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Christmas 2013 menu

Click here to download the 2013 Christmas menu

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Poppy Appeal 2013

The Moffat Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, raised £3,702.99 at this year's Poppy Appeal. The President and Committee want to thank everybody for their tremendous support. Thanks must also go to the counters who did a terrific job. The Bank informs me that all the bags were correct - thank you. The total is slightly down on last year's total but due to the economic climate this is to be expected.

Everybody did a fabulous job but mention must be made of a number of Members who were able to make the extra effort. Bill Lindsay who collected £573.35, Jimmy Wynd £368.77, George Allan £261.09 and the champion collector was again Tommy Lane with £1,027.34. Thanks to everybody concerned.

Pictures show Tommy Lane and his stall outside the Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Bill Lindsay sitting just inside the Co-Op store and George Allan in the Moffat High Street.

 

Branch Annual Coffee Morning in the Town Hall
Pictures showing the new banners for the branch and events going on in the Town Hall for the Annual Coffee morning. We raised about £1,000 for Branch funds and the nominated charity.

Hamilton Festival of Remembrance - Sunday 3rd November 2013
Some pictures showing the main stage, Standard Bearers and the setting for this event. There were 28 from the Moffat Branch at this event were Billy Duncan and the "Hartfell Weavers" from Moffat entertained the audience. It was a very enjoyable evening but also one of remembrance with a very good service.
Poppy Appeal 2013.

Remembrance Day Parade:

The Remembrance Parade was again a great success and thanks to all who took part. It was good to see the Beavers taking part again and also St John's playing an active part in the arrangements. Thanks must also go to Mrs Jean Tulloch for taking the Salute on behalf of the Queen and also to the Session Clerk at St Andrew's, Dr. Sonia Sharkey for all the help at the Church Service at the Church.


Click here to download the 2013 Branch Welfare Report

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Royal Signals veteran David Richardson

David Richardson died on 8/7/13 at Maidstone Infirmary. He was born in Moffat on 12/3/29 and lived there all his life. In 1947 he was called up to do his national service and in 1948 was sent to Palestine where he served as a wireless operator in the Royal Signals, part of the time working in the King David Hotel, Jerusalem.  

He worked for most of his life selling Animal Feeding and when not working he enjoyed curling, singing and acting and served on various local committees (Moffat Gala, League of Friends, Moffat Hospital, Moffat show).  He was a member of St Mary's UF church and was Session clerk for 27 years.  After St Mary's closed he attended St Andrews, he sang in both choirs. He was married for almost 56 years and had two daughters and three grandsons.
 
David was well known in Moffat not only by the local townsfolk but also the tourists! David was not afraid to stop them and talk to them and show them the town and sights. One day he stopped this visitor and took him round the town. A few weeks later an envelope arrived at David's house with a number of photographs of Moffat, David and the tourist. This picture is one of them. David will be sadly missed by ALL.

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The late David Richardson pictured with a tourist in Moffat.

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Order! Order!

Moffat branch Chairman Billy Duncan is pictured dressed as the Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Commons. The other is the Chairman and guest speaker, Captain Angus Sinclair RN former secretary to the Speaker at the House of Commons.

Click here to download the minutes of the monthly meeting held on May 29th, 2013

Click here to download the minutes of the monthly meeting held on June 26th, 2013

Click here to download the May 2013 Branch Newsletter

Branch Newsletter - April/May 2013

Due to various reasons the Chairman's distribution teams were unable to be in action this month so we are trying a new idea of having a Newsletter ready for you to collect on the day of the meeting. If you know a Member who is unwell then please take an extra copy for them.

The Moffat Branch of the Royal British Legion held their monthly meeting on Wednesday 27th February 2013 in the Buccleuch Arms Hotel in Moffat by kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. D Smith. The Chairman opened the meeting and welcomed the 31 members present and accepted apologies from Members who were unable to attend. The Chairman then proposed the minute's silence which has now been adopted at meetings. Tommy Lane and Tommy Wylie yet again, raised a fabulous amount of £55 for Branch Funds. The Chairman thanked Members who had donated raffle prizes. The Chairman mentioned that Major Jim Bell, who was 99, passed away the week before.

John reported that the balance was at present £1,616.71 with a further £31.60 received in donations. John stated that he had heard from OSCR and that the Branch accounts were in good order. John also reminded Members that by now all capitation feed should have been paid. There was no Welfare Report available but Members were asked to notify the Welfare Officer, Peter Suddaby, or any Committee Member if they knew of any Member who was ill or who would appreciate a visit. David Colville isn't too well and has been taken into Moffat hospital.
 
The Chairman introduced the guest speaker, Captain Angus Sinclair RN who was giving a presentation called "Short Lesson in Failure". Angus was going to talk about his career as "Speakers Secretary" in the House of Commons. He mentioned that his role really was external relations, press and enquiries plus being the personal advisor to 650 Members of Parliament. If Members upset the Secretary then they upset the Speaker so would not then be called to speak in a debate! Angus said that he learnt how to keep a dead pan face as he was neutral and must not show his feelings. He showed the Legion Members, his "uniform" as Secretary and this dated back to 1607 and identified the Speakers Secretary as having a particular role and had the authority of the House. The uniform would cost £6,300 to purchase! The Chairman, Billy Duncan tried on the coat and looked very dashing! Angus concluded his amusing and excellent presentation by saying that he had a four bedroomed residence but did a 90 hour working week that commenced at 0630 hours. The President, Fred Lockerbie gave the vote of thanks to Angus and that his presentation of "Short Lesson in Failure" had given him food for thought!

Some information for you to note in your diary:

Wednesday 28th August: Branch Monthly Coffee Morning the guest speaker is Group Captain Bob Kemp from RAFBF

Saturday 14th December the Branch Christmas Lunch 1200 for 1230 hours at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, Moffat more details to follow.

The next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 24th April when we hope to have a guest speaker.  The coffee morning will be held in the usual venue the Buccleuch Arms Hotel in Moffat.

D&G WW1 Commemoration Information

Information about WWI commemoration events can be downloaded by clicking the links below.

Dumfries and Galloway Council Museums Service

Veterans Scotland Event Dumfries

Branch plaque presentation

Jim Wynd is pictured presenting a plaque from the Moffat Branch of the Royal British Legion to Major Brian Thomas B.E.M., Chairman of the Kyrenia Cyprus Branch of the Royal British Legion during a visit to Cyprus on October 20th, 2012.
 

Head Office Update

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Shield presentation to Sudbury Branch...

Moffat Branch member Tommy Lane recently presented a Moffat Branch Royal British Legion Shield, expertly crafted by Jimmy Wynd, to the Sudbury (Suffolk) Branch of the Legion.

Moffat Branch Newsletters...

January 2012 Newsletter

March 2012 Newsletter

June 2012 Newsletter

August 2012 Newsletter

September 2012 Newsletter

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Branch Christmas Party 2012
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