11 November 2018

Loddon & District with Haddiscoe Sub Branch

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Firstly, Remembrance. Thank you for your overwhelming and magnificent support for this year’s branch Poppy Appeal. We look to be, even at this early stage, well on the way to overtaking the 2017/2018 total of £7,762.00.

Such has been the support this year that we ran out of poppies for the Church Plain poppy stall and had to borrow from other branches. The October Poppy Stall at Loddon’s Farmers Market raised £118.00.

The branch was well represented at the dedication of Chedgrave’s new war memorial in September, and took part in Haddiscoe’s moving, but entertaining, Remembrance concert on the 17th November.

Holy Trinity’s church poppy cascade, avenue of poppies, display of homemade wreaths and the ‘There but Not There’ Tommies all combined to add to the poignancy of this year’s WW1 centenary commemorations. On 11.11.11 itself the village parade led by a lone piper and including the branch standards of both Loddon and Haddiscoe; and then the moving services at the war memorial and church all served to remind us that We Will Remember Them always.

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A reminder that the Royal British Legion, set up as it was in 1921 to help deal with the aftermath of that war, is still dealing with the same sort of problems of care and need today, and we are here to help. Our secretary Colin Hartley is on 01508-521136.

No branch meeting in December, so the next ones will be next year on Mondays 21st January and 18th February in the King’s Head Loddon, starting at 7.30pm.