Wokingham's British Legion club faces closureBy Alice Murphy
February 04, 2009
The Wokingham branch of the Royal British Legion is facing closure because it lacks members, it has been revealed.
The organisation, which has been in the town centre for more than 70 years, could shut if a drive for new recruits fails.
David Dunham, the branch's new secretary, has launched an appeal for new and younger members to come forward.
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Mr Dunham, 46, said: "It will close if more members and younger people are not encouraged.
“There’s a misconception you have to be ex-service to join the Royal British Legion, but that’s not true.
"It is open to anyone.
“We want people to come along; we have a bar, darts and pool table and it’s quieter than a pub.”
Wokingham Royal British Legion, whose branch is in Station Road, hosts fundraising events such as jumble sales.
The legion, which has more successful branches in Arborfield and Winnersh, helps people who have served in the forces or their dependants, but the social side is open to all.
For more information, call the club after 7pm on (0118) 977 6690 or visit www.britishlegion.org.uk.
- More in this week's Wokingham Times.