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Blakedown & Hagley Branch of the Royal British Legion

POPPY APPEAL IN HAGLEY 2023 This year our major presence in the village will be concentrated on our gazebo in Hagley, in the space kindly provided by Lex Allan Grove in Worcester Road.  The stall will be open every day (except Sunday) from 9am to 4pm from Saturday 28 October until at least Saturday 4 November and may be open until Saturday 11 November.  We will be able to take payments electronically.

We are looking for volunteers to help on the stand – if you could spare a couple of hours please contact the RBL Branch Chairman, Alan Kelly, on 07886 000052 or akelly@britishlegion.org.uk.

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legions major fundraising event of the year and contributes to the £2,000,000 spent every week in meeting the welfare needs of ex=servicemen and their families. In Hagley we raised just under £10,000 last year, and with your help, we hope to beat that target in 2023.

An important part of the role of the Royal British Legion is that of “Custodians of Remembrance” and, in conjunction with Hagley Parish Council, we will be holding our usual Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service at Hagley War Memorial and St John’s Church on 12 November.  We will also hold a wreath laying service at Blakedown War Memorial on Armistice Day, 11 November.

Contact Jonathan Plant on (07813)785496 or jon.plant@outlook.com for further details.

Timings will be issued in the November issue of Hagley Village News.

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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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