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Presidents Review of 2017
The Pudsey & Farsley Branch had a very productive 2017, taking part in the Pudsey Carnival, Pudsey Parish Church Fair, and the Armed Forces Day Music Festival at the Royal raising a fabulous additional £1,954.20 for the Poppy Appeal. We also carried out several Acts of Remembrance at the Cenotaph during the year for:- The 35yrs Anniversary Commemoration of the Falklands War on the 30th April, Fusilier/Drummer Lee Rigby on the 21st May, and the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele on the 29th July.
In addition we conducted three Remembrance Services on the 10th, 11th & 12th November at Pudsey Cenotaph and one at Farsley Memorial, all of which were well attended. The Branch also attended the Festival of Remembrance at Leeds Minster on 10th November. The total raised for the Poppy Appeal for 2017-2018 currently stands at £22,510.14.
On behalf of the Branch, The Royal British Legion and our beneficiaries, I would like to sincerely thank all who gave up their own time to help sell poppies at the stalls, deliver boxes & tins to make this possible. Our gratitude also to all the supermarkets, shops, pubs, clubs and schools that accept poppy merchandise for sale in their premises. We couldn’t do it without you.
I received a few complaints about our PA system failing during the last Remembrance Sunday Service. In an effort to avoid this happening again the Branch has booked the professionals at ‘Fairbank Harding’ to provide a system and operate it this year. On that note our Remembrance events would not be possible without the assistance of the following:- Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Leeds City Councillors, Pudsey Air Cadets & Band, 1st Pudsey Scouts, Pudsey Parish Church staff, Pudsey Police, The Royal Public House, Steve & Emma Jo Hughes, the Branch Committee and of course everyone who takes part in the parade. Thank you all very much.
Danny Dance (RN Retired)
Pudsey Cenotaph Missing Names Project & Somme Research Trip 2018
In preparation for the End of WW1 Centenary, Pudsey & Farsley British Legion Branch has been researching all of the names on our Cenotaph in association with Pudsey & District Civic Society. The need has been to identify the final resting places and personal histories of the people named on it. This has now become a Heritage Lottery funded research project entitled “Pudsey and district WW1 Legacy, our community then and now”.
The aim is to have an accurate and complete database for the entire community to use.
The research into our Cenotaph names has found many eligible people to be missing from the Memorial inscriptions. Pudsey & Farsley British Legion Branch has been able to use this research to visit and remember many of our fallen in France and Belgium in the past. We are proposing to undertake one further research trip to commemorate those who are not named, confirming their final resting place where possible and Remembering them on behalf of the people of Pudsey and District.
We are also proposing that anyone from our Borough, not presently named on the Cenotaph, who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice, will be included on a new Roll of Honour board. This will sit astride one of the planters on the Pudsey Cenotaph plinth. This board will hold the names and dates of the newly identified members of our community, once a careful vetting process has been carried out. The unveiling to take place on the 11/11/2018.
We request from anyone with family members lost in either World War, that they believe deserving of inclusion, to submit their details to this website: http://www.pudseycenotaph.co.uk/missing-names.html
Dates for your Diary for 2018
Just a couple of dates for activities planned for this year to add to your diary. Please note these may be subject to change.
Lee Rigby Commemoration, May 2018
We will be commemorating Lee Rigby's Anniversary in May 2018. Please see our Facebook Page for details nearer the time. All are welcome to join us and remember Lee.
Pudsey Carnival, 19 May 2018
Once again we will be at the Pudsey Carnival with our usual wide range of all things poppy and poppy related. New merchandise is out this year, along with new pin badges exclusively produced for the Centenary Celebration of the End of WW1. Why not come along and find us and see what we've got.
Royal Music Fest, 7 July 2018
Working with the wonderful Royal Hotel, Pudsey we will be part of the Annual Royal Music Fest again, which is planned for the 7th July 2018. Funds raised this year will go to the Lee Rigby Foundation and the Poppy Appeal. Further details to follow.
The Poppy Appeal and Remembrance 2018
We are planning our Annual Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Activity with the Centenary of the end of WW1 at the heart of our commemoration and celebration. Please check back here but also see our FB pages for updates on plans and how you can help or take part.
Membership and Online Renewals
New members are always welcome and you can either apply online using the process outlined below, or you can contact us directly to arrange to complete this in person if you prefer (email us at email@example.com)
Please use the following link which now applies to renewals as well as new members joining.
Youth membership is NOT available online as a parent/guardian has to sign the form.
Membership applications can also be processed by phoning 0800 802 8080.