Royal British Legion branch to re-launch in Thornbury
A CAMPAIGN to bring back the Royal British Legion (RBL) in Thornbury is in full swing.
The Thornbury branch closed in September 2008 but now a dedicated team are hoping to reopen it in the town.
The RBL is the country’s leading Armed Forces charity, consisting of a network of branches and clubs which gather for socialising, fundraising and welfare activities.
As well as taking on responsibilities for remembrance services, RBL ensures ex-service communities have a voice in their communities.
This is something Andrew Cooper, of Dursley, thinks is especially pertinent to Thornbury.
"Thornbury RBL folded six years ago, which we think is a bit of a shame," he said. "There’s a large ex-service group in Thornbury."
Mr Cooper, former chairman of the Dursley and Cam RBL, has been involved in the organisation for 22 years.
Now he is leading the campaign to revive the RBL in Thornbury and has already gained support from residents including Janice Jackson, who organises the local Poppy Appeal.
Mr Cooper added: "There is a sizeable service community here and people are saying to me that they are not very happy with Remembrance Day.
"It’s something that we can be looking at making even better. In order to instigate a branch, you need a minimum number of 15 people at a meeting."
The inaugural meeting of the new RBL will take place on Sunday, September 29 (12pm) in the Swan, High Street, Thornbury.
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