The Royal British Legion Women’s Section


The Royal British Legion Women’s Section were finally able to celebrate its centenary on 11 June 2022 at the National Arboretum. Several members of the Bakewell Branch attended and the Branch Standard was paraded.

A sunny though blustery day, the service of thanksgiving at the RBLWS Garden of Remembrance was preceded by a march led by the band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers followed by the Women’s Section Standards. This was followed by the unveiling and naming of a buggy donated to the National Arboretum, named ‘Elizabeth’ by Dame Penelope Keith DBE,DL, to which the Bakewell Branch had subscribed. The afternoon concluded with a traditional afternoon tea in the Aspects Centre enjoyed by over 300 members.

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section was formed in 1921 to safeguard the interests of widows and families of ex-servicemen after the First World War. It is autonomous, self-funding and also comes under the RBL’s Royal Charter with HRH the Princess Royal as its National President. Today, it is fully integrated into the regular structure of the Royal British Legion. It continues to raise funds for its benevolent work which provides financial support to dependents of service people. This also includes a scheme to provide grants for the educational needs of women in the Armed Services community, ranging from scholarships covering course fees to small grants for text books.


The RBLWS Bakewell Branch formed in 1934, celebrating its 88th anniversary this year, continues to meet regularly and welcomes new members. Details available from Pat Lunn tel: 01629 813586 or email patlunn@easynet.co. uk