FRAMLINGHAM AND DISTRICT ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

Yes its that time of year again but with a difference the Poppy  Campaign runs from Saturday 24th October till Wed 11th November 2020.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued  service, dedication and commitment to the RBL Poppy Appeal. Unfortunately this year we have to do things differently to ensure the safety of the public, our Poppy Appeal Organisers, and our volunteers. I have set out below what we are planning for our appeal.

Selling of Poppy items

Due to the current situation with COVID 19 the Poppy Appeal this year is going to be different. Yes the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance is still going ahead but not as we previously knew it .

There will be NO House to House collections nor Hand-Held collections this year at all as Social distancing cannot be guaranteed. Recently it has been agreed that some Shop’s, Pub’s and Garages that have a higher footfall will have Poppies etc for sale. We are also now allowed to sell Poppy  stock  and collect donations that are placed on a table as long as whoever is manning the table stands behind it maintaining the 2m rule (Social Distancing) and supervisors the purchaser. PPE will be worn by all the  volunteer. Minimal handling of goods will be encouraged. We hope to have a table in the Co-op / Market Hill on Saturday 24th October, 31st October and 7th November for selling poppy stock and collection of donations.

The Garden of Remembrance will be sited in-front of the Cenotaph (War Memorial) in the church grounds as normal. Wooden crosses will be in the church foyer along with envelopes for you to place your donations then the envelope is to be put into the church wall safe.

Remembrance Sunday 08 November 2020

Following discussions with the Town Council and Church in line with guidelines we will not be having a Parade or Church Service as previously held. However, we will be marking the occasion. It is planned that NO more than 30 people will meet up at the Cenotaph to mark their respect, on behalf of their organisations.
The names will be read out, Wreaths will be laid  in order of protocol and a two minute silence will be held. The anticipated 30 people will include the clergy (3) Lord Lieutenant (2) Council (3)  RBL Standard Bearer,  Wreath Layer, Poppy organiser plus 2,(5) Veteran (2)  Army Cadets (2), Fire Service, Police  (2) St Johns (2) Scouts association (2)  Girl Guides (2) Catholic Church (1) Organiser / Photographer (1) ?MP TBC(1)

11th November 2020
A 2 Minute Silence will take place by the cenotaph at 11am. The Framlingham RBL Standard will be present. Social Distancing must be adhered to.

Meetings and upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM)
We have been unable to hold any Branch Meetings nor are we able to hold our AGM this year, so where possible we are asking all current Branch Officers and committee members to remain in post for another year. However we have had to say farewell to our wonderful Treasurer Fiona who has moved north. We have had a nomination to replace her so just need to ensure if members are happy with this.

Please bear in mind that all the above can be overridden by local Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines in the UK and abroad. Please stay safe and continue to take care of yourselves and each other.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support. If you are aware of any Veterans and their families who may benefit from some support, a chat or visit please contact Karen Verow-Thomson on 07850 011872 or Framlingham.secretary@rbl.community

For more information or to become a member of the RBL go online www.poppy.org   / www.britishlegion.org.uk/membership