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ASHTON UNDER LYNE Branch marks
VJ Day at Ashton War Memorial
Saturday 15th August 2020
The Royal British Legion calls on the nation to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from home.
As people are no longer able to attend national and regional VE Day 75 commemorations or events due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Royal British Legion is playing a central role in the delivery of a range of remote activity for people to participate in from home. This includes a VE Day 75 livestream, national moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving and a learning pack for young people.
The Legion is inviting all its members to join together in encouraging people of all generations and communities to take part in the activities on 8th May and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation. As society faces some of the most challenging times since of the Second World War, it is now more important than ever to unite in recognition of service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago.
Royal British Legion Schedule
1100-1102 – Two Minute Silence
1115-1200 – The Royal British Legion VE75 Livestream
2000-2110 – VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration, BBC One
2100 – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong
Two Minute Silence
The Legion is calling on people to join in a national moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May and pause for a Two Minute Silence, not only in recognition of the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, but also to reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.
People are invited to take part in the Silence in whatever way they feel appropriate be that standing at their window, stepping outside their home, whilst remaining distanced from others, or taking the opportunity for a quiet moment of reflection. To build momentum towards this important moment, please share this with your communities and encourage everyone to come together in Remembrance at 11am.
The Royal British Legion Livestream
Following the Silence the Legion is hosting a VE Day livestream, sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War. The Legion is inviting people to grab a cup of tea and join us for the livestream as we bring the World War Two generation together with today’s generation to chat about their experiences.
Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. The stream will be live from 11.15am on the Legion’s website rbl.org.uk/veday75.
VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration BBC ONE: 20:00 – 21:10
To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC in partnership with The Royal British Legion will honour and celebrate the World War Two Generation with an evening of memories and music. Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, together with Britain’s favourite performers who will entertain us with popular songs of the era. In a fitting finale at 9.00 pm we will see the nation unite for a very special rendition of “We’ll Meet Again” as we all give thanks to our veterans and remember our loved ones.
‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong
Lyrics available on The Royal British Legion website https://www.rbl.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong
VE Day 75 Learning Pack
Designed for 7-14 year olds the learning pack includes first-hand accounts from the Second World War generation, veteran interviews and a range of activities to allow families to explore and commemorate VE Day 75 together. People can follow the activity on social media using #VEDay75 and #VEDay75Live during the livestream.
Message from the Director General
Over these last weeks I have spoken to many people who are doing all they can to keep our country and communities working, from those in the big supermarkets to friends trying to run their own small businesses, from those who are Serving to politicians and to delivery drivers, from other charities to staff working across the Legion and with members who are supporting our beneficiaries in communities across the UK and Europe. We are all facing real and fundamental issues with huge unknowns and many common challenges and shared concerns. All are doing their very best to understand and navigate this new world. None have all the answers. None expect to get everything right but all I have spoken to are determined to play their part as best they can and build stronger communities and nations as we emerge from this.
The Legion was created as a response to massive challenge and change. The red poppy took root and grew as a national (indeed international) symbol of remembrance and hope. This short message reflects those challenges and that shared determination. Please forgive the rather home made recording.
County Conference 2020
Jack White Cup
Following on from Greater Manchester County Conference yesterday, I can only say what an amazing day for the Branch. Congratulations to both Chelsea Egerton - County Standard Bearer and Lewis Castle - County Youth Standard Bearer. Both Chelsea and Lewis were sworn in as the County Standard Bearers by the County Chairman Joe Larrigan. Also the Branch won the Norman Webster Memorial Shield for the highest amount raised for the Poppy Appeal in 2018-19. To make it more poignant this is the first time in the cup's history that the Branch has won it. We also were the winners of the Jack White Cup, which is awarded to the Branch that has shown the most overall progress in respect of the work of the RBL in Greater Manchester. A huge thanks to all the Branch members and volunteers who has helped the branch have a clean sweep at the conference. 2020 will be huge for the Branch to try and improve on what we have done, we can only get better.
Norman Webster Memorial Shield
For more photos please go to page on County Conference 2020
Battlefield Tour August 2019
Travelling from the hotel we headed to the Somme, starting at Serre starting at Serre, where we visited Sheffield Park and talk about the Pals Battalions that attacked there on the 1stJuly 1916, from there to Sunken Lane, Hawthorn Crater and Beaumont Hamel. We will then headed to Newfoundland Park, Ulster Tower and Thiepval.
The Glory Hole, although on private land, we gained permission to enter and see the work the tunnellers did.
After lunch we will head to Lochangar Crater, on to the Welsh Division memorial at Mametz, the German Cemetery at Fricourt, Deville Wood and finishing the day at Carnoy, Montauban area where the British and French stood shoulder to shoulder.
We begin by looking at the commemoration of Britain’s dead at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British war cemetery in the world, taking time to also see the visitors’ centre. At Vancouver Corner we examine the use of gas in the trenches and see the moving ‘Brooding Soldier’ memorial to the Canadians who defended Ypres in 1915 and at Langemarck German Cemetery we see how Germany commemorated her dead and look at the story of ‘Fritz’ on the other side of No Man’s Land. After lunch at Hooge, an opportunity guests can either visit the museum or walk up and onto the Bellewaarde Ridge, this was the scene of severe fighting (We then travel down the Messines Ridge to Ploegsteert to see the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing).
Arras & Vimy Ridge - We spend today in northern France visiting the 'Forgotten Front' between Flanders and the Somme. Starting on the Loos Battlefield, the scene of the first major British offensive of WW1, we see where the fighting took place and also the Loos Memorial and Dud Corner Cemetery. After lunch in Arras an opportunity to look at life beneath the Western Front in the Wellington Quarries, going underground to see where thousands sheltered on the eve of battle.
At the Arras Memorial we pay our respects to the Missing and see the Air services Memorial to those who died above the battlefields in WW1 and end our day with a visit to the stunning Vimy Ridge memorial at Hill 145 to examine the attack by Canadian forces here in April 1917. Providing the tunnels are open guests will have time to go in them.
see gallery for more photos
LOCAL MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION TO REPRESENT from Ashton Under Lyne AT WW1 COMEMMORATIONS IN BELGIUM
Chris Moulton, Danny Quinn, Molly Mason and Karen Brown will travel to Europe for The Royal British Legion’s Great Pilgrimage 90
5-9th August 2018
Members of the Ashton Under Lyne branch of The Royal British Legion are to join thousands on a pilgrimage of Remembrance to World War One battlefield that culminates in a parade and ceremony in Ypres as part of the end of the First World War centenary commemorations this August.
The Royal British Legion event, known as Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90), takes place between the 5th and 9th of August and will be one of the largest in the charity’s history.
GP90 will mark 90 years since the original Royal British Legion Pilgrimage in 1928,which saw 11,000 World War One veterans and war widows visit the battlefields of the Somme in France and Ypres in Belgium, a decade after the conflict ended.
That Pilgrimage culminated in a march through Ypres to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Menin Gate Memorial for a ceremony to commemorate the launch of The Hundred Days Offensive and in remembrance of those who never returned.
Local Legion members, Danny Quinn and Chris Moulton will represent Ashton Under Lyne Branch and the local community at the event, as Standard Bearer and wreath layer respectively. Also at the event Molly Mason and Karen Brown who are representing Ashton Under Lyne Womens Section also as Standard Bearer and wreath layer respectively.
Danny, Chris, Molly and Karen will tour some of the same battlefields and cemeteries visited by those on the 1928 Pilgrimage, before marching along the original route through Ypres, to the Menin Gate on the 8th August, bearing their branch standards and wreaths.
They will join more than 2,200 other Legion representatives and dignitaries, including Civic and military guests from the UK, Commonwealth and Northern Europe who are taking part. Once at the Menin Gate, Chris and Karen will lay wreaths on behalf of the Ashton Under Lyne community.
We also have Branch member Chelsea Egerton carrying the “County Youth Standard” and Branch member Janet Egerton laying a wreath on behalf of the The Royal British Legion Greater Manchester County.
Scott Pringle Chairman of the Ashton Under Lyne Branch of The Royal British Legion, comments: “Great Pilgrimage 90 is a unique opportunity for the Legion community to come together and bear our Standards along the same route in Ypres taken 90 years earlier by the veterans and widows of the First World War. The Ashton Under Lyne Branch looks forward to proudly representing the town at the event, and it’s absolutely fabulous to have so many Branch members that can take part in the Pilgrimage.
As local champions of Remembrance, the Ashton Under Lyne Branch of The Royal British Legion is looking to work in partnership with their community to bring their unique Remembrance message to the Menin Gate, on their wreaths, where it will be displayed in a wreath installation for viewing by the general public until the end of August.
The Branch have members who have been chosen to help with the Parade, David Brown who is our Branch President, will be Assistant National Parade Marshal, and over the last 18 months has been instrumental in the organising and set-up of the Pilgrimage. David will be assisted by 32 Parade Marshals on the day and the Branch also have Mary Cahill, John Thornhill and Scott Pringle who will carry out the role of Parade Marshals, making sure the Parade is smooth and the Pilgrimage is delivered in a professional manner, ensuring appreciation is shown to all those that have fell before us.
The parade will start at midday and we encourage the public to make the trip across to Ypres for the 8th August and fill the Market Square to watch the parade, One Hundred Days ceremony and then enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment including The Central Band of the Royal British Legion.
If you want to find out more about GP90 or your local Royal British Legion branch, then please visit http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/a/ashton-under-lyne
The Western Front Trek
Alison Hardy is taking part in this trek, which will see her trekking along the Western Front with the Legion to remember the incredible sacrifices made by all those who fought in the First World War and raise vital funds for the Armed Forces Community.
To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War this trek provides a unique perspective as we walk between the prominent battle-sites, often following the lines that divided German and Allied forces. There are beautiful views over the now-tranquil countryside, but as we walk along the hill-ridges and through the fields and woodland, it is all-too-easy to imagine events of the past.
This is a poignant experience as well as a physical challenge – a memorable and meaningful way to raise funds for today's Service men and women, veterans, and their families.
Alison is looking to raise vital funds for the Poppy Appeal, and has setup a justgiving page, where any donations would be kindly accepted.
POPPY TEA PARTY
Alison Hardy organised her second poppy tea party at Broadoak Community Centre and was well supported by over 50 ladies for afternoon tea and cakes. Alison raised £625 for the poppy appeal and was delighted with the response.
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Ashton under Lyne Branch meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at The Broadoak Community Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne, commencing at 7:00pm.
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