- Nominations for National Conference Committee elections are in progress.
- Branch accounts - all outstanding accounts for 2012/13 must be submitted immediately. A process for freezing branch accounts with returns outstanding for 2 or more years is about to begin
- Branch Delegate seminars are being arranged.
- Membership Handbook has been revised and the new version is only available online. Contact your County Secretary for access details.
Two branches explain how the Heritage Lottery Fund can help with commemoration projects for the WW1 Centenary and two members and a Trustee talk about what the Legion means to them and why they got involved.
Board of Trustees elections
- Denise Edgar and Martyn Tighe were re-elected (to serve for a further period of three years) and;
- Joseph Falzon and Colin Kemp were elected as new Trustees (to serve for a period of three years).
Queen's New Year Honours List
The following Royal British Legion personnel, or those with Legion connections, have been granted State Honours by HM The Queen in her New Year Honours list for 2014.
Bernard Cook, formerly Chairman of the The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory was awarded an OBE for services to ex-Servicemen and Women.
Major David Allister John Noble DL, Board Chairman, Poppyscotland was awarded an OBE for voluntary service to ex-Servicemen and Women in Scotland.
Dr Peter Clive Crawford Pitt TD, Medical Escort of Lavenham, Suffolk, was awarded an MBE for voluntary service to The Royal British Legion and Heroes Return.
Lionel Hopkins, who until his recent retirement was chaplain at HMP Swansea and for veterans and cadet forces including The Royal British Legion in Swansea, was awarded an MBE.
Ian Anthony Yeoman, Band Director, The Royal British Legion Band and Corps of Drums Romford, was awarded a BEM for services to Music.
Queen's Birthday Honours List
The Legion's immediate past National Chairman, John Farmer, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to ex-Service men and women in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2013.
John, of Suffolk, served as National Chairman from May 2010 until last month, when he handed the reins to John Crisford. He served in the British Army from 1958 until 1965, serving in Malaya, Singapore, Northern Ireland and Cyprus. His long association with the Legion includes 10 years serving as Trustee.
"I'm amazed and delighted to receive this honour," he said of his CBE. "It's the culmination of a life's work with Legion staff and volunteers – this recognition is as much for them as it is for me."
Other honours included 2 MBEs. Alan Conquest from Cornwall was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his voluntary service to The Royal British Legion and SSAFA and John Walker of Cheshire received his MBE for voluntary service to The Royal British Legion in Bunbury.
Two former Trustees, both of whom served until May 2013, received honours.
Jennifer Rowe of Kent, Chief Executive of the UK Supreme Court and a Trustee for the Legion for nine years ending in May 2013, received the Companion of the Order of the Bath for services to the administration of justice and to The Royal British Legion.
And Una Cleminson TD received a BEM for voluntary service to The Royal British Legion in Buckinghamshire.
The following were also made a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM):
John Allsop, a Royal British Legion official in Bordeaux, France, for services to the community in South West France.
Rosalin Emerson, a Poppy Appeal Organiser and Welfare Officer for The Royal British Legion in the Netherlands, for services to the community in The Netherlands.
Cyril Goulborne, for voluntary service to the Royal British Legion in Formby, Merseyside
Christine Johnston, for voluntary services to the London Wetland Centre, Marie Curie Cancer Care and The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in London.
Christopher Pool, former President of the British Hospital and Membership Secretary of The Royal British Legion in Montevideo, for services to the community in Uruguay.