VETERANS of the battlefield and the rugby field will come together in a special match to raise money for charity.
Marking a hundred years since the end of the First World War, former Melksham soldiers who have served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan will compete against a ‘veterans’ team from Melksham RFC.
The match, due to be held at the Oakfields stadium on the evening of Friday November 9th – in advance of the Remembrance Day weekend – will raise money for the Royal British Legion.
The match kicks off at 7.30pm, with a bar, food, raffle and live music.
Fiona Dobson, Royal British Legion representative for Wiltshire, said: It’s so encouraging to see all members of the community coming together to raise the profile of our local veterans.
“The rugby match is a great initiative to raise much-needed funds for our charity.”
Andy Thompson, honorary secretary for Melksham RFC, said: “We are delighted to be supporting both the military veterans and our own club veterans who will be taking part in the game.
“With this year being the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War, it is fitting that we are hosting our first annual Veterans vs Veterans game in support of the Royal British Legion.”
The bar opens at 7pm, with live music from 9pm. A collection will be held throughout the night, with further funds being raised from the food sales and the raffle, including prizes such as signed rugby shirts and meals at local pubs and restaurants.
Raffle tickets are available from the rugby club, the Water Meadow and The Foresters Arms, but event organisers are keen to receive more raffle prizes.
Call Matt Sidnell on 07876 570 569 for information or to donate raffle prizes.
The weekend of remembrance concludes with the annual parade, forming up at Kingsbury Square on Sunday November 11th at 10.35am before marching to the memorial at Canon Square and then the service at St Michael’s Church.
The Royal British Legion supports serving and retired servicemen and woman and their families. Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk
Melksham RFC are an official RFU-supported community rugby club, and are looking for new players for all teams, from U10s to the 1st XV. Visit www.melkshamrfc.co.uk or call 07926 929 858.
Photo: Ken Graham, Chairman of the Melksham Branch, Royal British Legion and Trevor Paterson, Melksham Branch President and Poppy Appeal Organiser, Royal British Legion promoting the Veterans v Veterans match