By Tony Henthorn

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British Legion member appeal

Calling everyone from Barnack, Pilsgate, Ufford, Helpton, Southorpe, Wittering, Bainton, Ashton, Helpston – in fact everybody in Tribuneland and beyond – Barnack & District Branch of the Royal British Legion would like more members.

This group, which already boasts a membership of nearly 100 (including 23 ladies) plus 300 affiliated officers and cadets from the Stamford Endowed Schools CCF, raises an incredible £10,000 a year through subscriptions and the Poppy Appeal for our service men and women.

Trips to The Defence Animal Centre at Melton Mowbray, to East Kirkby, to see the famous Lancaster bomber, lectures and a summer party are just a few of the activities members have enjoyed recently.  Events are planned each month from March to November with regular meetings at the Millstone, Barnack and the White Hart, Ufford.

Barnack Branch was first established as part of the Stamford Branch in 1922, but soon after the end of WW2 became an independent unit.

Funds raised go to various service personnel charities and have included the MOD Rehabilitation Centre at Selly Oak, the County Welfare Fund for ex-servicemen and their families and the RAF Wittering Families’ Fund.  Donations have also been made to the National Arboretum Learning Centre at Cannock Chase, Lichfield, where there are over 16,000 graves for service personnel killed SINCE WW2. Well worth a visit, the 50 acre arboretum has a special wood for bluebells to represent those from the Royal Navy as well as a wide variety of trees. At the Learning Centre there is an educational resource for young people.

Chairman of Barnack Branch, Charles Clark, would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all our readers who gave very generously to the Poppy Appeal in November. Charles also says; “we are not a ‘stuffy’ organisation only for older people, young people are welcome and those aged 12-16 can join for a one-off fee of £5”.

If you would like further information, contact the Membership Secretary, Patrick Knights on 01780 740774.

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