This year we have our own RBL branch in Murcia. This branch was set up after a lot of hard work and persistence by the now Chairman Stephen Carne from Calasparra. Despite a few set-backs, the Murcia Branch is going from strength to strength and has members from Mazarrón and the Mar Menor as well as Northwest Murcia. There have been various events which are not only fund raisers, but time to get to know other RBL members.
RBL Murcia Branch Events
Sunday 5th November – Quiz and Buffet Night @ Bombay Indian, Calasparra
Saturday 11th November – Armistice Day Service @ The Alandalus Bar, Tierra De Sol, Calasparra
Sunday 12th November – Branch Remembrance Service @ Pinoso
Thursday 16th November – RBL Murcia Branch AGM @ Cehegin
Friday 1st December – RBL Christmas Ball @ La Fama, Cehegin (more details TBC)
Friday 8th December – RBL Christmas Ball @ The Diner & Bar, Camposol B
Sunday 10th December – Quiz and Buffet @ Bombay Indian, Calasparra
2017 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
We have worked with the RBL Murcia branch on our 2017 Poppy Appeal and we have had amazing response from our advertisers and groups many of whom have donated to have a poppy either on their advert or on the heading above their November article. We do not ask other charities to donate to the cause as they all struggle to raise funds for their own charities.
The old UK £1 coin isn’t legal tender anymore. However Poppy Sellers will accept them and apparently there are around £450M in circulation. You do the maths and imagine what that would do for our veterans! Check your purses and money boxes. If you are unsure where to take your old £1 coins, we will accept them in our Poppy Box in our office on Camposol B.
The following have agreed to donate this year:
- Airpark Murcia
- Alex Woods
- Anchor Landscapes
- Beauty Palace
- Brian Jones
- Costa Cálida Country Music Club
- Camposol Builder
- Camposol Golf Association
- Camposol Reading Group
- Casa Community Care
- Costa Cálida Property Services
- Costa Cálida Radio
- Camposol Heating And Maintenance
- Cloud Nine
- Delmonte Catotel
- Dragon Tours
- Fuente Old Guards Golf Society
- Furniture Plus
- Hardy Removals
- Harlequin Rock Choir
- Healthy H20
- HR Insurance (Liberty Seguros)
- Ken Sherwood
- Kruger Canopies
- Kwik Fix
- Los Amigos Golf Society
- Locksmith Murcia
- Los Amigos D Mazarrón
- Los Nietos Golf Society
- Louis Harris
- Oven Cleaning Specialist
- Paul the Plumber
- Pool Covers Spain
- Prime Property
- Rachel Clayton
- Rainbow Satellites
- Rockin Vicar
- Sector D Gardening Group
- Sooty & Son
- Tidy Gardens
- TJ Electricals
- Welcome Group
- Welcome House
- Winders Cleaning
The Significance of the Red Poppy
Flanders Fields poem is associated with the Poppy due to the vast numbers of them in Ypres and the poem was written by a Canadian officer called John McCrae in 1915.
The red Poppy contains 3 colours which represent the battles of the First World War, but it can be related to all conflicts.
The Black Centre – through the black dense mud they fought.
The Red Flower – through the blood of the men that fell before and enemy lives they took.
The Green Leaf – through the mud and blood to the green fields beyond which it was not shelled; only lush and green.
The Green Leaf should point to the number 11 as it donated the time the Armistice of 11th November 1918 at 11am to end the War.
This poem was written a few years ago by Alistair Keen, who wanted to share it with you at this time.
Flanders Field: A Transposition of the Hymn ‘O Valiant Hearts’.
The beat of drums and bugle call,
Top of trench in mud you crawled.
Courage you had though fear was felt.
You fought the fight that I might live.
I watched. You went with head held high,
To fight for King and Countryside.
The greatest love to friend, you gave
Your all for all mankind to save.
Your death was life in glory now,
Through death’s dark vale you passed
Into the light that God supplies,
From mud of Flanders Field.
Your pain was shared two thousand years.
Christ took His cross and bore
Your life for mine.
I lived, you died.
His trench of mud in Flanders field,
His arms are wide, His love complete.
To keep you safe within the vale
The Angel’s soon the harvest come.
With silent sickle shall they reap.
To heavenly mansion place prepared
For Saints victorious redeemed
You died that He in me might live.
You drank the cup of love, His sacrifice
I bow my head in thankfulness
For love they showed to me
They bore His cross in trench and mud.
Their grace on Flanders Field