Stamford legion man’s reward for newsletter work

Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth presents Stamford Royal British Legion branch member Steve Bonde with the Courtesy Cup
Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth presents Stamford Royal British Legion branch member Steve Bonde with the Courtesy Cup
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The author of a Royal British Legion newsletter was reporting on an awards ceremony when his own name was read out as a winner.

Steve Bonde was awarded the Courtesy Cup at the Lincolnshire branch’s county conference for his work writing the LegionLincs newsletter.

Steve, who joined the Stamford branch in 1997, spends up to 30 hours a week writing newsletters for the county branch as well as his local one.

Speaking after winning the Courtsey Cup, he said: “It was a total surprise. I was not expecting it.

“I was at the conference as a branch delegate and had my head down taking notes for the newsletter when my name was read out.”

LegionLincs is usually released every two months and is filled with reports from legion activities in the region.

A copy is e-mailed to each branch in the county, along with others in neighbouring areas.

Steve said: “The idea is to show the branches how we are all doing.

“We share ideas about fundraising and getting young people involved.

“For example, the Grimsby branch pioneered the parcels for troops idea, which we took on in Stamford.”

Steve also credits the Stamford newsletter for increasing membership in tough times for the legion.

He added: “We have quadrupled our membership over the last six or seven years.

“Quite a number of people have joined after seeing the newsletter.”

The Stamford branch is looking for help printing its newsletter after Hanson Cement in Ketton withdrew its support.

Call Steve on 01780 757041 if you can help.