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By the time this is published November will seem a long time ago.  We would like to thank everyone in the village for their involvement and support for our Remembrance Commemorations and Poppy Appeal.

Remembrance Sunday

A particular thank you to the Scouts and Guides for their participation in the Act of Remembrance at the Hagley War memorial, and parade up to St Johns, and grateful appreciation to Hagley Parish Council for organising the parade and SARA for marshalling the event.  We even appreciated the Ambulance coming around the island with blues and twos during the two minutes silence, albeit that the sirens were switched off promptly when the driver saw us! The service at St Johns reminded us all of the sacrifices made on our behalf, and although the attendance was small (because that was what was requested due to Covid), it was all the more poignant for that reason.  Hopefully 2022 will see us return to the numbers of previous years, although I seemed to be expressing the same sentiment a year ago!

Poppy Appeal

I can reveal that the total for Blakedown and Hagley Districts at the end of November was £10,535 which was comparable with our previous record year in 2018.  Thank you to all for your generosity.  The Poppy Stall in the village raised a record total of just under £6,500 (62%) of which £1,664 was via our Contactless & Card Donation Terminals.  The trend towards digital rather than cash payments has impacted on the amounts in collecting tins in offices, shops and cafes, and there will be fewer tins around next year.  In my last year as Poppy Appeal Organiser in Hagley, I would like to express my particular thanks to Helen Roberts and Neil Coldicott, who have shared the opening and closing of our Pop-Up stall over the two weeks of the appeal, and all the collectors (especially the eight new ones) who manned the stall over the fortnight.  All the proceeds of the Poppy Appeal are used to provide welfare to ex-servicemen and their families, and we are blessed with the support we have received, Thank you!

Remembrance Window Competition

There was a real atmosphere in the village this year, with poppies on the lampposts and 19 shops decorating their windows with a remembrance theme.  We ran a competition for the best dressed window and must thank Lord Cobham and the Chairman of Hagley Parish Council, Peter King, for being on the judging panel.  The winner was the Station Inn with the poignant silhouettes of soldiers in red and black along their frontage.  Congratulations! Thank you to Helen Roberts for organising the competition, and to every retailer who took part.  Their certificates have now been issued and so each one will be able to show you whether they were on the podium or highly commended – please support our retailers by asking them when you go in to see them!

And it’s goodnight from me!

When I took on the role of Poppy Appeal Organiser for Hagley and Blakedown Districts in 2016, I said it would be for 3 years only until I was 70.  This has been my 6th appeal, and I am hopeful that I can now pass this job on.  I will still continue as Remembrance Co-Ordinator and Treasurer of the Blakedown and Hagley Branch of the Royal British Legion and hope to see you as a collector on the stand in 2022.  I have met so many people over these six years, and have been continuously amazed by your generosity and support for a cause which has become increasingly dear to my heart.  During the last couple of years, we have been asking everyone to be less visible because of Covid.  This goes against the grain, when your instinct is to keep Remembrance and the British Legion in the public eye.  Like many village clubs and charities, we rely on the next generation to continue the involvement of our and previous generations.  I would ask all readers to consider how they can best help what is a fabulous community that I have been fortunate to live in for almost all my lifetime.  A sincere thank you to you all

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The Royal British Legion is at the heart of a national network that supports our Armed Forces community.

We're here through thick and thin – ensuring their unique contribution is never forgotten. We've been here since 1921 and we'll be here as long as they need us. 

We are the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 235,000 members, 110,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; helping us give support wherever and whenever it’s needed.

We provide lifelong support to serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.

Our support starts after one day of service and continues through life, long after service is over.

From providing expert advice and guidance, to recovery and rehabilitation, through to transitioning to civilian life – we can be by their side every step of the way. And it’s not just members of the Armed Forces but their families too.

If there is ever a reason we can't help, our vast network will mean that we know someone who can. 

The Legion works with politicians and officials at all levels to represent the interests of the Armed Forces community.

Through our research and campaigning, we challenge myths about serving and ex-serving personnel.

Our manifestos outline key actions we think the government should take to improve the health, finances and wellbeing of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

Every year we lead the nation in commemorating and honouring those who have served and sacrificed.

We remember those who lost their lives on active service in all conflicts; from the beginning of the First World War right up to the present day, as well as all those who have served and their families. 

Every year in November, we distribute our paper poppies to raise vital funds to help today's Armed Forces community. And it wouldn’t be possible without our incredible supporters.

Whether you’re a volunteer, member or proud Poppy Appeal collector – or however you choose to support us – we couldn’t do it without you.

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