Honiton RBL saved from the brink of closure

PUBLISHED: 11:20 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:26 14 June 2017

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The organisation had been struggling to operate with a dwindling committee member count, prompting several recruitment drives.

The Honiton branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) has been saved from the brink of closure thanks to several offers of help.

The organisation had been struggling to operate with a dwindling member count, prompting several recruitment drives.

Now, after successfully getting more members on board, the future of the branch has been secured.

Chris Sinden, president of Honiton RBL, said: “We do have more than 100 members but many are elderly and do not take part.

“Had we not received the offers of help from our four recruiting drives, we would have closed the branch.

“At our last annual general meeting, the chairman stood down unexpectedly - I am now the branch chairman.

“At that time, had I not moved across, we could have closed the branch there and then.”

Mr Sinden said the branch has allocated a new chairman, but he will have to officially be voted in at another meeting later this year.

The branch is still holding vacancies for a secretary and welfare representative, but Mr Sinden said the offers of help had saved the organisation at a ‘dicy time’.

He added: “We were in an acute danger of closing.

“Had we closed, there would not be a poppy appeal in Honiton - that would have finished.

“There would also have been no representation for ex-service people in the Honiton area.

“It would have been a sad loss, but we still have hopes for the future.”

The branch is now gearing up to take part in Armed Forces Day on June 24, Charter Day on July 22 and Honiton Hill Rally on the August bank holiday weekend.

Mr Sinden added: “Donations of bric-a-brac etc are needed to raise funds on the various stalls we will be running. Please call me on 01404 44474 to arrange collections.”

Remembrance ceremonies in Honiton on November 11 and 12 will begin with the Exultation at 11 am November 11 at the war memorial in front of St Paul’s Church.

The church parade and service will take place on November 12 at 3pm.

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