Rangers help British Legion club

#51
Legion clubs have to diversify to survive. Legion Scotland take about 70 % of membership monies leaving the clubs to muddle through on the rest. My own club is doing OK but relies on funerals, christenings and parties to keep the wolf from the door. The other problem clubs have is lack of new younger members, because of legion clubs being seen to be an older man's domain. Associate membership is the only way to survive.
 

L_D

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#52
Legion clubs have to diversify to survive. Legion Scotland take about 70 % of membership monies leaving the clubs to muddle through on the rest. My own club is doing OK but relies on funerals, christenings and parties to keep the wolf from the door. The other problem clubs have is lack of new younger members, because of legion clubs being seen to be an older man's domain. Associate membership is the only way to survive.
They have to change or they won't survive. I had a wee tour of the big room, the room upstairs and the front bar. It has to invite non members in. I would've used it as a local but as I couldn't get in for 4-5 pints so had to bus down to partick which is a shame as I'd have preferred them getting my coin.

There's meant to be some cracking nights in the main hall for entertainment that I hear of. I'll maybe jump down after my holiday to see if I can get registered, the Albion is a bit of a hike for me
 
#55
Legion clubs have to diversify to survive. Legion Scotland take about 70 % of membership monies leaving the clubs to muddle through on the rest. My own club is doing OK but relies on funerals, christenings and parties to keep the wolf from the door. The other problem clubs have is lack of new younger members, because of legion clubs being seen to be an older man's domain. Associate membership is the only way to survive.
They need to accept younger folk or they’re going to shut.
 

Gauche.

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#59
My Grandfather was a member for many years, having served in WW2, he was a regular, and by that mean as often as my Grandmother would allow.:D I will be happy to make a donation, hopefully to keep it open....and to pay them back for the gifts I got as a child at the Christmas parties they hosted.
 
#66
Knightswood British Legion club is a lovely club and will shut unless they open it up.
They could have Associate members if they wanted, last year I was in from a funeral and i'm sure if you wanted to join you had to be in the armed forces or merchant navy which now a days is futile.
 

Kathmandu

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#67
Knightswood British Legion club is a lovely club and will shut unless they open it up.
They could have Associate members if they wanted, last year I was in from a funeral and i'm sure if you wanted to join you had to be in the armed forces or merchant navy which now a days is futile.
To be honest unless these clubs start opening up and renting the halls out for functions and events and seeking multiple uses for them they are doomed. Times have changed and very few people now want to go out to a club of this type for a night.
 
#68
Knightswood British Legion club is a lovely club and will shut unless they open it up.
They could have Associate members if they wanted, last year I was in from a funeral and i'm sure if you wanted to join you had to be in the armed forces or merchant navy which now a days is futile.
Our club only has about 170 full members and over 400 associate members. It's the only way clubs can survive.
 

MrSteve83

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#69
This folks isn’t an RBL or Ex-Serviceman’s thing. Numbers of traditional clubs are dropping throughout the country. I’m at a large bowling club at Gorgie having a pint with my father in law before the Jambos game, they have dropped from 1800 to 500 members over the past 10years. We need to move with the times and open the doors to the youth, otherwise we’re staring at blocks of new builds talking of how good the old days were. Let’s get active and support your local clubs.
 
#80
I agree, I’m non-religious but I feel there is no organisation that you can be apart of that has a Scottish/British background.
There are Bands, Somme Associations, Ulster Scots, and even the Apprentice Boys of Derry too. You don't need to be actively religious to support the culture. The Covenanter/Scottish Reformation, OO and Royal Black Preceptory are more for believers in terms of membership, but open in terms of support.
 

sapper

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#81
I remember coming home on leave, and trying to get into the RBL club in Castlemilk, some wee plookie faced kid on the door refused me entry, as I wasn't a member. Put me off joining, I wonder if they had become too exclusive over the years.
 
#82
I remember coming home on leave, and trying to get into the RBL club in Castlemilk, some wee plookie faced kid on the door refused me entry, as I wasn't a member. Put me off joining, I wonder if they had become too exclusive over the years.
Suggest you write to the secretary requesting to join either as a full member or associate if they have that section, by the look of your "Sapper" your in the army or ex army that should get you membership
 

sapper

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#83
Suggest you write to the secretary requesting to join either as a full member or associate if they have that section, by the look of your "Sapper" your in the army or ex army that should get you membership
Thanks, that was a good many years ago, now a member of another club, that a lot of my brothers go too.
The club in Castlemilk, if I remember correctly didn't last long before it had to shut.
 

gogs60

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#86
Hard to believe there is only one Legion in Glasgow, there are five in Angus alone and I know the Arbroath and Carnoustie ones certainly do reasonably well.
Not sure when you were last in at Arbroath mate as last time I was home took my old man down and there was only 3 of us in and he tells me its like that most of the time now...
Used to be busy years ago and used it a lot when I lived there but the people running it just now seem to have no interest in attracting people in.
 

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