On Monday 4 October Cadets and staff from 1936 NEWTON Squadron attended Orston Village Hall in Nottinghamshire, to participate in a special ceremony with the Royal British Legion, which attracted 100 guests and local press.
The event was a double special occasion, as the evening was to celebrate the recent affiliation between 1936 NEWTON Squadron and the Bingham and Orston Branch of the Royal British Legion. Certificates of affiliation had recently been exchanged between the two parties at the annual dining in night, but where once again exchanged to the delight of the public who were present.
Exchange of Certificates of Affiliation
This recent affiliation is part of an ongoing Royal British Legion program at strengthening ties between youth organisations and the Legion, and encouraging younger membership.
Of the new found friendship between the two organisations, OC 1936, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson said “The Legion has been so welcoming and it seems it is not about what we can do for them, it seems to be what they can do for us”.
The second aspect of the night, was the launch of the annual Poppy Appeal, which is in its 89th year. It is hoped that the appeal for 2010 will reach 40 million pounds, at a time when the Royal British Legion finds itself in greater demand than ever before. A main project that seeks funding is the RBL Battle Back Challenge Centre which will help injured service personnel return to duty or back into civilian life.
Flt Lt Hudson said “We are moving forward with the times. To do something with the veterans and poppy sellers is good for the cadets and the squadron”.
Attending on behalf of 1936 Sqn was Flt Lt Hudson, Sgt Robin Hayman and Cadet Sergeant Kieran Robinson.
By WO R.C. Phillips
1936 Squadron MCO & WWO