SHERINGHAM & DISTRICT BRANCH OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
In January we received the Certificate and The Louis Lee Memorial Trophy. This is awarded to the Branch who has achieved five years continuous progress, so is a hard earned award and we are very pleased to be the Branch to receive it in 2015.
Some of the things we have completed to receive this award are:
Membership – we currently have 85 members, but we have two more who will be joining us this month.
Poppy Appeal last year, yet again raised more than the previous year. This is due to the innovative approach that Lesley and David Farrow are using. They are constantly looking for new items and new ways to raise more money. Poppy Appeal takes a lot of organising and the paperwork involved now is immense. As a Branch, I would like to propose a massive vote of thanks for all their efforts.
Socially we have been extremely active with events including three theatre trips, two lunches, Christmas Fish and Chip night, a weekend at the Arboretum, Newmarket Horse Racing and several nights out at the Greyhound racing.
We also had a really fitting service at the War Memorial in August and a wonderful Lights Out vigil that evening. Both events were very well supported by the general public as well as Legion members.
For 2015 we already have plans for two lunches, three trips to Greyhounds, a Fish 'n' Chip Night and a Weekend at Woburn Abbey and Bletchley Park.
We were also very pleased to receive a Sheringham Town Council Community Award in March. It was a lovely surprise and Treasurer Paul Clarke and Secretary Melanie Clarke went along to Sheringham Community Centre for the presentation by Sheringham Mayor Tricia Brookes. We are very proud to be recognised for the work The Royal British Legion does in Sheringham and the surrounding areas.
The new Caravan is now fully equipped and has been out to a couple of events this year. It looks very professional and each time it has been out, we have either gained members to the Branch or been able to give information to help people entitled to ask the Legion. This is exactly why we have the caravan and we hope to use it even more in this year. It was successfully used for the Poppy Appeal.
Tony Thorogate has been very busy as our Standard Bearer. Tony always represents the Branch and the Legion very well, he is a credit to himself and us. I propose a vote of thanks to Tony for all the time and effort he puts in over the year.
The branch web site is continuing to be successful, still getting emails from all over the world as well as locally. It now has information on most of the names on the War Memorial for WWI, details like where they are buried, age, who they served with and in some cases photographs. I shall be working on updating the WWII names over the coming months.
Due to changes in the way the Legion Welfare system now works, we have concentrated on giving support and advice to those in Sheringham and District areas.