The Royal British Legion – Poppy Appeal
Once again the time is approaching for us to commemorate those who continue to die in their service to this country in Afghanistan as so many have done all over the world since the end of the Second World War. A small group of us from Chipperfield visited the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield in May and were deeply moved by this centre of remembrance which is open all the year round. Especially poignant was the huge memorial on which we saw the names of over 16,000 UK members of the armed services who have died since 1945 and to which new names are being added as you read this.
Whilst we will be remembering them again at the War Memorial and in St Paul’s Church on Sunday 13 November, we will also be thinking of those far greater numbers who have been injured in mind and body and are being helped by The Royal British Legion. Looking after these people in hospitals, care homes or their own homes costs the Legion over 50 million pounds a year. So, when the Poppy Day Collectors come to your door, or when you see boxes in every shop, pub and garage in the village, please remember the huge debt we owe to our soldiers, sailors and airmen and give even more generously than you have done in the past.
Our RBL Branch AGM will be held at Bucks Hill Cottage on Monday 21 November at 6pm. Non-members are also welcome. If coming, please phone 01923 267515
Giles Wyburd, Chairman