Flo Berry and Brenda Cahoon at last year’s Robbie Burns Supper.

Legion is a changing tradition

Legions are adapting to modern times, and Ashcroft's Legion is no different.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 113 – also known as the Ashcroft Legion – has been undergoing a quiet metamorphosis at the corner of Brink and 3rd St.

“The Legion used to be open to just military or family of military,” says Branch 113 president George Cook. “Now it’s getting to be more of a community function,”

In fact, the Legion hosts a variety of community functions and donates to many different community groups.

“We’re always looking for new members,” he says.

Volunteers help run the activities, put on the suppers  and tournaments. However, “You don’t have to do any more than you want to,” he says. “If you don’t want to do more than come out and play darts, that’s fine.”

The first Legion opened in Winnipeg in 1926. The Ashcroft branch has been in town for more than 45 years.

It hosts large events like the annual Robbie Burns Supper, Remembrance Day; it organizes the Poppy Drive, the Christmas Craft Fair in the Cache Creek Community Hall; it offers Friday night suppers, Meat Draws, the occasional concert (Nov. 6 is the next one with Steve Hogg); drop in darts, and cards.

He points out that Ashcroft is one of the few Legions left that has a curling team, and it will be hosting the Legion Provincials at the Ashcroft Curling Club in January.

They also just hosted the Provincial Euchre Tournament recently with 40 players taking part.

Cooke says children can come to the Friday night suppers with their guardians. In fact, he says, the Legion needs to see more young people come through its doors.

The Legion’s members are traditionally from an older generation. Cooke says he’d like to see them passing on their knowledge and their stories to the younger generation while there is still time. Remembrance Day is often full of reminiscing and war stories.

The local sea cadets have benefited from their association with the Legion and take part in some of their ceremonies.

Cooke has been a part of the Legion’s executive for 15 of the last 20 years.

“It’s something I enjoy,” he says. “I enjoy the people I know through the Legion. It’s just something that feels good.”

Just Posted

Cache Creek council votes to rejoin local transit system

Details need to be worked out, but hopes are that change can be expedited

Ashcroft residents get information at Community Forum

Water treatment plant, recycling, an Eco-Depot, the budget, and more among items addressed

Elizabeth May’s wedding will be a ‘low-carbon affair’ in Victoria on Earth Day

Green party leader’s wedding party to depart in a cavalcade of electric cars

Gas prices spike in northern B.C. ahead of the long weekend

Fuel went up 17 cents overnight in Prince Rupert

VIDEO: Police dog in Oregon struck by 200 porcupine quills during pursuit

The German shepherd had to be sedated and was in treatment for more than two hours

“Oona River Poems” captures northwest B.C.’s landscapes

Canadian writer Peter Christensen releases his latest book, will tour the northwest later this year

Many teens don’t know they’re vaping nicotine, Health Canada finds

Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey finds youth unaware of nicotine product risk

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man charged with daughters’ murders

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Tofino beckons Trudeau for quiet Easter vacation

Environmental group hopes latest Pacific Rim vacation inspires change in prime minister

B.C. man turned to dating site for pimp operation, court hears

In court the details of how Simon Rypiak lured 4 women into prostitution revealed

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

Most Read