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Local Poppy Appeal launched at Parkway Station

Posted on Friday 23rd October 2015 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cummings MBE helps launch the Stoke Gifford RBL branch's Poppy Appeal for 2015/16.

The Stoke Gifford branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL) launched its 2015/16 Poppy Appeal with a ceremony in the foyer of Bristol Parkway Station this afternoon (Friday 23rd October).

The branch was pleased to welcome a special guest, Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cummings MBE, who cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the start of the local appeal.

Mr Cummings retired from the army in 1983 following 33 years of service with the Royal Corps of Signals, during which he saw service in the Middle & Far East and on the continent. He was made an MBE for his welfare work at the Ministry of Defence, where he spent 14 years after retiring from the army. He became a resident of the Royal Hospital (home of the Chelsea Pensioners) following the death of his wife in 2009.

The ceremony was also attended by Station Manager Linda Swainger, Jack Lopresti MP (RBL branch vice president), members of the 1st Stoke Gifford (Old School Rooms) Scout troop and other supporters of the local RBL branch.

Parkway Station is one of the main sites for the branch’s fundraising efforts, along with the Asda store in Filton, Sainsbury’s in Stoke Gifford and the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Branch members will be collecting at each of the four venues daily from 9am to 6pm until Sunday 8th November. In addition to traditional poppies, the branch will be once again be selling its popular knitted poppies, along with wristbands, snapbands, centenary edition enamel badges, car badges and wooden crosses.

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Local Poppy Appeal launched at Parkway Station

Posted on Tuesday 4th November 2014 at 5:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Launch of the 2014 Poppy Appeal at Parkway Station, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

The Stoke Gifford branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL) launched its 2014 Poppy Appeal with a ceremony in the foyer of Bristol Parkway Station on Friday 24th October.

The ceremony was attended by Station Manager Linda Swainger, Jack Lopresti MP (RBL branch vice president) and members of the Bristol Squadron of the RBL Riders (motorcyclists).

Parkway Station is one of the main sites for the branch’s fundraising efforts, along with the Asda store in Filton, Sainsbury’s in Stoke Gifford and the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Branch members will be collecting at each of the four venues daily from 9am to 6pm until Sunday 9th November.

The branch will again be supplying its legendary knitted poppies which have been a great hit in recent years. Last year it sold 3,500 of them, raising thousands for the Poppy Appeal.

Hilary Bloor, RBL branch chair, said:

“The Poppy Appeal launch is the start of our year for collecting monies for the welfare and support of service and ex-service personnel, their families and dependants. Last year, the Stoke Gifford branch raised about £35,000 and we appreciate the public’s generosity to this cause.”

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Local poppy appeal launched at Parkway Station

Posted on Friday 25th October 2013 at 4:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Launch of the Royal British Legion Stoke Gifford Branch Poppy Appeal 2013.

Local MP Jack Lopresti joined the Stoke Gifford Branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL) to launch their 2013 Poppy Appeal at Bristol Parkway Station today (Friday 25th October).

The ceremony was also attended by Station Manager Linda Swainger and members of the Bristol Squadron of the RBL Riders (motorcyclists).

The local RBL branch will again be supplying its legendary knitted poppies which have been a great hit in recent years. Last year it had 3,500 of them, raising thousands for the Poppy Appeal.

Parkway Station is one of the main sites for the branch’s fundraising efforts, along with Sainsbury’s supermarket in Stoke Gifford and the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Branch members will be collecting at each of the three venues daily from 9am to 6pm between Saturday 26th October and Sunday 10th November.

At 11am on Monday 11th November, two minutes silence will be observed at each of the collection points.

A remembrance service will be held at the Stoke Gifford war memorial on The Green, North Road at 10.20am on Sunday 10th November, followed by a church service at the Baptist Church in Rock Lane.

The Legion is always looking for volunteers for its work; if you are interested please contact John Moloney on 07802 535591.

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Local Poppy Appeal launched at Parkway Station

Posted on Sunday 28th October 2012 at 3:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Launch of the Royal British Legion Stoke Gifford Branch Poppy Appeal 2012.

The award winning Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) launched its 2012 Poppy Appeal on Friday (26th October) at Parkway Station.

The branch has been raising record amounts for the Poppy Appeal in recent years. In 2010/11, it raised £30,500 and then in 2011/12 it broke even that record with £37,500.

In 2010/11,  the Stoke Gifford branch won the RBL Gloucestershire County Marling Cup for most improved branch, and achieved third place in the Williams Cup for increasing its poppy appeal total by over 27%.

Branch Poppy Appeal organiser John Moloney has set a target for the 2012/13 year for the branch to raise £40,000, which is a challenge in these tough financial times.

Nationally, the RBL raised £40 million in 2011/12, and for this year has set a national target £42 million.

Branch spokesman David Bell said:

“We are very grateful to the public for their continued support; it is with that support that we are able to help those who have served.”

Chair of Welfare Terry Webber said:

“The Poppy Appeal will bring us the vital cash we need to help ex-service personnel and their families, and current members of the services, to provide the help they require. The welfare work and the need are growing.”

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