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Armistice Centenary Commemoration

poppyRobin Bawtree writes; As Chairman of the Milborne Port and District Branch of the Royal British Legion I wanted to say a big thank you to the many people who contributed to the wonderful village commemoration recently.Firstly, all the Poppy Collectors who did their rounds but also all those who gave so generously.

We have banked a record sum of £4278:63 which included the sale of wreaths, the sale of the large poppies kindly purchased by the Spirit of Milborne Port for the benefit of the village, the church collection at the Remembrance Day Service, and the quiz money from an event at the Tippling Philosopher. Much credit for the

whole enterprise must go to Maggie Pelly, our Poppy Administration Officer, who put in an enormous amount of time and effort into making the occasion such a success.  Secondly, the History and Heritage Group who had arranged an amazing display of information about Milborne Port in the time of the Great War where one could have spent the whole of Sunday afternoon watching the videos and studying all the material in the Town Hall. So thank you to Steve Underwood, Lesley Wray and team for that.Thirdly, I want to mention Naomi Thorp who has worked so hard in researching the history of the men named on our War Memorial and she has published a booklet which is available from the History and Heritage Group.

 Primary school remembrance 2018

Mrs Rebecca Eyres and children from the Primary School with their Poppy Display   

The St John’s bellringers, led by their Captain, Susan Wales, have throughout the four years since 2014 been ringing the church bells half muffled on the anniversary of the death of these men. And finally, a word of thanks to the Rector, Revd Sarah Godfrey, who led our service of Remembrance on the centenary of the Armistice and the wonderful support of the congregation which numbered over 200 in total.

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Cdr Robin Bawtree, with Guest of Honour Colonel Lucy Giles the President of the Army Officer Selection Board, and Cdre Bob Mansergh, President of Somerset RBL, at The Branch Armistice Centenary Dinner. Colonel Lucy Giles is holding a superb Hundred Poppy Throw made by Mrs Catherine Willans, which she will display at Sandhurst.  All photos: Maggie Pelly


Remembering the fallen from all the conflicts is especially poignant at this time of year but we must also remember all those who were injured either physically or mentally and that is what the Legion does throughout the year, spending £1.6M every week in doing so. We always welcome new members; anyone wishing to join us and help in this way please get in touch with me either on 01963-251359 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We must Remember Them All throughout the year and not just in November.

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