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The Royal British Legion – Northern Branch

The Royal British Legion – Northern Branch

The Royal British Legion – Northern Branch

To see what’s going on in the area, visit our new News and Events page.

We are here to administer and deliver community support within the District.  We also cover membership and fundraising activities of the Legion’s branches throughout District North of Spain.

Membership of The Royal British Legion is available to all adults and nationality, not just members or ex-members of the British Armed Forces and we always welcome new members. Drop into your local branch or click here to find out how you can join.

You can join on-line and the following link will take you direct to the on-line application form click here.

NEWS and EVENTS

Colourful launch for the Poppy Appeal in Benidorm

The launch of the RBL, Spain District North, Poppy Appeal took place in Benidorm on Friday 18th October 2019 in warm sunshine and also in the presence of the hundreds of holidaymakers, veterans and residents who packed the Levante promenade.

The event was supported by members of the Royal British Legion from 15 branches across the region as well as by the Mayor of Benidorm, Tony Perez.

Snr Perez joined in the annual march along the seafront, together with the Chairman of the District RBL, Don Cubbon, British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris, Edward Dunn, Head of Campaigns at the British Embassy and navy reservist, and Ms Kate Green, Overseas Team Lead of the RBL Worldwide.

It was led by the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums who were followed by a dozen or more standards and approximately two hundred proud veterans of all nationalities and services including many members of the RNA, RAAFA and RMA.

Once again, making their umpteenth appearance at the launch, having travelled from the Royal Hospital to be there especially, were Chelsea In-Pensioners Wayne Campbell and Skippy Teasdale who were escorted along the seafront by Father Don Witts, of the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy.

It was yet another event that made the participants feel very proud to be British, stepping out along the front to the rousing sound of the pipes, something not too often seen in the popular resort, but a sight that was enthusiastically applauded by the many spectators lining the route.

District Chairman Don Cubbon thanked the city of Benidorm for the war reception and welcome that it always provides to the Royal British Legion. He spoke of the hard work that his members had carried out over the previous year in which the Poppy Appeal raised over €176,000

He also emphasised that ALL of the money is used to help ex-servicemen and their dependants in their time of need here in Spain, mentioning just a few of the measures on which it was spent last year including furniture, stair lifts and the purchase of mobility scooters for those finding it difficult to walk.

The Mayor of Benidorm, Tony Perez, welcomed all participants as he took the rostrum. He said how delighted he was to host the Launch of the Poppy Appeal once again, highlighting the many benefits it brings to the area and how it adds to the multicultural and multinational make-up of the city.

He said that the expatriate community was a very important part of the city of Benidorm and he was honoured and delighted to call many of them his friends.

The mayor was then presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Don Cubbon, on behalf of the RBL in Spain. Mr Cubbon said that it was given in heartfelt thanks for the support and encouragement that the Ayuntamiento and the people of Benidorm provide to enable the launch of the Appeal to take place in such convivial surroundings.

In reply the mayor said that the Royal British Legion “is a role model” and that it can always count on the support and encouragement of the Benidorm council.

Short speeches followed from Sarah Jane Morris, Edward Dunn and Ms Kate Green who all said how much of an honour it was to be involved in the event.

Kate Green spoke about the support that the RBL provides to many of its veterans in Spain and how important a part it now plays in the structure of the Spanish Social and Welfare system.

The launch ended with rapturous applause as the Standard Bears and the Pipes and Drums marched past the VIP guests before hordes of spectators, both English and Spanish, descended on Skippy and Wayne to pose for photographs, both of whom were absolutely delighted to oblige.

In District North, the RBL Poppy Appeal is aiming to exceed the 2018 total of 176,000 euro, monies that will enable the Legion to continue its vital work in delivering life-long support to Service and ex-Service personnel and their families here in Spain, through hardships, injuries and bereavements.

Every euro received in Spain will be used in Spain where it will make a real difference, not only to the lives of Service men and women and veterans that live amongst us, but to their families as well, who can also experience difficulties dealing with the circumstances of a loved one who is serving or who has served.

So make your donation and wear your poppy with pride in the knowledge that you will be supporting your past and present Armed Forces community.

Acts of Remembrance

So far, the following Acts of Remembrance are planned for the District Area – keep checking back for Acts nearer to you or contact your nearest Branch, details of which can be found on this page:

Sunday 10th November

  • Benidorm – A service in Ciudad Patricia, Calle Rumania starting at 10.30am.  For more details contact Maggie Slane (Benidorm.Secretary@RBL.Community)
  • Javea – A service in the Fishermen’s Church in Javea Port starting at 3.00pm.  For more details contact Pam Dawes (Javea.MemSecretary@RBL.Community)
  • La Val d’Albaida – A service at El Pansat Restaurant starting at 11.30am, followed by lunch.  For more details or to book lunch contact Branch Chaplain Ken Cornforth (kayseeuk@gmail.com)
  • Orihuela Costa – A service in Capilla de las Mil Palmeras starting at 10.30am.  For more information contact Jean    Heald (OrihuelaCosta.Secretary@RBL.Community)
  • Pinoso – A Service in the Parish Church of Saint Peter in Pinoso starting at 10.30am.  For more details ring 966 19 6557 or 690 720 494

Monday 11th November

  • Hondón Valley – A service in the Main Church, Hondón de los Frailes – please be seated by 10.40am.  Lunch is available after the service.  For more details or to book lunch contact Neil Pavitt (neilucy30@gmail.com)
  • Torrevieja – A Parade of Standards, followed by a service in La Siesta Church starting at 10.30am.  for more details contact Gerry Lynch (Torrevieja.Chairman@RBL.Community)

HOW WE CAN HELP

The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans and their familes.

District North Spain covers an area from the French Border to Roquetas de Mar in Almeria, both the coastal regions and inland.  Our District Community Support team are here to help.  We are part of the Legion’s extensive Poppy Support services.  If you are serving, have served or are the dependant or carer of someone who has served in the UK’s Armed Forces, then you may be eligible for our help.

If you feel we may be able to help you or someone close to you, please contact us for a confidential chat as follows:

  • Ring +34 676 451 780 or email: mailto:spainnorth.communitysupport@rbl.community,  Monday to Friday 9.00am to 2.00pm, or
  • Contact the UK helpline on +44 2033 768080 – open 7 days a week between 8.00am and 8.00pm (free from UK landlines and main UK mobile networks)

We can offer financial aid in an urgent crisis, help homeless ex-Service people get back on their feet, advise on compensation claims, offer careers advice for those looking to make a fresh start after leaving the Forces, arrange home or hospital visits and much more.

You can also use the Legion’s online self-help knowledge base to find the information you need. It includes a live chat facility.

Registered Charity No. 219279
Spanish NIF N8261536J

 

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Joshua Dyer (aged 14) was tasked at school to write a poem for Remembrance Day. An hour later (without any help) he produced this. One Thousand Men Are Walking One thousand men are walking Walking side by side Singing songs from home The spirit as their guide they walk toward the light milord they walk towards the sun they smoke and laugh and smile together no foes to outrun these men live on forever in the hearts of those they saved a nation truly grateful for the path of peace they paved they march as friends and comrades but they… Read more »

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Who is Joshua Dyer?? a Internet search only shows this poem nothing else whatsoever. Several Facebook groups in New Zealand are trying to locate the poet after a request for more information from the Sgt Major of the NZ Army. If you or any other members could assist in locating Joshua that would be great. Regards LAC (retired) Leon Coy RNZAF.