Buxton’s Royal British Legion branch moves into new home

Buxton's new Royal British Legion offices, chairman/president Terry Corrigan, Mayor Stewart Young, Allan Smith poppy appeal organiser and MP Andrew Bingham
Buxton's new Royal British Legion offices, chairman/president Terry Corrigan, Mayor Stewart Young, Allan Smith poppy appeal organiser and MP Andrew Bingham

The Royal British Legion branch in Buxton relaunched last week after unveiling its new headquarters.

The branch, which folded 18 months ago because of dwindling membership, was reformed with a new committee and the final piece of the jigsaw was completed on Friday when the branch officially unveiled its new premises.

Buxton's new Royal British Legion offices, standard bearer Rob Nicol shows the original minute book from 1918 to MP Andrew Bingham and Mayor Stewart Young

Buxton's new Royal British Legion offices, standard bearer Rob Nicol shows the original minute book from 1918 to MP Andrew Bingham and Mayor Stewart Young

Located on Hardwick Street, the new site will not only be the location for co-ordinating the town’s poppy appeal from, but will also be open for members to drop-in for a coffee, chat or advice on a wide range of issues.

It replaces the former branch headquarters on Hardwick Square, which were closed in April 2012.

Chairman Terry Corrigan said: “We’ve had so much help in making this day possible.

“There’s lots of thank-you messages to give out and it’s been a long process trying to find premises.

Buxton's new Royal British Legion offices

Buxton's new Royal British Legion offices

“The persistent work of people has paid off.

“For a town this size, the amount of support we’ve had is incredible.

“Hopefully this will be like a plant, and we can set roots down here and have a fresh beginning.”

Mo Stewart, who served 25 years in the RAF, has been instrumental in securing the new premises.

She said: “It’s taken 18 months of pulling teeth and doing everything.

“It’s not easy when you’ve got a headquarters in London and you have to go through trustees and be approved.

“But actually London have been very helpful to us and we’ve had a lot of support.

“The landlady here has also been amazing and given us a tremendous deal because she’s very supportive of the Royal British Legion.

“Anyone that needs help knows where we are.”

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham also attended the event and praised the new facilities.

He said: “The facilities here are great and it’s taken a lot of work from the local community.

“The British Legion always gets great support and the support it gets in Buxton, in particular, is phenomenal.”

Cllr Stewart Young, Mayor for the High Peak, added: “It was a crying shame to see the closure of the old premises, but this is a great place for members to come and visit.”