Royal British Legion



The Royal British Legion has been supporting Service men and women, ex-serving personnel and their families since 15 May 1921 It was established initially to care for those who had suffered as a result of service during the First World War and has been helping the Armed Forces community and their families ever since. There are now approximately 2,500 Royal British Legion branches across the UK and overseas. More information on the RBL can be found at

Newnham are proud to have a Branch of the Royal British Legion. Today, our members are made up of both the men’s and ladies’ sections. We are a small, friendly group of military, ex-military, and civilian personnel who enjoy meeting together to discuss how we can continue our proud tradition of supporting the Royal British Legion.

Sadly, the Covid pandemic has impacted on our ability to undertake fund raising events over the last two years. We hope that, as the country returns to a sense of normality, we will be able to re-start our fundraising. We have recently started meeting again and the notes from our last meeting held in November can be found here: RBL 20.11.2021

Our next meeting at the Armoury Hall will be on:-


The Newnham Branch desperately needs new members to help us continue to support those in need, and you don’t have to have a military background to join. If you would like to more information, please contact: –

Men’s Chairman: – Nigel Hughes 01594 516411

Ladies’ Chairman – Sue Wilks 01594 516393

Men’s Secretary – Shawn Penfold 01594 510955

Ladies’ Secretary – Helen Foster (TBC)

Membership Secretary – Steve Foster (TBC)

Further information on membership can be found here-

Poppy Appeal 2021 – 28 October – 15 November 2021

The pictures below were taken on Saturday 30 October at the Coop in Lydney and on Monday 1st November at Tesco also in Lydney. Grateful thanks go to Helen, Sue, Steve and Gill who helped on those days. Our grateful thanks also go to Stan Rudge the Lydney Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator who arranged for us to collect on those days.

Poppy Appeal Final Total Collected – £3015.80

The Poppy Appeal collections this year raised the grand total of £3015.80 which is a fantastic achievement and £1500 better than this time last year. Our grateful thanks go to all of our local businesses and St Peter’s School who supported our appeal. Also huge thank yous must go to William Conroy (Towser), Bob & Sue Wilks, Vicki Richardson, Judy Setter, and Theresa Powell who went door to door collecting this year.

We also raised the sum of £692.50 from our collections in Lydney.