|3 Addington Street East, Tamworth (613) 379-5399
The Royal Canadian Legion has approximately 300,000 members in over 1400 branches throughout Canada, the United States, Europe & Mexico. In January 1947, some 30 WWI and WWII veterans met in Bud Water’s Barber Shop to pursue the formation of a Tamworth Branch of the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League. In February 1947, the first meeting to form a branch took place in the Town Hall. A provisional Executive was appointed consisting of: R.K. Stinson, President; E.G. Richmond, Sec/Treas.; and Executive Members; C.L. Wager, N.L.B. Coburn and Harold Davison. Thus Branch 458 of The Royal Canadian Legion was formed. Since that time, the Legion has not wavered in its role of being a service provider to veterans, community and youth.
While veterans are directly supported through our commitment to the Legion Villa, a residence located in Kingston, we offer an “outreach” program that assists veterans in need. Branch 458 is very active in promoting the recognition of D-Day and Remembrance Day in honour of our veterans and we are very appreciative of the public participation in these events.
We support the Tamworth Erinsville Community Development Committee, the Tamworth Canada Day Committee, the Tamworth Lions Food Drive, and Lennox & Addington County Hospital for a local focus and several large registered charities such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, Kingston Hospitals Foundation, March of Dimes, and the Spina Bifida Association for a wider outreach.
We host the Santa Claus Parade and Santa’s visit with children, support an annual public speaking contest for students, operate Remembrance Day poster and poetry competitions for nearby schools, assist with self esteem programs for students, work cooperatively with Parent Council groups and contribute to minor sports programs. Additionally we have contributed to the Beaver Lake Swim Program, the Community Safety Net – Fire Safety program and to Almost Home.
As a community service organization we are always open to new members. You do not require a connection to any aspect of military life to participate in Legion activities. The reality is that very few active members have a military background. If you think you might be interested in being part of this group of volunteers please call the Legion at 613 – 379 – 5399 to obtain answers to any of your questions and to find out about being a member. It’s good to belong.
That being said, our facilities are also available for non-member, public use. The Legion hall, with a capacity of 120 people, is available for wedding receptions, reunions, dances, Awards ceremonies and other functions. The evening rental fee is $200.00 plus HST and includes the bar services and the use of the kitchen. Different fee arrangements may be available for regularly scheduled activities.
The Legion offers a generous list of weekly scheduled activities available to the public for their participation.
Wednesday 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Bridge
Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Line Dancing
Thursday 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Dance Fitness
Thursday 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Darts
Additionally, the Legion provides Shuffleboard, Billiards, Cribbage, Euchre and Special Community Breakfasts, Dart Tournaments as well as once a month hosting BINGO on a Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. Again please contact us at 613 – 379 – 5399 to obtain the latest schedule.
The Tamworth Legion. An integral part of the community!
Branch 458 holds its general membership meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., September to June inclusive.
Our colour party seen rounding the corner onto Concession Street in Tamworth.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 458