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.
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The young man is Jacob Goodall, now aged 20, and for the past three years he has taken part in a fund raising event with the South Manchester branch of the Legion, to raise money for the Annual Poppy Appeal.
The event is a " Hearse Pull ", which this year covered 15 miles.
Jacob is a slight young man who has Cerebal Palsy, and severe Dyslexia, an in particular Jacob's Palsy affects his feet, but he has walked this event with pride and determination for three years running. Jacob wants to show his love and support for the British armed Forces, in another time and place Jacob would have loved to have followed in his Grandads footsteps and been a soldier, but unfortunately his disabilities make it impossible, however Jacob has phenomenal knowledge of Military History despite his difficulties reading.
Jacob attended a school that specialises in young people with Special Needs St.John Vianney School, and through his time in their School Post 16 department he secured a placement with the Imperial War Museum at Salford Quays. He now does two days voluntarily each week and is assisting in the IWM preparations for next years WW1 Centenary Celebrations.
This years Hearse Pull was bigger and better
than ever. twenty five people took part, staff from Kane Funeral Services ( who organise the event ),members of SMRBL and as always the Legion Bikers who provide the safety shield.
Over the three years of doing the annual " Hearse Pull ", Jacob has raised hundreds of pounds in individual sponsorship on his own.
Ashton under Lyne Branch go to the Somme/Ypres Area 29th June 2014 for 7 days/6 nights
UP AND COMING EVENTS IN THE COUNTY
Friday 9th – Sunday 11th August – RBL will be holding a stall at the “Yanks are back in Saddleworth!” event. Taking place on the grounds of Saddleworth School in Uppermill, Saddleworth (SatNav postcode OL3 6BU).
Now in its 12th year, you will see Military Vehicle Encampment, Militaria & Vintage stalls, Mr. Churchill & Monty Visiting the troops, Vintage fun fair, 1940's Tea room and Cafe, American Classic Cars, WWII 36.7 litre V12 Griffon engine display (so don’t forget your ear plugs!), there will be musical entertainment on the field all weekend provided by 'Homefront Entertainments'.
Adults -£3.00; Concessions - £2.00; Children up to 16 years - FREE. Veterans - FREE and Re-enacters FREE.
For more information visit: http://www.ww2events.co.uk/
Friday 30th – Saturday 31st August - RBL will be holding a stall at the “Rochdale Feel Good Festival.” Taking place in Rochdale Town Hall Square.
The event offers live music from big name acts on the main stage located within the grounds of the beautiful Grade 1 listed Rochdale Town Hall. Battle of the Bands competition; live cookery demonstrations in the Feel Good Kitchen from some of the world’s best known celebrity chefs; vibrant outdoor market selling gifts and treats; food & drink village with alfresco dining area; free children’s activities and fairground.
Sunday 8th September - Sainsbury’s Ashton charity bike ride for RBL - Ashton under Lyne Sainsbury’s store. The ride sets off from Macclesfield and will follow the old railway line down through to Denton and then back to the Sainsbury’s store in Ashton under Lyne. Any money raised will go to funding projects in the local area.
Sunday 8th September - RBL will be holding a stall at “Gorton Carnival & History Camp” – taking place in Debdale Park, Gorton.
A history camp themed festival on the English Civil War. Sat 7th Sept: Civil War history camp / Sun 8th Sept: Gorton Parade will lead a procession through the community into Debdale Park, where there will be additional attractions, including: Stalls, Stage show, Buskers, Water Centre, Fairground, Food & much more.
Sunday 15th September - Old Trafford Branch are having a Standard Dedication – service takes place at St Matthews Church, Stretford.
Service will last just over an hour - back to Old Trafford club for drinks afterwards. The branch would like as many Standards there as possible. Anyone who wishes to attend or would like more information, please contact John Barnes via the Branch Secretary, Stephen Lewis on 01618794549 or 07787352824 e-mail email@example.com
Saturday 2nd November - Rochdale’s Festival of Remembrance – taking place at Rochdale Town Hall.
Tickets cost £10 – There will be a formal service, band, singer, drums etc. The Mayor will be presented with a Poppy to launch the Poppy Appeal.
Friday 8th November - Special Veterans Tribute Service – the Event is to be held inside the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park.
Manchester Airport Chaplaincy is holding the third 'Special Veterans Tribute Service' - this year’s service will celebrate all veterans from WWII to those in more recent conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan. There will be the band of 146 Northwich Sqn ATC will perform a luminous drum stick - Corps of Drums display. 318 Sale squadron ATC will perform a drill display.
Monday 11th November – ARemembrance service for children is taking place at Gorton Cemetery.
This annual event bringing 19 schools from across Manchester to Gorton Cemetery. Remembrance service for children who are then invited to put a Poppy cross on one of the war graves.
Events in 2014:
Sunday 10th August 2014 - Re enacting the march of the Todmorden detachment of the Lancs fusiliers taken 6th August 1914.
Event organised by Todmorden RBL to mark the 100yrs anniversary of WW1.
The original march was to HQ at Rochdale and along with the Middleton det. went to Gallipoli. Volunteers for the march will be in period uniform, taking the correct drill instruction for the time. Looking for support with attendance of men from the Rochdale and Middleton areas. On the build up to this event the branch are holding a presentation night on the history of the 1/6 Lancs Fusiliers in 1914 given by Martin Purdy author of the newly printed "Gallipoli oak" and will also be a signing up night for volunteers on Weds 7th August 2013 at the Todmorden RBL club 19.30 hrs. All welcome.
Sunday 12th October 2014 - Parade in support of the rededication of two statues the shield of honour and lamp of memory (created by Gilbert Bayes in 1921).
Event organised by Todmorden RBL to mark the 100yrs anniversary of WW1.
Parade consists of the RBL pipe and drum band leading the march from the old drill hall followed by standards from units past and present RBL branches, representation from the Duke of Lancs, Fusiliers and Yorks Regiment and veterans. VIPs will be invited to the civic dinner at the Town Hall – everyone else is invited to the Legion for lunch (provided). More info and invites will be sent out soon.
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 www.britishlegion.org.uk for details of our national initiatives.