By Jason Benskin
The Beeston branch of the Royal British Legion is under the very real threat of closure unless they can urgently find at least four new members to serve on its already overstretched branch committee.
The branch has been in operation in Beeston for in excess of 90 years, during which time they have provided invaluable support for serving and ex-servicemen and women, along with their dependants.
Over the past five years the branch has collected over £200,000 from its annual Poppy Appeal alone.
Current treasurer, Mick Downie, told the Beeston Local News: “I really hope it doesn’t come to it, but unless some of our existing branch members or some new blood steps forward to help out, the legion headquarters could be forced to close us down and sell the property that we currently operate from on Hall Croft.
“Not only would the huge amount of welfare support be stripped from the community, but it would more than likely lead to the closure of the club which means that our members will no longer have a place to socialise, or a place to hire for family parties, or private functions.
“There is a vast array of entertainment that the club provides for our members and the wider Beeston community – all of which would sadly go.”
Existing branch members are encouraged to contact the club if they would like to offer their services on the committee.
Enquires from non-existing or potential new members can find out more by going online at www.britishlegion.org.uk or by calling the freephone number 0808 802 8080. Alternatively, you can call into the local branch.