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POPPY FESTIVAL 2020 ST PETERS CHURCH

Bromyard Royal British Legion Poppy Festival VE & VJ `VICTORY 75` 

Our third annual Bromyard RBL Poppy Festival will run from 31st October until the 20th November 2020 in St Peter’s Church Bromyard, with the church open 9am to 5.00pm daily

Website address: www.facebook.com/rblBromyard

This Poppy Festival will commemorate Victory in Europe and Japan 75. 

How did we reach these victories 75 years ago, we show how the millions back in the United Kingdom known as the `Home Front` supported our troops to enable them to fight and defeat our enemies? All sorts of schemes were running, like `Digging for Victory`, Bromyardians supporting Warships Week by raising £220.000 to re-fit HMS Vivien, locals collecting metals for the Spitfire fund. Rags, bone, paper, jam jars, string and wool collected as salvage, rosehips and wild berries gathered and made into jams and preserves to feed the population and the troops. 

Many organisations new and old worked valiantly with war efforts: The Women’s Voluntary Service, Scouts, Guides, Royal Observer Corps, Munition workers, Civil Defence, Home Guard, Women’s Land Army, Fire Service, Police, Women’s Institute, Local Defence Volunteers, Air Raid Wardens, with all manner of and new WW2 Committees set up in Bromyard. 

There will be a WW2 family memory wall where local people can put up photographs and add their own stories of their loved ones who were involved with WW2.

 

An area will also feature the POW’s who lived in and around Bromyard during WW2 working on our farms. 

 

Photographs and the history of HMS Vivien will be on display.

 

This Festival is put together under the direction of Bromyard Royal British Legion, it is a community project and all the displays are made by the Schools, Clubs, Societies and Organisations in Bromyard and the locale. 

For further information please contact Major (Retd) Jan Brodie-Murphy, Vice chair Bromyard RBL jebm@supanet.com 07900394345

Bromyard Chamber of Commerce Minutes of Meeting February 5th. 2020

Bromyard Chamber of Commerce Minutes of Meeting February 5th. 2020

 

Introduction.

David James (Chair) welcomed everyone to the open meeting of the Chamber of Commerce.

Police Report.

Jack Davies (PCSO) spoke to the meeting and the following issues were highlighted:

  • A need for more communication between Police and local businesses
  • Issues of drug trafficking and dealing – police need to be notified with names. The establishment of an app linking businesses with the police and each other.
  • The open “surgeries” at the Post Office to be re-instated.
  • Behavioural issues at the “library” end of the town especially on Saturday nights.
  • The importance of ringing 101 and logging concerns.

Festivals.

The various festivals were in planning stages and progressing well.

  • Speed Festival 2020. Shelsey Walsh. May 31st.
  • Town Criers’ Festival.
  • Scarecrow Festival.
  • Bromyard Gala – last weekend of June. Questions raised about location of site – perhaps nearer the town?
  • Folk Festival.
  • E.Celebrations May 8-10.
  • Christmas Lights.

Future of the Chamber.

  • Discussion of changes in shops in the town – more support for small businesses. Welcome pack and mentoring for new businesses.
  • Pedestrianisation from Falcon Hotel to the Square – not supported.
  • Virtual High Street – not supported.
  • 2 hour free parking – not supported. However it was felt that a notice should be prominently displayed explaining that parking fees go the Town Council.
  • Website for businesses to communicate – how to reach out to other businesses and offer support.
  • Raise the profile of the Chamber Facebook page and website with links to information from Herefordshire Council.
  • “All About” magazine – advents have good follow up for new businesses. Contact re. distribution in Bromyard.
  • However watch out for magazine scams.
  • Chamber to approach the public houses re. a “pub Watch” to communicate with each other re. problems.
  • Raising money for the Christmas Lights.
  • Need to recruit young people and encourage them to work in their local area.
  • Need for the Chamber to support local industry as well as traders.

 

Minutes of the last meeting – passed.

Chairman’s Report – passed.

Treasurer’s and Membership Report – passed.

Election of Minuting Secretary – Dee Dunne-Thomas was appointed.

Date of next meeting – Wednesday March 4th. 2020.

AGM – 4th December

Hi all,

Please do make an effort to attained the AGM on the 4th December.

The majority of the existing officers are standing down and these roles need to be filled. There is a real potential that the Chamber will cease in its current form if this doesn’t happen. An opportunity exists to shape the future of the Chamber, defining its role, goals and purpose so please do get involved!

Vacant roles:

Chairman

Vice Chairman

Membership Secretary

Events Co-ordinator

Membership Secretary

Nomination Forms are available HERE

Minutes of Previous AGM HERE

AGM Agenda HERE

Poppy Pageant Parade – VIP Guest Announced

The Bromyard Royal British Legion are delighted  to inform you that General Sir Peter Edgar de la Cour de la Billière, KCB, KBE, DSO, MC & Bar a former British Army General who was Director SAS during the Iranian Embassy siege and Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in the Gulf War has accepted an invitation from Bromyard Branch of the Royal British Legion to `Take the Salute` at the Poppy Pageant Parade on 15th September 2018.

The Chairman, Norman Dunn said “This is wonderful news and we are delighted he is joining us adding prestige to what will be a most memorable day”

Poppy Parish Walk

Pete Jackson is retired and lives at Upper Sapey with wife Pauline who is a dog agility trainer who competes nationally.  Pete is 70 in August, full of fun and always one up for a challenge so he thought he would mark this special life anniversary by carrying out a Special POPPY PARISH WALK for charity. He is a seasoned walker and has previously taken part in sponsored walks in the UK and Africa.  Being a member of the Bromyard Branch of the Royal British Legion he has decided to link in with their WW1 commemorations to mark the end of WW1 so his walk will form part of the `Bromyard Everyone Remembered` events.

His 70 mile POPPY PARISH WALK will see him visit the war memorial in most of the parishes surrounding Bromyard and Winslow District.  At each memorial visited he will leave a Bromyard By-Pass Poppy bearing the message `Bromyard Remembering Everyone`.

The last Poppy that he will carry with him throughout his POPPY PARISH WALK Pete will lay at the Cenotaph at the Rugby Club on the 15thSeptember at the Poppy Pageant Parade. A special moment for him as he will be accompanied by his granddaughter who is a military Cadet.

Pete launces his POPPY PARISH WALK at the Tenbury Road Coop, Bromyard,  on 10thAugust please pop and meet him and his family. Please sponsor either by a donation or by the mile.

For more details please contact:

Chairman nrmndnn@gmail.com

Treasurer John Cutler rblbromyard@hotmail.com

Secretary jebm@supanet.com

(Proceeds for Bromyard Branch Regd Charity 219279)

Volunteers Required – Poppy Pageant and other related events

SEEKING ADULTS AND OLDER YOUTH, ANY GENDER, TO ASSIST WITH SETTING UP, RUNNING AND TAKING DOWN OF THE POPPY PAGEANT AT THE RUGBY CLUB

14th, 15th AND 16th OF SEP 2018

Any help you can give would be appreciated.

Please contact Jan Brodie-Murphy Branch Secretary to volunteer.

07900 394345 01885 482912 jebm@supanet.com

FRIDAY 14 SEP 2018

Start 1000 hrs.

General team work, set-up, getting equipment ready. Putting up signs etc.

SATURDAY 15 SEP 2018

From 1200 – To 1420 hrs. QUEEN ELIZABETH HUMANITIES SCHOOL

Car park usher – just making sure people park correctly.

Assisting people catch the Free Shuttle coach from the school TO THE Rugby Club.

SATURDAY 15 SEP 2018

Start 1000 hrs.

POPPY PAGEANT PARADE at the Rugby Club

Final last minute se-up and then:

To assist with running areas during the afternoon:

Control Desk POC (& to support Emergency Services on site)

Help and Information Desk

Marshalling

Safety and Security (Health and Safety, Risks)

Dedicated Traffic, transport and parking Manager on main gate

Control and safety of Pedestrians at main gate

Car Parking Control at the Rugby Club (Tennis court)

Ushering

Lost and Found

Vulnerable Adults care of

Disabled/Wheelchair Champion

Lost children

All working as one team. THERE WILL BE ALL SORTS OF JOBS SO PLEASE VOLUNTEER AND HELP US OUT

Also need help on the RBL stalls, tombola, bran tub, Poppy for Loved One etc.

(Event starts at 1430 and finishes late afternoon)

SUNDAY 16 SEP 2018

Start 1000 hrs. (Couple of hours max).

A team required please to help the taking down of this event and litter picking – again general team work

We have already identified 2 volunteer drivers for the FREE mini bus service but would ask for another volunteer as a back-up. (Volunteer has to have a clean Licence, D1 not required)

Bromyard Art Walk this weekend, fun for all the family plus a children’s competition

Come and join us this weekend for the first Bromyard Art Walk.

Over 35 artists are participating and there is a special ‘Bird Hunt Competition’ with a prize for every child that enters.

Opening event at 11am on Saturday 7th July a The Falcon Hotel.

Please come and join us and get those creative  juices flowing!

 

Grand Opening Bromyard Heritage Trail 22nd April

The Grand Opening of the Bromyard Town Heritage Trail is this Sunday.

Join in the Mayor’s Car Treasure Hunt around the town to solve historical clues. There will be Morris Dancers, a highwayman, the Wind Band, the Guides, stalls in The Square, rides and more – a great day out in town for the whole family! On Sunday 22nd April from 10am – 4pm.

More information HERE