Ted Fell RH. Albert Keir ex RN. Andy Howard RBL
Have you ever thought about the Royal British Legion? What does it do? Who does it help? How does it help?
The RBL motto is Service not self and it is here to help support the Armed Forces community.
You do not have to have been a member of the armed forces to join the RBL, and if you do join, you can get a better understanding of its role, and you can help as much as you want – you can carry the RBL Standard at events, you can get on the committee, you can be involved with fund raising activities.
Recently, Bakewell and district RBL have taken members to the National memorial Arboretum. We shall be going to the Buxton Military tattoo in July. We have regular (monthly) breakfast clubs – they’re the first Saturday of the month at the Wheatsheaf in Bakewell from 09:00.
One of our RBL members, who is active, is Mark Wakeman from the pet shop. Mark is also a district councillor with the DDDC. As Mark knows, you don’t have to be in the military to join the RBL but you can help the veterans by joining. When you see Albert Keir collecting for RBL, you see a D-Day veteran who was involved with the landings on the beaches in France on the American sectors, Omaha and Utah beaches. We have poppy appeal collector’s help at shops, e.g. the Co-op and Aldi in Bakewell. They’re volunteering their time to help.
Do you want to join us? You can join online at BritishLegion.org.uk or phone 0800 307 7773 or pop into the poppy shop in Bakewell for a membership application form. Membership is £18 per annum.