Royal British Legion to meet at Bishop's Stortford Football Club
A historic link between Bishop’s Stortford Football Club and the town's branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) has been revived.
The bar area at the Woodside stadium is the new social meeting place for members.
For the past three months the legion has used the Port Jackson pub in the town centre for its regular gatherings, but the next on Thursday, April 4, will be the last get-together at the Jackson Wharf venue before a move to Dunmow Road.
RBL branch chair Denise Hudson said: “We must take this opportunity to thank the manager and the staff for allocating us an area for our social gatherings and for looking after us so well over the last three months.
“The directors of the Bishop’s Stortford Football Club have very generously offered us dedicated use of their original bar area with large screen TV. We have accepted this kind offer and will meet there for the first time on Thursday, May 2 between the hours of 7pm and 10 pm.
“This will be a regular weekly opportunity for all members of The Royal British Legion and past and present members of the armed forces to meet up. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Royal British Legion will also be most welcome.
“There is the scope to extend opening hours and to open on other days and it is hoped to organise social events at this venue and from this venue. There is a large free car park which is an added bonus and an outdoor patio area for smokers.”
The town’s Royal British Legion branch was founded in a small air raid precaution hut behind Bishop’s Stortford Football Club’s original ground at Rhodes Avenue in 1921 – the same year the national organisation was founded to give practical help and companionship to all ex-servicemen of the First World War and their dependents.
By the end of the Second World War, members decided returning servicemen needed better provision.
Phillip Rust – who lost three sons in the conflict – offered No 28 Windhill at a nominal sum and the £3,000 deal was completed on October 11, 1948.
The armed forces support charity was forced to quit the 18th-century, grade II listed premises in September 2017 by central office, amid spiralling maintenance and repair costs.
North Street estate agent Knight Frank is currently handling its sale.
The Royal British Legion Bishop’s Stortford Branch and Women’s Section office is now based at the New Apton Centre, Apton Road.
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