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Dear Members

Today I have been talking to HQ in London about the closing of our Branch and explained to them about keeping our registration with our French association.

It was clear that HQ do not want our Branch to close so they have suggested if the committee agree to stay on just to keep the Branch ticking over for the next couple of years with as minimal paperwork and finances as possible so we can carry on.

The Standard can be used for ceremonies.

I have contacted the committee members who are involved and all have agreed to carry on.

David Bashford (Basha) will take over as Treasure, Kev Ball as Secretary, Pam Bashford Welfare, Gordon Rayfield as President and Rodney Curtis as Chairman. All other members of committee can stand down and I wish to thank them for all the help they have given us in the past year which has not been the easiest for anyone.

My wish is you will all stay with the Royal British Legion Branch Central Brittany and wish you all well for our future.

If you all agree to this new idea and committee, please contact me so we can let HQ know thank you -

Stay Safe
Kind regards

Rodney Curtis



Dear Members,

As many of you may know this year has been the most difficult one for our Branch and the Royal British Legion in general.

Sadly I have to tell you that our Branch will be closing in November.

I wish to thank you all for your loyalty over the past 14 years and for remaining members of our Branch.

We will be keeping our French registration as it is hoped we can reopen the Branch in a couple of years and hope you will all come back, God willing.

In the meantime if you wish to carry on with your membership of the Royal British Legion, you can either join another Branch of your choice or go ‘on hold’ to the Saint James Branch in London, which is what I am going to do. Full details of membership renewal can be found on the main Royal British Legion website.

The committee wish you all the very best for the future and hope we will all meet together some time.


Rodney Curtis



Hello Everyone,
I hope you are all well and keeping safe.
Thank you to the 24 members who answered my email regarding future meetings and volunteers for next years committee.
Unfortunately without the necessary volunteers to fill committee positions we cannot continue as a Branch and I will have to make the necessary arrangements with HQ TRBL in London to start the closedown process.
It may be that in the future the Branch could be resurrected, but for now we will have to close down.
I intend to hold the final AGM in early November at a suitable safe location. You will be given enough notice should you wish to attend.
Thank you all for your support over the last 14 years.
Please send any reply’s to me using the email address
Yours Sincerely and Stay Safe
Rodney Curtis
Branch Chairman


Confirmation Picnic: 22nd September 2020: 1130hrs

Thank you for your answers and almost everyone has asked for our garden. So -

You are all invited to BRING YOUR OWN picnic to share in our garden (or in the open barn if the weather is not good) to celebrate 75 years since VJ day in 1945. I know it is a little late. This MAY be the last time we can all get together for some sort of social, and as 'Tricia has asked me to organise an event where her greetings cards will be available, I thought it would be a good idea to combine the two events.

So if you don't live to far away, please come here from 11.30 onwards on September the 22nd with your own picnic. There should be enough tables and chairs for you to place where you like in the garden; we also have parasols etc for shade. The open barn will be available too if necessary, but if you want to be absolutely sure of a seat, perhaps you should bring your own. I can send directions if you need them - remember we are NOT in the village itself.

There is a possibility we MAY have some entertainment as well.

We will have a plant swap table, so if you have any that would be lovely - I have a few here. Also as I said, 'Tricia's cards and a Poppy table of course. If you have books, an idea is to put them on the 'Bring and Buy' table, where there will be a few cakes. If you would like to contribute for the table, please bring anything suitable for sale, including wrapped slices of cake (mine will be like that), or wrapped and priced whole cakes.

Please do come if you can and it would be appreciated if you would be able to let us know.

Best wishes to you all and KEEP WELL,

Kate Curtis
Poppy Appeal Organiser



Hello Everyone,

As you all know, I have been keen to organise an event to celebrate 75 years since VJ day. So now I am asking for your thoughts on the matter. 

The Relais where we normally have our socials is unable to entertain us in the open air. 'Tricia has offered to bring her greetings cards at a meeting, and as you know she is always very generous with her donations to the Poppy Appeal. 

Personally, I am very concerned about meeting indoors where the virus can be spread more easily.

 Suggestions are as follows and please DO REPLY letting me know your thoughts on the matters and if you have better ideas.

  1. In our GARDEN (open barn if the weather is bad) a bring your own lunchtime picnic followed by the opportunity to purchase 'Tricia's cards in the afternoon. Of course, I would have a Poppy Table as well and another idea is a plant swap table. The Poppy Appeal account is very poor, and we won't be able to make anything much this year, sadly. Possibly September the 22nd, or during that week.
  2. Asking the Relais to organise a social as usual INDOORS.
  3. Colin has very kindly offered his garden too, but has no toilet facilities outside as we do here.

Best wishes to you all and please do reply. I know most of you live too far away, however.




Hello Everyone,

On Tuesday 16th June 2020 the committee met and the main topic to discuss was the future of the Branch. The Covid 19 Pandemic has stopped us dead in our tracks and we have to make decisions regarding our future, but more importantly the safety and wellbeing of our membership. Currently, there are no plans to resume the monthly social meetings and it looks unlikely there will be any before the scheduled AGM in November. Below, I have reproduced the two principle and other conditions we have received from our HQ in London regarding meetings:

• Attendance at a meeting is non-compulsory and at your own personal risk.
• The RBL will not accept any liability for any illness or injuries caused by attending an event / meeting.

The following conditions have been imposed:

• Branch to issue notice (above) to all invited attendees prior to the meeting
• Numbers stated for the meeting / event are not to be exceeded (10 max)
• All attendees are to comply local governments regulations/ laws and restrictions at all times
• Branch is responsible for checking current laws.

Restrictions, regulations prior to the meeting and inform the MSO Overseas of changes that may affect permissions given. Some of the conditions stated above will have changed as the easing of restrictions come into effect and the rules become more fluid, especially between the UK and us here in Brittany.

We would like to ask you two questions. It is important that you respond, otherwise we will not be in a position to make important decisions:

1. Would you attend the Monthly social meetings, should they resume?

2. Would you volunteer to fill any of the committee posts that will be available and need to be filled in November. The posts that need to be filled are:

a. Chairman/Woman
b. Vice Chairman/Woman
c. Secretary
d. Treasurer
e. Events Secretary
f. Book co-ordinator
g. Welfare Secretary
h. Welfare Caseworker

Clearly without volunteers to stand on the committee we cannot continue and the Branch will close after the AGM. Please send your responses directly to me Basha: and I will consolidate and send to Rodney and the Committee.

If you would like to respond directly to Rodney you may do so at:


Rodney Curtis

David Bashford



Good Morning everyone,

I hope this finds you all well and coping with the ‘Lockdown’

Rodney has asked me to send you this information regarding Bogus Police Officers operating within Brittany. 

It never fails to amaze me the depths some people will go to 'con' you out of your money, even in these difficult times.

In simple terms: Don’t pay a fine upfront in cash. If you have got it wrong with your paperwork you will receive your fine through the post, similar to speeding fines, if you’ve ever received one! ( I am a very good boy and have never exceeded the speed limit in the 16 years we have been here!!)….afternote from Pamela: ; Yea right!!

The latest ‘Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire' has the ’Time’ as well as date of journey, if you haven’t got it please let me know and I will wing one off to you at warp-speed.

From Rodney:

If stopped and asked for ID, ask to see the agents ID and never pay the 'fine' on the spot. 

You are entitled to 'un PV en bon et due forme' And if you meet these fraudsters, please report them to the gendarmerie.
❌ The Ministère de l'Intérieur 🇫🇷 is warning against false police checks.
If you are stopped and don't have a travel waiver:
NEVER pay the 135€ fine on the spot
The Gendarmerie/Police always write up a report (on paper/electronic)
The fine is sent by post.

Pamela and I have spent some time in the garden, a little sunbathing between jobs!

On a more serious note, now is the time we really need to make sure that our friends are OK. Whilst we can’t get together socially, we can still make sure things are fine with our friends, a brief phone call goes a long way.

Maybe set up a ‘Buddie - Buddie’  system with a regular call. I call them ‘Perch’ calls…"Just phoning to say we’re still on our perches, how are you?”

Did you know that Pharmacies are honouring out of date prescriptions?

Wear gloves when you go out to the rubbish bin, the refuse collectors may have handled 200 bins that day!

Wear gloves when you fill up with fuel, who handled the nozzle and used the keypad before you?

Same again for shopping trolleys…..gloves.

When you wash your hands….do you REALLY wash them?

All of the above may seem to be patronising, but we want you to be really safe and stay healthy.

If any of you have other tips on ways to improve our safety please email me.

That’s all from me folks.


David Bashford

Newsletter Editor



After consultation with the local Marie, the decision has been taken to postpone this years Spring Troc to a date later in the year.

Please pass this information on to your circle of friends.

Our apologies for this decision but the well-being of our membership and supporting community is paramount.

Kind Regards


Rodney Curtis




Following the confirmation of 19 positive cases of the Coronavirus in Morbihan announced today we have reluctantly decided to cancel tomorrows social - 3rd March.

We know this will come as a disappointment to some of you but your wellbeing is of the utmost concern to us. 

The ongoing recommendations of self isolation and increased personal hygiene measures are also being recommended and the Prefectures will review further measures on 15th March.

For your further information The Prefecture de Morbihan has closed the Ciné Roch, Guémené sur Scorff until at least the 15th March.

We will inform you of any further advice when we receive it.

Stay safe out there.

Kind Regards 

Rodney Curtis



NEWSLETTER - March 2020

Good Evening Everyone,

Well, this weather pattern has been a little testing I would say. I went out yesterday in bright sunshine and blue skies only to be battered 20 minutes later by bitter winds and a pummelling  by sharp hail. Hopefully a calm spring and balmy summer is just around the corner!

The Coronavirus continues to dominate the headlines and we must still be vigilant with regards to meetings and personal contact. The recommendation now is to stop the traditional handshake, kiss and hug we all enjoy, so please be mindful of that on Tuesday.

The Troc is due to be held on the 5th April and we will monitor the health guidelines with regards to meetings etc. We will still plan for the Troc to go ahead and to that end we need the normal gang of volunteers to help in the kitchen and with the set-up and clean-up. Please contact Dave and Sandra Belsten for kitchen help and Kevin Ball for other help.

Monthly Social - 3rd March 2020 - Au Relais de l’Oust 1200hrs for 1230hrs Start

Entertainment this month will be a quiz, there will also be the normal raffle and book stall and Kate will have her Poppy Appeal merchandise for sale.

Kind Regards 


Rodney Curtis




Good Afternoon Everyone,

We have discussed the ongoing problems of potentially life threatening viruses in France and have decided to cancel the social meeting planned for this coming Tuesday 4th February 2020.

We are most concerned about the ongoing and worsening Coronavirus that is now confirmed in France. There is also a highly contagious Gastric virus more local to us.

We would not like to be responsible for spreading either of these potentially fatal viruses.

Thank you for your support in this urgent matter.

Please relay this message to any members that may not have picked up this email.

Kindest Regards


Rodney Curtis



We can reveal that the Central Brittany Branch raised an incredible €20,004.17 + £917.70 in 2019 for the Poppy Appeal Fund. We were just short of the €20k mark before the last social meeting but did have offers from two lovely people to make up the difference. After the social we found though that we had happily managed to successfully achieve our target thanks to the generosity of the attendees! We would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone and a very happy and healthy New Year to all.

Best wishes and many thanks.

Kate and Rodney Curtis.


NEWSLETTER - January 2020

Good Evening Everyone,

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year, indeed, welcome to a New Decade!

Just a reminder that we WILL be having a social meeting in January: Tuesday 7th January 2020 at 1200hrs.

Whilst we welcome in a New Year and Decade, please spare a thought and prayer for the people and animals in Australia, suffering the devastation of terrible bush fires raging out of control.


From Kate; The 2019 Poppy Appeal now stands at an incredible €19,716.67, a huge thank you for your continued support throughout the year, BUT wouldn’t it be great to reach the magic €20,000 figure, SO if you still have poppy boxes to hand in please could you help by handing them in as soon as possible. I will be raiding my piggy bank too!

Social Tuesday 7th January 2020 1200 for 1230hrs - Au Relais de l’Oust

We will have the Poppy Appeal table, Welfare, Books a quiz and Raffle.

Chinese New Year - The year of the Dog

Basha has booked 30 places for 1200hrs on the 23rd January 2020 at The Lanterne Rouge, Pontivy. Please email Basha if you would like to attend. 

I will see some of you on Tuesday.

Kindest Regards


Rodney Curtis


(Newsletter compiled by: David Bashford). 


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