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Poppy How much did the 2014 collection make?........£27,300 .....well done all Poppy

2012

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It is with regret that Branch member Tom Blanchflower, after a short illness died earlier this year, he was 85years old, at the last meeting of Downham and District Branch a minute silence was held in his honour.


Branch thoughts go out to his wife Rita.
Tom was never happier than when he was raising money for various charity's, especially when raising money for the Branch Poppy Appeal, He did the pedal to Paris twice, the second time when he was 80 years old, he also spent many hours on Town Square and at Super Markets selling poppies no matter how cold the November weather was, he was very dedicated to the Legion and he alone raised just short of £30,000 for Poppy Appeal in the last eight years, a wonderful achievement, he will be greatly missed. 

2010

We are a vibrant hard working branch led by a commited Chairman, Mr Horace Cross. The local communities have always been so supportive of The Poppy Appealso it is little wonder that so much is raised by so few. This is due to the loyalty and persverance of the volunteers who come forward every year to stand on cold corners, or outside our supermarkets.

  Others fund raise, some call at homes, and shops and clubs display the poppy trays. All this takes organising and if it wasn't for Horace we would surely not do so well.Without his cordinating abilities we would be in a sorry muddle. 

As this year (2010) ends we have already raised in excess of £25,000 - no mean feat for a market town of 8.5 thousand persons. But the highlight for the Legion is the increasing presence of young people taking part , so we are confident that here in Downham Market that the Poppy Appeal, and the Remembrance Services will go from strength to strength.


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"Tom Blanchflower who is 80 now, DIDN'T cycle to Paris this year to raise funds, instead he went out for the 14days of poppy selling in downham market, mostly outside Tescos and in Wales Court area raising over £3000 which is 14% of our total to date. Wonderful at his age.

So far the tally is in excess of £21,000. This is of course a magnificent amount from our small town and the local villages and the Royal British Legion are very grateful to all those that donated to the poppy appeal." Pat Roberts

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Taken in Downham Town Hall, the Branch was invited to have a publicity stand at the community fair which was being held there. (left to right) Horace Cross, Chairman, Rose Gidney, Branch secretary, Ret Major Bill Kerr. he is Branch County Represenative, also Chairman of our Welfare Committee.

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This is how it was done in the 1930's

"with kind permission of Mike Bullen"


Branch Supper Dance November 2008 - click here


2007

"There was a time when the money raised helped servicemen from the First and Second World Wars, but in view of what has been happening in Afghanistan and Iraq, the money is needed more than ever. We hear about the people who give their lives out there and, of course, you feel for their families, but you don't hear about the ones who come back with severe injuries. Their lives changed forever and they need our and they need our support and that's why I say the Legion and Poppy Appeal are as important now as they ever were - if not more so" Horace Cross - Chairman
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courtesy of Downham News


2006

The total was again enhanced by Tom Blanchflower who raised £9,322.49 in his London to Paris cycle ride click here for picture ' left to right' - Major Bill Kerr, Tom Blanchflower, Gordon Stevenson and Horace Cross
picture courtesy of Lynn News and Citizen


2005

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left to right - Keith Chatfield, Tom Blanchflower, Gordon Stevenson, Tinker Taylor, Ron Botham and Horace Cross
picture courtesy of Lynn News and Citizen


2004

The 2004 donation was £21,200 with the help of Tom Blanchflower and his London to Paris cycle ride
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For 2013 Peter Mouncer is the area poppy organiser -
contact him on 01366 384726

2013 Organised by Peter Mouncer Raised £24,508
2012 Organised by Peter Mouncer Raised £24,108
2011 Organised by Horace Cross Raised £24,821
2010 Organised by Horace Cross Raised £26,184
2009 Organised by Horace Cross & Des Cussell Raised £23,000
2008 Organised by Horace Cross Raised £25,000
2007 Organised by Horace Cross Raised £27,177
2006 Organised by Horace Cross Raised £31,893
2005 Organised by Horace Cross Raised £18,251
2004 Organised by Horace Cross Raised £21,200
2003 Organised by Albert Brown Raised £14,553
2002 Organised by Albert Brown Raised £12,800
2001 Organised by Albert Brown Raised £11,900

These sums were raised from our events including the annual 'Dinner & Dance', a band concert, coffee mornings and of course the street collections where the traditional poppy is sold.

 

 

Our thanks to all contributors to this appeal