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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Final figure in for our Poppy Appeal 2016

Final figure in for our Poppy Appeal 2016

What a wonderful year! My final year, writes Garth McGowen. During the Remembrance period 2017 I received the final figure for the Poppy Appeal of 2016; our financial and collection period being from 1 October to 30 September. For 2016 the final total came to £10,779.34 which was, by far, the best total ever achieved in Littleport. The first full year in which I was Poppy Appeal Organiser was 2003 and the appeal raised £4697.51,…

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A Message from the Littleport Branch of The Royal British Legion

A Message from the Littleport Branch of The Royal British Legion

Garth McGowan, Littleport Branch committee member, Parade Marshal and Poppy Appeal Organiser, wants to thank everyone who has supported the Legion over the past year, especially for all those helpers who participated in yet another successful Poppy Appeal. The Littleport Branch of the Royal British Legion wish you and yours a happy Christmas and happy and healthy New Year. About the Royal British Legion The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity…

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Littleport Royal British Legion

Littleport Royal British Legion

I need to start his article on a sad note. On Friday 7 July 2017 Rex Strawson passed away. Rex was, for many years, the Branch Chairman of Littleport Royal British Legion. At a time when recruiting new members, in particular committee members, was difficult Rex played a vital part in keeping the Legion alive in this community. On behalf of the current committee members I would like to pay tribute to his work and…

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WHAT IS THE POPPY APPEAL?

WHAT IS THE POPPY APPEAL?

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. Each year, an army of volunteers distribute our iconic paper poppies throughout the nation, collecting donations in return to help support the vital work we do for the Armed Forces community. Members of the public wear the paper poppy on their chest as a symbol of Remembrance: to remember the fallen Service men and women…

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