Membership decline forces branch to fold

A special service was held at Blundeston church to mark the amalgamation of the Blundeston and Lowes

A special service was held at Blundeston church to mark the amalgamation of the Blundeston and Lowestoft btranches of the Royal British Legion. Bob King (left) chair of Lowestoft RBL with Ken Ward (chair of Blundeston RBL) PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A ceremony was held to mark the amalgamation of two Royal British Legion (RBL) branches after falling numbers forced them to join together.

John Blowers, Ken Ward and Frank Balls PHOTO: Nick Butcher

John Blowers, Ken Ward and Frank Balls PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The merger came as a result of lack of members at the Blundeston branch, which has existed for more than 90 years, after a meeting in August 2015 saw only three members present.

One of the main causes has been the passing of several members and other members moving away from the area.

Despite efforts to encourage the younger generations to join, the Blundeston RBL struggled to attract enough new members to continue as a single group.

Ken Ward, chairman of Blundeston RBL, said: 'We hope to carry on the work we have been doing – I shall represent Blundeston on the Lowestoft British Legion Committee.'

The ceremony at St Mary the Virgin Church in Blundeston on Sunday (March 13) involved scout and cub groups.

The Rev David Boddy conducted a church communion service combined with the laying up of the Blundeston Standard for safe keeping.

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'It was nice to see the cubs and scouts attend, as we try to involve youngsters as much as we can,' Mr Ward added.

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