Long Ashton Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion in Long Ashton is still very much alive.

We may well have closed the Club, at the end of the lease, but the BRANCH has been operating in the Village for more than 80 years, and now has met at the Village Hall (The Long Ashton Community Centre) for the last year or more.

The Flagpole from the Providence Lane site has been moved to the top of the car park, opposite the old Northleaze School, and the Garden of Remembrance has been re-located to the Cemetery.

The POPPY APPEAL for the Long Ashton District collected over £7000, and we thank all those who donated, and especially those who gave up their time to collect.

We had a good turnout for Remembrance Sunday Parade, and the weather was kind to the Marchers, who cover over three miles with the return leg.

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LONG ASHTON REMEMBERS 2018

This year marks 100 years since the Armistice was signed, which brought WW1 to an end.

In Long Ashton, we are planning to put on a Spectacular Centenary Remembrance Commemoration Event on the Weekend of 11th NOVEMBER, to remember the Three Hundred Servicemen who answered the call for King and Country in WW1, and the SIXTY FIVE who did not come home.

The Commemoration will Start 7.30 pm on Friday, 9th November, with the Annual Royal British Legion Remembrance Concert at Al l Saints Church, this year featuring the Treorchy Orpheus Male Voice Choir and The Downs School Music Ensemble.

At 8am on Saturday with the Union Flag being unfurled at the Royal British Legion Flagpole, opposite the Old School, where many of the Servicemen were taught. There will be a POPPY TRAIL in the Churchyard, highlighting the 24 Military and War Graves, including the Family Graves with Memorials, to the Fallen of the Parish buried overseas. The Royal British Legion will man a POPPY Remembrance Stall at the Village Shopping Area.

On SUNDAY, 11th NOVEMBER, the Village Remembrance Day Parade, with the RBL, Scouts Guides and others will leave the Community Centre, Keedwell Hill, at 9.50am, and march the mile and a half to All Saints Church, for the Remembrance Day Service. Senior Military Officers from the Village will lay Poppy Wreaths on the War Graves in the Churchyard, and the Polish Consul Emeritus will lay a Wreath at the Polish Memorial to the Crew of a Free Polish Air Force Halifax Bomber which crashed in the field next to the Church on 21st November, 1944, whilst returning from a mission. After the Service, the Parade will muster ready for the return march back through the Village.

At 6pm, a Drumhead service will be held in Peel Park and will feature Avonmouth Sea Cadets Corps of Drums and Clevedon Brass Band. Long Ashton Church and Local School Choirs will join visitors and residents for this event. Our Long Ashton Scouts and Guides will LAY WREATHS ON THE HILL, to Commemorate each of the 100 Long Ashton Residents killed in the Service of the Country. The Polish Consul Emeritus will lay a Wreath to the Crew of a Free Polish Air Force Halifax, and a Member of the WILSON Family will lay a wreath to the only Civilians killed in the village in the War, when Mill Cottages were bombed. This will be followed by the Last Post and Two Minutes Silence.

Then, our oldest Veteran, a WW2 WREN, will help light the Village Beacon, at 7pm as part of the National Chain of Beacons, with the final one lit by The QUEEN in LONDON.

Church Bells throughout the Country will peal at 7.05 pm to Remember the 1400 Bell Ringers Killed in Action in WW1, including TWO from this Village, Charles Butler and Harry Fisher.

Following this, a film made by a local film maker Will Ennals of” Agent Rose”, a Heroine of the French Resistance, who rescued 102 Allied Airmen in Occupied France during WW2, will be shown in the Village Hall. After the war,she married an Englishman, and Madame Andree Peel settled in Long Ashton. The Recreation Ground, Peel Park is named after her. Due to space restrictions the film show has to be ticket only.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO RAISE THE FUNDS TO MAKE THIS COMMEMORATIVE WEEKEND HAPPEN!

For more information, please contact Dave Addis, on 07801 816612, or 01275 394523, e-mail to thebattlesover@longashton.plus.com or you can help us cover the cost by donating at our” Crowdfund site, “Spacehive.com/Long-Ashton-Remembers.”

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Every pound you raise helps the Royal British Legion support wounded, injured and sick service men and women from all three services. It also supports their families.

Funded by the Legion, The Battle Back Centre provides sports and adventurous activities for wounded, injured and sick Service men and women from all three Services.

All activities promote self-confidence and improve motivation to aid recovery and tailored programmes help with both physical and psychological challenges.

The Centre exists to help people achieve their best possible recovery and either return to Service duty or make a smooth transition to civilian life.

Our Services Secretary regularly keeps in contact with Veterans and their families in the District, and helps out when he can, in cases when assistance is needed.

His visits are much appreciated.

Long Ashton Royal British Legion fund raising

This year in Long Ashton

This year in Long Ashton, the Branch will work with other Village Organisations to Commemorate the Armistice at the end of the First World War.

There will be various activities going on during the year including the POPPY TRAIL in the Churchyard, identifying the 24 War and Military Graves we have there, and the Garden of Remembrance at the bottom of the Parish Council Cemetery, with the Polish Halifax Memorial, remembering the Crew of seven who were killed when their Halifax Bomber, LL126, crashed in the field behind the Church, 21st November, 1944.

The Village Beacon will be re-located to Peel Park, and will become part of the National Chain of Beacons again, on Sunday 11th November, Remembrance Day, and the Centenery of the ‘Signing of the Armistice’

The Joint Village “Long Ashton 11.11.18, Working Committee” (thebattlesover@longashton.plus.com) is planning a Drumhead Service, starting at 6pm, on Sunday, 11.11.18, Remembrance Day.

Avonmouth Sea Cadets Corps of Drums, and Clevedon Brass Band will provide the music for the Ceremony, and the Scouts and Guides will lay Wreaths to the Fallen of the Village. The Service will be conducted by the Rev. Ann Sargent, and the singing will be led by the Church and School Choirs.

You may be surprised to learn that there have been almost 100 casualties of Enemy Action recorded in long Ashton.

The 65 from WW1 who did not return home were when the entire Parish numbered only 2000, and Eleven of these young men were from the Hamlet of Leigh Woods alone.

The Service will conclude with the playing of “The Last Post, Two Minutes Silence, and Reveille. This will happen Nationally at 6.55pm.

After the Drumhead Service, we hope our Oldest Veteran, a WW2 WREN, will light the Beacon, from the Candle used on 4th August 2014, when we held the “Lights are going out all over Europe“ Evening, at the Legion, Commemorated the Outbreak of WW1.

We hope to show the film, “Agent Rose” in the Village Hall after the Beacon Lighting.

Rose , later known as Madame Peel, was a young French Woman, who saved the lives of 102 Allied Airmen who crashed in Occupied France in WW2. She and her English husband later settled in Long Ashton, and Peel Park is named in her honour.

The Long Ashton Branch of the Royal British Legion meets in the Green Room, at the Village Hall, at 7.30pm, on the third Monday each month. If you are interested in joining the Royal British Legion, please contact me. Dave Addis, L A Poppy Appeal Organiser.

Long Ashton Royal British Legion The 11.11.11. Service held on Remembrance Day, 2016

The 11.11.11. Service held on Remembrance Day, 2016

Long Ashton Royal British Legion The Beacon at the Legion Club, 21st April, 2016, for the Queens 90thBirthday.

The Beacon at the Legion Club, 21st April, 2016, for the Queens 90th Birthday.

A recent AAC Drumhead Service at Salisbury Cathedral

A recent AAC Drumhead Service at Salisbury Cathedral

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