The Leeds and Hollingbourne Branch of the Royal British Legion has been voted Kent Royal British Legion of the year and Branch Chairman Derek Davison received the trophy and a certificate on behalf of the Branch at the Annual General Meeting of the Kent Royal British Legion in Headcorn Village Hall on Saturday 19th January. The trophy was present to the Branch by the Mayor of Maidstone, Councillor David Naghi.
In 2018 the Branch raised over £31,000 for the British Legion Poppy Appeal which means that the total raised by the Branch over the last decade is more than a quarter of a million pounds.
Derek Davison has written the following note for the February Parish Magazine.
Notes From The Royal British Legion
Question….what do you do on a cold dull Saturday in mid-January
Answer….Go to the RBL County Conference at Headcorn
I went again this year with our new Secretary Sammie Cast and met up with lots of old mates that I have known for some 45 years, makes me feel old!. It was excellent as always with the best turnout for a number of years. One of the highlights of the conference is County awards where branches and members compete for one of the coveted awards. I am delighted to tell you that our branch won the prestigious cup and certificate “The Moore Trophy” for the branch showing the best efficiency, achievement and progress. Needless to say I was very proud to receive this honour presented to me by The Mayor of Maidstone who recognised me from P100 open day and had a good chat with me. I believe that what clinched it with the County committee was our Avenue of Remembrance P100, probably the best WW1 memorial in Kent. So this most senior award from County was not just to me but everyone concerned in P100.
Saying thanks is always a problem because you can easily forget someone but I must mention a few because P100 was a team effort and awards such as this is down to the efforts of very many people. Thanks to Hollingbourne Meadows Trust for agreeing to this venture in the first place and to the P100 team for their enthusiastic work in making it happen and to our team of volunteers. Thanks to our sponsors and donors because without the cash raised it would never have happened. Thanks to my branch members for their support and listening to me over the past 15 months. last but not least many thanks to Jeanne who dreamt this idea up in the first place and put in a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes and listening to me talking about nothing much else but P100 for over a year. After last year 2019 will be a lot quieter….I hope !
I mentioned last month our Poppy Appeal total for our Branch Area which I told you would probably exceed £31,000, well I am delighted to tell you that the figure currently stands at £31,458 a whopping increase on last year of some £10,000. I find that quite incredible and looking back over our records in the past 10 years we have raised IRO £250,000 ! WOW I hear you say. So I can only end by saying a massive thankyou to all of you for your help on all fronts.
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Pictured below (top) is Derek Davison with the trophy, (middle) Derek Davison with County President Richard Cast, and (bottom) is the part of Project 100 avenue of trees on Hollingbourne Meadows Trust land which the branch supported to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. This was opened on 11th November by local MP Mrs Helen Whately following a dedication by the Reverend Paul Kite.