The Royal British Legion Stowmarket & District

Branch News
We hope and trust that you are all well. The committee members fully understand that these are worrying times and we will do all we can to assist where we can. To begin with the club itself is closed and all meetings (club, branch and associations) have been cancelled until further notice. In addition to this, all activities are cancelled until further notice.

We will keep you informed of updates as and when we receive them via our website and on our Facebook page: branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/stowmarket.

Stowmarket Town Council are also providing coordinated support via their website: stowmarkettowncouncil.gov.uk.

Some updates from County:

  • Welfare: All BCS hospital and housebound visits have stopped.
  • If you find yourself in need of support and are eligible for Legion help, please call the contact centre on 0808 802 8080.
  • National Conference has been cancelled in its current form.
  • Member HQ has created an email address so members can contact the department if they have any queries about COVID-19 in relation to membership activity (all the staff are now working remotely from home): [email protected]

Additionally, membership cards are now being printed once a week and cheques are being banked every two weeks. Please be patient.

  • Haig House and area offices have now been closed with staff working from home where possible. No post will be collected while the offices remain closed. This may result in a delay in reply to enquiries sent to head office and regional staff.

If you are self-isolating there are a number of RBL members who are willing and able to assist as follows:

If you are self-isolating or just need a hand with something due to COVID-19 we may be able to assist with shopping, posting mail, a friendly phone call, urgent supplies or other tasks. Please contact the branch secretary, Steve Runciman at [email protected] or 07860 120695 and he will direct you to one of the volunteers who will do everything they can to assist you.    

Please protect yourself against fraudsters. Never give out personal details. The members who are able and willing to assist will be more than happy to identify themselves if you request assistance by presenting their RBL membership card along with another document containing a photo (driving licence for example) and we would expect you to ask for this, at least when first meeting us (from a distance of course).

STOWMARKET POPPY APPEAL

The unprecedented situation we find ourselves in means that our year-round fundraising efforts are currently paused or cancelled, including our plans for VE Day. 

The good news is that the Poppy Appeal nationally has so far raised £43.3 million since 1 October 2019. Of that total, Stowmarket district has contributed £36,692.97. Thank you to all volunteers and stakeholders for their hard work and dedication and to all contributors for their generosity.  

Now our focus is on the evolving situation with COVID-19 and supporting the national effort by following government guidelines in fighting this new invisible enemy. Alongside the crucial front-line NHS workforce, the military are there and their efforts are plain to see in the Nightingale field hospitals constructed at lightening pace around the UK and in the delivery of critical supplies. 

We hope that the Poppy Appeal will take place as usual later in the year and we will be ready to continue our crucial work in supporting our dedicated serving and ex-serving personnel. 

In the meantime, please stay safe and well.

Rachel Oakley, PAO Stowmarket, EJD59

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WOMEN’S SECTION (STOWMARKET)

In line with government restrictions, all meetings have been postponed until further notice. The mystery outing has been postponed until a new date can be made. We have a system where we can contact members via the phone. We wish all our members to remain well, safe and healthy.

If you have any questions please contact the chair, Sue Priest: [email protected] / 07709 287816

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