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The Hathersage Branch was first established in 1930.



Branch Officers

President: Michael Shuttleworth e-mail: m.shutt@btinternet.com

Chairman:  Brian Ward email ward.sage@btopenworld.com

Vice Chairman: David Hoskin email jennifermayhoskin@icloud.com

Secretary: Maryann Orwin e-mail maryann-orwin@live.co.uk

Treasurer:  Christopher Jewitt

Branch Community Support: Bernard Eyre e-mail: b.eyre@btinternet.com)

Standard Bearer:  David Hoskin e-mail jennifermayhoskin@icloud.com)

Poppy Appeal Organiser: Ann Flavell e-mail annflavell42@btinternet.com

Communications with our branch should be directed through our Secretary 



The Hathersage branch now has a Facebook page which can be accessed on: https://facebook.com/RBLHathersageBranch/

 Our webpage can be found on the RBL website at: http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/derbyshire/branches/hathersage-br0034

 All the records we have researched about any Service people in WW1 can be found on ‘Hathersage Remembers’: http://www.hathersage-remembers.org.uk/

 Do you know anyone who can be persuaded to join us? Pass this link onto them to sign up:

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/things-to-do/membership/become-a-member They can receive the Legion Quarterly Magazine on joining.

Poppy Appeal

POPPY APPEAL 2020. In 2020 we were unable to collect for the Poppy Appeal using our usual systems of door-to-door sales. However, we were able to place collection boxes within the One Stop and the Spar shops at Hathersage. These together with other enterprises raised £2,717, including £1.000 donated from our Legion ‘F E Wait’ legacy account, this was a drop of £478 from our 2019 collection.

POPPY APPEAL 2021. Ann Flavell has recently taken over as our Poppy Appeal Organiser from Julie Colley. In addition to our poppy sales Ann is organising a fundraising Quiz-Night at Maazi Restaurant in Hathersage on 27 October. Tickets are £20 and include a curry meal. Contact Ann for booking arrangements.

News & Events

Best regards for 2021 to all members. We will update you on News & Events as they become available.

Branch AGM:

This will be held at 7.30 pm on 17th November at the Scotsman’s Pack Inn, Hathersage. You will receive an agenda in due course, but we know our secretary will be standing down when a replacement is appointed. We also want someone to take over as Membership Secretary from our chairman, so if you know of anyone who would take on these positions or as chairman, please put them forward as soon as possible. Committee member, Alan Johnston is also standing down.

Remembrance Sunday 2021

November 14th 2021.

After this event had to be cancelled last year, we are pleased to announce the traditional Remembrance Parade and Church Service will again take place this year.

 Parade participants should congregate near the Oddfellows Road car park from 09.30 am ready to march off at 10.00.

We hope that the parade, organised on behalf of Hathersage Parish Council by Hathersage British Legion, will be led by drummers from Hope Valley, joined by the Hathersage Guides, Brownies, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, Hathersage Firemen and Hope Valley St John’s Ambulance volunteers, together with Mount St Mary’s College, Spinkhill, Army and Air Force Cadets.

This impressive body will march up to the Parish Church for the service at 10.30. After the bugler has played the ‘Last Post’ at 11.00 there will be two minutes silence, followed by the ‘Reveille’ call.

 Wreaths will  be laid on the War Memorial inside the Church and on the War Graves outside.

All fourteen graves commemorating those others who were lost in various conflicts, will have a wooden cross placed on them by the Cub Scouts.

 There will also be a Union Flag flying all week in the village centre.

During our parade march-past both up to the Church and return after the service, we are pleased to say that Hathersage Band will again be playing in the village centre.

 We will again rely on Wayne Russel’s ever efficient volunteer road closure marshals.  

 Afterwards all participants and helpers will again be invited to join the Legion in the Scotsman’s Pack inn.

Armistice Day

Hathersage Remembers

The dedicated Hathersage remembers webpage can be found here. http://www.hathersage-remembers.org.uk/

Two booklets giving details of many of the people from Hathersage who served in WW1, can be obtained from Hathersage Craft Shop, Main Road, Hathersage, S32 1EH., or via the branch secretary.


The Legion remains the principal charity organisation formed to support ex-service men and women, or their families, with whatever needs they may have, and particularly those who suffered injuries.

To pay for this our main fundraising effort is of course the annual Poppy Appeal. We hope you will support our branch’s efforts this year, in whatever way you can. Our Poppy Appeal Organiser would still welcome any new volunteers willing to help sell poppies.

You can also support by becoming a member of the Legion, even if you have not served in the armed forces.

A Much Deserved Recognition

Thank You Jean

War Memorial Flowers

At some time, we think over 40 years ago, Mrs Frances Ellacott of 'Ashleigh', Crossland Road, asked Jean Wilcockson's mother if she would take over from her the job of decorating the Hathersage War Memorial in the Church each year, for Armistice Sunday, with suitable flower arrangements.
             Frances Ellacott (nee Mottram) was the widow of Frederick Herbert Ellacott of the RAF, who was killed on 30 July 1943. His body was recovered from the North Sea by the Germans and lies buried in Denmark. The couple who were both schoolteachers, had only married early in 1942, and Frances died in 1993 age 78, after being married for one year and then a widow for fifty. It is on her grave the British Legion place a wooden cross every Armistice Sunday, in memory of her husband.
              Jean used to help until her mother was no longer able and she has continued doing the annual decorating to this day, at her own expense and satisfaction.
              Miss Monica Hodgkinson of Moorseats also asked Jean to put flowers there, to remember her two brothers who served in WW1. One of whom, George Cedric Hodgkinson, was also killed.
             Jean Wilcockson's mother was the niece of Leonard Field killed at Dunkirk in 1940, so she had the added incentive to continue the work in memory of him and all like him.
             Over the years most people have forgotten about those behind this dedicated act of remembrance, but we would like to say thank you to Jean. Please keep up the good work.
                                                                                                                   Brian Ward. (Hathersage Branch, Royal British Legion