Gresford and District War Memorial Trust

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion, nationally, was founded in 1920, after the First World War to offer support and companionship for ex-servicemen where the state could not, or would not, help the wounded, disabled, shell-shocked or simply lost souls who craved the companionship with like-minded men of action who had been through much together.  In the present climate the Legion fights on veterans' behalf for pension and welfare rights and raises funds through the Poppy Appeal to provide rehabilitation, rest and recreational facilities, help with retraining and moral and financial support all over the country.

The same spirit of help and community service is still alive today with a number of initiatives such as "Honour the Covenant".  The Gresford Royal British Legion Club was founded in the late 40s by ex-servicemen in the village of Gresford, Marford and Hoseley.  The buildings were purchased from the Ministry of Defence in Wrexham and erected by the original members on Gresford Trust land to provide a centre for recreation and social companionship as well as acting as a centre for charitable works funded by the Poppy Appeal and local fundraising.  The same principles apply today.

  •  The Gresford Royal British Legion Club provides and promotes:-
    a community-based social centre for all residents of Gresford and Marford who do not necessarily have to be ex-servicemen to join the Gresford club, all are welcome for a modest subscription.
    Competitively priced drinks from a modern bar facility.
    Comfortably furnished bar and lounge areas.
    Facilities to play dominoes, darts and pool.
    Regular entertainment in the lounge.
    Big-screen TV with four satellite sports coverage in the bar and lounge.
    The lounge is available for use for private functions such as birthday parties and wakes.  Food and music can be provided for moderate cost.  Members can book a lounge for free, otherwise there is a moderate charge for the room.
    The local Poppy Appeal organised by the Gresford Royal British Legion regularly raises in excess of £4000 from the local area.
    The club encourages support for local charities i.e. hospices, medical helicopters etc. with donations from events held at the club.
    The club supports all those ex-service members in need. 
  •  A healthy relationship with the local football, cricket and bowls clubs is encouraged and they all make use of the leisure facilities on offer.

For more information, please see the The Gresford Royal British Legion website or contact 01978 853568.