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Legion eyes up old Johnson for HQ

IN TALKS: Spalding branch of The Royal British Legion vice-chairman Frank White. SG070513-226NG

IN TALKS: Spalding branch of The Royal British Legion vice-chairman Frank White. SG070513-226NG

Spalding branch of The Royal British Legion is eyeing up part of the old Johnson Hospital as a possible headquarters.

The building in Priory Road, Spalding, was used as a late night pharmacy for two months but closed in September because of a lack of customers.

The legion has been based in a two-bedroom house in Spring Gardens for 30 or more years, but has lost its parking on rough ground at the side with a house being built on the site.

Spalding Royal British Legion branch vice chairman Frank White said they are talking to the hospital owners, Dryden Ltd, about the possibility of buying the pharmacy building, but nothing is signed and sealed yet.

He said: “It’s ideally positioned.”

The current legion HQ is tiny and cramped and Mr White hopes a bigger building will allow them to hold functions.

Loss of the parking was a big blow as the branch has members in their 70s, 80s and 90s and the nearest public parking is in Sheep Market, which is too far for frail members to walk.

Once the branch has found new premises, the legion aims to sell off the current Spring Gardens base.

Dryden Ltd has not replied to the Spalding Guardian’s requests this week for information on the future of the old Johnson Hospital or the possibility of the legion buying the pharmacy.

In November, Dryden Ltd spokesman Nick Maliochti said: “The company is now looking at various options for services to benefit the community and the prime motivation is to help the Spalding area.

“We have a number of different ideas for the site in the pipeline, but if any Spalding Guardian readers have ideas, we would be very interested in hearing from them by emailing oldjohnsonnick@gmail.com.”

 

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