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History

History of the Alrewas Branch

Alrewas branch was formed in 1921, the same year as The Royal British Legion. We moved to our current headquarters, a refurbished Roadchef, in 1995. Alrewas branch and club has over 400 members of which 30 are members of the Women's Section.

Alrewas is one of the most picturesque villages in Staffordshire. Situated on the A38, four miles north of the historic cathedral city of Lichfield and seven miles south of Burton on Trent, its history dates back to the Domesday Book.

With its many black and white cottages it is popular with tourists, boasting several shops and hotels. The river Trent flows through the north and east of the village and the Trent and Mersey canal flows through the centre. Many canal boats pass through and holidaymakers stop off for a walk around the village.

This is the nearest branch and club to the National Memorial Arboretum (1/2 mile) - see www.thenma.org.uk.

This centre of Remembrance occupies 150 acres on the edge of the National Forest and has over 160 memorials including the magnificent Armed Forces Memorial. Admission to the Arboretum is FREE.

Its inspiration came from the late Lord (Group Captain) Cheshire. Many organisations both regimental and civilian have planted trees and memorials - The Burma Star Association, Dunkirk and Normandy veterans, The Children of the Far East Prisoners of War (COFEPW), The Irish Regiment, The RAF regiment, WRNS, Korean Veterans Association, and many more. There is also a Millenium Chapel on the site, the only one to be built during the Millenium year. Visitors can reflect and remember and the Last Post is sounded every day at 11.00am. The Arboretum was officially opened by HRH the Duchess of Kent in the year 2000 and is well worth a visit by all ex-Service personnel and families.

Visitors to the Arboretum are most welcome to visit us and refreshment and catering facilities are available by prior arrangement. Smaller parties and individuals are welcome during Club opening hours for drinks. See club information section.

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