On a recent ‘drop in’ day one Saturday morning last month Mr R.Dudley, the Chair of the Royal British Legion, came to see us at Wickford Library. He wondered if we knew any of the history of the British Legion in Wickfordand and could fill in some of the blanks.
The Wickford branch was formed in 1927/1928 and originally met in the upstairs meeting room of the Swan Pub, and later moved to a large house that originally stood in the Broadway. The meeting hall in Runwell Road has apparently been used for a number of organisations, possibly the Salvation Army before they moved to Jersey Gardens, and also the Royal Order of Buffaloes, but it had also been used a church or chapel as there had been stories of a font under the floorboards. I subsequently found an article about the Baptist Church using it before they moved to their present site in Shotgate. Prior to WW2 the Legion was a Branch only, having no Social side.
Can anyone help in adding to the story ?