The Stonehaven Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland has been in our town for many years. The club moved to its present premises at the North Corner of the Square. It continues to flourish and there are a number of activies still going on.
On November 10 it was Armistice day and a large parade gathered on the dquare. We set off with the Newtonhill Pipeband. The colour party lead the parade to the South Church on Cameron Street. Carrying the colours for the branch for the first time was Neil Smith; The branch standard was carried by John Mackie also for the first time, The womens section standard was carried by Mary McCallum.
The large parade filled the church to capacity. A very nice service was said and hymns sung after which we marched back to the square where a coach was waiting to take us up to the war memorial for the wreath laying ceremony. On returning to the square we were treated to a welcome bowl of soup and sandwichs in the Legion, provided by the womens section.
The club wishes to thank all who attended the parade and a special thanks to all the youth organisations for their smart appearance.
Thank you also to all the members who helped make the garden into a Remembrance Garden. Also thank you to Newtonhill Pipe Band who never let us down and to the two buglers from the Sea Cadets for a really good job.
The womens section of the Royal British Legion Scotland Stonehaven Branch was started in 1972. The first chairperson was Ethel McArcher. Meetings are on a Thursday evening from 7.30pm.
They have speakers, competitions, and several other activities throughout the year. Included are the annual Christmas sale and Spring quizzes, which are open to all.
They do catering for private functions, brithday parties, anniversaries, funerals etc. The money collected throughout the year is disembursed in November to ex-service charities. In 2012 this was over £5000.
On November 21, we had our AGM. The office Bearers appointed were Chairperson Sheila Elrick, Vice Chairperson Jean Watt, Secretary Betty Murray and Treasurer Joyce Gordon.
The annual Christmas sale is on November 30 and starts at 2pm. There will be several stalls including tombola, cake and candy, crafts and jewellery, books, X-mas stall, a large raffle stall and tea, coffee and eats.
The annual poppy collection was done and organised by the womens section. The total being £6,671.06, included in that was £712.23 collected by the Sea Cadets and ATC on Saturday collection. The total for Newtonhill was £531.42 also done by the womens section.
A coffee morning is held in the upstairs lounge the first Saturday in every month from 10am till 12. Proceeds go to ex-service charities.
Bingo is held in the upstairs loung every Sunday and Tuesday from 7.30pm.
November 30 St Andrews night, music with Gibby, stovies supper £3.
December 8 Pensioners Christmas party, sandwichs and nibbles free to members, £3 to visitors.
December 14 dancing to John Crystal £3 per head.
December 21 Chirstmas singalong with Fiona.
December 24 Christmas Eve disco and Christmas raffle, £3 per head.
December 31 Hogmanay dance £10 per head, tickets available at the legion bar.