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Social evening 2 April 2019

One of the main problems we encounter in the Kimbolton branch is that we have no formal meeting place where members can socialise and chat. Events are normally held by hiring the Mandeville Hall in Kimbolton. However we were very fortunate on April 2nd in that we were offered the kitchen and dining room at Kimbolton school for an event.

After the usual committee meeting in the school, the Branch Chairman, Pete Digby gave a warm opening address and emphasised the importance of communication among ourselves, especially to those who have no access to emails. Then about 40 members enjoyed a very fine meal of Chicken in a cream sauce, Rice and vegetables which was prepared and served by the kitchen staff.

Later on the Branch secretary, David Henrick spoke of the Branch membership which is in excess of 80 members and the importance of recruiting new members, especially the younger generation. He reemphasised how easily it is to join the British Legion and  stressed that you do not have to have served in the Armed Forces to become a member.

He further outlined some events for later this year.

2 May Jim Baker who was involved in the Berlin Air lift will attend a commemoration event at Duxford accompanied by Ian Walker

18 May Cheese and Wine evening at the Mandeville Hall with entertainment. Tickets on sale in Bytes café from 8 April

29 June Armed Forces Day with a church service and lunch.

Later this year proposed visit to RAF Museum Hendon, Visit to the National Memorial Arboretum and possibly the Shuttleworth evening proms. Details later.

In lieu of the summer lunch a Charity cricket match and picnic on the school grounds.

October 5th. Fun Quiz night in the Mandeville Hall. It is emaphasied that this will not be a quiz where high intelligence and brains are needed. There will be some unusual rounds and the evening should be fun. Details will be communicated later.


Stuart Ainsworth then gave a short talk on the importance of what used to be called Welfare and how the Branch is there to assist any member who needs support. He gave examples of how the Branch had been able to assist some current members who  needed assistance.