Can you help the Legion?

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Soham’s branch of the Royal British Legion is appealing for more members to join to help with its work in supporting the armed forces.

The branch is looking for anyone who would like to join, or who could spare a few hours, particularly during annual Poppy Appeal collections.

Secretary John Aichison said: “Times can be tough for young service leavers during Defence cuts. Adjustment to civilian life can be very hard in a difficult climate.

“For those who have suffered injury and trauma, often to be endured for the rest of their lives, the challenge is far greater with many life and medical problems to overcome.”

Membership is open to everyone and members do not have to be ex-service to join.

The branch meets at 7.30pm every second Thursday of the month at the football club in Julius Martin Lane. Anyone who is interested should contact Mr Aichison on 01353 720177.

A commemorative event to mark the centenary of the First World War in Soham will be raising money for the Royal British Legion.

The event, which will take place on August 3 at the town’s recreation ground, off Fountain Lane, is being planned by Soham Town Council and the Soham Heritage and Tourism Group.

On the day there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the town’s war memorial and a reenactment group will give an insight into what life was like during the First World War.

Cllr Glenn Woodbridge, who is leading the project, said: “It’s a commemorative event, but we also want to raise money for the Royal British Legion for soldiers and their families who are down on their luck.”