Funds boost cash stricken British Legion in Montrose

The clubrooms on Wellington Street
The clubrooms on Wellington Street

The Montrose branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland have received a large cash windfall following the announcement of serious financial crisis last month.

An extraordinary general meeting of the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) Montrose social club, which was held last month, the committee met on Monday night for their monthly meeting.

Although the club have received a handsome donation, they say they are still not out of the woods financially, just yet.

Members have also introduced a Sunday lunch programme at the clubrooms to raise funds.

A spokesperson for the branch said: “The initial response of the membership and local businesses has been really encouraging.

“In excess of £2500 has been donated and a number of lapsed members have now paid their current membership.

“We appreciate the efforts that have been made, and wish to say a very big thank you to all contributors.

“This still doesn’t mean we are out of the wood, but continued contributions will definitely see us on the right road.

“The resignation of the secretary/treasurer has caused a bit of a stir, however Avril Jones has agreed to take on the responsibility of treasurer and Sadie Gillespie has accepted the role of secretary.

“Reports of activities to date indicated that the two domino teams met in the first encounter with the B Team being the victor.

“Reports for the activities of the social events show an increase in the numbers for Saturday night dances.

“So where are we going now? Well, coming activities are really coming together to offer an interesting programme.

“April sees the Women’s Section fund-raiser with Wayne Robertson and Eddie Rose on Wednesday, April 29, and a repeat of the Sunday Lunches on April 26 with a choice of chicken in wine sauce or roast beef platter followed by sherry trifle or peach melba, tea and coffee, all for £8.

“Donations for the raffle will be greatly appreciated.

“D & J’s Dances will be on each Saturday 8.30 pm to might with a £2 admission.

“May sees advance notice of live music with Gary Shannon, tickets are £5 and include a buffet, on Saturday, May 9; on May 23 at MoFest hot dogs and burgers will be freshly available, and on Thursday, May 28 a prize bingo with a big flyer.

“Now wait for it – June 20, 2015 – it’s Christmas – no I’m not joking, we’re holding a full Christmas Party, with lunch and all the rest, starting at 7 pm, and all for only £10 per ticket.

“Who said we don’t try and put our efforts in. All we need now is your support.”