talks held to save Burnham's Royal British Legion branch
branch of the Royal British Legion moved another step closer to
formally re-opening its town centre headquarters this week - two
months after it was disbanded.
reported in September
that the long-running organisation was to be disbanded due to
a lack of volunteers despite a long 75 year-history in Burnham.
Since then, dozens of residents have come forward to offer their
help in getting it restarted.
meeting was held in Burnham on Monday (November 24th) when the
matter was disccussed with Somerset's Royal British Legion Chairman,
new membership and acting committee of the Burnham-On-Sea Royal
British Legion had a long, involved and very positive meeting
with the Somerset County RBL Chair and Recruitment Secretary on
Monday morning, at which the future of the branch and the retention
of the headquarters in Victoria Street were discussed at length,"
Burnham Poppy Appeal's Gaynor Brown told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
was made clear that the membership wish to retain the building
and are willing to do whatever is necessary to keep it as thier
headquarters and also as a resource for the town."
county officers were presented with a business plan to show how
the Acting Committee intend to raise funding to repair and refurbish
the building as well as obtaining a grant to secure the branch's
future with an ambitious programme of social events."
Dudderidge, the County Chair, and Robert McDonald both pledged
to fight for the branch to keep the building and offered any help
they could give the new committee.
added: "We are now waiting for the result of a meeting between
the County Chair and the Properties Director and the County Committee
Meeting on Thursday."
after the meeting, Burnham branch President Cllr Neville Jones
said: "It was a very positive meeting and I'm encouraged
by the willingness of the county branch to make it work for our
local community here in Burnham."
wanting to join or offer support towards the renovation or future
plans can contact the Acting Membership Secretary Tony Bird on