Legion ladies strike pose for charity calendar

Published on: 07 Dec 2013

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Keynsham’s own Calendar Girls have revealed the results of a daring photoshoot for charity.

Members of the Keynsham Royal British Legion Women’s Section posed for a 2014 calendar, which they are now selling to raise funds for The Women’s Section Benevolent Fund and the Poppy Appeal.

The group called on photographer Sophie Blakeley, who has recently graduated, to conduct the photoshoot, which was held at one of the women’s homes.

Branch secretary Betty Dixon said: “We were just thinking of new, fun ways to fundraise for the two causes. There were about 12 of us who said we would do it and we are pleased with how the shots came out. Sophie, the photographer, really put us at our ease. It was good fun and we all enjoyed it.”

The group have been working on the idea since January, but the project was thrown into doubt when they found themselves having to find a new printer with just weeks to go. Luckily, Jeremy Beavan, Clive Scholtz and the team at Longwell Green firm All Media Ltd came to the rescue and put the calendar together with just two weeks’ notice, while Barry Dixon stepped in to complete the artwork.

Betty added: “We also would not have been able to produce the calendar without the sponsorship of local businesses. They were absolutely wonderful and only too willing to help in exchange for an advert in the calendar.”

The calendars have proved popular, with just a few left for sale at £6 each, all proceeds from which will go to the two causes. They are available from Vi on 0117 986 8595 or from Avon Gold supermarket in Queens Road, Keynsham.

The Keynsham Royal British Legion Women’s Section was launched in 1977 and has around 50 members of various ages. They meet on the first Monday of every month at 8pm at the Royal British Legion Club, at 8-10 Charlton Road, Keynsham, and new members are welcome.

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