Welcome to the Atherton Branch of The Royal British Legion



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.

Branch meets at 2000hrs every 1st Thursday of Month at the Atherton Arms, 6 Tyldesley Road, Atherton, M46 9DD

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.

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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. 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 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. 

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Dedication of Atherton Cenotaph Memorial Garden


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  On Wednesday 26th October 2016 after a short dedication service by the Rector of Atherton the Reverend Reg Sinclair in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Wigan, Councillor & Mrs R Conway, Lord Peter Smith the Leader of Wigan Council,  Mr Andy Burnham, Member of Parliament for Leigh and representatives of local Ex Service Organisations the Memorial Garden was opened by Commander Harry Harley, President of Area 10 The Royal Naval Association.

 The Atherton Cenotaph Memorial Project ( ACMP ) was first started in 2004 when the Atherton Branch of The Royal British Legion was invited to join the project by the then Township Manager Lynn Kay. A draft proposal of our vision of how we saw the site being developed was put forward jointly by the Atherton RBL and Atherton RNA and accepted by the group as the way forward.

 The project was to be divided into phases, the first being the refurbishment of the Cenotaph and the installation of four flagpoles, the second being the construction of a Garden of Remembrance to its rear and the final stage being a notice board at the entrance to the Cemetery giving the location of the War Graves.

 Fundraising  soon began and a considerable amount of money was raised through private donors and grants and phase one was completed but before phase two was due to start the council said that they had been informed of unidentified mine workings on the site and called a halt to the project.

  In 2014 following the council’s plans to open allotments on the site and following strong representations from the branch to Wigan council a site meeting was arranged and a compromise was reached that would allow both a Garden of Remembrance and allotments on the site. Following a series of meetings with council officials draft plans of our vision of the garden were drawn up by Groundwork Trust and in 2015 permission to go ahead was finally given, a dedicated team from the RBL/ RNA was set up to manage the project, this consisted of Bob Splaine (Chair Atherton RBL), Peter Powell (Secretary Atherton RBL), Bernard Leaver (President Atherton RNA) and Peter Wilkie (Secretary Atherton RNA).

 In late 2015 community groups and councillors were invited to attend a meeting when the draft proposals were discussed. Over the next few months donations were received from RBL Atherton, RNA Atherton, Lloyds Bank, Atherton Rotary Club, Studio 7&9 Pottery, LST & Landing Craft Association, Nautilus International and Other Private Donors.

 In March 2016 a meeting was arranged with local councillors who said they would like to allocate £10,000.00 to the fund from their joint Brighter Boroughs Funds, this enabled us to open meaningful negotiations with Groundwork Trust to provide us with detailed plans that could be put out to tender.

 Work began in August 2016 with the group being informed that any short fall in funding would be met by grants from WW1 Centenary Fund and was completed in October when following the Dedication we launched the West Lancs County Poppy Appeal.



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