Royal British Legion branch is under threat of closure

Presentation to Alderson House
Presentation to Alderson House

The Market Weighton Branch of The Royal British Legion is in danger of being disbanded unless more volunteers step forward.

The branch has seen a decline in the number of members in recent years, but is hoping a recent recruiting drive will encourage more people to join. If more volunteers do not come forward soon, the branch could close.

Presentation to Lister House.

Presentation to Lister House.

The group has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years for the welfare of ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen and their dependants. This year, it has raised about £9,000 to date.

Stuart Gray-Cowan, chairman of the branch, said: “We would like to thank all those who have supported us over the last few decades. Our fundraising activities are very well known as are our community efforts throughout the year, including the annual Armistice parade. The communities who have contributed to our funds include Market Weighton, Shiptonthorpe, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Sancton, Seaton Ross and Goodmanham, and there are others from outside these areas.

“However, the branch is now in danger of being disbanded due to dwindling numbers and we are hoping that a recent recruiting drive will generate more members. You don’t need to have family military history as anyone can join The Royal British Legion as a member, junior or senior.”

He added: “The committee would like all to know that their contributions have been have been fully utilised both locally and nationally via the annual Poppy Appeal together with donations to two local Royal British Legion care homes.”
The care homes that have each received a contribution of £500 are Lister House in Ripon and Alderson House in Bridlington.

The branch meets on the third Tuesday of every month at the Market Weighton Social Club, on Southgate, Market Weighton.