The Knot Unites - June 2014

The Knot Unites
The Staffordshire RBL
Registered Charity No: 219279
June 2014
Kym Marsh shares ‘coronation' chicken
with soldiers to launch Poppy Picnic
Ladies & Gentlemen,
The Annual Conference has now
successfully taken place in Torquay.
There is a report on the Conference
attached/ enclosed with this
newsletter, including the outcome of
debates and the presentation of
Yours sincerely
Alan Preece
County Secretary
Coronation Street star Kym Marsh enjoyed a picnic
with soldiers from The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment
to launch the Legion’s Poppy Picnic campaign today,
Friday 23 May.
Kym is encouraging people to get together for a
Poppy Picnic on 21st June, or throughout the
summer, to celebrate our Armed Forces community
and raise money for the Legion’s vital work.
Kym’s family is closely connected with the charity;
her grandfather was President of his local Legion
branch in Cheshire after serving in the Army during
the Second World War.
To register an event, order a pack, and get inspiring
picnic ideas, please visit
All picnics registered will be entered into a free prize
draw to win a fantastic trolley dash in a local Iceland
Foods store.
Membership Application Forms
Copies of the new membership application forms
can be obtained from Aylesford by
[email protected]
Birmingham City Council and Legion
scoop a Gold and the President’s Award
at Chelsea
Their spectacular WW1 themed display, was
created and designed by veterans.
When ordering MS4/13s ensure that you give the
following details:
Branch Name
Branch Number
Address to which membership applications are
to be despatched
Please note that the current Membership
Application MS4/12 will not be valid beyond
31 December 2014.
Inspired by the events of WW1, the showstopping design – made entirely from flowers
and sustainable materials – tells a story of battle,
from trench warfare to fighting in the skies. The
garden also features floral representations of
goods made in Birmingham to help the war effort
including Hudson whistles, famously used to
signal troops 'over the top' of the trenches and the
Birmingham Small Arms Company folding bike.
The 'City of Birmingham' train, which once
transported wounded soldiers to the city's
military hospitals, is seen recreated out of
flowers while at the centre, five gigantic poppies
will tower above the display to form a waterfall.
Branch Accounts Financial Year
In order to streamline the year end audit and
reduce pressure on Branches over Remembrancetide, the Branch year end has been changed from
30 September to 30 June.
2013 was a year of transition, when the Branches
were asked to prepare accounts for the nine month
period 1 October 2012 to 30 June 2013.
This year, and in the future, Branches will be
required to prepare annual returns for the
period 1 July to 30 June.
Staffordshire County Office
Following the Chelsea Flower Show the display
will be featured at Gardener's World Live at The
National Exhibition Centre from 12-15 June
before being recreated in a high profile site in
Birmingham where it will remain until the end of
We are in the process of selling the Ferranti Court
office and agreeing to a lease on Britannia House,
Eastgate Street, Stafford.
The accommodation is a small reception/meeting
area with kitchen area; separate office for the
County Secretary; welfare and other staff and a
medium sized meeting room. We hope to be in in
the next couple of months.
Commando Gunners enter first car rally
sporting Legion logo and strapline
A serving Sergeant and his co-driver entered
their first car rally proudly carrying the Legion
logo to show their support for the charity.
15 June
Applications made by 15 June will receive a
Membership Card that expires 30 September of
that Legion year and will be charged the listed
Membership Fee for that year. Members will be
further charged their annual Membership Fee in
October and will be sent a new Membership
Card for that Legion year.
Jim Hallam, from 29 Commando Regiment
Royal Artillery, is currently starting a posting at
AFC Harrogate, entered his very first Special
Stage Rally on Saturday 17 May with his codriver, Mike Roberts at the Three Sisters Race
Circuit Wigan. Jim and Mike who drove a
Subaru Impreza Type RA rally prepared car
carried the Legion logo and strapline stickers on
the side and rear of the vehicle.
New applicants may request their application be
held until 1 July.
1 July
Applications made from 1 July will be charged
the annual Membership Fee for the following
year and will receive their Membership Card
with an expiry date of 30 September of the
following year, resulting in up to 15 months of
25 July
Last date for amendment of member details prior
to printing of membership cards for the Legion
year. Cards are printed in August for delivery to
branches in September.
"We were also very pleased to finish in front of
our closest rivals - another Subaru Impreza with
a similar model to ours. The banter during the
day was great fun and the other crews were
friendly and helpful with plenty of advice and
Amendments should still be notified using form
MS2 after this date but will not be reflected in
the details printed on the membership card or
membership listing.
Conversion from cash to DDSP is not possible
during the renewal period. Members who wish to
convert will need to pay cash for the current year
and register for DDSP for next year.
1 August – 31 October
No transfers between branches are possible
during this period.
Normal rules apply from 1 November.
7 June 2014
AT Preece
Staffordshire County Secretary
The Royal British Legion
Haig House
Ferranti Court
Stafford Technology Park
ST18 0LQ
Rugeley Charter Fair - WW1 Theme
7 - 8 June 2014 Wolverhampton Steam Fair
22 June 2014 Chasewater Family Fun Run
29 June 2014 Himley Hall Armed Forces Day &
Youth Band Competition
29 June 2014 – Armed Forces Day Queen’s Park,
Longton, Stoke on Trent
12 - 13 July 2014 Wolverhampton City Show
Telephone: 01785 226526
Mobile: 07900 058 650
E-mail: [email protected]
23 September 2014 County Games Competition
28 September 2014 Branch Chairman’s Seminar
1 November 2014 – TRBL Festival of
Remembrance, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Using our Poppy Shop is easy. Just
browse our online store and make your
purchases. You will be asked to
register so return shopping is even
quicker - just login and make your
purchases. Buying from the Poppy
Shop provides funding for The Royal
British Legion to continue their work
helping the Armed Forces family.
0300 123 9110
West Midlands Regional Office
The West Midlands Regional Office is
now operational.
Their new postal address is:
PO Box 16802
B2 2QL