Branch No. BR2078
Godstone Branch of the British Legion was formally constituted on the 21 July 1921, a successor to the Godstone Branch of the Comrades of the Great War which was formed on the 19 October 1919. The Comrades were absorbed into the British Legion in 1921, and the Legion received its Royal status and title in 1979.
The objects of the Royal British Legion [RBL] can be summarised as providing comradeship, assistance and support, financially or otherwise, to members of the ex-Service community [men and women who have served in the armed forces of the Crown] and to their families.
Although the majority of the beneficiaries are elderly it must be remembered that the services are constantly involved in conflicts and duties around the world and recent casualties show that we can be asked to help a young service man or woman, or their families, at any time.
The welfare work of the RBL is funded from the Poppy Appeal – associated in most minds with November but the Appeal operates throughout the year from 1 October to 30 September and funds are raised by means of events and functions locally and nationally.
In addition to welfare work the RBL has its ceremonial side – also largely associated with November but other events are commemorated with parades, church services and entertainments throughout the year.
Little known but highly valued is the RBL’s Pilgrimage service, conducting parties of relatives to War Graves in fields of former conflicts throughout the world, with financial support in cases where needed. The RBL also has several homes throughout the country providing long term, or short term respite, care to those in need.
Membership of the RBL is open equally to all who support our aims as full members and Associate membership.
Branch meetings are held in the evening of the second Friday each month, in Godstone Club; visitors and potential new members are always welcome.
The national RBL helpline telephone number is 08457 725725