Welcome to the Ivybridge Branch of The Royal British Legion
he 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.
PLEASE NOTE BRANCH MEETINGS NOW START AT 7.30pm
Ivybridge Branch usually meets at 7.00 for 7.30pm start on the second Wednesday of the month at The Sportsmans Inn in Ivybridge.
The AGM is at the Constitutional Club on 22 November then the next Branch meeting 12 December at the Sportsmans All are welcome.
Latest updates 05/11/18
Poppy Appeal 2017/18
This years total is £25551.50 raised. This is a fantastic effort. Big thank you to all who helped out or donated.
The 2018/19 Poppy Appeal Lauch Quiz Night will be held in the Imperial on Friday 26 October.
Remembrance Parade 2018
Please can all those wishing to parade muster at the Erme court car park between the Town Hall and the Watermark, you will be told where you should fall in. All those intending to lay a Wreath please muster at the British Legion Gazebo by the Back Centre at 1020 and again you will be briefed as to where you should be. The Parade will fall in and dress off at 1035. When the Parade is ready the Band will March on from the Tesco Express Car Park.
We will then have the Remembrance Service which will include the Lowering of Masts and Standards, the Last post and two minutes silence. Weather permitting, we hope to have a flypast.
On completion of the service the Parade will March off at the discretion of the Parade Commander, and led by the Plymouth Pipe Band, down Costly Street and towards the War Memorial. On passing the War Memorial, Wreaths will be passed to designated personnel to lay the Wreath as they do at the Cenotaph in London.
The Parade will continue along Erme Terrace over the Ivy bridge and back down passing the American War Memorial. When standards are adjacent to the Memorial the Parade commander will halt the parade and a short service including the last post, played by local girl Maile Waldron, will be conducted at the American Memorial.
On Completion the parade will then March back down Costly Street and return to Erme Court for a final address from the Royal British Legion before Falling Out.
Throughout the service, including the March Past we would request all spectators, family and friends alike remain in the cordoned off area in Erme Court Car Park, where you will be able to follow all proceedings on the Big Screen.
On completion of the Parade the Royal British Legion will conduct a raffle and auction in the Sportsman's pub at approximately 1pm and all are invited to an indoor Bar-B-Que at The Constitutional Club from 2pm. Non-members and accompanied children are most welcome.
Below is a plan of the parade and shows the layout. It is highly likely there will be small adjustments on the morning so please listen to your briefs from RBL members.
I would ask you to please pass this information on to as many people you know especially those that don’t use face book.
Help support the Branch and have a chance of winning £25000.
The Branch has joined the SeaMoor Lotto, part of a regional fundraising organisation. You can buy lotto tickets for £1 each and contribute 60% to the Branch. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize. Follow the link here to help support our work.
Thankyou to local businesses
Branch Chairman Dermot Roberts presents Certificates of Thanks to Adam Faulkner of Ivybridge Tool Hire and Stephen Lee of Palladium Timber. We would also like to thank Autotrim, The Balloon Shop, GKS, Filham Moor Garage and other local businesses who have contributed to the upkeep of Harrys Patch.
Argyle Ladies Once Again Wear The Poppy
Plymouth Argyle Ladies FC team representative Rachel Javan was delighted to meet Dermot Roberts, RBL Ivybridge Chairman and Standard Bearer Mick Knight at Harry's Patch Ivybridge, a project to create a 'Flanders Field' of poppies inspired by Harry Patch the last surviving WW1 Tommy who died in 2009 aged 111
Dermot said: 'The Royal British Legion are again honoured to support Plymouth Argyle Ladies for the upcoming season 2016/17 and would like to take the opportunity to wish them all the best for the year ahead and look forward to our continued association'. Argyle will once again have the poppy emblazoned on their team kit for this season.
The Federation of Plymouth & District Ex Service Associations
A diary of events can be found here. The branch is a member of the organisation.
Harry's Patch Latest News
After a lot of work earlier in the year we now have a Poppy feature in addition to a smaller annual display of real poppies. The design came about from a competition with local school groups. The change has enabled us to keep the garden tidier and still maintain some year round interest.
About The legion
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.
If you wish to contact us or to report any inaccuracies or omissions on this site, please email Paul Chilarecki.