armed Forces.”

Mick served in the army himself for 25 years and was stationed at a variety of places in different roles, including in Germany, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, and also Gibraltar.

Mick, who lives in Leek, said: “I joined the local branch (of the RBL) in 2015 and was elected chairman in 2018, but any organisation is only as good as its members and I would like to say thank you to my committee members.

Namely Chris and Tracy Knights, Gareth Warriner, Peter Burton, Rees Davies, Mike Higgins as Treasurer, Graham Lowndes as the Branch Standard Bearer who has represented us to other organisations.

Due to ill health I am handing over to Chris Knights and I’m sure he will get the same support that I had.”

As a parting message from his role as chair, Mick is calling for more volunteers to come forward to help keep the Leek branch of the RBL going.

He said: “Nationally the RBL is undergoing big changes to make it fit for purpose in the coming years, and while change is not always welcome it is necessary.

Membership of the branch varies over the years, we have many non active members but at the moment only a few dedicated and hard working members who attend the meetings.

We have recently appointed our town crier, Bill Lomas, as recruitment officer and he is working hard to get people in, there is no danger of the branch closing.”

Mick added: “People think that you have to be serving or ex serving members of HM Forces, this is not true.

Anyone with an interest in the wellbeing of our forces is more than welcome to become a member of the legion, we especially need the younger generation to carry it forward.

Anyone interested can join online or speak to Bill Lomas.

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at the Cock Inn.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about supporting the Leek branch of the RBL can contact Bill Lomas via Facebook or call him on 07798 701251.

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