Volunteer call to help Legion

Remembrance service at Rydings Park, Brighouse
Remembrance service at Rydings Park, Brighouse

A plea has been made by the Royal British Legion for more volunteers and new members to come forward.

Hundreds of people are set to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday with services planned throughout Brighouse.

Service organiser Keith Iles said they still need help with collectors on Saturday and for new members to join.

“We are desperately short of members. We are down to 17 and a lot are getting too old.

“By being a member you are already doing something and help goes towards the legion helping the injured coming home.

“If we don’t get people to help then there is the possibility of having to close down the branch in Brighouse.”

Despite their struggle, the Brighouse branch along with the help of the whole of Brighouse, raised £13,609 last year.

St John’s Primary Academy will hold their service on Friday at the memorial on Towngate, Clifton.

On November 9, at 11am, wreaths and crosses will be laid in the Royal British Legion Garden of Remembrance, Thornton Square, Brighouse.

Organisers of the service at Bailiff Bridge Memorial Gardens are asking guests to their Remembrance service, to meet at 10.30am for a 10.45am start on Sunday November 10.

Taking part will be the deputy lieutenant of West Yorkshire Neil Davison, Rev Kathryn Buck of St Matthew’s’ Church, Clifton and Lightcliffe Band.

Representatives from Calderdale Council and businesses, Bailiff Bridge Junior and Infant School, Cliffe Hill Community Primary School, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School, Lightcliffe CofE Primary School, guides, scouts, cubs, brownies and rainbows will also be in attendance.

Refreshments will be served in the community centre and the service.

A service will take place at The Stray on Wakefield Road in Lightcliffe at 12.15pm.

St Matthew’s Church, Rastrick, will begin their service at 10am on Sunday, November 10.

There will be a procession to Rastrick Library where there will be an act of remembrance with members of the British Legion and Royal Airforce Association of wreath laying at 11am.

At 2pm the service will be held at Brighouse Parish Church on Sunday. Wreaths will be laid at the cenotaph in Rydings Park, Brighouse.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer or member of the Brighouse branch of the British Legion can contact Mr Iles on 01484 713398.