Thursday, 23 September 2021

Family's 15-year service to Royal British Legion

THE secretary of the Henley branch of the Royal British Legion has retired after eight years.

THE secretary of the Henley branch of the Royal British Legion has retired after eight years.

Heather Green, 82, of Makins Road, Henley, took over the role from her husband Jim who died suddenly after seven years? service.

She was previously membership and regatta secretary at Phyllis Court Club in Henley.

Branch president Malcom Page paid tribute to the contribution made by Mr and Mrs Green.

?We have had 15 years? continuous service from that one family, which I think is quite remarkable,? he said.

Mr Page presented Mrs Green with a bunch of flowers and a framed certificate and said that she has been ?absolutely terrific? during her time in the post. Mrs Green joined the legion about 10 years ago ? five years after her late husband, who was a squadron leader in the Royal Air Force.

She said the branch asked her to take on the secretary?s role after her husband?s death.

?I said yes because I knew a lot of the members and was able to use a computer,? she said.

?I have lots of happy memories of my time in the role, as does everybody who works with the Royal British Legion. It has been a pleasure to serve the community.

?I have enjoyed it very much but I just felt it was time to hand over to somebody else.? The role has been taken on by Stan Ainsley, who recently retired from a management role. He said he wanted to give something back to the community.

Mr Ainsley, who has lived Maidensgrove with his wife Jane for 20 years, said: ?I joined specifically to take up this position.

?The legion is going through quite a change ? it?s trying to project a more contemporary image and focus on more recent conflicts like Iraq and the Falklands and I saw an opportunity to help it in its next phase.?

Mrs Green said: ?I?m sure that Stan is going to do really well.

?I was very happy to hand over to him and I do hope that our committee will treat him kindly until he has his legs well and truly under the desk.?

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