Celebratory lunch for ladies club to mark 90th birthday

The Fareham Branch of the Royal British Legion celebrates its 90th Anniversary. Pictured are members L-R Angela Mcdougal treasurer , Alwyn Sawyer president , Lydia Corbett chairman, Barbara Davies secretary''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14668-3)
The Fareham Branch of the Royal British Legion celebrates its 90th Anniversary. Pictured are members L-R Angela Mcdougal treasurer , Alwyn Sawyer president , Lydia Corbett chairman, Barbara Davies secretary''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14668-3)

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IT WAS a celebratory day for a ladies club which was marking its 90th anniversary.

The Fareham branch of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section hosted a lunch for its members as it celebrated its 90th birthday.

It also invited other members from the national and county branches who awarded a diploma marking the 90-year milestone.

Members of the club, which was founded in March 1924, raise money for good causes and those less fortunate than themselves.

But yesterday, it was all about the current members and their hard work.

Secretary for the club, Barbara Davies, said: ‘The lunch was a very enjoyable event and we all had a lovely time.

‘It was nice to have not only our own members attend but ladies from other nearby branches.

‘We had our 20 members, plus the ones from the other branches so we had a very good turnout and it was a lovely atmosphere in which to celebrate.

‘We are part of Group Five and that includes the branches from Lee-on-the-Solent, Park Gate, Bishop’s Waltham and Swanmore.

‘So it was nice to mark our special occasion with them.

‘We also got a very lovely visit from representative of the national ladies’ group and the Hampshire branch.

‘It was nice to have them recognise our hard work and present us with our diploma marking the 90 years we have been formed.’

Barbara and the rest of the club had been planning the lunch for a while to make sure everything went smoothly.

The anniversary lunch was held at the Duke of Connaught Club, on Western Road, Fareham, where the club meets every fortnight.

During their meetings, the club have a range of speakers and they also got out on lunches.

Throughout the year, they fundraise for Benevolence and, from October 14 till November 14, they raise money for the Poppy Appeal.

The group’s current president, Alwyn Sawyer is the daughter of a founding member.

Barbara said: ‘It shows just how good a club we are that daughters want to follow in their mother’s footsteps.

‘When I joined in 1992, I didn’t think we would reach 90 years.

‘But I am overjoyed that we have and I think it would be fantastic if we reached 100 years.’

To find out more about the Royal British Legion Women’s Section or to find a local branch, visit rblws.org.uk