National President Guest at Legion Lunch

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Vice Admiral with Brian Hughes

Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson, the National President of the Royal British Legion (RBL) was guest of honour at the recent lunch held by the Henley and Peppard Branch of the RBL. In a brief address he talked about this highlights of his time in office and his views about the future direction the Legion.

Vice Admiral Peter attended the Britannia Naval College and then followed a Cold War career serving in progressively larger and more powerful submarines.  He served as Captain of the Second Submarine Squadron at Devonport.

Branch Chairman, John Green said, “Vice Admiral Peter talked about the importance of promoting the British Legion as a membership organisation, not just a fundraising charity.  The emphasis for the future is on comradeship and social activities.  We welcome new members to our Branch where we have an active social calendar.”

Before lunch historian, Bill King gave a fascinating talk about the importance of the River Thames during WW11 including Hitler’s plans to capture all 43 bridges from source to estuary.  After prolonged applause Bill promised to give another talk in the near future.

Chairman John Green announced that for the 11th consecutive year, Brian Hughes from the Branch had president-visit-2been appointed the Oxfordshire County Standard Bearer.

Anyone interested in joining this sociable and active Branch which meets monthly at the Christ Church Centre to hear an interesting talk and enjoy an excellent lunch should contact John Green on 01491 638720 or Branch Secretary, Stan Ainsley on 07935 755905.

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