Wreath laid during ceremony to mark Legion’s centenary

May 26 2021
Wreath laid during ceremony to mark Legion’s centenary

A WREATH was laid at the Wells War Memorial on May 15 to mark 100 years since the founding of the Royal British Legion.

Members of the Wells Branch gathered in St Cuthbert’s churchyard to mark the occasion, which included the lowering of the Legion standard and a blessing from vicar the Rev Sam Denyer.

This year is also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Wells Branch, which was formed in July 1921, and is therefore one of the oldest in the country. 

Wells Mayor Philip Welch, who was at the ceremony on May 15, said: “The dedicated volunteers who run the Wells branch of the Royal British Legion deserve heartfelt respect from the city for all the support they have given local veterans since the branch was founded only weeks after the national organisation a century ago.”

A number of events have been organised for the centenary, including a 100th Anniversary Evensong at Wells Cathedral on Sunday, June 6, from 3pm-4pm. Evensong will be sung by the Kingsbury Singers. Those wishing to attend must book with the Cathedral in advance on 01749 674483.

A week later there will be an evening of music and celebration at The Bishop’s Palace in honour of 100 years of the Wells Branch.The 100th Anniversary Concert will take place on Sunday, June 13, from 7pm-9pm, and will feature the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir. They will be performing within the ruins of the Palace’s Great Hall with a special guest performance by The Grey Dogs Jazz band.

Attendees are welcome to take their own camping chairs or picnic blankets as well as refreshments. The Bishop’s Table will be serving refreshments until 7pm. Doors open at 6.30pm and close at 9.30pm. Tickets are £15 adult, £10 child, available from The Bishop’s Palace (bishopspalace.org.uk).

If any Legion members require assistance getting to the Palace they should speak to Geoff Procter on 01749 678244.

A new Wells Branch centenary logo (above) has been designed by Jim Parfitt. A pin badge version is planned which will be available to buy to generate funds for the branch.

The branch has also announced that it has a new chaplain, Jeremy Hellier. He served as an Army Chaplain during the Cold War, and although retired from full-time ministry, he currently serves as the Honorary Chaplain to the Port of Bristol. He lives in Wells.