Staying optimistic, here are the December 2020 and January 2021 calendars. Hopefully we will see you before February 2021
The President and Community Outreach Chair from the Baitul Ahad Mosque (Riverside Dr & Beaverbrook Ave) present a $650 donation from their Muslims for Remembrance Program to the Legion Branch 533 Poppy Fund.
As of 12:01 AM on Saturday 26 December 2020, the Province of Ontario went into lockdown status. The Branch closed 6:00 PM on Sunday, 13 December when MLHU moved London to Red Status and the lockdown means we will stay closed until at least 23 or 24 January 2021.. We will keep the membership up to date on any changes. Branch 533 Executive Committee hopes you had a safe and healthy Christmas and New Years. See you soon.
As of Monday, 7 December, Middlesex London Health Unit has moved to Restricted (Orange) Level. This means that the Byron-Springbank Legion must implement the following procedures:
- Bar staff will conduct screening questionnaire when you enter the Branch
- Contact info must be filled in by all patrons
- MAX OCCUPANCY – 50 PATRONS
- NO MORE THAN 4 PEOPLE at a table and tables MUST STAY 6 FEET apart
- MASKS MUST BE WORN when not seated
- All patrons are to be seated at all times except:
- while entering the room and while moving to their table and leaving the room
- while placing, picking up or paying for an order,
- while going to or returning from the washroom,
- No alcohol sold after 9 PM, Branch closes at 10 PM
The 2020 Byron Remembrance Ceremony was held on Saturday 7 November. Covid restrictions required that we scale back participation to two representatives from each of the community organizations who would have normally had many members marching in the parade. Wreaths from Branch 533 members and Branch 533 Ladies Auxiliary were laid at the Byron Memorial Library before the main ceremony held at the Byron-Springbank Legion. Just under 50 members of the Byron community, Veterans and dignitaries were seated safely in the Legion parking lot. The virus did not stop us from conducting the normal Ceremony portion. During the ceremony, the reading of In Flanders Fields was presented by Vanessa Beatty from St.Thomas of Aquinas High School. This year, the Silver Cross wreath was laid by LCol (Ret) Mark Poland, whose brother Brent Poland of the Royal Canadian Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan on 8 April 2007.
If you happen to be walking by the Byron-Springbank Legion, please stop and checkout the hand-painted rocks sprinkled throughout the garden, they were donated by the 73rd London beaver and Cub Scout group
We would like to thanks MP Kate Young for representing the Government of Canada. MPP Peggy Sattler representing the Province of Ontario and Anna Hopkins representing the City of London, for taking the time to attend our Ceremony and laying wreaths. Special thanks to our Piper, MCpl Alex Klausnitzer, RHFC for playing the lament and to the London SAR Team for the assistance of setting up the ceremony and providing first aid coverage.
The first draw will be on 12 Sept 2020 3:30-5:00 PM.
Please remember, all the current Covid-19 Restrictions are still in place. We are only allowed a maximum of 50 people in the clubroom. This is not so much a problem on nice days because any overflow can sit on the patio and the ticket sellers will come to you. But on inclement days, if you are dropping in after 3:30 PM, please call to see if the maximum seating has been hit.
Don’t forget, MASKS ARE REQUIRED ANY TIME YOU ARE NOT SEATED. The ticket sellers will come around to you, just hold your hand up. The sellers will also go out to the patio.
The Meat Draw will be held every Saturday except 7 November (Byron Remembrance Parade) and 5 December (Turkey Rama).
Hope to see you on the Sept 12th
We are open but operating at a limited capacity. With the current Middlesex London Health Unit restrictions limiting occupancy to 50 people indoors and does not allowing singing or dancing, so we can’t hold any dances until further notice.
The Clubroom is open daily. Monday-Saturday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Sundays & Holidays 12:00 PM to 6 PM.
Our Monthly Calendar is up to date.