Branch information

Welcome to the Woodmancote & District Branch of The Royal British Legion

Our branch officers are:



Branch Officers

President Mr Richard Tamsitt
Chairman Mr Gerard Prendergast
Vice Chairman                    Mr Lee Major
Secretary Mr Mark Steger
Treasurer Mr Mark Minchella
Welfare Chairman Mr George Thomas
Standard Bearer Mr Brian Cash
Poppy Appeal Coordinator Mr. Colin Bassett

Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18years (youth members can join from 12 to 18).

You do not have to be ex-Service to qualify.


If you wish to obtain more information, please  contact the membership Secretary, Mr. D. Tamsitt 01242 674204

 You can also check the following to renew your membership online:



Should you wish to join the Royal British Legion, then you can do so online at:



Remembrance Day Parade & Service 2018

This  year's Rememberance Parade  was held on Sunday 11th of November 2018 It start from the Tithe Barn Bishop"s Cleeve at 10.30 AM,  and wemarched to the War Memoial in Church Road at the Junction with School Road and Pecked Lane.

  After the short Service we marched back to the Tithe Barn Cheltenham Road Bishop's cleeve where  soft drinks were be offered.

 We had the biggest parade, in recent history and We would like to thank everyone who attended.


 The next Branch Committee meeting is on:

 AGM Tuesday 13th November 20 meeting at 7 PM for 7.30 PM

Please try and attend


at Newlands Club (Old Smiths Club)


 (with kind permission of Cheltenham Rugby Club)

 All Legion members are welcome to attend

support your branch and attend these meetings



Future  Branch Committee Meetings

Tuesday 25 September 2018

AGM Tuesday 13th November 20

 Free Talk

There will be a number of Free talks 2018

 The Next free talk is on Monday 15th of October 2018


"Surviving Being Shot Down in WWII

 By WWII Veteran Flt. Engineer Sgt. Roy Maddock-Lyon


The talks will last about an hour with time for questions after

Where: Newlands Park Sports & Social Venue (Cheltenham Rugby Club), Southam Lane, Southam, Cheltenham, GL52 3PE

There is no need to book, just turn up for this free event and enjoy the talk. Your guests do not need to be a member of the Legion.

Enquiries phone: 0787 5887349

Please note future dates for your diary (details to be sent nearer the time):


Rededicatoion Of the War Memorial

This Took place at the War Memorial

in Church Road at the Junction with School Road and Pecked Lane.




Sunday 2nd September 2018

 The Bishop of Gloucester  conductedthe short Service

A Short Parade left  the Church Grounds at

2.45 PM and returned to the Church Grounds after the Service

  The Tewkesbury Town Bank played during the Parade and Service




Dedication of New Standard Parade and Service

Sunday 19th of April 2015

We had a good turnout for a Dedication Service and parade of our new Standard.  Cadets from 2328 Squadron Air Training Corps paraded and cadets from that squadron and the Bishop's  Cleeve Army Cadet Platoon acted as escorts for our old and new Standards. We were fortunate to have the County President, Air Vice-Marshal Ian Corbitt, with the County Standard, the Women's Section County Standard and 8 Standards from other Gloucestershire RBL Branches, plus the Tewkesbury Royal Naval Association Standard in attendance.

The Service in the Parish Church was conducted by the Rev. Malc Allen, C of E, assisted by the Rev. Father Peter Slocombe, R.C and Rev Doctor James Tubbett Ph.D, the local Methodist Minister. The Bugler was Mr Graham Sharpe and the organist was Mr. Jerry Spence.

We were fortunate in having Miss Carole Hoban, County Parade Marshal, in charge of the parade.


Label for the first photograph

Parade forming up at St Michael & all Angels Church Bishop's Cleeve after the service


Parade forming up at St Michael's & all Angles Church Bishop's Cleeve after the service


Old Standard ahead of the new standard, about to arrive at the church to be 'laid up'


Cadet Forces Affiliation Ceremony

Sunday 8th of September at 11 am  Car park Club Premises


 We had a very good Parade with  Officers and Cadets from The Bishop's Cleeve Platoon of the Rifles, Army Cadet Force and Officers and Cadets from 2328 Squadron Air Training Corps attending this Affiliation parade. 

Their officers then signed the Affiliation Certificates which were countersigned By the Branch Chairman, Mr. Colin Bassett.

Branch History (With Thanks to Ken Blake)

Woodmancote, Southam & Cleeve Hill British Legion Branch was founded in 1950. In 1951, Bishop's Cleeve branch folded and members joined the Woodmancote, Southam & Cleeve Hill Branch,

In 1969, the Branch was able to buy the Old Railway site in Pecked Lane, Bishop's Cleeve. The existing building was built in March 1970 and officially opened in May of that year.

In 1971 the Branch received the Royal Title and from then on became  the Royal British Legion.  In 1973, the lounge was built.

In 1974 RBL Headquarters at Pall mall, gave permission to attach Bishop's Cleeve to the area branch.   We then became ;-

Woodmancote, Southam, Cleeve Hill and Bishop's Cleeve Branch of ther Royal British Legion.

In the legal agreement transactions of 1970 (Club & Branch) it stated that the Royal British Legion owns all of the building and Ground occupied by the Club and Branch.

In 1980, the War Memorial was moved from the junction of Evesham& Cheltenham Road to its present site, in Church Road.

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