Wells branch of Royal British Legion looks for poppy appeal's next generation
THE Wells branch of the Royal British Legion is looking for the next generation of poppy collectors to ensure that they can continue supporting ex-service men and women in the area.
Branch chairman Robin White said: “Thanks to the generous support of the Wells people and the local traders we hold the much-envied distinction of having increased our collections year-on-year for the past ten years.
“Although our membership is dwindling due to age, health and the Grim Reaper, we will strive to do as well again this year. After all, the Legion’s motto is ‘service before self’ and so we press on regardless.”
“Our success in raising more year-on-year for the past decade is due, in no small measure, to our indefatigable Poppy Appeal Organiser, Ray Bennett, and his band of Poppy Collectors.
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“Sadly, he has said that this year will be his last, so we are looking for someone who can ‘shadow’ Ray until he steps down later this year.”
If you would like to help the Legion with the appeal then have a chat with Ray on 01749 670576.
The Legion is launching this year’s appeal with a Poppy Concert in Wells Town Hall on October 25.
This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on November 10 and will consist of the Remembrance Service in St Cuthbert’s Church followed by the wreath laying at the War Memorial in the churchyard.
The traditional Remembrance Parade will follow, and as last year continue round to the Harry Patch Monument in front of the museum where a Last Post ceremony and wreath laying will take place.
Any veterans who are present at the war memorial will be invited to parade with the Legion.
This year the parade will feature a corps of drums provided by the Wells Cadets.
A wreath laying will then follow in the Portway Cemetery in remembrance of two Victoria Cross holders and those 25 graves marked by a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone.
Monday November 11 is Armistice Day, the day when, at 11am, that the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.
It has been the tradition of the Wells Branch to hold a ceremony to mark the hour in front of the Conduit in the Market Place. The roads will be closed for safety’s sake and anyone can come along.
For more information contact the Robin White on 01749 673550 or by emailling email@example.com.