Welcome to the Windlesham Branch of The Royal British Legion
The Windlesham Branch
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 Windlesham Branch is a well attended and active branch which enjoys both lively Branch meetings, usually with a guest speaker, and a range of other trips and social events that help further the Legion aims of Remembrance and Support through fundraising and welfare activities.
WWI centenary tea on the field - 4th august 2018
Plans are coming together nicely for the Branch’s Tea on the Field event to mark the centenary of the end of WWI. Tickets for the limited number of seats in the marquee for afternoon tea are selling fast.
In addition to a delicious tea of sandwiches, cake and scones, the Swingtime Sweethearts and the Bagshot Jazz Band will be playing all afternoon for our entertainment. We will also have a special Charity Raffle in aid of the Poppy Appeal, a prosecco bar, bouncy castle and ice cream van.
If you have not done so already, you can buy your tickets for tea (cost £10 per head) from the Committee, at the Windlesham Fete or from the Half Moon Pub, the Savannah gift shop on Updown Hill and the Barbers beside the newsagent.
If you fancy something less formal, you are welcome to bring a rug and a picnic and enjoy the music for free. Or, if you feel able to help set up the event, help serve the tea or sell raffle tickets on the day, please let the Committee know as all volunteers will be very welcome!
The Padre’s WWI Poppy Cascade Gets Its First Outing
The fantastic work of Derek and Carol Browning and hundreds of eager poppy knitters saw its first outing in All Saints’ Church at the Lightwater Fete at the start of May. After months of hard work the first two commemorative poppies of the Padre’s WWI Poppy Cascade were hung from the roof of the church for all to see. They were spectacular from a distance and even more breathtaking close up as each one consisted of about 750 small poppies, which Derek and Carol had painstakingly attached to netting.
Spectacular as this cascade was, it represents only about a third of the total number of poppies Derek has received. He and Carol have a few more late nights to complete the herculean task of attaching the remaining poppies to the net! The finished cascade will be on show at Tea on the Field on 4th August and then will be displayed in Lightwater during the Remembrance activities in November.
One final plea from the Padre - no more poppies please!
Programme of Events - 2018
The speaker programme and list of major events has been updated and can be found on the News & Events section.
This year’s 11th of the 11th ceremony at the Field of Remembrance was particularly well attended. Despite being a Saturday and the children from Windlesham Village Infants School not being out in quite their usual numbers, we were joined by several of the Field of Remembrance Committee. After our Act of Remembrance and the laying of wreaths, there was another important ceremony.
The Field of Remembrance has been awarded the prestigious Centenary Field status by the national Fields in Trust charity. Fields in Trust, whose patron is HRH The Duke of Cambridge, was founded in 1925 by King George V to ensure that everyone, no matter where they lived had access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation. The Centenary Field award is recognition of recreational space designated to the memory of the millions of people who lost their lives in World War 1 and, once awarded, provides security against development. The initiative is a joint one between The Royal British Legion and Fields in Trust and so we were delighted that Branch member and Mayor of Surrey Health, Valerie White was on hand to unveil a plaque signifying the Field of Remembrance’s status as a Centenary Field.
The Mayor was joined by the Branch Standard, carried by Roy Booth and flanked by Richard Allen and Don Nutbrown.
Windlesham Roll of Honour
Visit the excellent Windlesham Roll of Honour website researched by our own Bill Lindsay and Dennis Seccombe here.
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.
If you wish to contact us to report any inaccuracies or omissions on this site, please email Tim Beckh.