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Derbyshire

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. 

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. Drop into your local branch 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

Latest County Newsletter is available in the here

County Pilgrimage to Ypres 2020

The County of Derbyshire is looking to make a Pilgrimage of County Branch Standards to Ypres in 2020.

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 evening s 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

Request from the MOJ

The county has received a request from the MOJ in regard to service and ex-service personnel, who are serving a custodial sentence. It is included below. anyone wishing to help or has information about any help available is asked to pass such onto the County Webmaster who will forward it to the MOJ.

 Your email address was obtained from your website, and you have been contacted in the hope you can assist in our ongoing program to improve the information available to service and ex-service personnel who have been convicted, and will be shortly released. We believe that by making information more accessible, this will facilitate access to appropriate support services to those who need it.

Our program of Veteran support ranges from those currently serving a sentence within the Colchester MCTC, and will be facing Discharge from the Armed Forces upon their release, to Ex-Service men and women who are currently serving custodial sentences within civilian prisons, in addition to community sentences.

Our "Network for Ex-Service Personnel Project" is a part of the "Armed Forces Covenant", and over the last couple of years has involved our collaboration with the RBLI (Royal British Legion Industries) and Anglia Ruskin University with the intent of gathering information on Veteran Support Services and make it as easily accessible as possible for those who need it.

Our information strategy includes the publication of Veteran Support Services on a dedicated user friendly map (https://mod.co-financing.org/), and also the provision of information directly into prisons via a network of around specialist Veteran Support Officers that we have developed and maintain.

Could we please ask that you do the following in the hope that you might be able to assist us in this work.

Please provide any information on events or services within your area that may prove useful to Veterans in need of support.

Any help you can offer in this respect will be most gratefully received and passed on via our network to the Veterans who may require it.

Regards
 

Annual Conference 2019

This year’s Annual Conference was successfully held at the Bournemouth International Centre. Some of the highlights included:

  • Almost 1,000 people were in attendance
  • All Motions and the Charter Motions were carried
  • New National Officers were welcomed to their posts including the National President, National Chairman and National Vice Chairman

 

2019 Events Diary

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

List of National events can be found here: National Events

Skydive to Raise Money for the Poppy Appeal

Branches

To find out who to contact in your area please see the list of Branches on our branch information page.

News & Events Updates

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

Centenary: With Remembrance being led by the Legion since 1921, the commemoration of the end of the First World War in 2018 is going to be one of the most memorable and significant moments in the history of the Legion and the entire nation. Thank You

2019 Soldiering On Awards

Details to follow as they become available.

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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