The Royal British Legion Standard

Greater Manchester


Welcome to The Royal British Legion in Greater Manchester

We are here to administer and support the delivery of welfare services and the membership and fundraising activities of the Legion's branches and clubs throughout the Greater Manchester area.  

Membership of The Royal British 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 click here to find out how you can join.

 1914 Bear

Chethams Concert

Exploring the vivid musical and visual landscapes of pre-war England and its post-war reflection, the acclaimed Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra presents this uniqueperformance set to the live art of James Mayhew (formerArtist-in-Residence, Edinburgh International Book Festival). The concert will be performed at the Royal Northern College of Music.


Images of World War I
Friday 20 February, 7.30pm,

Admission £18, £14, £6 concessions (includes pre-concert talk)


Butterworth A Shropshire Lad

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

Vaughan Williams A Pastoral Symphony

Admission: £18, £14, £6 concessions


Conductor: Stephen Threlfall


Piano: Eudald Buch

The Military Wifes (Weeton) and The Kings Division Band along with Wright Robinson College (Gorton) School Choir put on a superb Carol Concert at Gorton Monastery on Sunday 14th December 2014 to a packed house.  

For photographs of event please see gallery on side menu




World War II veteran's stories needed

My name is Gary Bridson-Daley, and I am presently writing a book about World War Two veterans and if possible would really like some help from you.

My book will be featuring veterans in both words and pictures, and the main aim of it is to say a very big thank you for all they did during that conflict to give us the freedom that we still enjoy today. My hope is that I can have it ready to release in time for the big 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in May next year. This of course means I have very limited time in which to get this together.

It is a real passion of mine to complete this as I have been a long term supporter of the Royal British Legion. I plan to donate a percentage of every book sold to the R.B.L as a further way of saying thanks to all involved.

I am asking, if possible, for your assistance in finding surviving members from WW2. I am looking for veterans with interesting stories to feature in my book, which will help highlight the veterans and what they did for us. If you have any Members who would be happy for me to interview then please do direct them to me (contact details below).

As an obvious start I am covering my local North West region as I can get out to branches and people easier and quicker.

If you want to call me to discuss anything in regards to any of this please feel free to do so anytime. Thanking you in advance for any time and help you can give.

Gary Bridson-Daley
Mobile: 07960 021 492



Chris Cherry was born in London, England, but grew up in Lincolnshire. For ten years he balanced being a teacher in Further Education, an officer in the British Army and a senior league football referee. He is also a passionate motorcyclist. A member of the Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists, he travels frequently to the Battlefields of Europe to research his books thoroughly and to meet the families and descendents of soldiers and civilians caught up in the Great War. Amongst other interests, he is also a volunteer rider with the North West Blood Bikes in Manchester. Donations from all of his work will be made to the Royal British Legion in the UK and Poppy Scotland as well as to the Blood Bikes service.

The Mad Game Book Series

Royalties to the Royal British Legion


This series has been written exclusively to benefit the Royal British Legion throughout the centenary commemorations of WWI. All royalties will be donated between 11 November 2013 and 11 November 2018. The promotion and marketing of the novel were agreed with colleagues in Haig House, with local branches requested to take copies for sale at events and collections within this time period. The anticipated revenues for sales would be in excess of £100,000.

If each branch took 50 books, then the revenue would be £625,000 for the Legion. 

To achieve this, the author has undertaken direct sales with branches and some branches have ordered through the dedicated Legion order page…


Copies ordered through this route are (optionally) signed prior to dispatch. Where Legion branches have taken copies, sales have been in excess of 100 copies. For example:


Greater Manchester (nine branches have ordered. Sales of 760)

Hull (two branches, sales of 446)

 For me to talk with each branch takes an enormous amount of time and each conversation starts from scratch. It was anticipated that in return for the donation and effort in developing the novels, that the Legion would undertake this initial promotion and subsequent follow-up messages to encourage branches to order 50 copies.


The book is priced at £140 per 25 copies delivered to the branch. Signed copies retail for £10, earning each branch £4.40 in donation profit. There are three books in the series.

So, I am requesting that the Legion encourages all branches to place an order for the novel series.

Ordering is easy via the web address above or through the publishers over the telephone (0161 434 1248), or by email at


 20130123 The Mad Game Final Cover Kindle Version Large

Odile S War Cover Large


 book trailer:

Amazon booksite:


All the proceeds for both books, which are excellent reading are going to RBL Poppy Appeal and Poppy Scotland.  Please click on the youtube link for an excellent insite to the books.





Northenden Outreach Service 

It’s held in an office within Ashton Rains Estate Agents, 372 Palatine Road

Mon, Weds and Friday 9.30am -12 pm.


Legion open new Outreach Centre in Rochdale Council Offices


Vaughan Kent-Payne, Area Manager for The Royal British Legion in Greater Manchester, said: “We are delighted to launch our outreach service from 1, Riverside which will  bring our work even closer to the Armed Forces community in Rochdale. Having a dedicated Case Officer based at Rochdale Council means we can continue to deliver exceptional standards of advice and support to Serving personnel, veterans and their families – from helping beneficiaries move into affordable accommodation to assisting Forces families with debt management issues, our team in Rochdale is committed to helping those who need us most. We are grateful to Rochdale Council for this opportunity and look forward to working with to deliver our welfare services across Rochdale.”

The team are at Rochdale every Thursday from 10-1pm.


Wythenshawe Forum Concourse Outreach Centre

 Another outreach centre has been set up at Wythenshawe Forum Concourse. 

The team will be there every Wednesday from 1pm - 4pm starting on Wednesday 7th may 2014.


Latest news


Events in 2014:


Christmas Fayre, December 2014

Our annual Christmas Fair takes place this year on Sunday 7th December 2014 at the Home. Please join us for an afternoon of festive cheer and enjoy a live band, entertainment, stalls and more. The event is free to attend and we welcome donations of prizes for our raffle or volunteers to help out on the day. Please contact moc.esuohnothguorb@noyl.inad for more information. 

Broughton Xmas



The image was supplied by courtesy of CAMRA North Manchester'



To celebrate 90 years since the founding of the Royal British Legion, we would like to invite you to our open day, where there will be a variety of stalls and display's, along with people to speak too, on the many services that are available to support Manchester's ex-service personnel!

All are welcome to attend and other services present on the day will include Combat Stress, St Dunstan's & the National Gulf War Veteran's and Families Association (others to be confirmed!).

View our News & Events calendar for more information on what's happening.




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

About The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is the nation's leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.

Visit for details of our national initiatives.