Branch Meetings are held the first Monday of every month including Bank Holidays. (We do not meet in January) 19.00 for 19.30 in the function room of The Alma Pub West St Deal. ALSO find us Clubs and Societies page in the EKM for regular reports, not always weekly! AND on Facebook


Monday 7th October the AGM board will be at the meeting for you to volunteer for the committee OR be a proposer or seconder for someone else!

Monday 4th November BRANCH AGM please come and vote for your preferred candidate see poster below!                                                                                     

CWGC Monday 10th October scroll to poster below!


Annual General Meeting 4th November 2019

Of The Downs Branch RBL

In the function room of The Alma Pub.

The meeting will take place at 19.30 if you wish to serve on the Branch Committee you must register your interest, now, at the October 7th Meeting OR at the very latest with Malcolm or Edward by Friday 11th October 2019


07510 187931



 07885 110384

YOUR committee needs YOU so please register your interest NOW!

(Please note the closing date for nominations)



October 7th Branch Meeting we have a speaker and power point presentation about the CWG Commission, see poster below for full info!


Quick reminder that we have an interesting speaker this coming Monday 1st July see the poster below!


County Vice Chair visit….

I am delighted to announce that our County Vice Chairman Mrs Cherrie Harris will be at our meeting tomorrow evening 6th May, Cherrie will be accompanied  by her husband David, please come along to give them a warm Downs Branch welcome!


Everyone welcome including non members


Just a quick reminder that we have a very interesting speaker at our next meeting Monday 1st April, see the poster below.


New National President Announced

At its meeting held on 21st February, the Board of Trustees was pleased to ratify the recommendation of the Governance Committee that Lieutenant General James Bashall CB CBE be appointed as the next National President of The Royal British Legion.  Lieutenant General Bashall will take up his appointment upon the completion of Annual Conference 2019, that is to say, Sunday 19th May.


The funeral of June Walker our Branch Presidents wife on 10th January was attended by 125 mourners including nine members from our branch.

The opening hymn was “Oh God our help in ages past” in attendance were 10 Legion Standards, ours and the County Standard being on guard to June’s coffin.

A wreath, one each from Downs and Staple branches, was placed at the Chancel rail.

The most moving service included a reading from Proverbs, a moving tribute from Tony West and was followed by the hymn “I vow to thee my country”

A video was filmed and is to be sent to Aussies son in Australia.



It is with great sadness that I have to announce the sad passing of Mrs June Walker the wife of our Branch President Mr “Aussie” Austin  Walker MBE.

June’s funeral will take place at Margate Crematorium, Manston Road, Margate CT9 4LY (01843 577333) on Thursday 10th January 2019 at 3.15pm

June passed away on Wednesday 19th December and will be greatly missed by us all.

Family flowers only, donations if desired can be made to RBL Downs Branch OR RBL Staple Branch, cheques posted to the funeral directors Gore Bros Ltd 50-60 Thanet Rd Margate CT9 1UB.




  1. Last Branch Meeting of 2018 is on Monday 3rd December, Mince Pies included!
  2. Christmas Draw Wednesday 12th December @ The Alma Function Room 18.30 for 19.00


Dear Members if you wish to have an item placed on the agenda for our branch AGM you MUST let Mary know by Monday 29th October.


Branch AGM at The Alma Pub West St Deal 19.00 for 19.30 Monday 5th November.


Monday 3rd September

At last nights meeting County President Leyland Ridings MBE was warmly welcomed by 36 members and the branch committee to carry out a very special presentation to branch Secretary Mary Eldridge.

Mary has been awarded her “Gold Badge” for her dedication and service to the Royal British Legion, the badge is made of solid gold as is befitting the award and has to be approved by the powers that be at National Level, it is the highest award of merit that a legion member can receive.

 Unsuspecting Mary busy being Secretary
 Leyland about to present an unsuspecting Mary with her Gold Badge
 Mary for the first time ever very nearly speechless!
 A beautiful bouquet presented by member Adrian Friend.
 Mary responding to the presentation in her typical humble way.
Mary has asked me to express her sincere thanks to all those instrumental in proposing and approving her award and to all the members present who expressed their congratulations with prolonged applause.

Well done Mary we are all very proud of you.

With thanks to Bob Davies for his photographs.


Edward on his knees to Zella! scroll down below the poster

A quick reminder………………

At the Monday 3rd September Branch Meeting our Kent County President Leyland Ridings MBE will be visiting us so please do your very best to come along and give him a warm Downs Branch welcome!

Rumour has it there will be free cheese and biccy’s!!


Quick reminder for Monday 6th see info poster below! 

                        Branch Meeting Monday 6th August full details in the poster below! 

                    NON MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME!

Who said “which one is the dummy”?


Members at Monday nights meeting, 2nd July, were treated to a most entertaining talk by Tony Starr (see poster below) Tony illustrated his talk with a slide show and display boards showing how the Time Ball works and the history of time keeping for ships leading up to the building of our 200 year old tower. He explained how the original Chronometer was located and purchased and is now on display in the Time Ball Tower. See pp4 of the East Kent Mercury.

Tony introduced Jeremy Davies-Webb who explained his involvement with “The Long Walk Home” project and Haig Housing, we hope to have Jeremy explain all at a forthcoming meeting, click the link below for full info.




A quick reminder that next Monday 4th June is our monthly Branch Meeting at the Alma Pub function room come along to hear what your committee are doing and get an updated financial report.


URGENT MESSAGE This evenings Inaugural “Group Meeting” 14th May has had to be cancelled at short notice, my apologies as the organiser Susan Foster has been called away on urgent family business. 

Edward 07885110384


Thirty One members at last nights branch meeting had a surprise visit from RBL County Youth Officer Susan Foster who posted the following comment on our Facebook page, thank you Susan please visit us again you are most welcome!

Thank you to you all for your warm welcome this evening. What a lovely branch you have and what commitment to youth in the Legion! I’m looking forward to getting to know you all better – see you soon.


Just a quick reminder that at our next Branch meeting Monday 2nd April we are having two very interesting Gentlemen to give a short talk, full info on the poster below, please come along, please bring your friends they will be very welcome!

Cheese & Biscuits to follow the talk!                                                                                                                                                            


This is becoming very embarrassing Graham sent his apologies as he and his wife are now down with Flu we are very sorry for any convenience caused however we won’t give up……yet!