Poppy Appeal 2022

Eastcote Royal British Legion are looking for volunteers to assist with this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Is this something that you think you would like to be involved with?

Do you want to know more?  If so, on the evening of Monday 28th February at 8pm we will be holding a short meeting at Eastcote Club to discuss this year’s Poppy appeal and explain how you can help.

We really hope that you can come along and join us.

Thank you in advance, we look forward to seeing you there.

Graham Smith
Vice Chairman Eastcote Branch.

Eastcote War memorial garden

you may have seen the colourful and uplifting display of flowers in the Eastcote War Memorial Garden. A short video can be viewed on the Eastcote RBL Branch Facebook page.

Many compliments have been received

Stay safe.

Jeff Duley
Chairman & Membership Secretary
Eastcote RBL Branch

November Update – Open Spaces Society

As autumn progresses we see no end to the threat to open spaces and paths that are a cherished part of our well-being and heritage. We have received unprecedented requests for help and advice since the pandemic and we continue to campaign against government policy that would reduce the opportunity for local people to have a say about development that affects their outdoors. But, our campaigning works. We share some recent success stories in this update.

Lockdown Spaces appeal

One of the outcomes of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent restrictions to our way of life has been that local green spaces have been more vital than ever to our health—physical and mental. In response to this crisis we launched our charters for open spaces in England and Wales.

We called on government and local authorities to equalise provision of local green spaces and for communities to act to save them.

Our small society has received more pleas for help to save open spaces than ever before. Responding to these requests will cost us more money and more staff time.

If you or your friends and family have ever found pleasure, comfort or relief in green space, please give to our Lockdown Spaces appeal.

You will be enabling us to continue our fight to protect those spaces which we treasure and need now more than ever.

As a charity with no government funding, we depend on the generosity of people like you to continue our vital work, now more than ever.

Our Campaigning Works!

After a long campaign Oxfordshire County Council recently completed the registration of a new town green at Witney, along with a new footpath, negotiated as part of a deal with developer Richmond Care Homes.

Well done to Scorton Parish Council, North Yorkshire who are taking an active approach to protecting open spaces in their community and recently reported that Jubilee Green now benefits from village green registered Status.

With each successful town or village green registration the local community will be able to enjoy their recreation in the knowledge that the land is protected from future development.

Your support will help us to keep the protection of community open spaces in the spotlight where they belong.

Livestock diversions and public paths

Agricultural representative bodies have lobbied Defra Ministers for legislation to facilitate farmer-managed diversions on public paths, to avoid cattle and other livestock. We have opposed their proposals, and called for a sequential approach to reducing risk to be more thoroughly tested before any further measures are considered

News from Wales

We have called for the introduction of a realistic fee for commons-swap planning applications that are made in Wales. Under English law the applicant makes a contribution to the administrative costs when applying to deregister common land and this may act as a deterrent to repeated applications which have only minor changes.

We have agreed to be part of a vision to protect Wales’s local spaces through good design and community involvement, by signing up to the

We look at different types of problem that make a path impassable as opposed to ‘out of repair’. As a member of the public what can you do if you come across an obstruction? Who is responsible? What is the legislation for dealing with these issues?

Supporting the work of the Open Spaces Society

We couldn’t keep fighting to protect commons, greens, open spaces and public paths without our members. We rely on subscriptions to fund our work and provide a mandate for action.

Open Spaces Society 25a Bell Street Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 2BA


The Royal British Legion Fields Of Remembrance 2020

The Tributes planted in our Fields of Remembrance each carry a personal message to someone who lost their life in Service for our country.

Every year we take great care and attention in planting thousands of personal Tributes made by members of the public throughout the UK. This year will be no different and we are determined that COVID-19 will not stop us honouring those who sacrificed so much for us all.

You can support the Poppy Appeal by text or scan:
To donate £2 text POPPY2 to 70545 *
To donate £5 text POPPY5 to 70545 *
To donate £10 text POPPY10 to 70545 *
You will be charged £2, £5, or £10 plus one message at your standard network rate. The Royal  British Legion will receive 100%. We will contact you by text on the mobile number you used to give you the opportunity to let us know how you would like to be contacted in the future and to find out whether you would like to add Gift Aid to your donation.

Dedicate A Tribute

This year, we are also launching our virtual Field of Remembrance, where you can virtually plant your Tribute from home, and explore other Tributes made to remember the fallen. To dedicate a tribute in 2020:

Complete The Online Form at:  https://mcas-proxyweb.eu.cas.ms/certificate-checker?login=false&originalUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fdonations.britishlegion.org.uk.eu.cas.ms%2Flrx%2F

Choose Your Tribute Type

Leave a personal message

Choose the Field of Remembrance where you want your Tribute to be planted, and you can also choose to add your Tribute to our Virtual Field of Remembrance

Visit Our Virtual Field Of Remembrance

Remember and honour the fallen by leaving a Tribute in our virtual Field of Remembrance. This year, you can virtually plant your Tribute from the comfort of your home.

Row upon row of Tributes with their scarlet poppies, personal messages and photographs bring home to all of us that Remembrance is a deeply important and personal event.

While it is our current hope to plant Tributes in the same way as we have done for over 90 years, if location or national restrictions are in place which means this is not possible, we will plant your Tribute in another Field or on our virtual Field of Remembrance.

For any queries please email dedicate@britishlegion.org.uk or call us on 0345 845 1945.

Create Your Tribute

Your Tribute and donation will help to support members of the Armed Forces community. During these current challenging and difficult times, we need your help more than ever.

Visiting The Fields Of Remembrance

Each November, we welcome members of the public from across the UK, to join us and honour the memory of loved ones who we have sadly lost, serving in our Armed Forces.

The Fields of Remembrance are officially opened with a special Remembrance service where we honour The Two Minute Silence at 11.00 am.

A bugler plays the Last Post and the Exhortation is read. All the fields are open during daylight hours. Due to the current restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to close all of our opening services to protect the public, staff, and volunteers.

All Fields will be open after the Service from 1.00 pm. Please note that on 11 November (Armistice Day), the Fields can be very crowded.

Find out more about each of the Fields of Remembrance and their location:


Jeff Duley
Eastcote Royal British Legion Branch Chairman & Membership Secretary


This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you may see less of The Royal British Legion’s devoted volunteer Poppy Appeal collectors in your local communities, but you can help family, friends, and neighbours to get hold of their poppy and contribute to the Appeal.

You can request 20 poppies free of charge by completing the form in the safe link below. You can then give them to your friends and family and ask them for a donation to support our Armed Forces community.

Along with the poppies, you will also receive information on how you and those you share your poppies with can give as well as how to distribute the poppy safely and ensure everyone can wear the poppy with pride.

Please ensure you request your envelope by 5 November to ensure you receive it before Remembrance.

Once they have received your order, please allow 2-3 working days for them to confirm your order by email.


For more information please visit Eastcote Branch Facebook page



What’s invading your rivers?

Have you seen an “space invader” in your river? Have you heard of non native invasive species? Join Chloe next Wednesday evening for a free online workshop to learn more.

Our rivers, waterways and river banks are under attack by “space invaders” that threaten to disrupt and damage our rivers and green spaces.  These invaders – Floating Pennywort, Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed, and Japanese Knotweed – are non-native invasive species (NNIS) which can significantly impact plant biodiversity, human health, and economic interests.

Join us for a free online workshop exploring each species covering their identification techniques, impacts on the natural ecosystem and how you can help. The workshop will be held online via Zoom and a link will be sent out prior to the workshop beginning.

Confirm your place via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/colne-valley-regional-park-19844437444.

Royal British Legion Remembers

Despite the pandemic, the Eastcote Branch of the Royal British Legion has continued to lay wreaths at the War Memorial on key dates to honour those that have given their lives in conflict.

A short socially distanced ceremony was held at Eastcote War Memorial at 11.00 am on Saturday 15th August to commemorate the 75thanniversary of the end of World War 2.

For further information and news about

Eastcote Royal British Legion please go here or on Facebook at Royal British Legion Eastcote Branch.

To find out more about  this year’s Poppy Appeal please go  here.

A new publication from the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens

For free an electronic version of Eastcote’s Fallen in WWI. A very limited print run for archive purposes only and not available in hard copy. This is a follow on from the 2018 exhibition in the stables building at Eastcote House Gardens to commemorate the armistice on 11.11.1918.

Please contact Andy Weller for a copy

This document forms part of our archive and will be shared with the Local Studies at Uxbridge Library in a hard copy format. Also available at £5 with £3 going to Help For Heroes “An Eastcote WWII Commentary” subjects covered are as follows. The Home Guard in Eastcote during WWII; Air raid shelters in Eastcote; Air Raid Precautions, the Air Raid Wardens Service; Bombs that fell on Eastcote; a decorated local RAF man; and Eastcote’s own who lost their lives in WWII.

We have no scheduled events at Eastcote House gardens until 2021 for obvious reasons. Take care. Andy P Weller

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