Membership decline forces branch to fold
- 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.
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.
- 1 Obituary: Tributes after 'heart-shaped hole' is left following teaching assistant's death
- 2 Face masks to be compulsory in shops and public transport, PM announces
- 3 Norfolk to be battered by winds of up to 65mph as Storm Arwen hits UK
- 4 Man arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting girl on her way to school
- 5 Hermes courier and his wife could be jailed over ‘stolen parcels’
- 6 A11 northbound closed following crash near Attleborough
- 7 'It was a shock' - Burglars raid newsagent after smashing window with axe
- 8 Norfolk stately home neighbour dispute sees campsite owner in court
- 9 Fire crews tackle large barn blaze
- 10 Significant damage to church after metal stolen from roof
'It was nice to see the cubs and scouts attend, as we try to involve youngsters as much as we can,' Mr Ward added.
? Are you organising a community project? Tell The Journal by calling 01502 525820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org