September 23, 2014
Burnham's Royal British Legion to disband after 75-year history

Burnham-On-Sea's branch of the Royal British Legion is set to close at the end of this month after 75 years of running, it has been announced this week.

Members of the long-running organisation have voted at their AGM to disband the branch because it has not been possible to form a new committee.

"It's a sad decision, but we just don't have enough volunteers to keep the branch running any longer," Tony Moore, Vice Chairman, told

"Our members are all aged 65 and older and it's got to the stage where we simply are unable to run the branch any longer."

"Norman Lees, our branch chairman in Burnham, sadly passed away in August and we had only a very small committee. Therefore, regrattably, we have taken the decision to close at the end of September."

The branch's standard was formally 'laid up' in St Andrew's Church for the final time during the morning service on Sunday, 21st September.

Tony added that the legion's building in Burnham's Victoria Street will be sold by the national Royal British Legion organisation.

Meanwhile, Burnham's Poppy Appeal collection will still proceed over the next few months, led by a small group of separate volunteers.


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