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Branch Events

Totton and Eling Armistice Day and Remembrance 

            Following a contact with Eling Infants School the Totton and Eling Branch invited year 2 (6-7 year olds) to attend our Armistice Day Service at the War Memorial.  The Branch Standard Bearer spoke to all the children and explained what the various parts of the Standard represented and the Branch President spoke about the reasons for Armistice Day and the role of the Royal British Legion.  The Teachers were given some booklets which contain a potted history of both the RBL and the origins of the Poppy Appeal.  Also included in the booklet are various poems about poppies and the poppy appeal and the poem "Helmand" written by Ex-RAF  Squadron Leader John Hawkmead drawing a distinction between poppies for Remembrance and poppies for opium.

            The children wrote some very nice letters to the Branch which are currently displayed in the Hall and will make their way into the Archives of the Branch.

          Remembrance Day saw the biggest crowd both lining the route of the march and at the War Memorial that has ever been seen.  A member of the public estimated that, altogether, as many 2,000 people were present. In the evening a number of Branch members, including the Standard and Union Flag bearers, attended and participated in a concert and Service of Remembrance held in the Community Centre, Lyndhurst, organised by Mrs Sally Arnold who has since presented the Branch with cheques totalling £290.90p for this year's Poppy Appeal.  A Certificate of Appreciation was presented by the Branch Standard Bearer, acting for the Branch President, to Mrs Sally Arnold during the concert for the fantastic donation of £2,900 made to the Branch following the Ashurst Village Fete.

       The members of Totton and Eling can thoroughly recommend the Lyndhurst Remembrance Concert which next year will be held on Sunday 11th November and once again the music will be provided by "OceanBrass".  Tickets will be available from September 2012.

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Cream Tea

Lady Jane Dalton of Lovedean and Horndean Branch had a Great Poppy Party Cream Tea on Sunday 12th June, in spite of the rain and terrible weather,  raising an amazing £564

Hartley Wintney Village Festival 11th June 2011

Hartley Wintney Branch had a very successful Pimms stall at the village festival, raising £1174 for the Poppy Appeal.

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100 Years of Collecting 

Waterlooville Collectors, Eileen Stoat and Barbara Watkinson, who jointly have collected for the Poppy Appeal for more than 100 years, enjoy a sit down after their Poppy Appeal Awards had been presented.

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