‘The end of Congresbury Legion’ after 94 years?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 August 2016

Royal British Legion members Cyril Dyer, Carol Dyer and Chris Davis outside the War Memorial Hall, the Congresbury branch of the Legion is on the verge of collapsing as it doesn't have enough members.

Royal British Legion members Cyril Dyer, Carol Dyer and Chris Davis outside the War Memorial Hall, the Congresbury branch of the Legion is on the verge of collapsing as it doesn't have enough members.

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A village branch of the Royal British Legion is at risk of being closed for good after 94 years, unless new committee members can be found.

The Congresbury legion, which is based at the War Memorial Hall in High Street, was founded in 1922.

Although membership numbers have declined during the past two decades, the branch has still been able to keep going.

However, its future now looks in jeopardy after its chairman and secretary both resigned at the legion’s July meeting. This caused the remaining committee members to call an extraordinary general meeting on August 1, but low attendance meant there were not enough people present to form a new committee – meaning the branch is unable to carry on.

Committee member Cyril Dyer, aged 85, attended the meeting with his wife Carol.

He told the meeting: “The treasurer was present and one other member.

“We got there for 7pm and the hall was locked. It was pouring with rain, so the four of us sat in my car and said ‘what do we do’?

“We discussed how things were and it was agreed with the low attendance there was very little future in continuing as a branch. It was left in my hands again to contact the county office.

“With the falling membership, people are getting older and moving away and we aren’t getting younger people coming in.

“It would be the end of the Congresbury legion after 94 years.”

The branch’s future will now be discussed by the Legion’s county office, near Taunton.

If you are interested in joining the branch’s committee, contact Mr Dyer on 01275 872635.

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