In  2012 the generous people of Clowne & Barlborough Area gave £10188 in donations to the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

 See below for other years.

 

The Poppy Appeal is NOT about glorifying in war - it is about helping those and their families who have served us and perhaps given their life or health.

The Royal British Legion was

90 Years Old in 2011

Why does the British Legion ask us for this money?

The Royal British Legion safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. They are one of the UK’s largest membership organisations and recognised as custodians of Remembrance. They help serving and ex-Service personnel and their families. Not just those who fought in the two World Wars, but also those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting today. They provide welfare services, campaign on a range of issues affecting Service people, are custodians of Remembrance, raise funds through the annual Poppy Appeal and are a membership organisation.

 The good work they do costs a great deal of money and as we know from Iraq and Afghanistan there are still many newly in need but many to come also and those who depend on them. The British Legion helps a wide variety of people in many ways and is not confined to people with physical disability. Their welfare services cover a very wide range of subjects in supporting families and individuals. Many people may qualify for help even though they may think they are not eligible. It is worth having a look at their range of services.

More information is available at http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/ or www.poppy.org.uk

or the Derbyshire British Legion website www.britishlegion-derbyshire.org.uk/index.htm

 

The Poppy Appeal in Clowne and Barlborough area was run by Christine English who has done this since 2005 when her father Eric Redfearn passed away. Eric, (who many will remember as having the butcher's shop on Mill St.) had run the appeal since the late seventies when he took over from Steve North. Christine always helped him so she carried on in his memory. After having several successful years she has retired from the appeal this year and the Poppy Appeal is now run by Christine Beach - see below for details

 

There is no British Legion Branch in Clowne and hasn't been since possibly the early seventies.

Fundraising has been supported from the local mess of the "Fellowship of the Services" ex- servicemen's organisation . Also a number of individuals and local organisations have helped with fundraising during the 2 weeks we are allowed to do it. 

 

Many thanks to all the FOS men and wives, private individuals, friends and organisations who helped.

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We wish to thank Tesco and all the other shops, offices, schools and organisations who have had static poppy boxes to raise funds. Tesco  allow us to use a table to sell poppies and other products and this is where a large amount of money is raised. 

A large amount is also raised by the sale of Wreaths to organisations and individuals who wish to lay them on Remembrance Sunday. These can be purchased from the  local organiser but  some notice is needed to order them. Wreaths can be a blank centre with a handwritten card or with the names of regiments or organisations in the centre. Please ask for details. Also a certain amount is raised by private donations such as collections from funerals. £455 was raised by the Hallamshire Military Concert Band with their Festival of Remembrance concert.

 

We are only allowed to sell poppies for approximate

2 weeks before Remembrance Sunday or Armistice day whichever is later. 

 

Armistice day is always the 11th of November, this is the day the guns fell silent in 1918.

 

Remembrance Sunday is the nearest Sunday to Armistice day and varies every year.

In 2015 it will be Sunday Nov. 8th.

 

 Anniversaries World War 1 1915

April/ May Second battle of Ypres- use of chlorine gas by German Army

Sept./ Oct Battle of Loos- (Vimy Ridge)

September

Anniversaries World War 2 1945

7th February- end of the German Ardennes Offensive-"Battle of the Bulge"

March- US and British forces cross the Rhine.

20th March - British and Commonwealth forces take Mandalay, Burma from the Japanese

1st April US forces land on the Japanese island of Okinawa

2nd May- Berlin falls to Soviet Forces and Italy falls to British and US forces

8th May Victory in Europe- Germany surrenders.

6th August- US Air Force drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

9th August - US Air Force drops atomic bomb on Nagasaki

15th August Victory over Japan- Japan Surrenders- WW2 ends

 

Kohima Prayer

When you go home, tell them of us and say, ‘For your tomorrow we gave our today.’

 

 

 

 

If you wish to volunteer to help sell poppies in November or for any other information then please

 contact:-

 Christine Beach tel 01142480656  email christine.beach@btinternet.com

This would be by helping sell from our tables in for exampleTesco (Clowne

We do not collect door to door or in the street.

 

 

From our tables we sell not just the ordinary Poppy but also Poppy Crosses, enamel pins, car Poppies, car stickers, Silk Poppies etc.

The enamel pins have been a great success in the last 3 years and can be worn all year, they always sell out by Armistice Sunday. More stocks this November.

 

Other Poppy products such as table linen, clothing, ceramics etc. are on sale all year online from:

 the RBL Shop http://www.rblishop.co.uk/

 

The Poppy Appeal Clowne and Barlborough.

Money raised each year since 1980

2009 9157 1999 1747 1989 820
2008 6558 1998 1373 1988 805
2007 6282 1997 1335 1987 665
2006 3948 1996 1221 1986 623
2005   1995 1053 1985 458
2004 3174 1994 1061 1984 387
2003 2031 1993 1152 1983 423
2012 10188 2002 1987 1992 952 1982 387
2011 11075 2001 1857 1991 860 1981 366
2010 10347 2000 1475 1990 833 1980 361

 

 

 

Disclaimer

This website is authored by Paul English.

It had no official connection to the British Legion.

The author has attempted to be as factual as  possible.

All opinions expressed are entirely the authors.

All pictures are by Paul English, Peter English, Arthur Heap and Dominique Saint. 

Please report any errors, omissions, feedback to remembrance200@yahoo.com