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AGM 2019

David H,the new Chairman  presents the retiring Chairmen Pete Digby with a  retiring present

AGM 2019

The AGM 2019 was held in the Kimbolton school dining room on Thursday 24 October 2019.Over 30 members attended.

The annual reports of the President, the Chairman, the Poppy appeal organiser and the Treasurer were read out each one thanking the committee, the members and the friends for their support over the past year.

The Chairman Pete Digby resigned from his post for personal reasons and the post of Chairman is now in the safe hands of David Henrick, who for the past few years has made an excellent job of the role of branch Secretary.. This has left a gap in the committee for a secretary. 

Pete thanked everybody for their hard work in making this Branch a success and reiterated to those members present the ethos of the Royal British Legion and its importance in the community. Pete's hard work for the RBL will be sorely missed and David has a hard act to follow. Pete was given a small gift by David H on behalf of the committee. A delightful supper was served to all members by the school catering staff.


Jim Bacon at the NMA

Jim Bacon recently visited the National memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Jim served in the RAF during the Berlin Airlift and in his own words there are "not many of them left". While there, Jim took numerous photos of the various memorials but also has some photos of himself and colleagues during his visit.








Sad Loss.... Pat Thurlow BEM

Pat Thurlow was a much loved member of the Kimbolton community and he sadly died on 3 July 2018 aged 89

Pat was a long serving member of the Kimbolton Branch of the British Legion and seldom failed a parade. Even in later years when he was too infirm to march, he always paraded in his wheelchair and somebody "pushed" him with us as we marched on parade on Armistsice Day.

Pat joined the RAF just afer the war as an engineer and he served on a number of aircraft including Lightnings and Nimrods. Hed was an avid member of the Lightning preservation society and was proud to have served in 74 Sqn. During the Berlin airlift, just after the war, when thousands of Berliners were in danger of starvation, Pat was one of the key members of the Berlin Air lift and spent some time " at the sharp end" in Berlin on Air Traffic Control.

During his time in the service, he rose to the rank of Warrant Officer and was awarded the BEM for his service to the country. After his service in the RAF ended, Pat was well known for his services to the community and he was a very competent mechanic on gardening equipment.

His two daughters attended the Cremation Service in Bedford where a number of members paraded and the British Legion standard was carried by Brian Strang. Pat's daughters had this to say " I am sure that you will all remember Dad as a loving, caring,kind and fair man and I know that you all thought he was the 'salt of the earth' What could Bea and I say about Dad who was always part of our life, a dad who took our hands when we were little and helped us grow, a Dad who loved us and cared for us. We are the ladies we are today because of his love, care and support. But do you know what? Bea and I are the luckiest sisters ever because that most wonderful man was our Dad. He was the best there is and I hope we have both inherited his strength, kindness and love. We have our lovely memories to remember him and we will love him always. Dad, we both loved you so much and wish that we had another chance-just to say

"We Love You Dad"

................and so say we all. rest in peace Pat. We will not forget you





Visit to Poppy Factory 11 June

About 30 members of the Branch attended the Poppy factory in Richmond.

A powerpoint presentation was given by the factory on the work of the Poppy factory and then members were given a short tour of the factory. Sadly we were unable to see to any great extent the operation of the factory but were given a demonstration of how to make a poppy and then members were invited to make a poppy  themselves.

Lunch was served at the factory ( bangers and mash ) and then the group retired to the meeting room. Here, the group leaders presented the factory with a cheque for seven hunred and fifty pound towards the running and upkeep of the factory.

Below Pete Digby, Roger Watson and our Poppy Collection Co-ordinator Carol Vincent Bennett present the cheque to the Poppy Day  factory. Cheque Presentation 2

 poppy day

 The group displaying wreaths made in the factory



Kimbolton Branch RBL Dates for 2018.


It is with regret and due to circumstances outside our control that we have had to cancem Beating the Retreat in July this year. Sorry



Kimbolton Country Fayre     8 July 2018

Great Pilgrimage 90        5-9 August 2018      France


Proposed Theatre Trip     19 September – 6 October
“War Horse” Milton Keynes

AGM                                     9 October 2018

Note the change:
Special late summer lunch (Autumn dinner)    13 October 2018           Mandeville Hall

Remembrance Sunday          11 November 2018


Secretary    David Henrick


Sadly the Branch said Farewell to Peter Guthrie who died recently. There was a tremendour turnout for the funeral In Kimbolton Road, Bedford where at least 10 members of the Kimbolton Branch were in attendanvce and 12 Standards and Banners from The British legion and Associations related to Peter were in attendance. Peter was a WW2 veteran and a brilliant musician. He was also a stalwart member of the British Legion right until his death. RIP Peter.





What's happening in the Kimbolton Branch of The Royal British Legion 

As you will see from the Branch information there have been a number of changes in the officers. We are happy to report that Geoff Coles daughter has agreed to be our President. Liz is a full time reserve force officer with the medical services. Mr John Mayes our treasurer stands down after 50yrs, He has been awarded life membership, and Mr Roger Watson our long time secretary retires after 37 yrs on the committee. A big act to follow.  

Since going to press we have now had a volunteer for the post of treasurer, and we now have a new deputy standard bearer who is under training as this is posted. His first outing will be on Armed forces Day 25th June. 

Fund raising has gone well this year, we donated £2000 to Halsey House, the Legion Home at Cromer, and our other fund raising has made nearly £400.                                                                                

Planned events 2017


Kimbolton Branch of the Royal British legion is urgently seeking to appoint a new Poppy Co-ordinator to succeed Vicky Whittle who has recently retired from the post. Please inform one of the committee if you are interested.


Jack and the Beanstalk

Melodramatics during their performance of Jack and the Beanstalk offered Wednesday 1 March 2017 as the British Legion raffle evening. Over £80 was made at the event towards Branch funds.

Saturday 24 June 2017  . Armed Forces Day.

Armed Forces day went exactly as planned with a fine turnout from the village.A large contingent of the British Legion was present despite the Lions playing the All Blacks at the same time. There was a rendering of four great hymns preceded by the National Anthem and ending with Jerusalem. The service and the sermon were conducted by the Revd. Nicki Bland. The Standards were carried by Roger Watson and Brian Strand and there was a contingent representing the school led by Sqn Ldr Laura Hadden. The last post and Reveille were beautifully played by Capt. Chris Groome and a piper played the congregation from the church.

A fine lunch was prepared by the Women's Institute in the Mandeville Hall and after a welcoming speech by the Chairman elect Pete Digby, a surprise was the presentation of an inscibed Rose Bowl to Chris Groom thanking him for his dedicated  services in running the school band and keeping The Legion in step on parade.Roy Bruce was then presented with a certificate to thank him for 35  years loyal service on the committee. Well done Roy.

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Sunday 9 July 2017 Kimbolton Country Fayre.

Once again members of the Branch will be attending the country fayre so look out for our British Legion gazebo, come and chat with us and hopefully this is an opportunity to encourage more members to join the R.B.L.

Sunday 30th July  Branch Summer Lunch

As usual the Kimbolton Branch held a summer lunch in the Lewis Hall at kimbolton School on Sunday July 30th. Over 100 members attended and a fine lunch was served accompanied by entertainment from.

Overseas trip 13 September 2017

Our Branch Secretary (David Henrick) is currently organising a trip to Germany in September 2017. It is hoped to visit Berlin, Dresden, Meissen and Colditz escorted tour

13 Sep 2017 - Depart Luton 06:30 arrive Berlin  09:25

17 Sep 2017 - Depart Berlin 17:00 arrive Luton 18:00

Dresden for the first two nights followed by Berlin for two nights.

Further details and a link will be published shortly

 Sunday 8 October 2017 Dedication of the new Standard

Dedication Service 

You are cordially invited to the

Dedication Service of the new British Legion Standard on

Sunday 8th October 2017 at 2.30 pm

St Andrew's Church, Kimbolton.

Please arrive shortly after 2.00 p.m. to ensure you are seated prior to the

beginning of the service. Following the service, light refreshments

will be served in the Mandeville Hall. Should you wish to attend please RSVP to the

Secretary, David Henrick.

David Henrick    01480 896556




Notification is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of KIMBOLTON RBL BRANCH will be held at:

The CCF classroom Kimbolton School Thursday October 12th 2017 at 1900 hrs

The business to be transacted shall be:

       Consider reports and Accounts for the past year.

       Elect/re-election of the officers of the Branch:
Chairman, Vice Chairman, Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer.

       Elect/re-elect members to the Branch Committee

       Reports from: President, Chairman,(Pete Digby), Treasurer,(Marilyn
Del Pozzo)   Secretary (David Henrick)

       Consider and Raise any motion.

Please reply to Hon.Secretary

Mr. David Henrick

29 Burton Way







Social evening March 10th  2018

All members and non members are invited to a social evening at the Mandeville Hall on Saturday March 10th 2018

The evening will consist of a light hearted talk on a range of subjects including caterpillares and goldfish.

There will be a musical interlude followed by a ploughman's supper

The cost will be £10 per head.

This will replace the earlier advertised quiz evening which unfortunaltely coincided with a number of quiz evenings during March.

Details in the Parish magazine,on the village notice board and via an email to all branch members



 Events coming up.....

 Visit to the Poppy factory 11 June 2018

Details later on beating the retreat  (7 July) and the Village country fayre. (8 July)

Summer lunch to celebrate 100 years this year at the later date of  Saturday 20 th October 2018

Great pilgrimage 90 5-9 August 2018

Remembrance Sunday 11 November 2018











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