Ex-Serivces or Civilians who Support the Aims of the Royal British Legion are Welcome to Join Us!

Ex-Serivces or Civilians who Support the Aims of the Royal British Legion are Welcome to Join Us!

I begin this issue with a plea to any retired service persons living in Littleport. If you are not a member of the Royal British Legion please consider joining! The Littleport branch is running low on numbers and it would be a sad thing if next year, our 100th year as a branch, we had to consider closing down or amalgamating with another branch. This branch has a proud history and the present committee want…

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The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion

After this time of unprecedented crisis it is still difficult to find something to write about other than the virus. The Royal British Legion has had to take note of the close down and self-isolation rules as has everybody else. We have not been able to hold committee meetings in Littleport but will notify members of our next meeting as soon as possible. The Pop In service in the Barn has also had to have…

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The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion

I would like to open this article with a thank you to all who have contributed to the 2019 Poppy Appeal. So far the branch has raised £9630; thank you Littleport. Our thanks also go to the parish council for all the extra support they gave us this year; in particular the council looked after traffic management after the police support was removed. The branch would also like to thank 363 MCC for carrying the…

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Remembering the Dead of Littleport

Remembering the Dead of Littleport

Readers of these articles are reminded that these are extracts of research work I did some years ago. The results of the research are available in Littleport Adams Heritage Centre. Anyone may read the research free of charge but there are two conditions: You may not copy any of the material, and you may not remove any material. It cost me a lot of money to visit, and photograph, many of the memorials and headstones…

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We pick up events in 1915…

We pick up events in 1915…

Here is a continuation from the summer edition of Littleport Life focusing on men from Littleport who died in the Great War. By now the war had descended into stalemate with trench lines developing on both sides and stretching from the Belgian coast near Ostend to the Swiss border at Belfort. The trenches were far from complete and both sides continued to make attacks in an effort to break the stalemate. The first British offensive…

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Remembering the Dead of Littleport

Remembering the Dead of Littleport

Now that the Centenary of the signing of the Armistice has passed it would be easy to forget the reason for the signing of the Armistice and why we hold Remembrance Sunday. Many years ago my wife and I started to visit the battlefields, cemeteries, and memorials to the dead of the Great War. When I joined the Littleport branch of The Royal British Legion I decided to make an effort to find and photograph…

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The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion

I am happy to report on the final total for the 2017 Poppy Appeal, that raised the grand sum of £9669.59. A wonderful collection, one of the highest ever for Littleport. Now it is time to concentrate on the 2018 collection. During the two weeks of the Poppy Appeal, leading up to Remembrance Sunday the branch collected £10,576.37 which puts us on target for our best ever year! We hope that Littleport will continue to…

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About The Royal British Legion

About The Royal British Legion

The British Legion was formed on 15 May 1921, from four Organisations of ex-Servicemen, established after the First World War. We help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families all year round. We also campaign to improve their lives, organise the Poppy Appeal and remember the fallen. WHAT THE POPPY MEANS The poppy is: A symbol of Remembrance and hope Worn by millions of people Red because of…

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A Dispatch from the Royal British Legion Battle’s Over

A Dispatch from the Royal British Legion Battle’s Over

In August 1914 the then Foreign Secretary made the statement ‘The lights are going out all over Europe. We won’t see them lit again in our time!’ In 2014 the Littleport Branch of the Royal British Legion held a candlelit vigil to commemorate the centenary of the last hour of peace. This year, on Remembrance Sunday, we are holding a second event to commemorate ‘Battle’s Over.’ Battle’s Over is a national event during which beacons…

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The Royal British Legion meets Pos+Ability in Littleport and visits a new Drop in Centre in Ely

The Royal British Legion meets Pos+Ability in Littleport and visits a new Drop in Centre in Ely

In April, I was invited to attend a meeting of an organisation called Pos+Ability. The group meet on Friday mornings, from 10.00 – 12.00 in the new Leisure Centre. The aim of Pos+Ability is to give aid to people who have disabilities brought on by Stroke, TIAs, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, and other long term conditions. The aims of the group are to: support independent living at home, maintain cognitive skills, help prevent…

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