The Royal British Legion launches Burbage branch

The Royal British Legion launches Burbage branch

Burbage now has its own, independent branch of The Royal British Legion.

Previously operating as a sub-group of the Hinckley branch, the new group will meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in function room of The Red Lion pub on Windsor Street, which is being let free-of-charge for the cause.

Chaired by Steve Shirley, who served with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, the aim of the branch is to help serving and ex-serving personnel, and their families, in times of need.

A new branch standard (flag) is to be dedicated at a service in St Catherine's Church on Sunday 12th May at 4pm, at which a standard belonging to a former Burbage branch will be officially 'laid up' and left to remain on display in the church in perpetuity.

Invited special guests include the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, the mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth, the chairman of Leicestershire County Council, the Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, and regional and county representatives of the Royal British Legion.

Parishioners are also welcome to attend the service, which will be followed by a procession to War Memorial and then on to Moat House, which supported the new branch with a donation towards its set-up costs, before a reception for invited guests at The Red Lion.

Anyone interested in joining the branch is invited to go along to the meetings or to make contact with Mr Shirley by emailing

Members must be over 18 but there is no requirement for them to have been in service.

The branch is also keen to hear from any D Day veterans, as it plans to commemorate the Normandy landings of World War II on 6th June.

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Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2019 14:17 by Parish Council

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