UPWELL: Rallying call at legion wins support

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Members of the Upwell branch of the Royal British Legion have risen to the challenge after being delivered a stark warning about the future of their club.

More than 90 letters were sent out in the area, ahead of an extraordinary general meeting of the Royal British Legion Upwell branch at the club premises in Low Road on Tuesday.

Royal British Legion Norfolk representative Group Captain Stewart Blackburn told a packed club premises how a few willing horses were getting too few and without more “both the club and the branch will close”.

Those attending were told that, over the last three years, turnover had been declining. While the branch had officers, the club did not have a chairman, secretary or treasurer.

Telling the meeting this was now a “crisis” situation, Group Captain Stewart said six members of a committee were also need to create a quorum.

With the club, it was a case of “lose it or use it”, he said.

However, those attending the meeting were quick to respond, determined not to lose the club facility for the village.

By the end of the night, 11 had put their names forward to help, with suggestions for increased activities including music nights and teenage discos.