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Welcome to Derbyshire Royal British Legion

The Legion is a charity that supports the serving and ex-Service community. We administer and support membership and fundraising activities of the Legion's branches and clubs throughout Derbyshire. From Glossop in the north to Swadlincote in the south, this consists of 49 Branches and three sub-Branches, seven Clubs and approximately 4,800 members around the County. 

 

COUNTY CONFERENCE 2021

Dear all,

Please see below from Jan Buxton, Chair of the County Conference Committee…

We know it has been a difficult year for the local Branches not being able to meet and the last thing some of you will be thinking about is the upcoming County Conference in January. Unfortunately for us on the Conference Committee we have to organise this and the only way is to hold a virtual meeting on 30th January at 11 a.m. But we cannot do this without your Branch and members supporting us. Can we therefore ask you to please nominate a Branch Delegate and complete the County Committee/County Conference nomination forms. Please email responses to Chris Black as soon as you can. The response so far has been disheartening.

Instruction on how to join the virtual meeting will come out to you via Chris Black.  It's easy to access and all from the comfort of your own home!

County Conference Committee 

Important Notice

Please be aware that due to the current Coronavirus situation the following changes are in place. 

RBL Drop-in Glossop

The RBL drop-in centre in Glossop will be closed until further notice .If any assistance is required the BCS phone number is 07762 851282 

RBL Pop-In center Derby

Opening times: The Pop-In centre is closed until further notice, which will be March 2021 at the earliest.

Revised Royal Charter & New Membership Handbook

Details to download the Revised Royal Charter and New Membership Handbook are available on the Membership Administration Portal (MAP or as it is also know Office 365). Unfortunately due to this site being a public site and not a RBL Membership site we may not provide links directly from here.

Derbyshire Armed Forces Community Survey

       

If you are a member of the Armed Forces Community and you live in Derbyshire. You are invited to take part in the Armed Forces Community Survey for Derbyshire. If you do not participate the your voice will not be heard. To participate just click on any of the four participating organisations above.

Royal British Legion Live On

To find out what we do just follow the link.

Membership of the Legion is available to all adults, not just members or ex-members of the forces and we always welcome new members. Contact your local branch via the RBL website or find out how you can join here.

About the Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion’s work is encapsulated in its motto: Live On – to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living. The Legion is the nation's biggest Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is the national custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is well known for the annual Poppy Appeal, and its emblem the red poppy. www.britishlegion.org.uk

Branch officers Training 2021:

Both Nationwide & Derbyshire. Be sure to check the training page.

County Pilgrimage to Ypres 

The pilgrimage has been postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.

The County of Derbyshire is looking to make a Pilgrimage of County Branch Standards to Ypres in 2021 or 2022. Depending on covid pandemic restrictions. However we are leaving the pilgrimage intentions on the website as below:

All RBL Branches, Sub-Branches, County Supported Branches and Women’s Section Branches are invited to attend as well as the County RBL and WS Standards and the County Youth Standard.

It is intended to use a one of the local coach company who will be responsible for providing all our transportation and accommodation needs as well as a full program of activities whilst we are in Belgium.

Arrangements will be made to parade our Standards at the Menin Gate and lay wreaths during one of the evenings Last Post Ceremonies’ during our time in the Town.

We are fortunate that one County Committee member is personally acquainted with the local Chief of Police and another with local coach companies so we should be able to ensure costs are kept to a minimum whilst maximizing the experience at the Ceremony.

Unfortunately there is no financial assistance available and costs per person are likely to be around the £380 mark for a three/four day trip for adults.  Children’s prices are not yet known and will depend on demand.

Provisional dates are a weekday trip in early summer 2020, possibly out on the Monday and back on the Thursday, but this will depend on how much interest is shown.

Unlike GP90, there will be no limit on the amount of people wish to attend from each Branch.  As with GP90, if a Branch has no available Standard Bearer, volunteers will be available to carry on behalf of a Branch.

I would be grateful if this could be put to your Branch Members as soon as possible.  Those branches who are interested in going should initially email me on pskawski@aol.com with an estimated number of branch members who wish to attend.

For those of you who missed GP90, this is an ideal opportunity to experience and be part of a very moving tribute to all of our fallen in a place when so many of them stood many years ago.

  Philip Skawski

County Chairman

Annual Conference 2021

Details to follow.

2021 Events Diary

Full list of County events can be found here: County Diary

List of National events can be found here: National Events

News & Events Updates

New to News & Events: Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club, news & events information page

Associated Projects

There is now a new entry to the County News called Associated Projects and can be found under the county webpage listings within the left-hand window coulomb.

Armistice Day

Held on 11th November every year, Armistice Day commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on 11th November 1918 - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Although hostilities continued in some areas, the armistice essentially brought an end to fours years of fighting in the First World War. 

In Britain, it is tradition to pause for a two minute silence at 11am on 11th November to remember those killed in the two world wars and the British servicemen killed or injured since 1945. 

The armistice was signed in Ferdinand Foch's railway carriage in the remote Forest of Compiègne, north of Paris, at 5am on 11th November 1918, and came into force at six hours later, at 11am. French military commander Foch was in charge of leading the negotiations and signing the agreement which made it impossible for the German army to recommence fighting. 

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