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Soham Carnival 27th May 2019

Visit by L/Cpl Haddrell Kings Royal Hussars to meet D-Day vets

The Newmarket Journal reporting team came to the Carnival stand of the Soham Branch Royal British Legion where WW2 veterans Ron Palmer, Ken Matkin and Jack Watson were taking part in the 75th anniversary commemorations of D-Day (6th June 1944).

Dan Barker of the Journal talked to the vets and interviewed serving soldier L/Cpl Dean Haddrell of the King’s Royal Hussars, the regiment is based in Tidworth and equipped with Challenger 2 battle tanks.  The KRH is a cavalry regiment and is part of the Royal Armoured Corps. The regiment was formed in 1992 by the allegation of a number of Hussar regiments with histories dating back over 300 years. D-Day vet Ken Makin severed with the 10th Hussars and during the late 1960’s and early 70’s Mike Donoghue of the Soham branch RBL served with the 14th/20th King’s Hussars, both regiments now form part of the KRH. Dean presented Ken with a regimental tankard and book to mark the link back to D-Day.

The D-Day vets will join members of the Soham Branch RBL at the memorial at 11am on the 6th June to lay a wreath in memory of all who lost their lives in the allied invasion to free Europe


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Wreaths which had been place on the Memorial in Red Lion Square, Soham on 11th November 2018, were removed 0n 27th April. Rather than throwing them away, each year they are placed on the war graves in Soham cemetery. The following morning members of the Soham Branch Royal British Legion placed the wreaths on the graves where they will remain until being replaced next year.


We will remember them





Thank you for loyal service



"Bryan Jones, MBE (RAF), who retired on 31st March after 16 years as Membership Support Officer for Cambridgeshire was presented with a County Certificate of Appreciation on Tuesday 9th April.

 Bryan who served as a Warrant Officer in the Royal Air Force before joining the Legion staff was formerly County Secretary for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire counties before becoming Membership Support Officer for Cambridgeshire County and Huntingdonshire District. He has always shown total commitment to the Legion and will remain on the county committee as County Training Officer and County Community Support Representative.

Colonel Roger Herriot, DL, County President of Cambridgeshire presented Bryan's certificate to him."


                          Bryan Jones                                                                      Alan Scott with Bryan

                                                            Alan,Bryan,Rodger and new MSO Dan Francis


Notification is hereby given that the

Annual Meeting of the Conference of the

Royal British Legion Cambridgeshire County will be held on:

Saturday 26th January 2019


Over Conference & Community Centre

The Doles, Over, Cambridgeshire, CB24 5NW


The Conference will begin at 11.00 am and conclude at approximately 3.00 pm with a break for Buffet Lunch at 12.30 pm.





11th November


The Morden’s Branch will be holding four ceremonies.   

The schedule is as follows: 

  • 0845am   355th Fighter Group/RAF Memorial @ Steeple Morden airfield memorial.
  • 0930am Odsey Memorial (Near the Jester Hotel).   1000am Steeple Morden village memorial.
  • 1045/1100 Guilden Morden village memorial.

 The Guilden Morden service will be followed by the dedication of a new WWI memorial in the church.

Sqn Ldr Ray Leach MBE



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Peterborough Festival Of Remembrance 2018

Soham Poppy Launch 27th October 2018

Soham Poppy launch got off to a running start this morning at the Pavilion and Memorial with a sponsored run and variety show.
The Poppy runners together with the WW1 Soham Soldier, Nurse and cadets carrying Poppy sails on a WW1 stretcher were escorted from the Pavilion down to the Memorial by bikers from the Riders Branch RBL. The Poppy Sails were raised and the run then started, supported by an escort car from the event sponsor 365residential.

Mary Ames and her volunteer helpers served tea, coffee and snacks. There was music and songs from the Wicken Coronation Band and Michael Antony at the Pavilion, as well as exhibits from Soham Heritage and Tourism, Soham Rocks and Soham Branch Royal British Legion. A great time was had by the crowd who sang along with songs of yesteryear.

Pauline Paines, Soham’s new Poppy organiser unveiled this year’s poppy pins and a selection of poppy branded items for people to take for a donation.
She also made presentations to Ellen Webb to thank her for her 23 years of service as Poppy organiser, and to Simon Whitworth and his Poppy runners who raised funds for the Poppy appeal.
Then, to thank Rosemary Aitchison for hand making the poppies attached to the sails, she presented her with flowers. The sails will hang on the Memorial from 11th November.

Thank you to everyone who helped at the event ,and to all who came along to show support for the launch of this year’s Soham Poppy appeal.

Soham Branch Royal British Legion



The dedication of the new Soham Branch Standard took place at St Andrews church on 21st October.
The service was conducted by The Reverend Eleanor Whalley and the standard was carried by Branch Standard Bearer Jonty Woodbridge, many thanks to both.
Thank you to Glenn Woodbridge for organising the event and to the standard bearers form County, County Youth, Cherry Hinton and Ely for their suport.
The County Chairman Coilin Elsden and Branch Secratary John Aitchison were escort to the standard.  Richard Babcock and myself also represented the branch along with Mary Ames and Rosemary Aitchison who serverd tea and biscuits after the service.
Thank you to all who attended and helped
Mike Donoghue
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The County Standard Bearer Competition took place on Saturday 13th October, congratulations go to the winners of the Competitions 

May Fowler Cambridgeshire County

Debbie Williams   Cambridgeshire County Women’s Section

Morwenna Woodbridge Cambridgeshire County Youth

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 July 2018

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Sunday Drum Head Service

The Ramsey 40’s Weekend Committee cordially invite Branch Standard Bearers to parade at the Ramsey 40’s Weekend Sunday Drum Head Service. Details:


Location:                             The Camp, Wood Lane, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire.  PE26 2XB


Date:                                     Sunday 19th August 2018


Time of Service:               12:00hrs  (Noon)




  1. Standard Bearers to muster at 11:00hrs, if you wish to attend and parade contact Mr Fred Butler 01487 814133 (Home) or 01487 814181 (The Camp), he will provide you an ticket for entry.
  2. See link  for Members that may wish to enjoy the weekend.



Please see the following from the organisers of the Royal British Legion Central Band Concert at Ely Cathedral:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control we are sorry to inform you that the Royal British Legion Concert on Saturday, 21st July has been postponed.
An alternative date in 2019 should be announced later this week and of course we will send you an invitation nearer the time, once the details have been confirmed
Please accept our sincere apologies for the disappointment”.



Issue 3 of the County newsletter is now available 



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12th June 2018

Dedication of New County Youth Standard

As the County Chairman I am delighted that the County Committee have achieved a long-term aim to provide a Youth Standard.  Until now our youth Standard Bearer has had to use the Branch Standard of their own Branch, which often caused a problem.

Our Youth Standard Bearer Morwenna Woodbridge has won the County competition for the last 2 years and has represented the County at Regional and National levels.  It was only fitting that she should have the use of her own Standard, which will also be available for all future youth Standard Bearers.


Col (Ret’d) C Elsden DL


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Rev’d A Jesson - Padre

Mr C Ginn - County Youth Officer

Miss M Woodbridge - Youth Standard Bearer



24th May

Dan Francis Advice & Information Officer for RBL Cambridgeshire & Norfolk has now signed up for a Tandem Parachute Jump in Salisbury in September. He will be jumping with a member of the Army Parachute Display Team.


The link for the event is here


The link for his Just Giving page is here


23rd May

Nationally most wreathes are sent to recycling after being taken off memorials. Here in Soham they are used for a second time to mark the war graves in Soham cemetery.

Earlier this month wreaths were removed from Soham memorial and after cleaning by John Aitchison were taken today 20th May, to the cemetery.

John was joined at the cemetery by other members of the Soham Branch Royal British Legion. Pauline and Max Paines, Liz Johnson, Glen Woodbridge and Mike Donoghue to place the wreathes on the war graves.

The Soham Soldier in WW1 uniform paid his respect.





15 May 2018


                   The British Legion was formed on 15 May 1921




The Legion is marking the centenary of the First World War (2014 to 2018) with commemorations in the UK and Republic of Ireland with a focus on Remembrance, education and legacy.


Say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who helped to shape our world as we know it today.

We will be focusing the movement on the Last 100 Days of the WW1 Centenary from 8 August-11 November. That’s when we expect most activity to take place.





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