WELCOME to the Byfield and District Branch of The Royal British Legion's Web pages...
THIS is our "DIGITAL ARCHIVE" as well as our advisory on forthcoming events, and our activity record. To take advantage of this site you'll need some NAVIGATION skills because we have lots of pages for you to peruse. BUT FIRST...
We hope regular computer users will bear with us for the next few paragraphs because some of our older Members may require a little guidance...
PC users will find our list of Contents, one under another, on the left hand side of this Web site; we'll call this a "Content tool bar" or "Content drop-down menu".
Tablet users may have to select their “menu icon” (a box with horizontal lines within it, usually appearing in the top left hand corner of your device), to reveal those Contents.
If you hover your cursor (or in the case of Tablets, place your finger or stylus) over the Content item, that should reveal any sub-pages to that page on the right hand side of that vertical “Content” tool bar. There will also be a tiny arrowhead on the right of that Content item to indicate that there are one or more sub pages to that page.
Contents’ pages and their sub pages are opened by clicking (or tapping) on that title.
CLICK-on COLOUR? except for titles at the top of Contents' pages, words in coloured font (usually red font) have links to interesting places - just place your cursor over and CLICK!
IF the aforementioned action takes you away from our Web site to another site, to get back to Byfield RBL's Web site you should click-on the "back arrow" on the Web Browser you are using (usually a black arrow pointing left at the very top left of your Browser's page). However if you are just at a different part of our Web site, click-on any "back arrow" or Branch Home (that's this page) to reveal all the Contents of our site, listed vertically down the left hand side.
The Royal British Legion (RBL)...
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.
Remember ALL are welcome in the RBL - you don't have to be ex-service to be part of this organisation - men and women are welcomed as Members of our Branch and there are no age limits.
Byfield RBL usually meets in the Lower Annex of Byfield Village Hall NN11 6UT at 8 p.m. on the first Monday of every month, unless that falls on a bank holiday when our meeting is postponed to the second Monday of that month BUT... in 2017 WE WILL TRY TO VARY THAT in the hope it will allow members who cannot attend on a Monday, to come along on another night. Therefore in 2017 meetings will be staggered, January & February's will be on the first Monday, as usual but our March meeting will be on Tuesday, (7th) and so on. In June we won't meet on Friday evening but will revert to Monday (5th); assuming that's a success we'll continue that rotation, with July being on Tuesday (4th) evening etc.
AND Occasionally our meetings are held in other venues, or in other villages within our District; make sure you check our Meetings' Minutes & Notices pages for announcements about those.
Unlike many larger Branches we don't have a club but we do usually assemble in a local hostelry about half an hour prior to our Branch Meeting, and often repair there afterwards. And, we often have "social gatherings", usually lunchtime on the last Wednesday of each month (except December) in a pub somewhere inside our District - see Notices.
As our District is made-up of many rural communities, some of those being quite small and relatively distant, there are always Members willing to pick-up others from the far corners of our area at any time of the year and return them home after our meetings... JUST CONTACT any of our Officers if you wish to take advantage of that offer.
Many of our meetings include Speakers on various subjects not necessarily of a military nature. VISITORS to our "SPEAKER MEETINGS" are welcome for £1/head BUT be warned, we'll try to RECRUIT you!
Membership is open to everyone. If you have an interest in the objectives of the Legion and want to help and support 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, and, Membership of our Branch guarantees admission to any British Legion Club in the UK, or overseas.
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 has 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.
Use the link below to join online now.
If you have any problems with our online joining, please phone 0808 802 8080 and one of our staff will be happy to process your membership application over the phone. (Iinside the UK, calls to 0808 numbers are FREE from both landlines & mobiles).
If you wish to contact us to report any inaccuracies or omissions on this site, or to suggest any useful additions or upgrades please email Terry Hoyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk for details of our national initiatives.