Rangers help British Legion club

L_D

Well-Known Member
My old Street ,when we were growing up "The Legion" was out of bounds for us ,we were not encouraged to visit ,they didn't want youngsters in the Club .
Not sure what age you are but it rings true years ago. The place is dying on its arse, there was 4 people visible through the window as I was asked to leave. It wasn't a busy period either, a Tuesday late afternoon.

I hope they manage to attract new custom by opening up a bit more.
 

Corkie

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Not sure what age you are but it rings true years ago. The place is dying on its arse, there was 4 people visible through the window as I was asked to leave. It wasn't a busy period either, a Tuesday late afternoon.

I hope they manage to attract new custom by opening up a bit more.
I'm 56..I lived in Knightswood until I was 25.
 

Knightswoodbear

Well-Known Member
I was looking to join an RBL in Glasgow and my local in the Mearns meets once a month (posted on here a wee while ago to see if things were still active and encouraged) I’m happy to boost to the posh side of Glasgow now and then. I’m Ex-REME and my brother in law Ex Royal Signals. If anybody can PM me contact details then I can take it from there? Arte et Marte
If no one gets to you by tomorrow morning mate let me know and I'll forward on details.
 

Travis Bickle

Well-Known Member
Speaking on my own behalf, as a member I'd appreciate it greatly (as clearly would the club and my fellow members) if any bears with a few spare coins could donate something to help keep this fine establishment open. It's a lovely club inside and more importantly, it gives ex servicemen a hub to socialise. Anyone in the area (or beyond) that wishes to join I would encourage to do so, let's keep alive something to be proud of.
I used to work as a barman in there 37 years ago just after my daughter was born, my God, how time flies.
It was a brilliant club back then
 

Kathmandu

Well-Known Member
My old Street ,when we were growing up "The Legion" was out of bounds for us ,we were not encouraged to visit ,they didn't want youngsters in the Club .
My home town legion closed because they kept refusing to let people use the hall like local keep fit classes or other local events who would have been happy to pay for use, instead the old codgers on the committee stuck to their guns and it is now boarded up and empty
 

It Is Old But Beautiful

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Whilst watching and enjoying my local Orange Parade last weekend it got me thinking that there needs to be an organisation for people like myself who are proud to be both Scottish and British but non religious and therefore can't be involved with OO for that fact.
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.
 

Double D

Well-Known Member
Not sure what age you are but it rings true years ago. The place is dying on its arse, there was 4 people visible through the window as I was asked to leave. It wasn't a busy period either, a Tuesday late afternoon.

I hope they manage to attract new custom by opening up a bit more.
And therein lies the problem. I went in occasionally with my old man as that was the only way to get in, this despite pretty much all the regular Saturday crowd knowing my face. When the the sky sports costs went through the roof for pubs and clubs they got shot of that and that affected their trade as well.
 

blueskin52

Member
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

Well-Known Member
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
 

Arty

Member
I used to go in for a couple of pints years ago, it's only a 5 minute stagger for me, so I may go and have a chat, ex T A,
 

It Is Old But Beautiful

Well-Known Member
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.

Well-Known Member
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.
 

thevietnambear

Well-Known Member
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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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.
 

blueskin52

Member
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

Well-Known Member
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.
 

DEREK

New Member
The memberships get renewed round about October and November and are about £40 but the main branch of the legion in Edinburgh they take a big chunk of the memberships renewals.
 

stevie221

Well-Known Member
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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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.
 
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