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Botesdale Royal British Legion closes later this year

Hoxne, Suffolk. Rememberance Sunday Service at Hoxne Church with the laying up of the Standard of the Hoxne RBL Branch as no one has come forward to continue the branch ENGANL00120131111104441

Hoxne, Suffolk. Rememberance Sunday Service at Hoxne Church with the laying up of the Standard of the Hoxne RBL Branch as no one has come forward to continue the branch ENGANL00120131111104441

The Botesdale branch of the Royal British Legion will be the next to close following an annual general meeting held last month.

Branch chairman John Canning said arrangements were being made for the laying-up of the standard, earmarked for the first week of December at St Botolph’s Chapel.

Mr Canning told the Diss Express ten of the 31 members attended the agm, while those unable to go were given the option of a postal vote to keep the branch running.

No votes were received against the proposed closure of the Botesdale RBL.

“It was wholly expected,” he said. “We are too far down the road now to start up again.”

The branch received its first standard in 1931.

Speaking last month, Mr Canning said an influx of young people, between 20 and 60 years old, was needed to keep RBL branches alive.

There were around 600,000 members of the RBL nationally in 1999, but now the figure stands at roughly half of that.

For Suffolk RBL branch membership enquiries, call 01473 784618. The RBL also has a national freephone helpline on 0808 802 8080.

 

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