Beccles social club bid to leave Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion Bungay branch has standard bearers from Suffolk who attend many events thro

The Royal British Legion Bungay branch has standard bearers from Suffolk who attend many events throughout the year - Credit: Archant

Social club members in Beccles could be asked to break away from the Royal British Legion (RBL) after a proposal for disaffiliation was announced.

Royal British Legion Social Club in Beccles

Royal British Legion Social Club in Beccles - Credit: Archant

The Beccles RBL Social Club's next annual general meeting will discuss whether to hold a vote to part ways from the RBL.

Two camps have formed with those for disaffiliation saying it needs to be done to protect the future of the club, while others hoping the partnership will continue.

If approved, a ballot would be held as soon as possible before July 2017.

The RBL club was formed 36 years ago in the town.


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Brian Wilson, the chairman of the Beccles RBL Social Club said: 'If we don't disaffiliate in the next five years then the club would disappear.

'The number of ex-servicemen is dropping and we need to get newer members in to keep the club open.

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'The club would stay exactly the same except we wouldn't be paying the RBL membership fees.'

Zane Blanchard, secretary for the social club added the club would keep the RBL collection box and continue the various fundraising activities it takes part in.

But chairman of the RBL branch Dave Devereux said: 'I feel like they are going down the wrong road.

'I completely oppose the plans but it is a members club and if they decide to vote to disaffiliate from the RBL then that's the way it will go.'

The AGM will take place at the RBL Social Club, 25 Ravensmere, Beccles on Monday, April 3, at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

There will be a report from the committee for the 2015/16 financial year and also a statement of accounts, balance sheet and a financial report.

The AGM will also discuss and vote for the annual subscription for club members to be raised from £5 to £10 from October 1. Also being proposed is changing the financial year to run from July 1 to June 30 to avoid any future delays in holding the AGM.

All members attend must take their 2017 RBL national membership card and 2016/17 social club membership card.

For more details, contact carolzaneblanchard@talktalk.net or 01502 711394.

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