1st October 2022 RBL Band & David Cole OBE MVO Concert at St Mary’s Church Walmer

(Photo from the 2018 Concert)



Happy and a Healthy New Year!

to all our members!

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Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year!

to all our members and friends.




Branch Christmas Lunch 9th December 

There are just two places left so please book with Sue at or 01304 371799 by 6th December, payment preferred please by cash on the day, menu choices to Sue by 6th December.




Poppy Weeks!

Can you spare an hour or two  just once a year for this wonderful opportunity to raise money for our Armed Forces personnel, Serving, Ex Service and Members and their families? 

Between 28th October and 13th November volunteers of all ages will be manning Poppy Tables and holding collection boxes in Deal showing their support for the men and women of the Armed Forces who are doing, and have done so much for our safety and protection.

Want to help? Contact Nicky NOW! 01304 36311 OR 07759 535199 OR

Thank You!



Service of Remembrance Sunday 31st October

The following message is from our Barry Rampton of Staple Branch. I will be carrying our Downs Branch Standard


Royal British Legion Festival Of Remembrance, Albert Hall, click the link!,7IN9M,8L00IY,UKWFV,1

RBL Members ONLY


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I am very pleased to announce we have a new Poppy Area Organiser (PAO) Mrs Nic Orchard, Nic is stepping into the shoes of our long standing PAO Mary Eldridge, after many years of service Mary’s experience and initial help will stand Nic in good stead! We wish Nic every success in her new role.

Although not a committee member Nic’s contact info is listed on this site under “COMMITTEE”


Are you or any one you know an RAMC man?

an RADC QARANC or even RAVC man? then Colin Hearth Secretary of the RAMC Assn. would like to here from you! contact Colin ON 07838193418 OR


Do you know a  veteran? OR maybe you are a veteran? PLEASE click the link for more info.



It is with the deepest sadness we remember HRH Prince Phillip who passed away peacefully this morning 9th April 2021. On behalf of all members we send our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family.





The National RBL have decided to gradually launch a new logo as from 25th January,  any current paperwork and Poppy Appeal items will continue to be used, the new logo will be used on ordered items only when existing items have been used up.




Our Branch Secretary Sue Andrews is our Downs branch delegate at the Zoom Conference on Saturday 19th September, schedule below, Sue will of course take part on our behalf. However this link to click will allow anyone to watch proceedings

  1. 10.00 – 12.00
  2.  Opening of Conference
  3.  Prayers
  4.  National Presidents address
  5.  National Chairman’s address
  6.  Minutes of 2019
  7.  Director Generals address
  8.  Motions Results
  9.  Membership Forum
  10.  12.00 – 13.00 Break
  11.  13.00 – 14.00
  12.  Annual Report& Accounts
  13.  Awards
  14.  Presentation PAPP
  15.  Presentation – Operations 
  16.  Presentation – Fund Raising
  17.  Presentation – Telling our story
  18.  Close of Conference

Thank you Sue from us all.


County Chair & Vice Chair Elections 

To-day 12th September I have received via our Branch Secretary Sue a letter from Haig House concerning the election of a Chairman and a Vice Chairman for Kent County RBL.  If you would like to be nominated please let me know ASAP as time is of the essence and I need to forward all the information regarding duties, qualifications and conditions for nomination to you.
Completed documents and and a CV MUST reach Haig House by 30th September.

Edward 07885110384 &


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Your VE Day photo’s needed NOW! please email them to me and I will make sure Niki gets them, Many Thanks

Edward See the message below from Niki

Good Morning

Thank you to those of you that have sent me pictures of your VE Day celebrations in your towns, Villages and streets.

Please keep the photos coming as I plan to run a Special Circular to showcase how Kent celebrated in these challenging times

Best Wishes

Nikki   Membership Support Officer (Kent)



Royal British Legion Schedule for 8th May 2020 (Full details below)

      1) 1100-1102          – Two Minute Silence

      2) 1115-1200          – The Royal British Legion VE75 Livestream

      3) 2000-2110          – VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration, BBC One

       4)  2100                    – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong

1)Two Minute Silence

 The Legion is calling on people to join in a national moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May and pause for a Two Minute Silence, not only in recognition of the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, but also to reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.

People are invited to take part in the Silence in whatever way they feel appropriate be that standing at their window, stepping outside their home, whilst remaining distanced from others, or taking the opportunity for a quiet moment of reflection. To build momentum towards this important moment, please share this with your communities and encourage everyone to come together in Remembrance at 11am.

 2)  The Livestream The stream will be live from 11.15am on the Legion’s website

3)  VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration BBC ONE:  20:00 – 21:10 

 To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC in partnership with The Royal British Legion will honour and celebrate the World War Two Generation with an evening of memories and music.  Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, together with Britain’s favourite performers who will entertain us with popular songs of the era.  In a fitting finale at 9.00 pm we will see the nation unite for a very special rendition of “We’ll Meet Again” as we all give thanks to our veterans and remember our loved ones.

4)  ‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong

 Lyrics available on The Royal British Legion website



Dear Member,

I hope you had a nice break and are staying safe in these uncertain times. Starting with some good news, the Poppy Appeal 2019 total is £43.3million so far, which is fantastic, thank you for your hard work and dedication.  I wanted to get in touch with you to let you know the current situation and plans for the 2020 Appeal. 

As you can imagine, we don’t know how the situation of COVID-19 infection will continue to affect plans for the year and for the Poppy Appeal 2020, but we carry on with our preparations and we’d like to give you some updates.

We are now confident that the stock that is manufactured overseas will arrive in time before the appeal starts in October. All Poppy Appeal Organisers have been sent  a newsletter explaining upcoming plans, including information about the allocation of some popular stock items for the 2020 Poppy Appeal, and key dates for activities (all subject to change). 

Please stay safe and we look forward to the day things start to get back to normal.

With best wishes  Jenny Sheriff Head of Poppy Appeal and Community Fundraising



Please see poster below from Deal Council.    


6th August 2019 County office has asked us to inform all members.


Dear Colleagues

Please be advised that a Service of Thanksgiving for Brigadier Maurice Atherton will take place in Canterbury Cathedral on Monday 23rd September 2019,  at 2.00pm.

The family have requested no flowers please but donations, if desired, to The Green Howards Association OR Barham Church c/o C W Lyons and Son Ltd, St Gregory’s, Military Road, Canterbury, Kent  CT1 1ND – Tel:  01227 463508.

With kindest regards


Miss Jo Holmes DL

Deputy Clerk to the Lieutenancy and Head of Civic Office.



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