Byfield & District in Rural SW Northants' NOTICES

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Please note that Byfield & District Branch of the Royal British Legion takes photographs & videos at our events. We do that to record the proceedings on various pages of this Web site, which also forms our digital archive. On occasion, we upload photos and/or videos onto our Facebook page too.

For any close-ups, we endeavour to seek prior permission to publish but if you find any images you would prefer not to be included on our Web site, or on our Facebook pages, or if you have any questions about the photography and filming of any of our events, please contact us by e-mail: Byfield.MemSecretary@rblcommunity

NEW "IDENTITY", NEW LOGO... In this, the British Legion's 100th year since its formation (we weren't granted a Royal Charter until 1925), our "image" is being given a refresh; we hope you like it.





REMEMBRANCE 2020 - see our Remembrance pages herein.

NEXT BRANCH MEETINGDate and venue to be advised. COVID-19 rules make that difficult. 

NEXT PUB LUNCH: Last Wednesday of the month, 1230, but only if we can stick to guidelines/rules in force then. Venue to be decided. As there's yet another "lockdown" currently in force, we haven't organised another - yet...


Our AGM was conducted individually, over the telephone. Strange? Yes, but true. You may now view the Minutes of our 2020 AGM by clicking-on this notice.

Byfield's War Memorial was ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD on September 10th 2020. At 1000 hrs. on that day, our President, John Russell BEM commemorated its installation and unveilling John gave a short presentation by the Memorial, which is at the corner of Byfield's Banbury Lane and High Street, NN11 6XQ.

First pub lunch since "lockdown" - 26/08/2020 in The Griffin Inn, Chipping Warden.

VJ+75-Day. Saturday 15th August. Byfield's War Memorial NN11 6XQ for a wreath laying etc. Also, at the same time at Chipping Warden's village sign deputising as a WM - OX17 1JX, and at Culworth War Memorial, OX17 2BA.  

VE Day +75 HAPPENED although very differently see our Events Past pages.

MARCH through JULY 2020 - All Meetings and, apart from VE+75-Day (see separate page via this link) and VJ+75 Day all other events cancelled due to Covid-19. July's Branch Meeting won't take place but we had a Committee Meeting in a garden on the 31st (see this link).

CONCERT - BUCK BRASS ENSEMBLE Sunday 5th January 2020 - 2.30 in Byfield's Holy Cross Church. There was a retiring collection for the RBL.

SANTA's BIKERS deliver to GALANOS HOUSE Sunday 15th December 2019. We gathered at the Long Itch Diner CV47 9QZ by 1.30pm and went-on to Galanos House CV47 2BL at two. Lots of RBLR bikers turned-up and the staff and residents at Galanos House made us all very welcome.

CHRISTMAS DINNER: Friday 13th December 2019 in The Plough at Upper Boddington NN11 6DH.

Boddington Vintage Association Working Weekend 14th/15th September 2019

MERCHANT NAVY DAY 3rd September, in Middle England, about as far from the sea as you can get...   

Eydon Fête on their Community Sports Field off Hollow Way NN11 3PW on SUNDAY 1st September 2019. 

21st June 2019, the day man first set foot on the moon fifty years ago, we were firmly planted in Joy's back garden for our annual BBQ.

20th June 2019 was the 50th anniversary of men landing on the Moon. That was celebrated in Byfield at their PTA's School Fête  - we were there.

On Saturday afternoon 22nd June we were at Aston-le-Walls Fête in the grounds of the old vicarage near the Anglican church NN11 6UN. It was a grand day for sitting in the sun and chewing the fat.

Saturday 8th June '19 we were represented at the Woodford Halse Music Festival where our new gazebo made its debut.

Tuesday 4th June 2019, in remembrance of "D-Day" 6th June 1944 our member Jeremy Wheeler made a PowerPoint presentation about that event 75-years ago. All that took place in Byfield Village Hall's Meeting Room.

On Saturday 27th April we went to the NMA (The National Memorial Arboretum). in support of our Member Chris whose old Unit Alem Hamza RA  dedicated memorial plaques to two of their recent fallen. 

On Tuesday April 2nd 2019 we were back in Aston-Le-Walls' Village Hall NN11 6UF where Roger Cragg, spoke about the development of transport in the West Midlands over the years, including canals, railways and roads.

Pub Lunch at the end of March, Wednesday 27th, 1230, was in The Plough at Upper Boddington NN11 6DH.

On the evening of 4th March 2019, in Byfield Village Hall's Meeting Room, David Morse told us about the Warwickshire Home Guard. after our usual pre-meet lubrication in Byfield's "Cross Tree"

February's Pub Lunch on Wednesday 27th, 1230, in The Griffin Inn, Culworth Road, Chipping Warden OX17 1LB.

On Tuesday 5th February, in Aston-Le-Walls Village Hall, Main Street, NN11 6UF at our Branch Meeting Richard Woodcock discussed "The Cuban Revolution", & Fidel Castro's statement 'History will absolve me'. We started at 8pm prompt and as there was no pub nearby everyone brought their own refreshments.

Our first Pub Lunch of 2019 was in Byfield's "Cross Tree" on Wednesday 30th January (see our Other Social Gatherings page under "Events Past".

THE BUCK BRASS ensemble played for us in Byfield's Holy Cross Church on Sunday 6th January 2019, at 3pm. Entry was free but there was a retiring collection for the Royal British Legion. See our Events Past page.  This link gives a taste of their performance.

On Monday 7th January 2019 we gathered in Byfield Vilage Hall's MAIN HALL for an 8pm presentation by Byfield Scouts on their Nairobi experience, Branch Meeting was afterwards.

CHRISTMAS DINNER? Ours was on the evening of Thursday 20th December 2018

Byfield's "Thank You" commemoration  of the end of the First World War.

Banner On The Green

See below for our big "Thank You" day 11th November 2018.

Byfield 's 100-Years ' Event - Programme

Byfield's Parish Council has purchased and installed a "park bench" in memoriam to those that fell in all our wars but in particular the terrible conflict of 1914 to 1918, whose tragic effects were felt long after it ended. Images of that bench can be found in our Photo Gallery on this Website.

THIS IS GOOD NEWS: Our Member Jeremy, is an example of someone who the Royal British Legion has helped back to health - see his story herein.


On Tuesday, 2nd October 2018, Bob Cubitt gave a fully illustrated report about his and Chris's participation in GP90. The venue was Aston-le-Walls Village Hall; unfortunately, there's no pub nearby.

FIRST WEEK of AUGUST in 2018, WE WERE ON THE GP90... to The Somme and Ypres Salient culminating in an all day commemorative event at the Menin Gate.                                                                                                                                                         Menin Gate Pic 

On Monday, September 3rd 2018, Tim Boddington spoke about China! It was a fascinating evening revealing a China unlike what you think you know about that teeming country.

Due to alternative halls in the area being pre-booked by others, our Branch Meeting on Tuesday 7th August 2018 was in Byfield Village Hall's Meeting Room (used to be Lower Annexe) where Graham Pattenden concluded his account of the life of Colonel Fred Barnaby, one of England's most outrageous eccentrics.

On Monday 2nd July 2018, in Byfield Village Hall's Lower Annexe, Bob Cubitt explained why we might be confused about commandos. When we think of the commandos, we think of the Royal Marines, but they weren't the first - not by a country mile.

We went to the ‘Created in Conflict: British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today’ exhibition being held at Compton Verney near Gaydon on Thursday 17th May. We waited in Byfield until ten-past-ten by which time we had six people. who went to Compton Verney in two cars for a good day out.

Our May monthly meeting was on Monday 14th May 2018 in Byfield Village Hall's Lower AnnexeSteve Dimmer told "Tales from the Trenches" to all us assembled - there was a singalong too!

Russ spoke to Towcester RBL on the evening of 8th May 2018 about his time aboard HMS Ocean.

THE RBL 2018 CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION - closed on 3rd May. One Member entered but was unsuccessful. See May Meeting's Minutes to view the entry.

Bingo Thanks

See this Web site's Events Past sub page BINGO for a report.

Karin Start talked to us on Monday 5th March 2018, in Byfield Village Hall's Lower Annexe, Karin gavve a fascinating insight into the NHS's Emergency Medical Team's activities in strange and wonderful places.

On Tuesday 6th February 2018 in The Royal Oak in Eydon, our Chaplin, the Rev Stevie Cross provided us with an insight into working in the aerospace industry. Her talk was entitled "Reflections of a Peripatetic Engineer".

ON Sunday 14th January 2018, there was a New Year's Celebration AND A BIG NOISE IN BYFIELD's HOLY CROSS CHURCH at 4pm; local lad Richard (the trombonist) conducted the Buck Brass Ensemble. Admission was free but there was a retiring collection for the RBL.

DSC00786 Buck Brass Trio

Richard and his friends are all graduates of The Royal Academy of Music, so a very professional performance was guaranteed.


Happy NY '18 (1)

ON TUESDAY 5th DECEMBER 2017, at our Monthly Meeting, this time in The Griffin, Chipping Warden, FIVE of the assembled company spoke for a few minutes on many and varied experiences.

The Byfield & District RBL Quiz of 2017...

Thank You


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Remembrance Sunday 2017 (103 years since the outbreak of the First World War). The Remembrance Services in Byfield & District are reported on our Remembrance page herein.


RIBBON of POPPIES across the UK? Or maybe a carpet...

PoppyPoppyPoppyPoppyPoppyPoppy YOU SHOULD HAVE PLANTED YOUR POPPY SEEDS BY late September/early October, before the frosts came. Hopefully next year we can expect to see poppies everywhere across the UK. This isn't our idea but that of Mr. Iain Henderson, see: commemorate the end of the First World War in 1918.


VISIT to RAF HALTON – Saturday 9th September 2017 - a really good day out - see full report on our Events Past page.


Sunday 3rd September is Merchant Navy Day; LEST WE FORGET, we flew the Red Ensign on our RBL flagpole on that day...

MN Lest We Forget

Over the years people seemed to forget that without the Merchant Navy they would all starve. And who were the prime targets at sea in both World Wars? Merchant Ships. In 2000, after a lot of campaigning the MN were finally allowed to be represented at the Remembrance Parade to the Cenotaph on London's Whitehall. Since then further lobbying around the world has resulted in the 3rd September being designated Merchant Navy Day, to commemorate the sacrifice Merchant Seamen have made to keep this island fed, and enjoying 95% of everything imported. Why 3rd September? Well, not only did Great Britain declare war on that date in 1939 but it was also the date of the first British MN casualty of the 2nd World War; in the early evening, Donaldson Lines' "SS Athenia", 13,500 tons, was torpedoed by U30 just south of Rockall, with the loss of 128 passengers and crew.

RE: Byfield War Memorial: Byfield Parish Council have agreed to reinstate the garden strip around the War Memorial to allow the children to plant their wooden crosses at their Remembrance ceremony.       

The Summer of Seventeen's Byfield & District RBL's fund raising BBQ is over - see Web link for report.

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OUR LAST POPPY APPEAL BROACHED the £10k barrier; THANKS to everybody that made that possible.



There IS such a thing as a free lunch  - see our RECRUITMENT page for details...


Our "DIGIAL ARCHIVE" is comprised of edited Branch Meetings' Minutes, a record of all the names on each War Memorial in our District (each village has a sub-page for their memorial), a record of those who have spoken on special subjects at our meetings, stories of interest to our members and some poetry we'd like to share. Of course, there's also a photo gallery, where you might see some familiar faces.


FOR 2019


To entertain us at the RBL


(see “Who has spoken” herein for examples)

Please contact any of our Officers for details 

VISITORS to our "SPEAKER MEETINGS" are welcome for £1/head BUT be warned; we'll try to RECRUIT you! Actually, everyone pays that pound at all our meetings, to cover any Speaker's costs in entertaining us, especially those Speakers who have come from afar. Any surplus at year-end goes into Branch Funds.

More members would be welcome at all our meetings but we acknowledge our District is made-up of many rural communities, some of those being quite small and relatively distant. Although sometimes we are able to have our meetings elsewhere around our District, there are always Members willing to pick-up others from the far corners of our area at any time of the year and return them home after our meetings... JUST CONTACT any of our Officers if you wish to take advantage of that offer.

The S T A G G E R E D BRANCH MEETINGS, which have been scheduled since March 2017 have been successful. That was arranged to allow Members, guests and visitors who can't attend on a Monday to come along to at least some of our meetings. Don't forget, if you need a lift to and from a meeting, just contact any one of us.

HOWEVER, due to other commitments, key Members of our team can't make most of the pre-advertised Wednesday & Thursday evenings. We've also decided to have any meeting that falls on a Monday in Byfield, with Tuesdays elsewhere around our District.






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