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Our branch officers are: ( Last update for this page 19/05/2017)

Branch Officers

President John Ball
Chairman Geoff Coles
Vice Chairman Ted Moore
Branch Secretary Ann Coles 
Minutes Secretary -
Branch Treasurer Simon Canfield
Membership Secretary Ann Coles
Welfare Officer Alan Millson
Poppy Appeal Officer Hilary Durkin
First Standard Bearer (Legion) Ted Moore
Second Standard Bearer (Union) Simon Canfield
Chaplain Margaret Millson
Public Relations Officer Ann Coles
Raffles & Fundraising Organiser Vacant
Social Events Organiser Vacant
War Memorial Geoff Simon
Committee Dave Cock, Peter Bailey



a person of some standing within our branch who is approached by the committee to undertake this position.

this position would be filled by a person gently nudged into volunteering who is known to have the capacity to keep up to seventy five adults in order during monthly meetings, the chairman is the co-ordinator of all the sections which have officers or organisers, this dialogue must be continuous to enable the chair to bring a formal agenda to any meeting, this in turn ensures a certain discipline and protocol injected into the branch.

the vice-chairman certainly needs the attributes of the chairman, it is imperative that the vice-chairman should be kept up to speed in consultation with the chairman at all times, so as to assume these duties when called upon to do so.

deals with all branch correspondence and returns, takes the minutes of both the committee and member's meetings, produce and dispatches minutes to members, keeps up to date on RBL.rules and constitution, advises the chairman and the committee on them, keeps up to date branch records.

deals with new members' documentation, membership renewals and changes, maintains branch membership records, and could understudy the branch secretary in his absence.

takes the minutes of both the committee and members minutes, produces and dispatches minutes to members, this job is important as the minutes are in fact kept as a reference library of all the branch activities.

controls the financial side of the branch, and operates the bank account. Briefs members at meetings, on the state of the branch finances, produces an annual account which must be audited.


this position would be filled by a person who has been trained as a case worker, which qualifies them to take on cases reported locally or passed on by county. Unfortunately the need for this officer is not diminishing.

where all officers and organisers are so important to the successful running of our branch, the PAO. really comes in to his own at our special time of the year, the poppy appeal period. a lot of behind the scenes work for some months before and after must be carried out, the PAO's greatest difficulty is to convince all the personnel in our branch to play our small (but very necessary) part which is the collecting, so as to achieve another good year for our charity.

this officers task is to keep the public up to date via the media on our events and accomplishments,
(they won't come if they don't know where to go), and it raises our profile as a local branch of a big charity, which in turn encourages membership.

every service has them, ships, regiments and squadrons, and we're just as proud to have our branch standard paraded with the union flag whenever we march, or present at an official function to remind us of why we're a member of a great organisation, the two bearers of these symbols must be meticulous in dress and disciplined in presentation because they represent us and what we stand for.

the "caretaker" of our war memorial has the responsibility of keeping our branches other visual image to
the public in immaculate order, the maintenance of which extends to the pavement surround, a bench and flagpole standing on it, the other duty being the raising of the union flag at all state occasions, royal birthdays, etc., also the sad task of a "half-mast" on the demise of a branch member.

this organisers job is to keep us amused and entertained, sounds  jolly, but can be time consuming and frustrating, the organiser not only has to, set up an event, make it ridiculously cheap, at tremendous value for money, but then has to convince us we need to get out a bit more!

this organiser will move in when an event has been organised which looks ripe for a raffle / auction / whip-round / bingo / horse racing or anything else that has made the "SEO's" promise of it being ridiculously cheap, appears to be a fib! once again the getting together of prizes, laying out of stalls, a multitude of things are all time consuming.

 they are used for introducing ideas, discussing points of the meeting, and can be asked to do the small jobs that fall outside of the remit of the sections within the branch, they can also be approached by any member to put a question of any relevance for them at a committee meeting.
(This is our method of hearing the views of some members who do not like to stand up and address a meeting of members). They also have a vote.

Contact Geoff Coles ( for more information.

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