Creating community hub at the Legion

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Scotland’s biggest veterans’ charity is calling on groups to use their local branch as a community hub and support ex-servicemen and women.

The Forfar branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland has opened its club-room doors to the community after being granted a full licence and is calling on groups to use the affordable space for private functions and community or charity events.

People can use the club-rooms, which can seat up to 120 people, for functions such as weddings, meetings and fund-raising events.

Charlie Brown, trustee and member of the Legion’s Forfar branch, said: “We are delighted to open our doors to the local community in Forfar so they can use our spacious club-rooms. We are keen to see this space become a well-used community facility – a real ‘hub’ for events.”

He added: “Over the last year we have hosted events on behalf of 40 different groups but we’d like to do more. We also have a pool table which is often used by young people and we would be delighted to see more people coming and taking advantage of this community facility right on their doorstep. We can also help with arrangements for any event and can provide catering in-house.”

The Forfar branch is appealing for volunteers during Remembrance Week to raise money for the Scottish Poppy Appeal. Last year, the Royal British Legion Scotland raised over £900,000.

Mr Brown said: “We are looking for support from our dedicated members and the local community to man collection points and distribute collection tins and poppies. Nationally we hope to raise over £1 million this year for this fantastic cause.”

Anyone can apply to join the Forfar branch as an associate member; you don’t need to have served in the military. Contact the branch on 01307 465218 for further information.