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British Legion fundraising afternoon

MELKSHAM Ukulele Social Club has organised a ‘Musical Tea Time’ fundraiser to honour 100 years of the Royal British Legion and the end of World War One.

The event will be held on Sunday 25th November at the Forest Community Centre in Bowman Court. On behalf of the Melksham Ukulele Social Club, member Chris Pickett says, “It is being well publicised that this year is 100 years since the Royal British Legion came into existence following the Great War. 

“Many events are planned, not least of which is the annual Service of Remembrance and Parade on the 11th November. 

“In previous issues of Melksham News,  the community team at Melksham Hospital were pushing for more knitted poppies, which is another wonderful way of keeping the memory alive of all those young men and women who died, and suffered in many ways, as a result of war. 

“We also have the current Poppy Appeal launched by the British Legion. It’s because of people in the past that we have a safe place to live and have freedom of speech.

“In addition, it is planned that on Sunday 25th November there will be a ‘Musical Tea Time’, which will be a fundraising opportunity for us all to show our support for the work of the Royal British Legion (RBL). The plan is to have a mixture of music, with well known songs, interspersed with poetry, cakes, sandwiches etc. To be held at the Forest Community Centre in Bowman Court. The lunch time bar will be open as usual.

“Melksham Ukulele Social Club (MUSC) is putting this forward as a way of bringing all people together for some ‘old fashion’ socialisation. During the war years it was very important to hold communities together. Today that is equally as important, as our lives are increasingly being separated by technology and distances from families. Coming together for a common purpose makes friends of people who live near us, people we see daily but may never speak to, it helps people who are in any way isolated, to have an opportunity to enjoy company. 

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