Hathersage (BR0034)

The Hathersage Branch was first established in 1930.



Branch Officers

President: Michael Shuttleworth email:

Chairman:  Brian Ward email

Vice Chairman: David Hoskin email

Secretary: Maryann Orwin email

Treasurer:  Christopher Jewitt

Branch Community Support: Bernard Eyre (e-mail:

Standard Bearer:  David Hoskin (e-mail

Communications with our branch should be directed through our Secretary 

Poppy Appeal

Details will appear here for the 2021 poppy appeal as they become available.

News & Events

Best regards for 2021 to all members. We will update you on News & Events as they become available.

Branch AGM:

“it is usually the time in November for our Annual General Meeting. Obviously this cannot take place in its usual format. We will shortly be in touch with members to approve special arrangements for the necessary business to be completed.”

Remembrance Sunday 2020

We would like to update you all about what Hathersage British Legion intend doing over the Armistice period, in the light of the expected new Covid regulations set out by the Prime Minister.

The Church service will not now take place on Sunday 8th November, as the Church will only be open for private praying at designated times.

Remembrance service on Sunday 8th November at 10.30 am from Hathersage Church, together with the attached service sheet

Following is the link to open and download a copy of the Rememberance Service sheet. Rem Service 2020

The service will be led by our Chaplain; Rev’d Julie Letts, the Hathersage Methodist Minister. She will move to the war memorial for the Act of Remembrance and will read out the roll of honour from there, following as closely as possible to the original order of service.

However ahead of this weekend we hope to have our wreaths and crosses placed in the usual places in and around the Church, including on the Stubbs and the Snowden graves.

We shall be having the flagpole erected in Hathersage village centre, and on Armistice Day November 11th in the Heart 4 Hathersage there will not now be a cannon shot at 11.00 am, but two minutes silence will be observed. Everyone is asked to join in this act of remembrance, wherever they happen to be at that time.

Otherwise we want to impress on everyone the need to buy their poppies from outlets in the village, as there will be no ‘house to house’ selling allowed.

It is vital to get as many contributions as possible, as the Poppy Appeal could be massively down on what is necessary to be raised.

We understand that Grindleford has decided to cancel the service previously arranged to take place at their war memorial.  They apparently intend having a representative from each organisation at the war memorial, maximum of around 6, with the laying of wreaths and a prayer.”

Armistice Day

Hathersage Remembers

The dedicated Hathersage remembers webpage can be found here.

Two booklets giving details of many of the people from Hathersage who served in WW1, can be obtained from Hathersage Craft Shop, Main Road, Hathersage, S32 1EH., or via the branch secretary.


The Legion remains the principal charity organisation formed to support ex-service men and women, or their families, with whatever needs they may have, and particularly those who suffered injuries.

To pay for this our main fundraising effort is of course the annual Poppy Appeal. We hope you will support our branch’s efforts this year, in whatever way you can. Our Poppy Appeal Organiser would still welcome any new volunteers willing to help sell poppies.

You can also support by becoming a member of the Legion, even if you have not served in the armed forces.

A Much Deserved Recognition

Thank You Jean

War Memorial Flowers

At some time, we think over 40 years ago, Mrs Frances Ellacott of 'Ashleigh', Crossland Road, asked Jean Wilcockson's mother if she would take over from her the job of decorating the Hathersage War Memorial in the Church each year, for Armistice Sunday, with suitable flower arrangements.
             Frances Ellacott (nee Mottram) was the widow of Frederick Herbert Ellacott of the RAF, who was killed on 30 July 1943. His body was recovered from the North Sea by the Germans and lies buried in Denmark. The couple who were both schoolteachers, had only married early in 1942, and Frances died in 1993 age 78, after being married for one year and then a widow for fifty. It is on her grave the British Legion place a wooden cross every Armistice Sunday, in memory of her husband.
              Jean used to help until her mother was no longer able and she has continued doing the annual decorating to this day, at her own expense and satisfaction.
              Miss Monica Hodgkinson of Moorseats also asked Jean to put flowers there, to remember her two brothers who served in WW1. One of whom, George Cedric Hodgkinson, was also killed.
             Jean Wilcockson's mother was the niece of Leonard Field killed at Dunkirk in 1940, so she had the added incentive to continue the work in memory of him and all like him.
             Over the years most people have forgotten about those behind this dedicated act of remembrance, but we would like to say thank you to Jean. Please keep up the good work.
                                                                                                                   Brian Ward. (Hathersage Branch, Royal British Legion


Are you interested in:

  • Upholding a longstanding Hathersage tradition of raising money to provide support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families
  • Connecting with, and meeting new people outside of your normal circle
  • Working together with a well established and willing team of Volunteers

I am looking for a Volunteer to take over the role of Poppy Appeal Organiser  in Hathersage.  The PAO works independently from the RBL Hathersage Branch and is guided and supported by the Community Fundraiser Derbyshire.  What you do and how you do it is up to you. 

Amongst other things you may like to consider coordinating:

  •  Placing Poppy Boxes in local shops & other retail outlets.
  • A team of Volunteers to collect house-to-house in Hathersage
  • Local fundraising events
  • Liaising with local businesses re support for the Poppy Appeal
  • Providing wreaths & other Poppy equipment for the Period of Remembrance

Rest assured this is not a massive labour intensive exercise – it really is a fun community based activity.   Why not join together with a friend to take on this historic role.  To find out more please contact”


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