Royal British Legion - Rolleston Branch

Major Brough, Major Bagnell and Mr D. Bentley, veterans of the 1914-18 war decided to form a branch of the British Legion in Rolleston during the late 1930s. The branch was very active during the last World War organising events and sending food parcels and cigarettes to the men from the village who were serving with the forces.

In April 1944 a Ladiesí branch was formed by Mrs Cherry, this was also very active and worked with the Menís branch in all activities.

At the close of the war the Ladiesí branch were organising Garden Parties with a Rose Queen and day outings to the seaside.

Sadly, however, as the older members passed away younger ones did not come forward to join, and although the Menís Branch is flourishing the Womenís is slowly fading. Mrs Faint and Mrs Tatton who joined in 1944 are the oldest serving members. Mrs Faint still takes an active part by organising Bingo every Tuesday night at Headquarters, rear of the Spread Eagle. This is open to non-members.

New or prospective members are always welcome at Branch meetings. Ladiesí meeting first Monday of the month at 2.00pm and Menís meeting first Monday of the month at 7.00pm. Do come along and find out what itís all about.

G. Featherstone

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