I have here an important message from the Brownhills Branch (and wider organisation, of course) of the Royal British Legion that old friend of the blog John Bird has asked me to share with you all.
The young David Evans wrote to me last week to ask me if I’d do an old friend a favour: That I might remind readers on the wonderful John Bird’s behalf that Brownhills has an active branch of The Royal British Legion that meet regularly.
John Bird has periodically written clear, eloquent and concise letters to the local press – the ones that have always stuck in mind have been the ones relating to the development and plans for Brownhills High Street, and he’s written some brilliant stuff over the years including one recently that provoked much debate on the subject of Remembrance parade funding.
Good Morning Bob
I had a wonderful and very welcome phonecall yesterday from Mr John Bird of the Brownhills Branch of the Royal British Legion. In the course of our conversation he asked me to write to Brownhills Bob to let the readers near and far know of the Brownhills branch of the Royal British Legion and to cordially invite ex-servicemen and women to join the local branch who hold regular monthly social meetings.
I was pleased to learn something of the Legion’s ongoing wonderful assistance offered to ex-servicemen, women and the dependants and that, in true Brownhills Legion spirit, there is a small local fund available for emergency needs.
John asked me to write to you on his behalf, which I gladly do. As some of us have experienced, his own computer is presently going through a disobedient phase.
He can be contacted at at this telephone number 01543 452238.
Appeal by Royal British Legion
May I remind all ex-service personnel and their dependants, that the Royal British Legion is available for advice or assistance during times of need. This applies to aids adaptations both personal and around the home. This also includes white goods such as microwave ovens, refrigerators and the like.
Furthermore, if you are a resident in the Brownhills area and would like a home visit for a chat or just to reminisce about old times, how you won the war single handed, or wish to relieve any boredom then local ex-service members of the Brownhills Branch of the Royal British Legion will be only too pleased to assist.
May I also advise that the membership of our branch is slightly in decline and almost down to single figures. This is due, mainly, to age, disability and the like. We do have one or two younger members but need a few more to secure the future of our branch.
By the way you do not have to be ex-service to join as civilians are currently amongst our membership and are valued members keeping the branch going. That, by the way, is the category that I am in.
For any advice, information or assistance, do not hesitate to contact me, John Bird, Brownhills Branch, Community Officer, at 01543 452238.
This is hugely important as we all know of veterans who are not having the best of times, but I also know how many of you support ex-forces causes like I do and would like to help. We don’t have Remembrance parades and collections without the Royal British Legion so this institution and it’s membership are hugely important to support our service folk and to continue the annual act of Remembrance.
Again, thanks to John and of course, David for their tireless work.