Legion say progress is slow

Legion say the progress is slow.
Legion say the progress is slow.

Progress to find a solution to the leaking roof of the Royal British Legion in Montrose is slow, say the branch.

Last month, the Montrose branch Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) reported that costly repairs to the flat roof of their premises on Wellington Street could leave them bankrupt.

Concerns have also been growing about dwindling membership numbers, and a slow growth was reported this month with only four new members joining.

Branch official Ian Robb said: “They are greatly welcomed but we would like to see more.

“What is certain is that individuals who believe they can offer help and useful advice should not be sitting waiting to be approached, but should be coming forward with willing offers to help.

“Certain individuals are chattering away in the background, but their comments are worthless. How can the committee members know you have specific expertise if you don’t come forward and let it be known?”

The club’s secretary has announced he is stepping down due to health problems.

Mr Robb said: “We are sorry to lose the services of David Kennedy, who has given loyal service to both the branch and club for many years, and at all levels.”

The role of secretary will be taken over by William Mitchell.

It is not all bad news however, during the recent Poppy Collection £15,650 was raised in Montrose towards Poppy Scotland, a trading name of The Earl Haig Fund Scotland.

Mr Robb said: “It was great to hear that once again Montrose displayed its generosity.”

He added: “Help us to keep the support going by being part of our efforts through the club’s events.”

There will be a coffee morning in Columba Hall on Saturday (March 22) from 10 a.m. to noon. Donations can be handed in to the hall from 6.30 to 8 p.m. on Friday evening or prior to the 10 a.m. start.

Voluntary and charity organisations wishing to set up a stall at the branch’s summer Fete at the Montrose Cricket Ground, should contact Avril Jones on 01674 677702.

Representatives from the RBLS Montrose branch will be attending the ANZAC Day commemoration at the Western Cemetery in Arbroath on April 27. Mr Robb said: “We are hopeful that a standard bearer will be able to carry our branch colour on this occasion.”