Welcome to the Market Harborough Branch of The Royal British Legion
· Formed on 20th March, 1923 at a meeting of ex-servicemen called by a war-time Army Chaplain.
· Centred on the South Leicestershire market town of Market Harborough, it serves some 20 villages in a rural area of about 45 square miles, west and north of the Northamptonshire border. The 2001 Census quotes the population of the town at 25,826 and of the villages, 5699.
· The nearest RBL Branches are in Northamptonshire.
· There are local branches of R N A and R A F A. Some of our
Members belong to these associations.
· All three local Cadet units, Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps
and Sea Cadets and the Area Scouts, are affiliated to the Branch.
· Branch Meetings are held in the Function Room at the Conservative Club, Fairfield Road, Market Harborough at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of each month.
· It is still a fairly small branch, with 129 members as at 1 November 2011.
Of these 49 (38%) were women. Many members had not served in the Forces.
· The Branch is represented at County events and on its Executive
· The Branch produces a monthly newsletter, In Touch, - appreciated
particularly by those members who are unable to attend meetings. A Large Print version is produced for visually impaired members. An on-line version is accessible on this web-site.
· The Branch produced an Annual Report of its activities from1997 to 2016. Copies were held at RBL County Office, Market Harborough Library and Leicestershire Records Office. They are available here.
· The Branch has an enviable reputation both within the RBL and in
the local community.