Current news from Royal British Legion
This year will be very different this year because of Co-Vid, and The Royal British Legion would like to express our thanks to everyone who has supported us in the past, and particularly those who have not been able to get involved this year.
By the time that you read this, the Poppy Appeal will be well underway. When we went to press last time the guidance was that we would be unable to do anything because of the lockdown, but if you are reading this after 24 October, you may be aware that our Pop-Up Poppy Stall has returned outside Lex Allen Grove every day except Sundays from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm until 7 November. The range of poppies is limited, and we have a small team who are fully compliant with CoVid requirements who will be very happy to supply your Poppies and Pin Badges for this year. Sadly, we have been unable to provide poppies and collecting tins to shops and offices this year, and of course there are no street or house to house collections. The demand for our support to ex-servicemen is greater than ever and we appreciate all that you can do. If you are not able to get into the village, poppies are available from the main supermarkets or online – just google “Poppy Appeal”.
There will be a Remembrance Day Service led by Rev. Richard Newton combined with the laying of wreathes at Hagley War Memorial on Sunday, 8 November commencing at 10.45 am. Because of social distancing, we are limiting the number inside the war memorial to a maximum of 50 and we can only make access available to those who have arranged with us to lay wreathes and tributes during the service. If you would like to take part, please contact Jonathan Plant on 07813 785496, and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis – if you have already ordered a wreath, then a space has been booked for you. We are not marshalling the pavement outside the war memorial, and would ask anyone who does wish to attend to maintain social distancing. There will be no parade and no church service this year.
There will be a short non-denominational service of Remembrance and Laying of Wreathes at Churchill War Memorial on 11 November at 11.00am. The War Memorial is open to the road, but we do not normally have many attendees so we expect all who wish to attend to socially distance on the grass area surrounding the memorial.
2021 is the 100th Birthday of The Royal British Legion and we are looking forward to celebrating this in a more traditional manner that we have been able to achieve in 2020.If you have further questions please contact Poppy Appeal Organiser / Branch Treasurer: Jonathan Plant 07813 785496
Branch Secretary: Helen Roberts 01384378934 or 07962980446
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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.