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Stamford Branch

Legion in the community

In 2003 the Legion launched its Legion in the Community (LIC) programme at branch and county levels to give new opportunities for everyone to get involved in Legion work within their local communities. The aims are to raise public awareness of what the Legion does in local communities, to promote the Legion as an active membership organisation, and to invite local people to get involved with welfare and membership activities of the Legion.

The Royal British Legion in Stamford is generally regarded as the largest social group in the town. The Branch of course plays the lead role in organising the Remembrance Parade and Service, creates the Garden of Remembrance each year, and arranges the observance of the Two-Minute Silence on Armistice Day.


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But Stamford Branch plays a full role in the wider local community calendar throughout the year. Each year Stamford Branch plays a full role in, for example, the Mayor's Civic Parade, the annual Stamford Summer and Christmas Festivals, the Wings Appeal and Battle of Britain Service and Parade, and the Edith Weston Vintage Fayre, They also work with the Town Hall and other organisations in commemorating Armed Forces Week as part of the Town's annual Festival Week.

Branch Members make regular visits to local care and residential homes and occasionally wheel the residents for a morning out in Stamford Market. And in 2008, the Branch began and has since led the programme of sending comfort parcels to the troops in Afghanistan. It continues to play an active role in the 'Honour the Covenant' campaign. The Branch works closely with other ex-Service groups in Stamford at every level, recently in the refurbishment of the War Memorial and the installation there of public seating.

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Stamford Branch is developing close links with the town's schools and youth groups. Each November, Branch members talk to the children in their schools about the meaning of Remembrance and encourage the schools to bring the children to the Armistice Day ceremony at the War Memorial. The Branch is also developing poetry and drawing competitions at all grade levels in the schools on the theme of Remembrance and sacrifice.

Stamford Branch is developing its own affiliated Stamford British Legion Comminity Youth Team whose aim is 'to raise funds for all three military services, have fun, learn new skills, help in the community, learn to work as part of a team…' The Branch is also already affiliated with the Stamford Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps and is exploring how it could work more closely with the Stamford Daniels football Youth Team.

How to get involved

If you would like to get involved in any of the Legion in the Community activities, you can! We are always looking for new members and volunteers to get involved in our fundraising and welfare work.

The Royal British Legion is an active membership organisation and, whether you are Serving, ex-Service or have no links with the Armed Forces family, always gives new members and volunteers a warm and friendly welcome.

But you do not have to become a member in order to help. There are many ways in which people become involved - to help with the Poppy Appeal each year, to help develop the Legion's links with young people, to help organize or just take part in the Branch social activities, to become a welfare caseworker, or simply to look out for and alert the Branch to any difficulties facing members of the Serving or ex-Service community.

For more details on how to get involved in Stamford, please contact Pat Savory, Branch Secretary, on 01780 755208 or by e-mail, or Jim Rimmington, Branch Poppy Appeal Organiser, on 01780 767343.

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