TORRIDGE District Council chairman Margaret Brown has marked the end of the financial year with donations to three local organisations. Each year a sum is allotted to the chairman to distribute to his/her chosen causes. Mrs Brown chose the Royal British

TORRIDGE District Council chairman Margaret Brown has marked the end of the financial year with donations to three local organisations. Each year a sum is allotted to the chairman to distribute to his/her chosen causes.Mrs Brown chose the Royal British Legion at Winkleigh, The Plough Arts Centre and St John Ambulance at Torrington. In making the donations, she said: "There's a small memorial site at Winkleigh Airfield and although it is maintained by the council, veterans at the Royal British Legion want to install five new flag poles. I thought that in recognition of all the sacrifices the men and women of the Forces have made, a donation of £250 to help them purchase their flag poles would be money well spent". Major Ron Fletcher, chairman of the Winkleigh Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: "The new flag poles will be used to fly the national flags of the five nations represented by airmen stationed here during the Second World War: the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Norway and Poland."Mrs Brown described The Plough as a focal point for the community, supported by the whole of North Devon. "I'm delighted to be able to donate £550." The money will go towards its Youth Theatre group.St John Ambulance did "such wonderful work" said Mrs Brown. The £550 will help stock the group's ambulance with essentials such as a spinal board and burns kits.