Mildenhall and District Royal British Legion to hold special meeting as officer numbers plunge

A 'Remembrance Sunday moment in ''Mildenhall
A 'Remembrance Sunday moment in ''Mildenhall
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Mildenhall and District Royal British Legion is battling to stay in operation after key officers moved away from the area.

A special meeting will be held on November 15 in a bid to save the long standing branch which urgently needs new committee members.

Last year the Mildenhall Poppy Appeal raised a fantastic £18,000 to support the work of the legion.

The branch also has affiliation from the town’s sea scouts and army cadets with young people joining the annual Remembrance Day services at the town’s War Memorial.

There needs to be seven people to make up a viable committee with four officer posts filled.

Derek and Hilary Last and David and Lindsey Rowlands all held key officer posts and at the branch’s annual meeting concern was raised over filling their roles.

President Colin Plowright, who was the branch standard bearer for 11 years, said he is hopeful people will step into the breach and has already had an offer to fill the role of secretary. The branch currently has 53 members.

Mr Plowright, 78, who served in the Royal Navy for 12 years and last year received the RBL Gold Badge for service to the legion, said: “We’re trying to solve the problem and I think we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel and we are coming out of the gloom.

“I’ve been a member here for the last 11 or 12 years and would be sorry if it did fall. But with everybody’s help I think the legion will soldier on”

Sandra Bromley, membership support officer for Suffolk RBL, said this situation was reflected across the country and meetings have been held nationally to try and rectify the situation.

“We are juggling to put it mildly and we are doing what we can locally to try and keep the branch going,” she said.

The Mildenhall meeting will be at Mildenhall Social Club at 7pm on Tuesday November 15.