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Local Poppy Appeal for 2018/19 launched at Parkway Station

Posted on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 9:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Poppy Appeal Launch with (centre) Jack Lopresti MP and Chelsea Pensioner Dennis Morgan.

The Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) launched its 2018/19 Poppy Appeal with a ceremony in the foyer of Bristol Parkway Station on Friday 26th October.

The branch was pleased to welcome a special guest, Chelsea Pensioner Dennis Morgan, who cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the start of the local appeal. Mr Morgan, 71, retired from the army in 1987 following 23 years of service with the Royal Corps of Signal during which he completed overseas tours of duty in Borneo, Germany and Cyprus.

Mr Morgan has been a resident of the Royal Hospital Chelsea since January 2017. He is very active in his support of military charities and recently travelled to Spain to take part in an Armed Forces Day event. He is due to visit Paris later this month to attend an international ceremony marking the centenary of the end of World War 1.

The Parkway event was also attended by Jack Lopresti MP (RBL branch vice-president), members of local uniformed groups and motorcyclists from the Bristol RBL Riders.

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, the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.

Money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes to the RBL’s Welfare Fund, which is used to give help and support to serving and ex-service personnel and their families.

If you or someone you know needs help from the RBL, please contact the national helpline on 0808 802 8080.

The RBL has a drop-in centre at 60 Union Street, Bristol, where people can call in for advice and information on the charity’s support and community services.

The Stoke Gifford branch has raised around £50,000 for the Poppy Appeal in each of the last two years. It is always looking for volunteers for its work; if you are interested, please contact Billy Wylde on 07874 895993 or email

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Local RBL members make historic pilgrimage

Posted on Sunday 14th October 2018 at 7:57 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of a group of standard bearers at the GP90 event.

On 8th August 2018, five members of the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL), alongside thousands of other Legion members, recreated the march to the Menin Gate in Ypres that took place 90 years ago.

The original pilgrimage was organised to commemorate 10 years since the end of WW1 and gave veterans and war widows the opportunity to visit the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate on 8th August 1928. Exactly 90 years later, the Great Pilgrimage 90 took place.

Karen Falconer (standard bearer), Antony Peters (wreath layer), John Moloney (branch chairman), Brian Hewitt MBE and Veronica Caradine attended the event as representatives of the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion. Karen and Antony were part of the one thousand plus members who led the spectacular two-mile march through Ypres to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Menin Gate memorial.

When describing the event, John Moloney said:

“Being part of such an historic event, representing Stoke Gifford branch in commemorating those that lost their lives in the First World War, was an honour and something I will never forget.”

The march past was observed by invited diplomatic, civic and military guests. As part of this ceremony, each of the 1,152 Royal British Legion branches attending from the UK and overseas (as far away as Thailand, Hong Kong and the Falkland Islands) brought a wreath with them containing a Remembrance message from their communities. The wreaths were subsequently arranged into a display on the ramparts of the Ypres town walls and will remain in place for public viewing for at least two months.

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Your local British Legion branch needs YOU!

Posted on Saturday 6th October 2018 at 10:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Billy Wilde collecting for the Stoke Gifford RBL at Cribbs Causeway.

The Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) is urgently calling for new volunteers to come forward to help with this year’s Poppy Appeal collections, which started on 1st October.

The branch fears that it will be unable to fully staff its usual stands in the large local supermarkets, and also at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, due to a number of long-serving helpers having to retire from the role due to old age or frailty.

If volunteer numbers cannot be restored, the branch fears it could lose a significant proportion of what it currently raises in the area – approximately £100k for the Bristol Poppy Appeal (and ultimately for members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families needing our support).

Branch spokesperson David Bell said:

“We’re making a concerted effort to recruit more volunteers to help us raise this much needed money for the Poppy Appeal. We need volunteers particularly at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Sainsbury’s at Stoke Gifford, ASDA at Filton and the Willow Brook shopping centre in Bradley Stoke.”

Sue Potepa, RBL community fundraiser, Bristol and Districts, said:

“It would be wonderful for a new generation of volunteers to join us this year for the Poppy Appeal. Anyone can volunteer for these roles and if people could spare just a few hours to help, it would be really appreciated.”

Billy Wilde, 17, a student at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS), is keen to emphasise that people of all ages can help out. He said:

“I have been volunteering for the RBL since I was 5 years old and I have really enjoyed raising money for such a worthy cause, whilst making many new friends, of all ages, along the way. To be able to see how so many of our ex-servicemen and women are helped by the money we raise is incredibly moving.”

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Legion members to join WW1 anniversary pilgrimage

Posted on Saturday 28th July 2018 at 3:46 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of the GP90 cheque presentation.

Five members of the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (SG RBL) are travelling to France and Belgium this August to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1 by taking part in the Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90).

In the biggest membership event in its history, the RBL is recreating its 1928 pilgrimage to World War One battlefields. A decade after the end of WW1, veterans and war widows visited the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on 8th August 1928.

Exactly 90 years later, thousands of Legion members will recreate the 1928 Great Pilgrimage to visit the same battlefields and then, carry their standards along the same route to the Menin Gate, to commemorate the last 100 days of WW1 and represent an entire generation that served while defending their country. Once at the gate, a remembrance service will be held and afterwards, Legion members and spectators will head to the Great Square for an afternoon of exhibitions and musical performances.

Karen Falconer (standard bearer), John Maloney (wreath carrier) and Tony Peters will be representing the branch at the GP90, where they will visit the battlefields and then proudly march to the Menin Gate with the thousands of other Legion members. Brian Hewitt and Veronica Caradine will also be in attendance as spectators.

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