Current news from Royal British Legion
Royal British Legion It’s that time of year again ! By the time this issue has been printed, the Poppy Appeal will be well underway. CoVid and flying gazebos permitting, we will be outside the offices of Lex, Allan Grove until Saturday 13 November (excluding Sundays) up to 3.30pm. The Poppy 2021 Pin Badges are only available on the Poppy Stall, and we are now able to accept contactless donations by Card and Phone App as well as cash in our Poppy Tins. Paper Poppies and Collecting tins are back in the many village retail outlets and offices that support us, and we thank them and you for your support. We look forward to seeing you.
POPPY WINDOW DISPLAY COMPETITION
Many shops in the village put on displays during Remembrancetide to support the Poppy message, and we are extremely grateful to them.This year we are offering a prize to the best dressed shop window, for which Viscount Cobham has been kind enough to lead the judging panel.Keep the drums rolling, the results will follow!
ARMISTICE DAY – CHURCHILL We will have a short Act of Remembrance and Laying of Wreaths at the War Memorial in Churchill on November 11th at 11.00am.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY - HAGLEY There will be an Act of Remembrance and Laying of Wreaths at the Hagley War Memorial on Sunday 14 November at 10.00am. This will be followed by the Remembrance Sunday Service at St. John’s Church at 10.30am. We have been asked to respect the Covid Guidelines issued by the church, and limited spaces have been allocated to the Scouts and Guides and those taking part in the Act of Remembrance, as well as the regular congregation. We must urge everyone else to check whether space in the church would be available before making their journey.
As Scout and Guide numbers are severely restricted in the church, and we have limited police support, we are having a restricted parade this year, starting in the service road opposite the Lyttleton Arms after the War Memorial service and parading up to St Johns. As a courtesy to local residents, we have been asked to request all attendees at the War Memorial to arrive on foot or be dropped off if travelling by car.
As the War Memorial Service is outdoors, there are no Covid restrictions, and all are welcome, although we must ask you to respect the desire for social distancing that many of our attendees would prefer. Within the War Memorial itself, only those taking part in the Act of Remembrance (including those laying wreaths and flag bearers) will be permitted.
We would love to be back to the full parades of previous years, and hope for less restrictions in 2022.
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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.