RBL Branch Celebrates Centenary

Home » Latest News » RBL Branch Celebrates Centenary
RBL Branch Centenary

by Tony Potter, Chairman, Royal British Legion
On the evening of Thursday 8 March 2018, the Curry Rivel, Drayton and Fivehead Branch of The Royal British Legion celebrated its centenary with a drinks party in the Old School Room.
One hundred years ago on Friday 8 March 1918, a meeting had been held in the same Old School Room, attended by ten former sailors and soldiers, all of whom had been discharged from the Royal Navy and the Army early because of their wounds. The meeting agreed to establish a 'Post of the Comrades of The Great War', which three years later was absorbed into the newly formed British Legion, later The Royal British Legion, making this Branch one of the oldest — if not the oldest — in the Legion.
The centenary drinks party was attended by the Royal British Legion Chairman for Somerset, Major Robert McDonald. He presented the Branch Chairman, Colonel Tony Potter, with a Certificate of Appreciation "in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Branch". He also read a message from the County President of The Royal British Legion, Bob Mansergh, in which he congratulated all members of the Branch, thanking them for their excellent work and continued success in their second century.
Other guests included descendants of the original founding committee. Mrs Jane Kwiakowski's grandfather, Major Maurice Cely Trevilian, had founded that first committee in 1918, having been badly gassed during the War. The first secretary was Harry Lang, whose grandson, Henry, was present at the centenary drinks. And a sprightly 101-year-old Mrs Gwyneth Langford was also present. Her father-in-law, William Langford, had been one of the original committee members.
The Branch is always looking for new members. Interested? Then phone the Membership Secretary, Gordon Balmer, on 01460 281578 or email mullcott@icloud.com

More news from Curry Rivel

CRN Header
TG: Tue 31 Mar

The Curry Rivel News Group has apologised for not being able to deliver a paper copy to householders this month due to risk of transferring Corona Virus! Keep safe and stay at home.But the good news is that the Website can provide a digital version here! Through the wonders of technology you can download it, read it or print it, even forward it to a friend by clicking the icon opposite. If...

youarenotalones
Tony Greenaway: Sun 29 Mar 5:07pm

Every household in the parish should have received a letter from the Community Support Group (sponsored by The Parish Council) providing advice on look out for each other in this challenging time.The letter contained a Green and a Red card to display in a prominent window so that a passer by could see that all is well or that some assistance was required. A walk around the village (not all...

youarenotalones
Tony Greenaway: Sat 28 Mar 6:08pm

On behalf of the whole team of the Curry Rivel Support Group ( Tony Greenaway, Rev Scott Patterson, Rev Tim Richards, John De Ronde, Laila Sadler and Councillor Peter Goodenough), I would like to thank all those from the village who responded to our initial call for help. Through the hard work of many people, we produced and delivered an emergency help leaflet and red and green cards to the...