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Welcome to the Shipston on Stour Branch of The Royal British Legion

UPDATED: 23rd July 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

Please see the Poppy Appeal page for news of 2020's Poppy Appeal.

Sadly holding social events continues to not be possible in any way that means we could have anything like a normal social. So at present all future get-togethers are cancelled.  We will monitor the rules and guidance and will re-instate the socials when it is both allowed and safe to do so.

After having to cancel the VE Day Commemorations we are monitoring the situation and are hoping to be able to do something on or around the 15th August to commemorate VJ Day. 

The War in the Far East is often called the Forgotten War, but here in Shipston there were several past members who served there. Rosemary Tolson, who at one time served as Mayor of Shipston, was in the Far East with Mountbatten and Harold Pleasance, who sadly passed away peacefully on 16th May, was a Prisoner of War working on the infamous Burma Railway.

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 Shipston on Stour Branch was originally founded in the 1920s, was closed down during the time of appeasement and then reformed on 19th November 1937 and has been active in the community ever since.

The Committee meets on the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November at New Clark House West Street. Our AGM is held during October in the Band Hall. All are welcome to attend these meetings.

Membership of the Legion is open to everyone. If you have an interest in the objectives of the Legion and want to help and support 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 has 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. For further information please click here�.

If you wish to contact us or to report any inaccuracies or omissions on this site, please email Alex Black�the Branch Secretary. He would also be pleased to receive any ideas or items for inclusion on the site.

About The Royal British Legion

We provide financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families. The Legion is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.

Founded in 1921, the Legion is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting for the freedom we enjoy today.

Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk for details of our national initiatives or click on one of the links in the right-hand menu.

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