‘Chance for a younger man’
Long-serving British Legion member urges people to support the charity
A MEMBER of the Royal British Legion (RBL) is standing down from his role as vice-chairman of his branch in the hope of attracting new blood to fill the position.
Brian Shrieve has been a committee member of Chesham RBL for 14 years but has decided to step down at the annual general meeting on November 26.
Mr Shrieve had asked if he could become a member when he was a carpenter working on an extension at the club.
He had not been eligible to join the armed forces as a young man on medical grounds, and it was hard at that time for people who were not ex-servicemen to join the Legion.
He said: “I enjoyed going there on Saturday evenings, and meeting members who had been in the forces, and hearing their tales and experiences, which made me feel ashamed for not going in the forces.
“One evening I was asked if I’d like to join the committee and, thinking about it, it was a way I could pay them back.”
In 2000, Mr Shrieve became club chairman, a post he held for eight years.
“It’s been my honour to serve the RBL over the years, but it’s time for me to make way for younger members to come forward and join the committee. We need people who are willing to give some time to the Chesham RBL,” he said.
“You’ll be made very welcome, I’m sure.”
Last year, Mr Shrieve and his wife, Veronica, were presented with a special award for 25 years of service to the Poppy Appeal.
Mr Shrieve used to go door to door collecting money for the appeal, but now he sells poppies in Sainsbury’s, in Elgiva Lane, Chesham.
He is urging people to support the ‘worthwhile’ charity.
“It’s our time to give to those who have served this country to keep us all safe and remember those who never came home.”