Help secure Longridge Royal British Legion club’s future

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The future of Longridge’s Royal British Legion Club is secure for the moment after land was sold off for development, but the 80-year-old club also needs more members as well as those who are prepared to help breathe new life into it and join the committee. There is also an appeal for as many current members as possible to attend next week’s annual general meeting.

Club secretary Derek Helm said: “Whilst it is true that the club continues to struggle, the ability of the club to continue to function has been secured for the foreseeable future with the recent sale of the land which currently constitutes of the car park and the games room.

“This will, of course, mean the structure of the club in respect of the lounge and concert room will need to be downsized in the coming months.”

He says the club is continuing to offer free entertainment almost every Saturday night throughout the year; there is the cash bingo every Thursday and the ever popular food bingo held monthly on the last Wednesday of the month.

Line dancers are catered for each Monday and alternate Friday evenings and folk nights are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

The concert room is also available for private functions at what the committee believes is a competitive rate and children’s dance classes are held in the club on Saturday mornings.

During the summer months the Royal British Legion Bowling Club enters teams in local leagues and the circular green is available for non-members to play, who pay a small fee.

The club was built in the 1930s by ex-servicemen of the First World War and over the years has been home to the

Longridge Branch of the Royal British Legion and Women’s Section and the centre of all Legion based activities.

You do not have to be connected to the armed forces to join, but the annual fee of £15 - which goes to the Royal British Legion - means you are a member of the Legion, giving automatic club membership.

It is hoped for a big turnout at the AGM next Wednesday, January 21, at 8pm at the club and Derek, who is also club treasurer, adds: “The AGM is for paid up members only and we ask that as many members as possible attend. The committee would welcome new members with ideas for moving the club forward and supporting the existing committee. To join the committee please add your name to the sheet displayed for the purpose on the wall of the games room within the club.”