Welcome to the Upminster and Cranham Branch of The Royal British Legion
Below is a list of dates for your diary on what's happening in the Upminster and Cranham Branch of The Royal British Legion.
The next enrolment of new members is on 21st July 2019 at 11.45 a.m. at the Royal British Legion, 316 St Mary's Lane, Upminster. Membership is open to all. You do not have to be ex-service. If you would like further information please send email to UpminsterRBL@aol.com or call 01708 220494
Anyone finding the date stated above unsuitable please e-mail or telephone the above number where an alternative date may be arranged.
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Successful Open Day / Armed Forces Day Saturday 29th June 2019
With approximately 250 people visiting on the day with 7 craft beer's available, wine tasting along with pizza's and craft stalls.
MANY THANKS to ALL who attended, and Contributed on the day.
Back in stock Upminster & Cranham RBL Upminster Poppy Windmill Badges + Limited editions of Poppy Forces Badges available from the tote desk on Sunday Lunch time 12-14.00 hrs.
Poppy Total 2018/19 to-date 12-05-19 £29264.38p
REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE 2018
"We will remember them".
Thank you to Lorraine for donating such beautiful cake which raised £150
BELL SCHOOL Upminster Creating Poppies from plastic bottles which were painted and now being displayed on school railings.
The following shops displaying POPPY TRIBUTES
Co-Op Funeral Upminster, Jack Bunneys Upminster, T Cribbs Upminster & Cranham. Swan Library. Bella Sposa Bridal Boutique.
We have a new stock of Poppy Badges which represent a number of topics. These can be purchased from the tote desk on Sunday lunch times between 1-2pm.
We would like to thank the follow Shops for contributions made to Poppy Appeal Dance held on 20th October 2018 which raised over £500 - Coop Funeral Care -Floral Affairs - Johnson butchers - Roomes Stores - Studio Florist - Waitrose.
Knit & Natter - Starts Thursday 8th November 2-4pm
LOCAL MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION TO REPRESENT UPMINSTER AND CRANHAM AT WW1 COMMEMORATIONS IN BELGIUM Colin Barrett and Grahame Ward will travel to Europe for The Royal British Legion’s Great Pilgrimage 90 5-9 th August 2018 Members of the Upminster and Cranham branch of The Royal British Legion are to join thousands on a pilgrimage of Remembrance to World War One battlefield that culminates in a parade and ceremony in Ypres as part of the end of the First World War centenary commemorations this August. The Royal British Legion event, known as Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90), takes place between the 5th and 9th of August and will be one of the largest in the charity’s history. GP90 will mark 90 years since the original Royal British Legion Pilgrimage in 1928, which saw 11,000 World War One veterans and war widows visit the battlefields of the Somme in France and Ypres in Belgium, a decade after the conflict ended. That Pilgrimage culminated in a march through Ypres to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Menin Gate Memorial for a ceremony to commemorate the launch of The Hundred Days Offensive and in remembrance of those who never returned. Local Legion members, Grahame Ward and Colin Barrett will represent the Upminster and Cranham Branch and the local community at the event, as Standard Bearer and wreath layer respectively. Grahame and Colin will tour some of the same battlefields and cemeteries visited by those on the 1928 Pilgrimage, before marching along the original route through Ypres, to the Menin Gate on the 8th August, bearing their branch standard and a wreath. They will join more than 2,200 other Legion representatives and dignitaries, including Civic and military guests from the UK, Commonwealth and Northern Europe who are taking part. Once at the Menin Gate, Colin Barrett will lay a wreath on behalf of the Upminster and Cranham community. Ian Thomson, Chairman of the Upminster and Cranham Branch of The Royal British Legion, comments: “Great Pilgrimage 90 is a unique opportunity for the Legion community to come together and bear our Standards along the same route in Ypres taken 90 years earlier by the veterans and widows of the First World War. The Upminster and Cranham Branch looks forward to proudly representing our local community at the event.” As local champions of Remembrance, the Upminster and Cranham Branch of The Royal British Legion, in partnership with their community, will take their unique Remembrance message to the Menin Gate, on their wreath, where it will be displayed in a wreath installation for viewing by the general public until the end of August. The parade will start at midday and we encourage the public to make the trip across to Ypres for the 8th August and fill the Market Square to watch the parade, One Hundred Days ceremony and then enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment including The Central Band of the Royal British Legion.
Successful Open Day Saturday 19th May 2018
With approximately 300 people visiting on the day with both Royal Wedding, Cup Final being screened inside the Club and others enjoying the Real Ale tent along with a number of food and craft stalls outside.
MANY THANKS to ALL who attended
Open Day - Real Ale Festival
Celebrating Royal Wedding / FA Cup Final /Cask Ales / Pizza / Tea & Cakes / Tombola / Children’s Face Painting / Fancy Dress King
and Queen Competition / Craft Stalls etc
Upminster & Cranham
Royal British Legion
* Revised Club Opening Hours from 21st January 2018 *
Monday 12-3pm / 8-11pm
Tuesday 12-3pm / 8-11pm
Wednesday 12-3pm / 8-11pm
Saturday 1-12 midnight
Thanking you for your support
Holocaust Memorial Day 2018
2017 REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE
November 12th Parade Royal British Legion Club
316 St Mary's Lane Upminster.
The Upminster and Cranham Royal British Legion would like to thank everyone who attended this year's Remembrance Day Parade. It was inspiring to see so many people, young and old, remembering those who have been injured or killed in the service of their country. We are particularly grateful to the Essex Caledonian Pipe Band for leading the parade/ Hornchurch Drum & Trumpet the local Police and Havering Council for their assistance in organising the parade and ensuring everyone's safety. We thank St Laurence Parish Church for their warm welcome and again hosting our Service of Remembrance Nigel,assistant organist and Revd Susannah Brasier. We would also like to thank the many local community groups and schools and Coopers Coburn School for providing additional car parking facilities.
* Many thanks to Jeff C for Music system loaned.
"We will remember them".
The Upminster & Cranham Branch of the Royal British Legion wish to record their appreciation to Mr Alan Deadman tremendous support towards our Poppy Appeal over recent years. Al has donated enamel badges of many designs over the last year, this has contributed to us being able to increase our total amount. Big Al illustrates what the Poppy Appeal is all about. Many Thanks Big Al,
Many Thanks to the following for Raffle Prizes donated for the Poppy Dance held on Saturday 21st October 2017 a total of £246.00 was rasised from the raffle.
M&S food store,Waitrose, Roomes, Studio Flowers, Flaxten Cards, Floral Affairs, CO-OP funeral Services. A Total of £440.00 was raised on the night.
OPEN DAY / REAL ALE FESTIVAL
A Highly Successful OPEN DAY / REAL ALE FESTIVAL which was held on Sunday 24th September 2017 at Upminster and Cranham RBL.
Many thanks to all help received and everyone for turning up along with local businesses and public donations.
A special mention for following sponsors:-
Peter East (Builders)
Lee / Keith Avey
Upminster Car Sales
Halo (hairdressers) / Osteria
£120.00 was raised towards the Poppy Appeal.
Armed Forces Day 2017 - Romford
Tribute to Albert Thorne from Glyn Jackson
(28th December 2016)
It has just been our honour and privilege to bid farewell to your President, Albert Thorne.
The service went very well and was attended by our Branch Standard, Chairman and myself, Branch Secretary, along with 4 other branch members. Our Chairman recited the exhortation and our bugler played the last post before the committal.
We also had the pleasure of meeting with members of Albert's family after the service who told us that you will be hosting an event to remember him in January.
I only met Albert very briefly in November at a Veteran's Tea that we held but he came across as a truly wonderful and charming gentleman who i am proud to say i had the honour of meeting.
RIP Albert - Our thoughts are with your family, friends and all who knew you.
REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE
November 13th Parade Royal British Legion Club
316 St Mary's Lane Upminster.
The Upminster and Cranham Royal British Legion would like to thank everyone who attended this year's Remembrance Day Parade. It was inspiriing to see so many people, young and old, remembering those who have been injured or killed in the service of their country. We are particularly grateful to the Hornchurch Drum and Trumpet Corps for leading the parade and the local Police and Havering Council for their assistance in organising the parade and ensuring everyones safety. We thank St Laurence Parish Church for their warm welcome and again hosting our Service of Remembrance. We would also like to thank the many local community groups and schools and Coopers Coburn School for providing additional car parking facilities.
"We will remember them".
2016 Parade is available to watch at bottom of Photo Gallery page
Our thanks to Hornchurh Rotay Club for this Production
Cheque Presentation from Cooopers Coburn School
Fun Race Night - MANY THANKS
Poppy Appeal £118.00
Guide Dogs for the Blind £120.00
UPMINSTER WAR MEMORIAL. Grade II listed building
The memorial at St Laurence Church Corbets Tey Road Upminster was listed as a Grade II building on the 18th April 2016 for historic interest as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events of this local community, and the scarifice it has made in the conflits. The Celtic design memorial was 1st unveiled on the 8th May 1921 by Brigadier General CH De Rougemont CMG CB DSO.
Graham was presented with a certificate for completing Standard Bearer course at Chelmsford on Sunday 6th September 2015.
The Club celebrated their 40 years anniversary 1975-2015 along with music from Topaz
VJ Day - Navy veteran entertains everyone on the 70th Anniversary
Members and friends joined together at the club on 16th August as part of events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ Day. "Me and Im" were highly entertaining with a wide variety of songs. Everybody was also treated to a wonderful surprise when Danny McCrudden, a Royal Navy veteran, took centre stage to enthrall the audience with his superb singing voice.
Danny McCrudden served on the destroyer HMS Queenborough, in 1944 in the South Atlantic and on VJ Day he was serving in the Pacific. On his 21st birthday he sailed into Sydney where he was invited to sing on national radio, which was broadcast all over Australia. In 1946 he left the Navy to appear on The Carroll Levis Show and spent two years with the BBC. In 1948 Danny rejoined the Royal Navy and met his wife Ruby when he sailed into Rosyth in Scotland. Danny now 91, loves to sing, raising money for charity to this day.
Many Thanks Danny. The standing ovation was greaty deserved.