Bid to set up new Carmarthen branch of the Royal British Legion
A meeting to discuss setting up a new Carmarthen branch of the Royal British Legion is due to take place this week.
The council’s armed forces champion, Cllr David Jenkins, will host Thursday’s meeting at County Hall, with representatives of Carmarthen Town Council, The Royal British Legion and Armed Forces communities in attendance.
The meeting starts at 6.30pm and anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome to attend.
Becoming a member can be extremely rewarding from forming a committee, receiving relevant training, to taking an active role in fundraising activities and Remembrance
Cllr David Jenkins said: “The Royal British Legion are keen to re-establish here in Carmarthen and this meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss a way forward. As the council’s armed forces champion I’m keen to work with the Royal British Legion and will do all I can to help.”
The legion has 175 branches and more than 10,000 members across Wales but there is currently no branch in Carmarthen.
Anna Looker, RBL membership support officer for South West Wales, said: “Carmarthen is a town with a rich military history and it’s incredibly sad that there is currently no legion branch within the county town. Legion branch members play an important role in Remembrance in their areas and in raising money for the Poppy Appeal, which supports veterans, their families and dependents in the local community.”
Membership is open to men and women of all ages, whether they have served or not. Legion membership can provide:
• An opportunity to help deliver welfare activities in your local community to help beneficiaries in need.
• A chance to make new friends
• An opportunity to give back to the Armed Forces. Be part of a nationwide fundraising team to help give back to the Armed Forces as they have served us.
• A stronger local community. Legion branches are pillars within the local community. They uphold local Remembrance services and are a great home to start networking from.
• Improved welfare support for the Armed Forces community from Government.