Legion is awarded £6,300 lottery cash

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A branch of the Royal British Legion is celebrating after being awarded a £6,300 grant.

The small branch in Bilsthorpe, which only has about 30 members, was successful after applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the cash.

The money will be used to clean up the village’s war memorial on Eakring Road, as well as to help educate local youngsters.

Vice chairman Keeley Ward said: “We applied to the lottery fund last year and it’s been a long process, but we’re so pleased to be getting this money.

“It’s quite a lot for a village this size.

“One of the primary objectives is to make improvements to the war memorial.

“We want to put in some paving an even a bench, so people can sit and reflect.

“The community will then be able to benefit all-year round, and not just for Remembrance Sunday.

For somewhere like Bilsthorpe it’s a big thing to get this money.

“We’ve never had anything like this before, it’s a relatively small group.

“We only have about 30 members and about eight are active members.”

Although they are yet receive the cheque, an architect is set to measure up on the war memorial in the coming weeks.

There are hopes that for the remainder of the cash, local schools will benefit from learning about those who gave their lives during the war, including possible trips out to the National Memorial Arboretum.

Meanwhile, the branch are continuing to fundraise with events planned over the coming months, and like many Royal British Legion groups around the country, are eager to recruit new members.

“We are trying to raise the profile of the branch, and get more younger generations involved,” added Keeley.

Anyone interested should call Keeley on 07814 389062.