Could you help lead town’s Poppy Appeal?

Bicester Remembrance Day parade.'101114M-B168
Bicester Remembrance Day parade.'101114M-B168

TWO dedicated volunteers are needed to help Bicester and Launton Royal British Legion continue its successful Poppy Appeal collections.

The Bicester and Launton branch has raised £60,000 over the last two years from its annual Poppy Appeal, but the group is now approaching its most important time of the year while facing the loss of two key members.

A new secretary and a new Poppy Appeal organiser are 
required as the current committee members are in the process of moving house.

Lawrie Stratford, honourary treasurer of Bicester and Launton Royal British Legion, said the branch’s success was down to a dedicated band of volunteers.

He added: “These volunteers, many whom have been helping for many years, distribute poppies via shops, businesses and house-to-house collections, in all weather.

“However these activities don’t just happen automatically, which is why there is a small but enthusiastic and dedicated committee that pulls everything together, working across the Bicester and Launton area.

“Unfortunately two of our committee members are moving house and therefore we need to replace them on the committee of volunteers.”

Of the two roles needing to be filled, Mr Stratford said: “The secretary position needs someone with excellent computer and communication skills, and the Poppy Appeal organiser needs good organisational skills linking with strong leadership qualities.”

Nationally, the Royal British Legion spends £1.7 million every week on projects to support serving and ex-service personnel and their families.

In addition to raising money, RBL branch members offer local support with home and hospital visits, as well as helping individuals and families in the Bicester and Launton area.

The branch also plays a role in the Remembrance Day 
parade and the Bicester Town Carnival.

Anyone interested in taking up one of the positions or joining the committee should contact Jann Keen on 01869 601413 or email