Welcome to the Ivybridge 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.
The 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 next Branch meeting will be on 11 March 2020. No December meeting. All are welcome.
Latest updates 13/02/2020
Poppy Appeal 2019-2020
Our total so far stands at £23924. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out with the collection or made donations, with the weather not being so good and no Poppy Shop this year it has been a bit more challenging. The Poppy Appeal launch at the Imperial Inn raised over £500 and the Constitutional club raised over £120 on Remembrance Sunday and also the raffle at the Sportsman's Inn. Thank you one and all for your support.
Pub Quiz in aid of the Poppy Appeal
Friday 28 Feb at The Smithy Fore St Ivybridge
7.30pm for 8pm quiz start. Teams of 4 to 10 £1 per person entry.
There will also be a raffle, prizes are most welcome.
please come and join us for a fun evening, all monies raised go to the Poppy Appeal.
Congratulations to Branch Chairman Dermot Roberts, at the recent County Conference Dermot was presented with the 75th Anniversary Cup for his contributions to promoting the Legion and his fundraising activities, citing the Big screen for Remembrance Sunday and his fundraising cycle ride around the County, well done Dermot.
VE Day 75 Anniversary. 8 - 10 May (Bank Holiday 8 May)
There will be a Church Service at 3pm details to follow.
The Watermark will show the SSAFA VE Day concert live from the Royal Albert Hall.
The Town Council are looking into a Street Pay for the town, details to follow.
Sat 9 May There will be a VE Day event at the Constitutional Club, details to follow.
Operation Grapple - Bosnia, 25 years ago during May.
D Day 6th June
VJ Day 75 Anniversary 15 August, this will also sadly see the winding up of the Burma Star association. We will be supporting events on Plymouth Hoe.
The Armed Forces and Veterans will see a 'Double Salute' in Plymouth with a VE Day event on the Hoe on the 8 May and a two day event, The Mayflower Muster on the 19 and 20 September to tie in with the Mayflower 400 events.
Remembrance Parade 2019
Thank you to everyone in the community who came along, its amazing how many people turn out. Lots of photographs on our Facebook page.
Special mention to our PCSO who put in a lot of work closing roads, controlling traffic etc to contribute to the success of the day.
Ivybridge at the RBL Festival of Remembrance, Royal Albert Hall
No TV coverage of the Standards marching on this year but Mick Knight our standard bearer is seen here with some of the members of the services who took part. Well done all.
Poppy Appeal 2018-19
The final total for this years appeal is £31,455 this is the largest amount of money ever collected for the Poppy appeal in Ivybridge. Big Big thank you to all who helped out or donated.
The National total for this years Poppy Appeal has now passed £50 Million and Devon has collected over £1.1 Million. This is the highest figure ever collected in a single year. Thank you all for your help and support.
The Poppy Appeal Launch took place on Friday 25 Oct at The Imperial. A big thankyou to all who braved the horrible weather to turn up and make the evening such a success.
Battle of Britain Memorial Service 2019
The memorial service was held at St Andrews church Plymouth on 15 Sept.
Our Branch Standard Bearer Mick Knight paraded our standard at the service.
Plymouth's New Merchant Navy Memorial
Merchant Navy Day 3 September will see the official unveiling of the new Merchant Navy and fishing fleets Memorial on Plymouth Hoe. The unveiling is due to take place at 1pm. HRH Princess Anne will conduct the unveiling.
Devon’s 75 for D-DAY 75
3 members cycled 500 miles around Devon over 6 days and visiting 75 Branches and Sub Branches to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. They successfully completed their epic ride on 19 June. Well done guys, fantastic effort.
This fantastic effort has so far raised an amazing £2820, there is still some sponsorship and donations to be collected.
We Remember Submariners Poppy Appeal Donation
At the last meeting Nige Thornber of the 'We Remember Submariners' (WRS) organisation presented a cheque for £440 to Bill Mutch the Poppy Appeal organiser. Huge thank you to a great bunch of people who do a fantastic job.
You can read all about WRS here,
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.
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
The latest changes have seen the installation of a cycle path alongside the site. This has given the benefit of better path access to the benches and flag pole. The installation of the cycle path has been done with care and consideration for Harrys Patch.
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.