The Royal British Legion is the Custodian of Remembrance on behalf of the nation and also at the heart of a national network supporting the Armed Forces community. Each year the RBL spends more than £42 million providing rehabilition, welfare, housing, legal, educational and advisory services to current serving personel, veterans, their families and dependents. The RBL is alway there, through ‘thick and thin’, remembering the dead and supporting the living, thus ensuring their unique contribution is never forgotten.
The East Knoyle branch was incorporated in 1921, the same year as the main organisation was formed, so we have been ‘in’ from the very start. To this day, we continue to be a very active branch and enjoy tremendous support from the local community in our fund-raising efforts for the Poppy Appeal and Services of Remembrance.
In January 2017 we were awarded the accolade of ‘The Most Efficient Small Branch in Wiltshire'. Our local Poppy Appeal raised more than £10,000 in 2015, an amazing figure for a village with a population of just over 650. Our Remembrance Sunday service is filled to capacity with families actively encouraged to participate in both the service and laying of wreaths.
Branch meetings are held at 19:30 on the first Monday of every month (except bank holidays) at the Fox and Hounds. Social events, lunches, visits and talks are held throughout the year, and our aim is to maintain a friendly and inclusive atmosphere while supporting the serious and much needed work of the RBL.
New members and/or volunteer collectors for the Poppy Appeal are most welcome. Remember, you don’t have to be a service or ex-service member to join the Royal British Legion, just someone who would like to help make life a little easier for those who have suffered through military conflict.
Chairman: Mike Waterhouse, 01747 830251
Secretary: Ron Clark, 01747 830354