Dunmow members of The Royal British Legion to work with local organisations to hold summer events as part of ‘Dunmow says thank you’ campaign

PUBLISHED: 13:54 08 June 2018

Dunmow members of The Royal British Legion. L-R: Billy Ford, Anthony Thomas, George Salter, Kevin May and Caden May in front. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Dunmow members of The Royal British Legion. L-R: Billy Ford, Anthony Thomas, George Salter, Kevin May and Caden May in front. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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The Dunmow and District Branch of the Royal British Legion are appealing for younger members and have said their membership in the area is “dwindling”.

The branch, which formed in 1921, the same year the Royal British Legion was founded has raised more than £21,000 for the Poppy Appeal and plans on holding events to remember fallen soldiers and raise awareness about the charity’s work throughout the summer.

The Royal British Legion provides support for the armed forces community.

A spokesman for the branch said: “Talking to people in the town, there is a common misconception that the legion is full of old soldiers who were in the war years ago, but that is not the case. You don’t have to have been in the armed forces to be a member. Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome to join.”

“If you have an interest in the core values of the Royal British Legion and want to help support those who have served and their families, come and join us.”

Branch president, Margaret Cole, 81, joined the group when she was 52, after encouragement from her husband Arthur Cole, a former RAF office worker.

Mrs Cole, who has lived in Dunmow for 52 years, says the oldest member is Frederick Williams, 97, who served in the army on reconnaissance.

Mrs Cole said women often joined the legion after their husbands, who may have served in the forces, died. The youngest member is 22 years old.

Branch members can help with fundraising, remembrance events or get involved with the welfare support.

Yesterday (June 6) it was agreed that the branch would work with local organisations to hold summer events, as part of a “Dunmow says thank you” campaign.

Ideas which have been discussed are knitting poppies and placing them around Dunmow, a photo exhibition and a coffee morning. Branch secretary Kevin May also said a “festival of remembrance” would be held close to Amistice Day.

The Dunmow and District Branch covers the following areas: Barnston, Broxted, Duton Hill, Great Dunmow, Great Easton, High Roding, Leaden Roding, Little Easton and Stebbing.

If you would like to join the branch, please contact the Branch Secretary, Kevin May via email at dunmow.secretary@rbl.community or by telephone on 01371 499158.

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