Legion headquarters under the hammer

PUBLISHED: 07:22 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:07 24 May 2010

A FORMER Royal British Legion club has been put up for sale. The building in Orchard Street, Weston, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on May 10. The three-storey property had been a club for former and current servicemen and women for almost 90

A FORMER Royal British Legion club has been put up for sale.The building in Orchard Street, Weston, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on May 10.The three-storey property had been a club for former and current servicemen and women for almost 90 years before it was closed down in January.Estate agent Stephen & Co will be handling the sale. The property will have a reserve price of £250,000.The former club is thought to have attracted a lot of interest with prospective buyers speculating on developing a mixture of retail and residential units on the site.Money from the sale will be used to buy new premises for the Weston RBL branch in the centre of the town.The branch will continue to hold meetings at its former headquarters until the sale goes through. But after that, branch members have no idea where they will meet.The legion has confirmed it plans to rent a vacant shop in the town in June from where it will run this year's Poppy Appeal.The women's branch now meets at the United Reformed Church in Waterloo Street.Weston branch secretary Merlin Parrington said: "Showing people around the old club is rather sad but, unfortunately, there is no alternative."Once the sale goes through, we intend to either have a new club built or convert an existing building."I am trying to produce a bi-monthly newsletter to keep all our members informed about what is going on and to ensure we keep the branch going.

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