Royal British Legion - Damerham and Western Downland Branch

Chairman: Captain John Kelly OBE

Registered Charity No 219279

Your local RBL branch serves the Western Downland communities of Damerham, Martin, Rockbourne and Whitsbury. The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community, serving men and women, veterans, and their families, and is the national custodian of Remembrance.

Our branch aim is to raise the profile of the RBL in our communities, to raise funds for the RBL’s charities and to remember the service and sacrifice of those of us who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces, in peace and war. We do this by:

  • Raising money through the Poppy Appeal and through local events, such as our annual Coffee Morning in November.
  • Representing the Legion on local remembrance occasions, such as ceremonies held at our War Memorials on Armistice Day on 11th November, and in services at our churches on Remembrance Sunday.
  • Bringing the welfare needs of qualified personnel and their dependants within our local community to the notice of the RBL County Office.
  • Providing ‘Christmas Comforts’ to particularly deserving members of our local community.
  • Holding meetings, including our Annual General Meeting in October.

We welcome new branch members to support this worthwhile charity and you don’t have to have a service background to join us. Just visit the RBL website at:, click ‘Join the Royal British Legion’, follow the instructions and, when prompted to find your branch, click ‘Damerham & Western Downland RBL Branch’. Please let us know if you have joined so we can welcome you.

You can contact our Branch through the Branch Treasurer, Mike Richardson, at:

·    Email:

·   Mobile: 07835 844457.

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 4th November. We will hold our annual fund-raising Coffee Morning in Damerham Village Hall from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. There will be stalls and the Sandleheath Band will play.

Saturday 11th November. On Armistice Day, we will hold a short Remembrance Ceremony at Damerham War Memorial from 10.45 am, led by our Rector.

Sunday 12th November.

  • Another short Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the Rockbourne Memorial at 09.45 am.
  • A Family Remembrance service will take place at All Saints’ Church, Martin, also at 09.45 am.
  • A Remembrance Service will take place at St. George’s Church, Damerham at 10.50 am.

Anyone is welcome at these events and at all of them, other than the Coffee Morning, our branch members will make the exhortation and lay a RBL wreath.

Annual General Meeting

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