Stamford AFC gives Royal British Legion a new home

Royal British Legion, Stamford branch vice chairman Ray Beresford, centre, is welcomed to the Daniels Sociel Club by, left Daniels bar manager Ian Glitherow and Daniels commercial manager Paul Pepper'Photo: MSMP060413-063js
Royal British Legion, Stamford branch vice chairman Ray Beresford, centre, is welcomed to the Daniels Sociel Club by, left Daniels bar manager Ian Glitherow and Daniels commercial manager Paul Pepper'Photo: MSMP060413-063js
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The Stamford branch of the Royal British Legion has a new home after Stamford AFC stepped in to provide a room for its meetings.

Branch members were left reeling in November last year when it was revealed that Cummins Social Club, their regular meeting place, was to close.

Thankfully Stamford AFC director Guy Walton spotted the branch’s appeal for help on Twitter and Facebook and offered to help.

A deal has now been struck for members to use the clubhouse at the Daniels’ Kettering Road home for meetings at no cost to the branch.

Vice chairman Ray Beresford said: “We are very grateful to the club committee and Guy in particular.

“We were desperate because the social club had shut and we were going out on our ear.”

The branch and the club both hope to benefit from the new partnership.

The branch hopes that through being a regular presence at the club it will attract younger members.

And the club sees the partnership as a step forward in its plan to become more involved in the Stamford community.

Former branch membership secretary and long-time Daniels fan Brian Gibbons added: “It will benefit the legion while also enhancing the Daniels’ reputation as a community club.”

The partnership will continue when the club moves to the new stadium planned for Ryhall Road. The joint venture with New College Stamford was given planning permission last month.