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Royal British Legion – Shiplake and Dunsden Branch

We have 54 members in total mostly in and around Shiplake, Binfield Heath and Dunsden (a few more who have moved away but still want to be members).   We are non-profit making and our aim is to provide social get-togethers and to raise money for the annual Poppy Appeal.    We meet once a month on the second Wednesday of the month 10 months of the year.   From March to September we meet at members houses and from October to February we meet at Shiplake College.     Refreshments are provided.

Contact: Rosemary Jones 0118 948 1517

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RBL Shiplake and Dunsden Branch Newsletter 2017


"Exceptional year for fundraising"

The Branch

We are pleased to report that the numbers of members still stay around the fifty mark, this is despite a change in the annual membership payment procedures.   The best way to pay is by Direct Debit but if you don’t want to go down that route, then payment can be made on-line, at a Pay Point or by cheque.   Apparently, a lot of members nationwide have been lost this year because of the new system.   If you have any doubt at all, please call Rosemary Jones on 0118 9481517 and she will do her best to assist you.   We continue to meet ten times a year, in the winter at Shiplake College and in each other’s houses the rest of the time.   We are very grateful to Shiplake College for the support they give the Branch every year, in giving us a meeting room and for providing the Great Hall for us free of charge for our Annual Dinner in October. 


2016 was an exceptional year for fundraising.   In June, we organized a Garden Party courtesy of Fred and Beryl Lawson at their lovely riverside home in Shiplake.   Sadly, the weather could have been better but the light rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.  Very kind neighbours provided their boats for trips on the river, there was a book stall, a cake stall and a raffle, and we provided superb cream teas, with all the scones, jam and cream being donated, in fact everything was donated and the whole profit from the day went to the Poppy Appeal, a total of £603.  Thank you to all the branch’s Lady Supporters for their terrific help and all their baking.

In August, we manned our usual stall at the Binfield Heath Flower Show.   This also took place under a leaden sky with the threat of thunder and rain ever present.   The show was very well attended and again all the items on our stall were kindly donated and we made a superb profit of £480.   Please keep anything you are thinking of getting rid of that might go on our stall – all contributions gratefully received.

Annual DinnerThe Annual Dinner in October at Shiplake College was such a success that we had to turn people away!   One hundred of us sat down to eat an excellent meal cooked by the College Caterers.   We were very well entertained by Sam Brown’s Ukulele Band who gave their performance free of charge as a donation to the Poppy Appeal for which we were very grateful.   The raffle was a huge success, raising £450 – many thanks to everyone who attended the dinner, donated prizes and bought raffle tickets.

So, one way or another it has been a superb year for the Branch.    The organizing is still done by the few committee members and we would very much like to see more members become actively involved.   So, if you can spare an hour once a month to come along to the meetings you would be very welcome indeed. 

Forthcoming Events in 2017

Because the Garden Party was such a success last year we have decided to repeat it – the date for your diary is Sunday 4th June and the venue is Riverlawn, Mill Lane, Shiplake, starting at 2.00 p.m.    Do come along and give the Branch your support.   Hopefully the sun will be blazing down this year!

We will have our stall again at the Binfield Heath Flower Show on Saturday 26th August and all contributions to the stall are gratefully received.   If you have something precious, then you can share the profit 50:50 with the Legion, we are more than happy to do that.   You can bring the goods along on the day preferably from about 10.00 a.m. onwards.

The Annual Branch Dinner will be on Friday 27th October, 7.30 for 8.00.   Please book your tickets early to avoid disappointment – two tables of ten are already booked up and our absolute limit in the Great Hall is 100. 

The Poppy Appeal 2016

Rosemary Jones, the Poppy Appeal Organiser for the Branch was absolutely amazed at the wonderful response to the Appeal this year.   There are twenty people who go house to house all over the local area, that is Shiplake, Binfield Heath, and Dunsden, and she is very grateful to them for their dedication and selflessness.    The shops, pubs and schools in the area did especially well this year, and the Branch, thanks to all the excellent fund-raising during the year, Rosemary wrote a cheque to the Poppy Appeal for £4,000, enabling us to reach a total collection of £9,135, this surpassed the target by over a thousand.     Thank you to everyone who gave their time and money to this year’s appeal – truly amazing! 


It looks as though the Shiplake & Dunsden Branch will manage to keep going for a few more years – thanks to the dedication of the present committee members.    If you know of anyone who would like to join please ask them to contact Rosemary Jones either by phone 0118 9481517 or by email rsjones1@virginmedia.com and she will be more than happy to give out a membership form.   Again – please come along to the meetings if you can – they are open to all members and you will be made very welcome – there are always refreshments. 

All the members of the Committee wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2017 and look forward to meeting you at our forthcoming fundraising events. 

With all good wishes from the Committee of the Shiplake & Dunsden Branch RBL.


Article created / last edited: 30 January 2017

Photos of the Garden Party by the River

The Shiplake and Dunsden Branch of The Royal British Legion held a Garden Party by the River on Sunday 22nd May. Over £600 was raised which will go to the Poppy Appeal.

On offer were cream teas, river trips, a book stall and a cake stall.

Article created / last edited: 7 June 2016