December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A Norwich MP is keeping up the pressure to save the Royal British Legion club in Aylsham Road – and will meet the legion’s director general this month as she seeks to find a local, common sense solution to the proposed sale of the site.
Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has also pledged to attend a public meeting at the site at 7pm on Thursday, October 17 to discuss the future of the branch, which is due to close on January 1.
As reported, bosses at the legion’s London head office want to sell off the Norwich headquarters and close its thriving club, the Jubilee Hall.
They believe that keeping the premises “involves an unacceptable level of risk to charitable funds”.
Miss Smith said: “I share residents’ dismay at the announced closure of the building.
“Since the announcement of the planned sale of the building earlier in the summer, I have worked closely with the acting chairman of the branch to try to secure a local, common sense solution to the problem.
“It is really important we have a strong British Legion presence in the city because the charity does hugely important work with our veterans, many of whom are elderly and vulnerable.
“I want to make sure the Aylsham Road building can continue to provide its much-needed services. It is also a great community hub for many other local clubs and societies, who have 500 bookings already at the building for the coming year.
“I have called on the legion trustees, the county office and the national headquarters to work with the local committee to save the hall from closure.”
As reported, city businessman Martin Wyatt, who owns the Head in the Clouds and Feet on the Ground shops in Pottergate, has offered to sponsor the hall to save it from closure.
Last month, furious campaigners vowed to fight the plans to sell it claiming that Jubilee Hall was a social lifeline that allowed them to get out of the house and meet other people.