COVID-19 HITS THE BRANCH
As with all areas of the community, fundraising and other branch activities have been badly affected by the Covid-19 restrictions. Virtually every rally cancelled, ride outs severely restricted and local branch activities virtually stopped completely.
Our ability to do what we were created for is basically curtailed, and as a Branch of a national organisation we have to follow the national lead and government instructions.
Hopefully next year will be better, and we will be able to get back into the swing of things in the Spring, hopefully.
RBLR NATIONAL RALLY 2021 RALLY ANNOUNCED
Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 the National Rally 2020 has had to be postponed. The new dates are 9thto 11th July 2021. The venue remains unchanged.
For those members who have already bought tickets, thank you very much for your support. If you are able to attend on the new date next year, your tickets will still be valid. A full refund is available for any member who needs it – contact the organisers and they will get it sorted.
Branch Poppy Appeal Total So Far – £27,572.61 (at 14/12/2020 since 1st Oct 2020)
Branch Poppy Appeal Total for 2019-20 was £46,150.51 (Covid-19 bit hard, but still an excellent result)
Branch Poppy Appeal Total For 2018-19 was £134,814.53
RUNNING THE STANDARD
‘Running the Standard’ will take place in July 2021 and will encompass almost 3,000 miles of motorcycle riding.
The main premise of ‘Running the Standard’ is to take a miniature Royal British Legion Riders Branch Standard to every county in Great Britain and to have as many Royal British Legion Riders (Riders) members join us along the ride; whether that is for one leg (county to county), a few miles or multiple legs.
The starting location will be in central London and culminate at the Riders National Rally. The event has been designed to enable as many members as possible to join in the celebration of the 100th year of the Royal British Legion.
List of all the counties we will visit:
Bedfordshire Berkshire Bristol Buckinghamshire Cambridgeshire Cheshire Cornwall County Durham Cumbria Derbyshire Devon Dorset East Sussex East Yorkshire Essex Gloucestershire Hampshire Herefordshire Hertfordshire Huntingdonshire Kent Lancashire Leicestershire Lincolnshire London Middlesex Norfolk North Yorkshire Northamptonshire Northumberland Nottinghamshire Oxfordshire Rutland Shropshire Somerset South Yorkshire Staffordshire Suffolk Surrey Warwickshire West Sussex West Yorkshire Wiltshire Worcestershire
Scottish Borders East Lothian Midlothian West Lothian Falkirk Stirling Clackmannanshire Fife Perth and Kinross Angus Aberdeenshire Moray Highland Caithness Argyle and Bute West Dunbartonshire Renfrewshire Inverclyde North Ayrshire East Dunbartonshire North Lanarkshire South Lanarkshire East Refrewshire East Ayrshire South Ayrshire Dumfries and Galloway
Conwy Denbighshire Flintshire Wrexham Carmarthenshire Ceredigion Pembrokeshire Blaenau Gwent Caerphilly Monmouthshire Newport Torfaen Gwynedd Isle of Anglesey Bridgend Merthyr Tydfil Rhondda Cynon Taf Powys Cardiff Vale of Glamorgan Neath Port Talbot Swansea
For more Information go to the website at:
Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/runningthestandard/
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THEY STILL GO
The Branch is a national branch of the Royal British Legion, covering the whole of the UK and in fact the world. We support and promote the work of the Royal British Legion as it supports the serving and ex-serving members of the British Armed Forces.
The Riders Branch is keen to attract motorcyclists and supporters of the Legion from across the globe. We already have Branch members from Cornwall to Scotland as well as Europe, Northern America and Australasia.
We are brought together by our enthusiasm for motorcycling, and our willingness to support the aims and charitable efforts of The Royal British Legion. Branch members have the option to belong to more than one branch if they wish, allowing them to remain members of their local Legion Branch/Club as well as the Riders, which is a National Branch.
We have members from The Royal Navy, The Army, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Marines, and all the Public Services as well as those who have not served, but wish to support the aims of the Royal British Legion through the Riders Branch.
The Riders Branch is very diverse in it’s membership. Members are young and old, male and female. We take part in all types of biking and biking events, from track days to rallies, on customs to sports bikes, and everything in between! And not forgetting formal Legion organised events and fund raising.
All members are encouraged to play an active role within the Branch at Local and National level, with the emphasis on being pro-active in getting together with other Branch members in their geographical area.
We try to attend as many events as possible during the year across the whole spectrum of the motorcycling calendar. We use all these events to raise awareness and funds for the Poppy Appeal.
Not forgetting, we are Bikers and try to enjoy ourselves at social events as well.