Welcome to Derbyshire Royal British Legion
Service of Thanksgiving to mark the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Royal British Legion at Derby Cathedral
Go to News & Events to view the BBC Video of WWII veteran Donal Rose fulfilling a dream.
Go to News & Events to view a special Souvenir edition PDF created by John P Irwin.
The Legion is a charity that supports the serving and ex-Service community. We administer and support membership and fundraising activities of the Legion's branches and clubs throughout Derbyshire. From Glossop in the north to Swadlincote in the south, this consists of 49 Branches and three sub-Branches, seven Clubs and approximately 4,800 members around the County.
Riders Branch Remembrance 2021
Though branches may not realise, the Riders Branch of the RBL as a national branch, does not collectively hold a remembrance service. Instead they help to support local branches throughout the country at this sensitive time.
Over my time as a volunteer at the Pop-In centre in Derby I have had the privilege to see these guys in action and work with them. They are outstanding in what they do.
Therefore as the county webmaster and a member of the Derbyshire County Committee, on behalf of the committee I would like to thank them for their support within the county.
If you get the chance to go to an event they are attending, do not miss the opportunity. it will be worth it.
Where they will be.
Members of Derbyshire County RBLR will be attending Ilkeston Market square Armistice Day service and will be attending South Normanton Service on Remembrance Sunday in the morning and will be Riding in the parade in Chesterfield in the afternoon.
RBLR members will be attending their local Remembrance Sunday events in the morning and joining us for the Chesterfield parade.
University of Bristol
The University of Bristol are working on a project focused on military families. Please see information below and if of interest, contact the university direct on the e-mail provided.
They are looking for current/retired military personnel and families to share memories and photos of military home life. They want to show its diversity and importance to military life; a perspective that is so far mostly absent from the public conversation and from the historical record.
They are interested in military homes in all shapes and sizes and associated with military service from any era and connected to any branch or rank. They are looking for people who would be willing to help by:
- Donating images of their lounges/living rooms
- Offering to be interviewed about their experience of a military home
- Welcome our award-winning photographer into their home to produce beautiful photographs (all Covid precautions will be taken; they will receive digital copies of the photographs)
If you are interested in taking part please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme
Local business We Fix Feet gets Silver Award from Ministry of Defence for support of Armed Forces Covenant.
This award recognises support and training for UK Armed Forces veterans and service leavers by employers.
The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) was launched in 2014 by the Prime Minister to recognise and reward UK employers that support veterans, military spouses and cadet instructors, as well as reservists. It recognises organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the Armed Forces community, and share the values defined in the Armed Forces Covenant.
We Fix Feet Limited are proud to have been awarded the Silver Award by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in recognition of their support towards the Armed Forces community.
The local business met all the criteria for the silver status which includes a number of positive measures and policies that we have in place advocating our support to members of the Armed Forces community within our Ilkeston and Beeston clinics. This includes and extends to veterans, reservists, Cadet Force adult volunteers and their families.
The silver status requires all employers to ensure:
1. That members of the forces community are not disadvantaged in their recruitment and selection process
2. That all positive policies relating to Defence personnel are internally publicised
3. That they employ at least one individual from the Armed Forces category that their nomination emphasises
4. If required, that they have demonstrated support to Reservist mobilisations
5. That they align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
The ERS scheme bestows their Bronze, Silver and Gold statues on those who have been subjected to rigorous validation by a selection board made up of senior military personnel.
Leo Docherty, Minister for Defence People and Veterans said,:
“I would like to thank all the organisations who have proven their support for the Deference community during such unprecedented and challenging times.
The vast range of those recognised this year demonstrates how employing the Armed Forces community makes a truly positive and beneficial impact for all employers, regardless of size, sector or location.”
We Fix Feet Limited are honoured that our clinics have committed pledges to advocate our support to the Armed Forces community, and to the principles of the Covenant, with each clinic being recognised as Silver ERS holders.
Steve Gardiner, employee of We Fix Feet and an Armed Forces Veteran said,: “I’m delighted that We Fix Feet Limited have been awarded the MOD's Silver award. I’m proud that they are supporting the Armed Forces Community and are committed to honouring the Armed Forces Covenant.”
We Fix Feet Limited has pledged its support to the Armed Forces scheme since January 2017 and received its Bronze Award status in 2019. Since then, the local business has continued to work towards gaining the prestigious Silver Award status.
We Fix Feet Limited will be formally presented with the award at the 2021 Silver Award Presentation Dinner, which will be held at the International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln on Thursday, 14th of October.
Armed Forces Silver Award Logo
Leo Docherty - Statement
COUNTY CONFERENCE 2021
Please see below from Jan Buxton, Chair of the County Conference Committee…
We know it has been a difficult year for the local Branches not being able to meet and the last thing some of you will be thinking about is the upcoming County Conference in January. Unfortunately for us on the Conference Committee we have to organise this and the only way is to hold a virtual meeting on 30th January at 11 a.m. But we cannot do this without your Branch and members supporting us. Can we therefore ask you to please nominate a Branch Delegate and complete the County Committee/County Conference nomination forms. Please email responses to Chris Black as soon as you can. The response so far has been disheartening.
Instruction on how to join the virtual meeting will come out to you via Chris Black. It's easy to access and all from the comfort of your own home!
County Conference Committee
Please be aware that due to the current Coronavirus situation the following changes are in place.
RBL Drop-in Glossop
The RBL drop-in centre in Glossop will be closed until further notice .If any assistance is required the BCS phone number is 07762 851282
RBL Pop-In center Derby
Opening times: The Pop-In centre is closed until further notice, which will be March 2021 at the earliest.
Revised Royal Charter & New Membership Handbook
Details to download the Revised Royal Charter and New Membership Handbook are available on the Membership Administration Portal (MAP or as it is also know Office 365). Unfortunately due to this site being a public site and not a RBL Membership site we may not provide links directly from here.
Derbyshire Armed Forces Community Survey
If you are a member of the Armed Forces Community and you live in Derbyshire. You are invited to take part in the Armed Forces Community Survey for Derbyshire. If you do not participate the your voice will not be heard. To participate just click on any of the four participating organisations above.
Royal British Legion Live On
To find out what we do just follow the link.
Membership of the Legion is available to all adults, not just members or ex-members of the forces and we always welcome new members. Contact your local branch via the RBL website or find out how you can join here.
About the Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion’s work is encapsulated in its motto: Live On – to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living. The Legion is the nation's biggest Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is the national custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is well known for the annual Poppy Appeal, and its emblem the red poppy. www.britishlegion.org.uk
Branch officers Training 2021:
Both Nationwide & Derbyshire. Be sure to check the training page.
County Pilgrimage to Ypres
The pilgrimage has been postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.
The County of Derbyshire is looking to make a Pilgrimage of County Branch Standards to Ypres in 2021 or 2022. Depending on covid pandemic restrictions. However we are leaving the pilgrimage intentions on the website as below:
All RBL Branches, Sub-Branches, County Supported Branches and Women’s Section Branches are invited to attend as well as the County RBL and WS Standards and the County Youth Standard.
It is intended to use a one of the local coach company who will be responsible for providing all our transportation and accommodation needs as well as a full program of activities whilst we are in Belgium.
Arrangements will be made to parade our Standards at the Menin Gate and lay wreaths during one of the evenings Last Post Ceremonies’ during our time in the Town.
We are fortunate that one County Committee member is personally acquainted with the local Chief of Police and another with local coach companies so we should be able to ensure costs are kept to a minimum whilst maximizing the experience at the Ceremony.
Unfortunately there is no financial assistance available and costs per person are likely to be around the £380 mark for a three/four day trip for adults. Children’s prices are not yet known and will depend on demand.
Provisional dates are a weekday trip in early summer 2020, possibly out on the Monday and back on the Thursday, but this will depend on how much interest is shown.
Unlike GP90, there will be no limit on the amount of people wish to attend from each Branch. As with GP90, if a Branch has no available Standard Bearer, volunteers will be available to carry on behalf of a Branch.
I would be grateful if this could be put to your Branch Members as soon as possible. Those branches who are interested in going should initially email me on email@example.com with an estimated number of branch members who wish to attend.
For those of you who missed GP90, this is an ideal opportunity to experience and be part of a very moving tribute to all of our fallen in a place when so many of them stood many years ago.
Annual Conference 2021
Details to follow.
2021 Events Diary
Full list of County events can be found here: County Diary
List of National events can be found here: National Events
News & Events Updates
New to News & Events: Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club, news & events information page
There is now a new entry to the County News called Associated Projects and can be found under the county webpage listings within the left-hand window coulomb.
Held on 11th November every year, Armistice Day commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on 11th November 1918 - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Although hostilities continued in some areas, the armistice essentially brought an end to fours years of fighting in the First World War.
In Britain, it is tradition to pause for a two minute silence at 11am on 11th November to remember those killed in the two world wars and the British servicemen killed or injured since 1945.
The armistice was signed in Ferdinand Foch's railway carriage in the remote Forest of Compiègne, north of Paris, at 5am on 11th November 1918, and came into force at six hours later, at 11am. French military commander Foch was in charge of leading the negotiations and signing the agreement which made it impossible for the German army to recommence fighting.