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Double delight for Royal British Legion
Monday 12th February 2018 @ 08:34 by Nigel Skinner
Hayfield New Mills News

Hayfield Royal British Legion officials were ‘pleasantly surprised’ when they attended the annual Derbyshire County conference.

As well as getting a special mention in the opening address for hard work and commitment to the work of the movement, the branch was presented with two county awards by the Derbyshire  president Robert Shields.

One was for the highest increase in branch fundraising for the Poppy Appeal with a £6,100 increase on the previous year’s total.

Branch Poppy Appeal organisers Lynne Howell, Maureen Spiers and Julie Isles had collected an amazing £19,200 between them in an area which covered Hayfield, New Mills and Chatsworth.

Branch chairman Lance Dowson said: “This is all down to the hard work, dedication and commitment of the volunteers and as one of the smaller branches in the county, we definitely punch well above our weight.”

The branch organised several fundraising events during the year ranging from a quiz night to a special concert last November.

They also had fundraising stalls at local events along the way.

Lynne said: “It’s all down to team work and Hayfield has built up a great team spirit over the last couple of years and was honoured to receive the award on behalf of the branch.”

The branch also received the runners-up award for the highest  increase in branch membership over the last year.

Branch president Neil Deaville, who has been a member since 1963, said it was great to see the Hayfield RBL doing so well as so many smaller branches were closing across the country.

He went on: “Membership recruitment and volunteering is key to a successful branch, not only in the fundraising work we undertake, but also the major role we play in remembrance both locally and nationally.”

Plans are well underway for this year with some new ideas for fundraising and some special commemorative events in Hayfield and New Mills to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Anyone interested in joining Hayfield RBL – you don’t have to be a member of the Armed Forces – should go to [email protected], or visit