Arbroath Legion committee want members to get value

NO ONE is immune from the clutches of the recession and, as a night out gets more expensive, the committee of the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland is actively trying to improve the club so that users get value for money in a warm friendly atmosphere.

Branch president Paddy Quinlan stated: “Competition is great with the other bars and clubs where some are resorting to enticing our sport teams away with various incentives. We can understand this but would rather improve our facilities to encourage our members to remain loyal.

“To that end, club manager Scott Berrie, has installed two top-of-the-range pool tables in the sports bar without increasing the cost for a game. So far they have proved very popular and I am sure playing on a better surface our pool teams will continue to bring in the trophies.”

The branch won the David Donaldson bowls competition last month and although they lost to the Arbroath Bowling Club in the Joe Forsyth Trophy competition, they can feel part-victors as a number of Legion bowlers were in the Dishlandhill team.

The president continued: “It is, after all, the taking part that counts and it is important that these fixtures are fulfilled. Last weekend the club won the pairs cribbage competition in Dunkeld, although we narrowly missed out on the individual title.

On the entertainments front, the Saturday night dance extravaganza continues with an excellent choice of bands throughout the rest of the year. Everyone is welcome into the main hall where there is no requirement to book tables, just pay your way, sit anywhere and enjoy the evening.

On Friday, November 25, the Dundee Fiddle Orchestra will be performing in the main hall and tickets will be available at the bar or at Base Camp, West Port.

Poppy Week and Remembrance Sunday are just around the corner and this year, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the forming of the Royal British Legion, Veterans’ Night on November 11, will be a more elaborate affair, which is why, as a one off, there will be a £10 entry fee.

Guests will start to arrive at 6 p.m. for a start at 6.30. The three course dinner will start at 7 p.m. and the Loyal Toast will be at approximately 8.30. Entertainment will start at 9 p.m.

Whereas in the past the evening was only for those veterans over 60, Veterans’ Night is now open to all who have the veteran’s badge. The branch appreciate that some may object to the nominal charge but the night will be memorable and worth every penny.

The ‘scuttlebutt’ was a barrel of drinking water set on deck of the old sailing man-of-wars, for use of all onboard. However it tended to be a place where the crew gathered and gossip was exchanged.

There has been unfounded scuttlebutt that after the Remembrance Sunday parade at the Cenotaph, all those on the parade will have to pay to enter the club for refreshments afterwards. This is not the case. There will be no charge and as before, all attending the parade will be welcomed into the club.

Mr Quinlan stated: “We look forward to seeing as many folk as possible on the parade on November 13 and in the main hall afterwards.”

The welfare and pensions officer, Earl Russell, has informed the branch that Angus Council and Job Centre have an Armed Forces Champion who will be able to advise and assist veterans with appropriate queries concerning housing or job hunting.

This is potentially good news for veterans, especially those who have just left the services and have yet to embrace ‘civvy street’. “We shall wait and see!” commented Mr Quinlan.

Once again the Women’s Section has been busy catering for funerals and weddings but also provided teas for Aged Concern’s Older People’s week. This was very successful and Annie Ogilvy’s team of stalwarts looked after 160 senior citizens over two sittings.

Members subscriptions for the new year are due as of October 31, so you are encouraged to get down to the Legion to settle your membership. There is no increase in fees this year.