Royal British Legion

We need your help…

Lord Kitchener in the poster below needed volunteers to perhaps lay down their lives for our country.  All the Bunbury branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) needs you to do is give up a little time to support the branch in their activities

RBLThe age of many of our members is such that they need to take things a little more easy. This has left a gap in the office-holders of our Branch, some of whom are mandatory to any branch of the RBL. So the worst case scenario if we can’t fill the posts is that we may not be able to carry on as an independent branch of the RBL.

We urgently need a Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator.

We are also actively trying to get volunteers to become Honorary Secretary and Vice Chairman.

I cannot stress enough the important work that the Royal British Legion do in our village, locally and nationally. Some un-recognised work is ensuring that the young in our community understand the need to remember those who gave up their lives so that we can all live in a free society. Without a local Branch, work with the young and the annual act of remembrance on Remembrance Sunday will clearly suffer.

To volunteer to help the Bunbury Branch of the Royal British Legion you do not have to be ex-military – just have a wish to help us survive and carry on serving our community.

If you would like to get involved please call James (Branch Chairman) on 01829 260195.


President’s Introduction

For most people, the Royal British Legion is inextricably linked to the annual Poppy Appeal. Important though this, the Legion is far more than a once a year event.  It exists beyond the Appeal to provide support for former and serving members of this nation’s Armed Forces and it aims to help, in one way or another, around 500,000 people each year.

The great majority of this year-round support is provided through a nationwide network of local Branches and I am proud to be the President of the Branch here in Bunbury.

It is not just those who served in the Second World War who are eligible for support from the Legion.  Since 1945, the conflicts in Korea, Suez, Borneo, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan, to name but a few, have added their own toll to that inflicted by the World Wars and we owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have served our nation, whenever and wherever their service might have been.  But that is not to forget those who served this country, perhaps less spectacularly, through National Service; they too are part of the Legion family.

Membership of the Legion is open to anyone who wishes to help in its work both nationally and locally; and to dispel two frequently held myths, service in the Armed Forces is not a pre-requisite for membership and we are not an exclusively male domain!

The Branch here in Bunbury meets each month and I can assure you of a very warm welcome should you choose to join us and help in our care of those in our local community.

Mike Rogers
Bunbury Royal British Legion


New Members Required

Your branch urgently needs new active members. You do not need to be an ex-service man or woman, but only a will to see the branch flourish in our village. Imagine not having a Royal British Legion presence on Remembrance Sunday, at the School with the Scouting Organisations and managing the village Poppy Appeal. I hope you will agree that Bunbury would be a much less fulfilling place to live without the Royal British Legion.

If you wish to get involved (a little, or a lot) please call James on 01829 260195.

About Bunbury British Legion

The RBL hold a Royal Charter an extract from the Royal Charter of Incorporation and Schedules says “the purposes for which the Legion was incorporated were to inaugurate and maintain in a strong, positive, non-sectarian, united and democratic comradeship for all those who serve or have served in Our Navy, Army or Air Force on Regular, Reserve or Auxiliary” .


PresidentMr Mike Rogers
ChairmanMr James Walton
TreasurerMr David Ellis
Poppy Day Co-ordinator Mrs Jill Walton
Welfare Committee ChairMr Dennis Burrows
Standard BearerMr Andy Lawrence


We have an informal get together on the second Monday of the month at 19.00 hours in The Nags Head, Bunbury.

You are all welcome to come and join, in doing so you will help perpetuate the work that Bunbury Branch of the Royal British Legion are doing in your village.

Ted Fowles

Don’t be surprised when next you see Ted Fowles, the Royal British Legion Bunbury Branch Bugler or, as he reminds me, Cornet Player, if he is on a different social plane; as Ted attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 16 May 2017. Ted was accompanied by his daughter Yvonne Wood at the Palace. The invitation to the Garden Party was in recognition of Ted’s 65 years of dedicated commitment to playing Last Post and Reveille at regular Remembrance Services in St. Boniface and other local churches. He also plays for British and American families who wished to remember a loved one at aircraft crash sites around Cheshire. Ted also regularly plays at the Czech and Slovak memorial that is in Cholmondeley Park and has in recent years played at Chester Cathedral for the start of the Poppy Appeal.

Ted is a stalwart member of the Bunbury Branch of the Royal British Legion who is forever helpful and cheerful. He will no doubt have put a smile on Her Majesty’s and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s faces on 16 May. Ted may have even offered Her Majesty a hand to get everyone served with tea and sandwiches! Who knows.