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It’s that time of the year when it is not so much as a pre-Christmas run-up period as we organise, but more like a sprint!

There has been a lot going on in the club over the past month and the build up to Christmas is proving to be busy.

Remembrance weekend went exceptionally well, starting with the veteran’s night on November 8. Branch president Lt Col Ian Ballantyne RM presided and all were treated to an outstanding comedian, Robby Curran, who kept his audience in fits for a good hour.

To soothe the aching sides, Alan Mowat and Ian Lamb provided some wonderful ballads for the vets to enjoy and sing along to.

The Remembrance Sunday service was very well attended and supported by the community of Arbroath.

The Rev Dr John Cuthbert for once was not plagued by gale force winds or rain but bathed in glorious sunshine throughout.

Recruiting for new members and collecting this year’s capitation fees is in full swing and Hon secretary Keith Baldry, has been pleased with the response so far, with 470 of the members already paid up and he is hoping for the remainder to come into the club to pay their membership fees before the New Year.

Despite the club’s superb facilities, the membership fees are the lowest in the area and one of the cheapest in the country, certainly the best value for money.

Green Street hall is a superb venue for functions, especially if you want to be away from the main building and available for bookings.

The Christmas rush starts with the OAPs Christmas dinner/dance, which will be on December 4 and 11 in the main hall. Tickets are available from the bar in the Legion and members will be free but non-members are £6. It is an all tickets function so those attending must get their names down now.

In addition, the Club Christmas dinner dance will be on December 7 and the tickets will be £12 per head, which is excellent value for money for a three course meal, coffee, mints and a band.

Having whet the appetite, members who have not renewed their membership and for those wishing to join, bearing in mind that you do not have to be a veteran to be a member, sign up now and application forms are available behind the bar in the club.

The branch annual general meeting will be held in the upstairs hall in the club at 7.30 p.m., December 18. This is an important meeting and a chance for all members to have their say.

There are a number of office bearers to be voted in, including the chairman and therefore everyone is encouraged to support the club.

Non-members are welcome as observers but have no voting rights.

Those wishing to nominate and propose someone for an appointment on the committee, can get a form from behind the bar in the club, fill it in, get a seconder for the proposal, put it in an envelope and give it to the bar staff for the secretary.

Finally, congratulations to all those who were involved in organising the coffee morning for Erskine Hospital.

They made a staggering £1,201, which is an amazing achievement for a two hour period. This epitomises the spirit behind the club, enjoying yourself but thinking of others.

Paddy Quinlan

Acting Chairman