A special Royal British Legion presentation was made to three long serving members of the Crewkerne branch at the George Reynolds Centre by County Chairman Robert McDonald. June Webb and Danny Pettitt were thanked for their 23 years of voluntary service as official Poppy Appeal Organisers. On presenting them with Certificates of Appreciation, Robert McDonald said: “We are fortunate that we have some very good PAOs. We are here at the Crewkerne branch for a very special occasion in honouring members that have given an extra-ordinary amount of years service. Thank you to the PAOs, we greatly appreciate all the hard work that goes into the Poppy Appeal. We hope that you have a good quality of life post services.” June and Danny were also presented with gifts from the Crewkerne branch as a thank you for their commitment to the Poppy Appeal. Following their retirement as PAOs, Bob King has been announced as the new Poppy Appeal Organiser.

The County Chairman Robert McDonald also presented Crewkerne branch President Dave Lawrence with a Certificate for his long service to the Royal British Legion. Dave Lawrence is standing down after six years as the branch president. He joined the Crewkerne branch in 1958, after leaving the army,on completion of his National Service. Dave Lawrence also received a special RBL Badge of Merit and was given free Life Membership. Crewkerne branch chairman Tony Samuel said: “We will be very sad to see Dave stand down as president, as he has been a stalwart to the branch. We have learnt a lot from his experiences but we understand that we must move on and we wish Dave well in his retirement from the RBL. However, he has said that he will be attending the occasional meeting and some of our events, especially Remembrance and he will always be very welcome.”

The Royal British Legion branch event at the GRC, included a coffee morning which raised just over £110.00 and coincided with a sponsored walk by ten members of the Crewkerne branch. The six mile walk from the war memorial of the lone infantryman in Severalls Park Avenue to Seaborough, Misterton and back to branch headquarters, raised over £1,000.00. A great achievement for ten walkers and well worth having sore feet at the end. Crewkerne branch secretary Alice Samuel said: “The greeting back at the GRC was very warming due to the branch bakers who not only baked fabulous cakes but kept the coffee and tea flowing for visitors. Sue and Sarah Wills cooked bacon and sausage butties which was most appreciated. Great support for the Legion as usual and we can’t thank them enough. The Crewkerne branch would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have supported us at this event. The success of our events could not happen without the support of the community of Crewkerne and we are truly grateful.”

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