The Chesterton and Wendlebury Branch is the local branch of the nationwide Royal British Legion. Meetings are held 4 times a year at venues which vary from meeting to meeting and membership is open to anybody who wishes to support this worthy charity.
Further details can be obtained from the Chairman, David Chapman on 01869 241629 or the Branch Secretary, Mike Harris on 01869 242220.
The Royal British Legion is the custodian of remembrance and each year the local branch is involved in the organisation of the Poppy Appeal for the local area. Last year (2010) we raised just under £5,000. The nationwide total was £36 million and this together with income from donations and legacies funds the work of the Legion.
What does the Royal British Legion do? The British Legion was formed in 1921 and 2011 celebrated its’ 90th Anniversary. The demands placed upon it for help and support to the armed forces community and their dependants continues. In 2011 over £70 million was spent on welfare and the running of the six residential homes for those eligible. More recently the Royal British Legion in partnership with the Help for Heroes charity is supporting the provision of four Personnel Recovery Centres for those seriously injured whilst in service. Further information about the Royal British Legion can be found on their website at http://www.britishlegion.org.uk
Two Minute Silence – Armistice Day
Remembrance Day, 11th November marks the end of the First World War. At 11 o’clock each year a two minute silence is observed. The nation remembers all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in whatever conflict on Remembrance Sunday and services are held in churches and at war memorials throughout UK and, of course, at the cenotaph in Whitehall.
Remembrance transcends all boundaries. The Legion seeks a small yet important individual and collective act, a rare moment when the nation can stand together and reflect on the price of freedom. That price is still being paid. More than 12,000 British Servicemen and women have been killed or injured on active service since 1945.