WAR veterans in Kidderminster say their new meeting premises will provide them with "more opportunities" to host community events.

The Royal British Legion's Kidderminster branch moved out of its old base at King Charles I School, Comberton Road, on Saturday, March 1 and into its new home at the TA Centre, The Shrubbery, Birmingham Road.

Its first meeting will take place at the new premises on Tuesday, March 25, at 7pm and regular get-togethers will be held on the last Tuesday of each month.

Branch treasurer Henry Atkins said: "It is an opportunity for us, as it is a new venue, to welcome anybody who wishes to become a new member of our branch. When we moved out of our former meeting place [King Charles I School headteacher] Tim Gulliver helped us out no end and his hospitality and help was brilliant as we had to move the branch and all its poppy appeal equipment.

"There is now a choice for us to do social events and evenings and stuff like that and it means we can have open days and things like that and it brings the community together with us and it also helps the TA Centre. It is opening up everything for us to do where as we were limited at the old club - we have got plenty of room to manoeuvre at this club."

President of the branch Larry Billingsley added: "When we moved, we were looking for a vehicle to empty our things and move them and Wyre Forest Removals stepped in and would not accept any payment off us, so a huge thank you to them."