Ashton under Lyne Branch

Welcome to the Ashton under Lyne Branch of The Royal British Legion


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Those who would like to attend the above are asked to send payment of £22.00 to David Brownnot later than 25th Sept., Cheques to be made payable to: Tameside Armed Services Community for the performance on 31st October at 7:30pm. Ring 0161 342 4080 or email david.brown@tameside.gov.uk

Payment URGENTLY required






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David Brown - Branch President meeting young rainbows and having a talk with them about poppies

 Rainbow Unit Hyde


Clay Pigeon Shoot Sunday 25th Spetember 2016

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Members of the branch had an enjoyable afternoon shooting at Boar's Head Shhoting Gallery yesterday and made £45 for the Poppy Appeal, many thanks to Scott for organising and for Christian for being the perfect host.

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Ashton Arcade 30th June 2016

The Branch were kindly given the community table for the day in Ashton Arcades, which we would like to thank them for their continued support.  The public were brilliant and on the day we raised £430.83 for the Poppy Appeal.

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 Iona hasreleased a CD for The Poppy Appeal at a suggested donation of £2.00, but you can give more.  The CD contains 3 songs written by Iona:

1: You Always Return In My Dreams

2: A Woman's War

3: Lest We Forget

If you would like a copy of the CD please contact Iona at the following:

infor@ionafisher.com or 07891637774

Ionas Front Cover



Ionas Back Cover


Packed Programme for First World War Centenary

Ww1centenarythumbnailOriginal drama is at the heart of a packed programme of events organised by Tameside Cultural Services to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The community as a whole, but especially veterans, have been involved in arranging a schedule which appeals to all ages and tastes, fully reflects the borough’s heritage, and commemorates this historic landmark in an appropriate manner.

Two productions have been specially written. “Bantams”, which will be staged at the Festival Theatre, Hyde, in October, is a work by Manchester playwright Rob Johnston. It recounts the story of troops who were shorter than the peacetime British Army requirement of 5ft 3in but keen to serve their country and every bit as tough and fit as their taller comrades. A different perspective on the conflict is supplied by “Pack Up Your Troubles” (3 July). This features performing arts students from Ashton Sixth-Form College telling the true stories of Ashton Grammar School pupils who answered their country’s call.

This production highlights another key feature of the programme: partnerships. In organising the events, cultural services has worked with a wide range of groups including such prestigious names as The Lowry, Imperial War Museum North and the National Theatre, as well as the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hyde Festival Theatre and community groups.

Music is heavily represented too. Ashton and Mossley bands will be combining with local soloists for the Tameside Concert of Remembrance on 8 November.

Drama and music come together at the Festival Theatre on 5 November for “Silent Night” in partnership with Theatre in the Quarter. This is based on the experiences of Cheshire people on the home front and in the trenches as the realities of industrial warfare gradually dawned. Professional performers will be supported by a community choir and musicians.

Away from the stage, six exhibitions have been organised, ranging from “The Manchesters Go to War” at the Museum of the Manchester Regiment in Ashton Town Hall, to a reinterpretation of the 1920s Street at Portland Basin Museum.

Tameside’s Big Poppy Plant gives residents a chance to plant poppies which should be in full bloom by centenary day, 4 August, providing a vivid splash of scarlet across the borough. Armed Forces Day is on 28 June, and there is Discovery Day on 6 August. Both these events will feature 103 Regiment Royal Artillery as well as cadets and reservists. Throughout the year veterans will be visiting schools and helping children qualify for the Arts Award. They will be accompanying youngsters on visits to the National Memorial Arboretum and to see a performance of “War Horse”.

Cllr Jackie Lane, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “The First World War was one of the defining events of the 20th century. It led to huge changes in Britain and across Europe and the world. “The programme of events organised by cultural services looks at all aspects of the conflict. It will inform, entertain, challenge and, most importantly, involve the residents of our borough.”



The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Armed Forces charity and one of its largest membership organisations. Members get together through the network of branches and clubs all over the country and overseas to participate in social, fundraising and welfare activities.

Ashton under Lyne Branch meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at The Armoury, Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, commencing at 7:30pm.

In conjunction with The Old Comrades and Tameside MBC, on the 1st Sunday of February, May, August and Remembrance Sunday November., a service is held at the War Memorial, Ashton under Lyne. Please assemble at 12.15pm.

Membership is open to everyone. If you have an interest in the objectives of the Legion and want to help and support for those who have served and their families, come and join us. We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not.

Legion membership ensures that

  • Remembrance is kept alive and that the sacrifices our brave Service men and women have made are never forgotten.
  • The ex-Service community have a voice and that their concerns are brought to the public eye.

Becoming a member also provides the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities and events held locally, regionally and nationally throughout the year.

Membership can be arranged locally, please email our Secretary Karen Brooks giving details of your name, address and telephone number, for an application form.

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About The Royal British Legion

We provide financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families- please see our Welfare Services page. The Legion is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.

Founded in 1921, the Legion is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting for the freedom we enjoy today.

Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk for details of our national initiatives.



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