Tenbury Wells Branch

Early in June Tenbury RBL Vice Chairman, Dick Fox, took two local Normandy veterans to ceremonies to commemorate the D Day landings in 1944. Following a parade at Ouistreham, Iain MacDonald pictured Left laid a wreath at the Royal Naval Memorial. As a young Naval Officer he was present at the landings on
D Day seeing action on a Minesweeper clearing assault lanes for the landings at both the British “Sword Beach” and the American beacheads. Arthur Gough served with the Ist Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. He landed shortly after D Day and was involved in the Battle for Caen and the furious fighting in North West Europe. Arthur paid his respects at the grave of a fellow Tenburian, Roland Norman who was killed in action aged 19, during the fight for Caen and is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Manvieu Cemetery, Cheux Nr Caen. Arthur also lost a particularly close friend during the battle and sadly always believed that he had no known grave. Amazingly Arthur discovered his friends body had been recovered from the battlefield and was buried alongside Private Norman’s grave.
Two Tenbury Wells World War II veterans were honoured by being invited to lunch with Her Majesty at the Guildhall in Worcester during Her Diamond Jubilee visit to the City on Wednesday, July 11 2012 Both long serving members of Tenbury Wells and District Royal British Legion, Bill Bunce, (on the left in the photograph) currently President of the Branch, joined Tenbury Wells Home Guard whilst under age. He saw active service in North West Europe with the Royal Artillery in the later stages of the war with Germany. He was then posted to the Far East until the war with Japan ceased. Jack Slater served with the RASC from 1942 until 1947 seeing service in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He took part in Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily and after the Po river crossing he re-trained as an air despatcher on C47 Dakota aircraft supplying equipment to the Partisans. Both veterans are stalwarts of the Tenbury Branch of the RBL and have given devoted service to the Annual Poppy Appeal

The Birth of a Choir
At the 2012 RBL Tenbury Wells branch the Chairman Mr Roy Routledge Came up with the idea of forming a choir, and started recruiting Members the idea was to raise monies for the poppy appeal and to sing at the poppy appeal concert in 2013.

After his tireless efforts and with the help of Roger Champkin the Tenbury Wells Royal British Legion Choir was formed.
Late in 2013 and after a lot of practice the choir sang for the first time to the public at the Poppy Appeal Concert and was a great success
2014 saw a busy time for the choir with lots more practise and their repertoire increasing with more songs

On the 3rd of August the choir was invited to sing at the 1914 WW1 commemoration at the Burgage Tenbury Wells. The choir then sang at the Poppy Appeal Concert
After hearing the choir at the Poppy Appeal Concert the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Association’s invited them to sing at the commemoration of the Battle of Gheluvelt followed by singing at Claines RBL for the ladies who had prepared sandwiches etc.
With Christmas approaching The Tenbury Wells Royal British Legion Choir was asked to sing at the branch Christmas party and Eastham village hall.

As with all choirs we are happy to perform at events for a donation towards the RBL, and free for Charity events. And, of course, we will be pleased to welcome new members of all ages to join the Legion and the Choir.

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Each year the Branch holds a Church Parade on Remembrance Sunday. This parade normally assembles at the Auction Yard at 10.00hrs. and marches to St Mary's Church where a wreath laying ceremony takes place and at 1100hrs a 2 minutes silence. Following the Church service the parade retraces its route with the salute being taken by the Mayor, outside the Regal Cinema.

Each year at 1100hrs on Armistice Day, 11th November, the Branch organises the two minutes silence preceded by the playing of The Last Post in Teme Street, outside the Regal Cinema

The Branch also supports and marches in other town parades such as St Georges Day and The Civic Parade.
Details of Branch activities and parades are posted in our information box outside of G E Brights (Electrical) in Teme Street.


The appeal lasts for a designated fortnight each year at Armistice time, usually end of October for House to House collections and early November for Street Collections.

Sue and her colleagues arrange the distribution of poppies and collecting boxes to all shops, public houses, schools and factories in the area. Boxes are also distributed to members and helpers for House to House collections throughout the period.
During the second week a street collection is carried out in Tenbury. Collected in and around the Tenbury area. Last year 2014 even with jobs and money short the people of Tenbury and district raised £10,800.00


Sue is always interested in hearing from people willing to assist in the Appeal, either for House to House collecting or for Street collection. This year we are looking for a collector in the Kyrewood area. If you or someone you know is interested please contact me on the phone number below.

The Royal British Legion currently spends over £1million per week on its commitment to Service personnel.
We have several fund raising events this year including local quiz involving the local shops, we are running this in conjunction with the local Scouts, along with a Table Top sale.

The Poppy Appeal will be launched this year by the Concert at St Mary’s Church on Saturday 27th October 2012. Tickets will be available from Tenbury News as from 8th October 2012 at a cost of £6.00.

If you have any other fundraising ideas you think suitable please contact me on my email or telephone number below

Appeal Organiser is Mrs Sue Perry. Sue can be contacted on 01584 819390 or by e-mail: