A MUCH-loved member of a Royal British Legion branch has passed away.

Margaret Jones, secretary of the Ross-on-Wye RBL branch, died on Tuesday evening, aged 79.

Chairman of the Ross branch Graham Aplin paid tribute to the community stalwart who he described as "considerate and thoughtful."

He said: "Her history goes back to when she took over as secretary when the branch was in a bit of a difficult situation.

"Between Margaret and the rest of the team at the branch they turned things around.

"It went from strength to strength from 2011 onwards to the point where we are today."

At the county AGM in January the branch was awarded the Kyrle Pope Cup for the eighth year in a row, which is presented to the most efficient branch in the county.

In 2017 the branch was given The Lister Cup, a national award given by the head office of the RBL to the most progressive and efficient branch in the RBL.

Mr Aplin: "It really culminated in her being so happy and excited that we had done so well in 2017 when we won a national award - we were considered by the whole of the RBL to be the best in the country with under 300 members.

"These are some amazing achievements she has taken a major part in."

Mrs Jones also won Community Volunteer for Ross, which showed her dedication and commitment to not only the RBL but also to the community.

She also came up with the idea of an annual veterans tea party during the First World War centenary celebrations from 2014 to 2018. This is now going to continue every year.

Mr Aplin said: "Margaret has certainly left her mark on the branch with her legacy.

"She was the most considerate and thoughtful individual that you could wish to have by your side.

"She particularly made a mark on the branch. She will be on the minds of those members of Ross-on-Wye for years to come."

Mrs Jones leaves behind a daughter and grandchildren.

She was so well organised that the branch's calendar is already busy for this year.

Mr Aplin added: "In her own words, we must carry on whatever happens."

The funeral is on February 9 at Forest of Dean Crematorium in Cinderford. Details to be confirmed.