It’s not often we can report a branch meeting – it would be a bit like reporting a night in the pub. This one was different.
The evening began with a toast of remembrance for the D-Day landings in Normandy and those killed and injured in the recent Manchester and London Terror attacks.
Our featured image shows the Normandy Churchill Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers Memorial, dedicated to those sappers who gave their lives storming the beach defences and without which many more men would have died.
Annual Branch Photograph
Visit by Royal British Legion Industries
Following the usual proceedings, Emma Nugent from Royal British Legion Industries came along to talk to us about their excellent work with disabilities and the history of the company. This was a fascinating but short presentation and included an update on what they are doing about single homeless ex-servicemen and women who are caught up in a housing shortage and end up on the streets. They have built 24 flats for single people. Also their work with all kinds of disabilities and their annual turn over of £5 Million a year from the employment they provide was highlighted.
Afterwards Emma was presented with a cheque for fifty pounds as a donation from the branch. The branch are looking forward to visiting the village in due course.
Presentation of District Commanders Commendation to Ken Trevor
Ken Trevor and his wife Mary look after the welfare arrangements for the branch and have done for many years. His monthly reports keep a track of our old comrades who are too ill to come to meetings – its safe to say due to his work they remain in our hearts and minds.
For his dedication Ken was recently awarded the District Commanders Commendation for this work. This is one of the highest awards in the corps – The citation Reads:
To mark the occasion Adam Holloway, MP for Gravesham dropped in to present the award and a well deserved bouquet to Mary.
Well done Ken and Mary and thanks for all you do from all of us.