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 www.britishlegion.org.uk/join.


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Greater Manchester Manifesto 2017

 Gm Manifesto

The Royal British Legion has produced a manifesto outlining key policy changes which would help to support serving men and women, veterans and their families in Greater Manchester, following the election of Greater Manchester’s first Mayor in May 2017. 

The recommendations for the new Mayor include appointing an advocate to coordinate support for the Armed Forces community in Greater Manchester and providing better access to specialist mental health treatment and support.

In addition to this the Legion also believes that the new Mayor should:


  • Improving public services’ knowledge of the size and needs of the Armed Forces community.
  • Ensure that Reservists and Armed Forces families are provided with the support to which they are entitled.
  • Ensure that members of the Armed Forces community have access to clear and consistent housing advice and the support to which they are entitled.

Alison Bunn, Area Manager for the Royal British Legion, said: “The election of a new Mayor will bring big changes and everyone within Greater Manchester has a stake in the growth and development of this new institution. The Armed Forces community in Greater Manchester will continue to provide a huge contribution to the area and they must be appropriately supported as they do so.”

Our five policy recommendations  


  • Provide leadership on the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant by appointing an Advocate for the Armed Forces community.
  • Improve public services’ knowledge and awareness of the size and needs of the Armed Forces community.
  • Ensure that Reservists and Armed Forces families are provided with the support to which they are entitled.
  • Ensure that members of the Armed Forces community have access to clear and consistent housing advice and the support to which they are entitled.
  • Ensure that the Armed Forces community across Greater Manchester can access specialist mental health treatment and support.”


 County Conference 2017

The County held it's annual conference on Saturday 21st January 2017 at Partington Working Men's Club.  The Conference was addressed by Una Clemison National Vice-Chairman and Canine Partners.



 Life Membership Awarded to Jack Robinson - Tyldesley Branch

 On Thursday 6th October a gathering of veterans plus the High Sheriff and the Mayor attending Compassion in Action building in Leigh for a surprise presentation by Denise Edgar - Board of Trustees.  

The award was life membership to Jack for serving the RBL for the past 44 years, a thoroughly deserved award.

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Xmas Concert 2016

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 from all services and backgrounds 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 for release sometime during this big 70th year of Second World War anniversaries.

It is a real passion of mine to complete this project and capture these precious stories while opportunity still allows, and as a long term supporter of the Royal British Legion I also plan to give a donation to the R.B.L as a further way of saying thanks to all involved after the release of the book.

I am asking, if possible, for your assistance in finding surviving men and women from WW2. Also I am looking for veterans with particularly interesting, different and unique stories to feature in my book, which will help highlight the veterans and what they did for us.

If you know anyone who would be happy to be interviewed then please do direct them to me (contact details below). Also I am missing service veterans from certain services such as Navy Frogmen, Ghurkhas and any veterans from the Medical and Intelligence services.

I am also trying to get in touch with Bill Pickering former SOE operative who I know is still alive, Bill lives in Leigh Green, Manchester, he is 91 years old and still very active, and because of his Special Forces connection he would be a great asset to the book.

I would really like to find and interview Bill, but at present I am having some difficulty trying to contact him.

Can you help me with any of the above?

If you want to call me to discuss anything in regards to any of this please feel free to do so anytime. I am willing to travel wherever a good story takes me. Thanking you in advance for any time and help you can give.

Gary Bridson-Daley
Email: bookoftheveterans@gmail.com
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 admin@trenchpublishing.co.uk


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 book trailer: http://youtu.be/BmNfLfR_2Yk

Amazon booksite: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chris-Cherry/e/B00GJ0BDGK


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. 


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.

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