THE recent pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns saw many peoples isolated in their homes.

During this time, the Skipton branch of the Royal British Legion continued to support its members by introducing a ‘phone buddy’ system which for many, was their only form of human contact.

Thankfully that is all behind us, however there was a sense that a regular meet up could solve many issues around isolation and human contact. An initiative by the branch chairman, George Martin, was the creation of a monthly ‘Chairman Lunch’ which was launched last year. The idea was to meet up once a month at local hostelries and have lunch and a chat.

Mr Martin said: "Giving the members something to look forward to every month and by visiting different venues has also helped local businesses." 

The Royal British Legion nationally has over the years seen its membership fall, however in Skipton the opposite is happening with its membership rising month on month. This due to a change in vision and more social events taking place. Since lockdown was lifted, the Skipton branch of the Royal British Legion has put on several populkar events at Herriots Hotel, Skipton.

A trip to Cosford Air Museum with an overnight stay and then on to the National Memorial Arboretum again attracted over 50 members and guests. In line with the British Legion ethos, the Skipton Branch presented two £500 cheques to two RBL charities. Battle Back, a rehabilitation centre, and the National Memorial Arboretum.

The popularity of social events will continue throughout this year beginning with a Coronation Quiz in the Three Links Club on Friday, May 5 at 7pm. A variety of fun events will be enjoyed throughout the evening and there will be a buffet. Free entry. Events over the next few months include, a station visit to Royal Air Force Leeming, a trip to the Royal Armouries, Leeds, Poppy Appeal fund raising tombola stall at Skipton Sheep Day on Sunday, June 25.

Also, on Sheep Day the Armed Forces Flag, will be lowered at 3pm and will be presented to a forces veteran who has contributed to community. To nominate a potential recipient of the flag, contact Skipton RBL secretary Philip Chadwick on:

As part of the affiliation with 264 (Skipton) Squadron Air Training Corp, Skipton RBL will be holding a fund raising ‘Day at the Races’ on Sunday, July 2 in Herriots Hotel. 

If you want to find out more about Skipton RBL join them at the Three Links Club Skipton on the first Friday of every month at 7.30pm.