‘Chance for a younger man’

Long-serv­ing Bri­tish Le­gion mem­ber urges peo­ple to support the char­ity

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - REMEMBRANCE - By Camilla Good­man

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.”

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