Please see the attached message from Rod Eglin, our County Parade Marshal. Could you please pass this to all Standard Bearers and ask them to make courteous contact with Rod at:

Also see new Seascale & Sellafield Standard Bearer.



Good news that Clive Sumpter (Cumbria MSO) will be returning to work on 1 April 2021.

Having been on furlough for a year, it will take Clive a while to get up to speed and adjust therefore, Kenneth Kemp (MSO Northumbria) will work alongside him for the first couple of weeks or so. If you would still like to treat Ken as your MSO for the first week or two in April, copying Clive into everything, that will give him a fighting chance to settle back in at his own pace.


See Poppy Trek Scafell Pike Saturday 14 August 2021 (link)



Subject: We Are the Legion book - Now Available for Pre-Order

The official Royal British Legion centenary publication written by Julie Summers is now available online for pre-order.

We Are The Legion, richly illustrated with more than 350 images, is the first book to look at our whole one hundred years, telling the extraordinary story of support to servicemen and women in the UK and around the world - from finding jobs and housing to healing the injuries and trauma of conflict.

It also tells the story of the Legion's transformation into a modern media-savvy charity leading the country in Remembrance but also lobbying government on pensions and researching state-of-the-art rehabilitation while working alongside other leading charities on welfare provision.

We Are the Legion covers every aspect of the Legion's work: the history of the poppy, the Legion's international links, and its latest work on rehabilitation and support. But the book also pulls together lesser-known aspects of the Legion's history, whether of the villages set aside for rehabilitation or the misguided trip to Germany in the 1930s as an attempt to foster friendship between nations.

Handsomely presented in a bound landscape quarto edition of 256 pages, it will make an heirloom addition to bookshelves or coffee tables. Pre-orders will be shipped on the publication date of 06 May, in time for the Legion's 100th anniversary. 




Please see the attached link .… we are being asked to support the 2021 census that will include questions regarding veterans/ex-serving personnel.

Kenneth Kemp also has a PowerPoint presentation if you require it, for any virtual meetings…

This is primarily a digital census however, provision has been made for those who need to partake via paperwork.

For further info, please use the links in Kerryanne’s signature block below:

Kerryanne Wilde MBA MIoD

Census Engagement Manager

South Cumbria and North Lancashire

Office for National Statistics

+44 (0) 7452948380



Sad passing of Appleby Branch President, David Holder.

David's funeral was held on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

The Branch Chairman, Paul Naisbitt, has said David will be sorely missed:

"It was really lovely funeral with a eulogy by one of his grand children with some very amusing anecdotes about David who had a very good sense of humour and quick wit.

He was a very well respected person within the community and a real gentleman, always willing to help verbally or physically, as an example he and his wife Maud ran the poppy appeal very successfully for many years. 

David joined the Royal British Legion in 1953 and has always been a very active member both on the Club committee and the Branch.

He celebrated his 90th birthday last year and also his 65th wedding anniversary, and will be sorely missed for his knowledge and his humour.

Rest in peace my friend."


Separate the issue of race equality from the desecration of war memorials during protests



The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has had over 600,000 reports of scams related to COVID 19.  So if you get a “Track and Trace related contact, how do you know it’s real?

How the real Track and Trace works.

  • If you have symptoms of COVID 19 you get tested.
  • If you test positive, you will be contacted by the NHS within a week, by text, email, or phone.
  • At this point the NHS will not ask you for any personal information upfront.
  • You will be given a unique ID Number to log on to the NHS Test and Track website.
  • Once logged in, you will be asked basic information, name, address, date of birth, the names of the people you live with, places you have recently visited, the names and contact details of people you were in touch with around 48 hours before you developed symptoms.


  • A Smartphone app that automatically alerts people if they have been in contact with someone with the virus is still only being tested in the Isle of Wight.

If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

  • NHS Test and Track will get in touch with you via phone, text or email. They will ask that you Self Isolate for 14 days. You could be asked to do this multiple times.
  • They will NEVER ask for personal details, or bank/payment details.
  • You will not be asked to pass on the details of others you have been in contact with.
  • Always check the caller/senders information. The only number used is; 0300 0135000. The only website is
  • If the call, text, or email comes from any other address, it is a scam.

How to report a scam.

  • Contact ACTION FRAUD, tel 0300 1232040
  • If you have already given out bank details, contact your bank immediately, and keep an eye on any unexpected bills/ invoices and your credit report.



From Cumbria MSO (Covid-19) - Updated January 2021

I just wanted to let you all know that my role as MSO for Cumberland and Westmorland has been designated as a role that can be Furloughed under the Government employment scheme. This means that I will be uncontactable from Thursday 9 April evening until the 28 February so expected to return on 1st March 2021.

If you have any questions or require any RBL input will you please contact Kenneth Kemp over in Newcastle on he will be your MSO until the situation changes.

I look forward to working with you all again after this situation is over.

Take care stay safe and look after yourselves


Click on links below for more details

County AGM & December 2019: Parade of Standards and County Awards

Cumbria Poppy Appeal Update – August 2019

Minutes of the County Committee Meeting held on Saturday 23 February 2019

Here to Help - Drop Ins 2019

Minutes of County Committee Meeting 2 Feb 2019

Brampton Friday Coffee Mornings - find out how we can help

Cecil McComb (RIP) - Kendal "Poppy Man"


Office 365 Sessions - Penrith or Newcastle, Feb 2019

Minutes of the Annual Cumbria County Conference 1st December 2018

Margaret Wadsworth ITV Border Fundraiser of the Year

GP90 Post event report  (photos updated 3 Sep)

Minutes of the County Committee Meeting 13 October 2018

Minutes of County Committee Meeting 14 July 2018 

Minutes of County Committee Meeting 21 April 2018

Colin & Margaret Wadsworth receive their Rotary Award

Standard Bearer and Parade Marshall Traing Day (17 February) Report.

The County MSO, Clive Sumpter, will be delivering a series of drop in sessions in regards to OFFICE 365 and BRANCH COMMUNITY SUPPORT training and awareness. These sessions are to be held at the RBL Penrith Office on a Monday and Thursday over the next few months. Please contact him either on or you can call him on 07776 227768 to book a session. These sessions are aimed at Branch Committees and Branch members and can accommodate around 6 people per session.

Calling Notice and Agenda for County Committee Meeting on Saturday 13th April 2019 

Minutes of the County Committee 13 January 2018

Minutes of the Annual Conference - 2 December 2017

Minutes of the County Committee Meeting, Saturday 7 October 2017

The Poppy Appeal needs you! Volunteer shortage in Lake District

County Committee Minutes - 1st April 2017

Veterans Gateway is now Live - June 20 2017

The message below is from the Area Manager Northern, Marcus Hawthorn.

"It gives me great please to welcome Clive Sumpter to the Northern Area Team as the MSO for Cumberland and Westmorland (and Membership Administrator for the Isle of Man).

Clive served for many years in the prison service including as a psychiatric nurse, is very active leading Sea Cadets in Kendal and has been running his own training business for several years.  He is also the Secretary of the RBL Kendal Branch.

Clive is currently on his induction week which includes two days with the Membership Team in Haig House as well as meetings with the principal Cumbria County Officers and Area staff, and an Events Group meeting. He will continue to balance induction activities with key current business and will begin to make his way round all the Cumberland & Westmorland and IoM branches to introduce himself and get to know you. He will visit the Newcastle office on 14 June as part of the team training.

I hope you will echo my heartfelt welcome and provide him all the support he needs to settle in.

Regards, Marcus" 

Click here for details of the presenatation of the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur to Mr. Sydney Tomlinson Archibald on 13 March 2017.

Cick here for: Minutes of County Committee Meeting on Sat 28th January 2017

Click here for: County Conference Minutes 2016

Click here for: County Committee Minutes 1 October 2016

Gold Badge awarded (posthumously) for the late Linda Johnstone at the County Conference on Saturday 3 December 2016 - click for details.

Minutes of the County Committee Meeting held on 1st October 2016 - see "News" link opposite.

Tribute to Linda Johnston by Marcus Hawthorn, Area Manager Northern:

Linda first volunteered for the RBL as a PAO before 11 Jun 1999 and in those 17 years she and her team raised very nearly £322k for the poppy appeal representing well over one million poppies sold. She also became a caseworker in 2004 and has helped hundreds of beneficiaries in that time. She was a teacher and a very dedicated Major of Cadets in Cumbria. She started in post as the MSO for Cumbria and the Isle of Man in November 2015. Linda set an example to all with her selfless dedication to helping those that needed support through difficult times or crisis, and at the same time was no-nonsense and honest (but always courteous). She was generous, hardworking and completely dedicated to the future and wellbeing of the RBL, as well as its beneficiaries.  Her fundraising efforts have been extraordinary and her attendance to the needs of Branches she supported as MSO has been commendable.

She is a tremendous loss to the Area Team, to the County, and to those she helped. She will always be remembered and loved as a fine examplar of service to The RBL and its beneficiaries. Our thoughts are with her family.

Linda Johnston's funeral was held on Friday 23 September at 10.00 am, Distington Hall Crematorium, Nr Workington CA14 4QY. 

Not surprisingly the place was packed with many people standing in the entrance hall. The Royal British Legion Standards from Bransty, Carlisle & Stanwix, Cumberland & Westmorland, Penrith, Wigton, Windermere and Workington were in attendance as well as 6 Standards from the ACF - a moving tribute with a very large number AFC cadets and personnel attending. The service concluded with the Last Post played on a bugle.

Each member of the congregation was provided with a poppy as donations were for the TRBL Poppy Appeal – very close to Linda’s heart.


From Marcus Hawthorn - Tuesday 13th September 2016:

"I am writing to you with the tragic news that we heard this morning that Linda Johnston died last night in her sleep whilst staying with her daughter.

This is a sad loss for very many people not least of course her daughter. I and Carole are making sure that all the right people are aware and we can talk separately about the right way to mark her exceptional contribution to the Royal British Legion.

I just wanted to make sure those who she worked most closely with, and who count her as friend, know as soon as possible. 

I am very sorry to be writing to you with such tragic news and I know this loss will be keenly felt in the team and across the County."


(Click on links below)


BEM Awards - Mrs Jean Craghill and Mrs Dorethea Gell

County Awards 2015

Very sad day - Una departs 30 October 2015

94-year-old war veteran receives medal 70 years after Arctic heroics

 Where have all the poppies gone



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