Staveley & District (BR003)

Staveley & District Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion membership was formed in 1921 after WW1 so that veterans could come together and find solidarity together.
Almost 100 years on the membership still provides veterans with friendship.Today the membership has evolved, and we welcome people from all backgrounds with a shared vision to support our Armed Forces Community  struggling with difficulties today.  

Membership is opened to everyone if you have an interest in the objectives of the legion and want to help and support for those that have served and their families, come and join us. We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not.

Becoming a member also provides the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities and events held locally, regionally and nationally throughout the year.

Our Objectives are: Legion membership ensures that Remembrance is kept alive and that the sacrifices our brave Service men and women have made are never forgotten. That the ex-Service community have a voice and that their concerns are brought to the public eye.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact, Marion Gerrard. see Branch Officers below.

Staveley Branch meets the first Thursday of the month starting at 18.30pm at: The Legionnaires Club, Pullman Close, Lowgates, Staveley Chesterfield, S43 3TT. We would love to meet you!

Branch Officers

President: Baron Martin Thacker of Fetternear MBE

Chairman:  Mr John Wallace                            e-mail:

Vice Chairman: Graham Weighill

Secretary:  Mr David Wallace 

Treasurer:  Ms Paula Weighill     

Membership Secretary: Ms Marion Gerrard    e-mail

BCS Officer: Ms Marion Gerrard                       e-mail    

Standard Bearer: Lee Hunt  

Press and Website: Ms Marion Gerrard  If you wish to contact us, or report any inaccuracies or omissions on this site, email

News & Events

VJ Day 2020

Despite the restrictions imposed due to Covid 19, members of Staveley and District Branch of the Royal British Legion held a small socially distanced Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving alongside representatives of Staveley Town Council and Father Stephen from Staveley Parish Church.

Thanks to our Branch President Baron Martin Thacker of Fetternear MBE for officiating, Cllr Paul Mann and to our stalwart members for their support on such an important event.

VJ Day marks the day that Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945, which ended the Second World.  

Wreaths were laid by Martin Thacker, president of the Staveley branch of the Royal British Legion, Councillor Paul Mann, leader of Staveley Town Council, and Marion Gerrard, on behalf of Staveley Armed Forces Veterans' Association.

The service was conducted by Reverend Stephen Jones and the Last Post was played by Faith Whateley.

Mr Thacker said: “Although the service was socially-distanced and reflecting the current situation, it was essential we remembered those who sacrificed their everything in the Far East during the Second World War.



“The local branch of the Royal British Legion represented the Staveley community in a poignant act of remembrance to commemorate the end of a terrible conflict."


STAVELEY ARMED FORCES & VETERANS ASSOCIATION EVENT: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July 2020 Poolsbrook Park, Staveley, Chesterfield S43 3WL

to view or download the full poster follow the link, Veterans Association Event.


2019 Poppy Appeal Morrisons

Some photo's supplied by John & Marion



Remembrance Sunday at Staveley Garden of Remembrance 10-11-2019

Hi just like to let everyone know we collected £821.45 for Poppy Appeal Sundays Remembrance day, John and I would like to thank Barrie, Graham and Paula for collecting on the gates, Natalie, Donna and all their volunteers for collecting on the Parade and in the garden and John Allen and his Cadets for collecting in the garden, STC and CBC for allowing us to collect sorry for long text but we wanted everyone to know that without you all and the public who gave so generously we couldn't have done it.

John and Marion


Work in progress towards this year's fundraising efforts:

Harry Priestly on his 100th Birthday today:

It was an honour to visit and congratulate Harry Priestly on his 100th Birthday today. Harry is a WW2 veteran and served in France and Belgium where he was evacuated from Dunkirk. Harry went on to serve in Burma where he was part of number 9 Casualty Clearing Station as a nursing orderly. It was a privilege to meet such a fine man. Members of Staveley branch and John Lockwood of the RAMC Association are pictured with Harry. From l-r Marion Gerrard, C/Sgt Scott Taylor, John Lockwood, Harry, John Gerrard and John Wallace. If you know a veteran and we can help in any way please leave us a message.

Poppy Appeal Certificate Presentation: to view full set of images from the Presentation, simply click the picture below.

Saturday 29th June 2019, Armed Forces Day: Follow this link  Armed Forces Day

 Tickets can also be bought from 07809207515

Weekend 13/14th July Staveley Armed forces & Veterans Association Event.



D-Day Landing 75 Remembrance. 

D-Day Landings 75 years Rememberance

 Staveley Town Council 6/06/2019

Proud to be part of today’s Remembrance Service at Staveley Remembrance Garden.

Those present: His worship the Mayor Councillor Gordon Simmons, Mayoress Kate Gaulfield.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Mick Bagshaw, Deputy Mayoress Dawn Champion.

Don Parsons Chairman of Staveley Town Council.

Councillor Elaine Tidd, and other Staveley Councillors

Town Clerk Mark Evans and Staff.

John and Marion Staveley and District RBL. John Wallace with our Standard.

 Graham, Paula, Barrie and Jeff branch members.

 Chesterfield Royal Engineers Association. John Collins with their Standard

Staveley Salvation Army.

Not forgetting the great Staveley public.

Emma Hunt for playing the last post,

Derek Pinnock

The war memorials at Boulogne-Sur-Mer in France. My sister Linda and her husband Barry came all the way from Australia to lay a wreath on great uncle Bertie’s grave.



At Barrowhill Memorial 3rd November 2018



Poppy Appeal

PAO (Poppy Appeal Organiser): John Gerrard

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