Royal British Legion branch welcomes 2018 by celebrating anniversary
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 January 2018
A Royal British Legion (RBL) branch has celebrated the new year by marking its 90th anniversary.
The Hutton, Oldmixon and Locking branch of the RBL celebrated the milestone with a church service at St Mary’s Church in Hutton.
Weston mayor Jos Holder attended the ceremony alongside residents from the three areas, while the church choir was backed by Hutton Primary School pupils for a performance of songs including You Raise Me Up.
The anniversary was also a time for members to reminisce about the growth of the branch which is the oldest organisation in Hutton.
A spokesman said: “The branch was founded in 1928 by local people, both ex-armed forces and civilian, who had suffered as a result of their service or had lost relatives during World War One.
“That suffering took many forms, from the effects of a war wound on a man’s ability to support his family to a war widow’s struggle to give her children an education.
“This led to the formation of the Hutton and Oldmixon branch of the legion, and after a short time Locking was also included forming the branch we have today.
“The first meetings were held in the early 1920s in a wooden hut built on land owned by the Bisdee family on the site now occupied by Hutton Village Hall.
“In May 1939 the legion hut and land were conveyed to the branch by the Bisdee family and it became the permanent home of the branch.”
Regular meetings were held in the hut until 1976 when it was demolished to be replaced by Hutton Village Hall which included a dedicated room for the RBL.
The branch held its first Poppy Appeal in 1928 raising a total of £4 16s.
But a new record was set last year when almost £18,500 was raised for the campaign.
Remembrance Sunday is commemorated each year at the war memorial, built in 1920, which is located near the village hall.
The branch meets at Hutton Village Hall in Church Lane at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.
For more information on the Hutton, Oldmixon and Locking RBL branch, call 07508 114334 or 01934 814637.