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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Poppy Appeal 2016

Poppy Appeal 2016

At the time of writing it gives me a great deal of happiness to report that the 2016 poppy Appeal currently stands at £8800. This sum stands close to the highest final amount that has been raised in Littleport ever. The branch hope that for the first time the Appeal total will pass £9000. Between now and the end of the Appeal in September the branch will be holding two further fund raisers. The first…

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The Littleport Branch of the Royal British Legion

The Littleport Branch of the Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity and one of its largest membership organisations. Members get together through the network of branches and clubs all over the country and overseas to participate in social, fundraising and welfare activities. Littleport Branch committee meets on the third Thursday of the month, except January and February (no meeting), at 20.00 hours, at the Ex-Serviceman’s Club, Ponts Hill, Littleport. The Littleport Ex-Serviceman’s Club is not…

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Littleport Remembers In November

Littleport Remembers In November

The annual Remembrance Day parade and service is on Sunday November 13th and will march off as it does every year after assembling at the Littleport Ex- Servicemen’s Club in the morning. All community groups and parish councillors participate, with Littleport Brass Band leading the way. The band rehearses all year round of course, and apart from other distinguished concert appearances is always more high profile during the week in which Remembrance Sunday and Armistice…

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Littleport War Memorial

Littleport War Memorial

Over the course of recent years I have put together some research into the men who are listed on the Littleport War Memorial as having died in the Great War. The result of the work is now ready for viewing but it is not being published in book form. The work will be made available for viewing, free of charge, in the Heritage Centre. Any person who wishes to look at the work is welcome…

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