And also includes:
- a preview of Annual Conference this May in Southport
- how the youth members at Chatteris Branch are making a difference
- an awarding winner Poppy Appeal Organiser from Horsham Branch
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 2015.
Lieutenant Colonel Peter Albert Roffey DL was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the community in Leicestershire. Mr Roffey has worked tirelessly to serve both his country and his community. He served as a county councillor for 16 years and a Melton Borough councillor for a four year period. He is a retired Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire and former county president of The Royal British Legion. He remains president of the Melton branch.
Yvonne Chamberlain, aged 81, the sprightly town crier of Axbridge, charity fundraiser and unofficial international ambassador for the town has been appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to the community.
Yvonne, 81, reckons she was helping to raise funds for The Royal British Legion even before she was born.
"My mother collected for the Legion in our street – West Street – when I was just a bump," she recalled at the family home where she was born.
Mrs Chamberlain began collecting for the Legion on her own at the age of 14 and has raised thousands of pounds over the years. Her uncle, Charlie Lintern, was killed in the First World War.
Lieutenant Colonel David Edward Langford, former Isle of Wight Royal British Legion President, was awarded an MBE for services to the community in the Isle of Wight.
Joan Murray, Vice President of North Yorkshire Royal British Legion Women's Section was awarded an MBE for voluntary service to Service Personnel and Veterans.
Epsom & Ewell councillor Jean Steer was appointed MBE for services to Age Concern and the community. She has also been a governor at Southfields Primary School, collected money for The British Legion and helped raise funds for the installation of the Evocation of Speed statue in Epsom's Derby Square.
Leslie Shiels DL received a BEM for over 60 years of service to the Scout Movement and the community, including The Royal British Legion, in Strabane, Northern Ireland.
Deryck Sutton, Chairman of the Bollington Branch of The Royal British Legion, picked up a BEM for services in Bollington, Cheshire.
Maurice James Warsop, RAF Brize Norton storekeeper, received a BEM for services to Defence and for charitable services to The Royal British Legion.
John (Jack) Charles Williams, President of Hungerford branch of The Royal British Legion since 2004, was awarded the BEM for services to the community in Hungerford, Berkshire.