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Spring Curry Lunch

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Saturday 23rd March 2024

We held a very successful Curry Lunch on the 23rd of March. We raised nearly €500 for our branch funds, mainly thanks to the many generous gifts for the raffle, and a €100 donation. Many of the prizes were British food items and treats, which are easy to get on the coast but hard to find in Madrid.
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A visit to the PCMMT

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Friday 9th February 2024

Members of the Madrid Branch visited the Parque y Centro de Mantenimiento de Material de Transmisiones (PCMMT) in El Pardo, just outside Madrid.

The PCMMT is the Spanish Army’s signals procurement and maintenance unit. We visited their interesting museum, the “Exposición Tecnológica de los Medios de Transmisión”.
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Spain District North Annual Conference

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Tuesday 23rd January 2024

We attended Spain District North Annual Conference in Jávea on Tuesday 23rd January. We received the Fallen Hero Award - Special award for “having done extremely well from a standing start in 2022”.

We are very grateful to Jávea Branch for hosting the event and also to DAR Community Centre for their hospitality.
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St. George’s Christmas Fair

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Saturday 16th December 2023

The annual Christmas Fair was held at St. George’s Anglican Church in Madrid on Saturday December 16th. We were there raising funds and awareness.

Quite a number of people stopped by to ask about our activities, especially Spaniards who were often unaware of the work of the RBL. We even had a Viking Santa, or so it was claimed.
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British Ladies Association Donate €500 to Madrid Branch

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Sunday 26th November 2023

The British Ladies held their annual Christmas bazaar on the 26th of November and we were there to fly the flag.

We are extremely grateful to the British Ladies Association and their chairman Christine Hawkins for their generous donation of €500 to RBL Madrid.
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Remembrance Sunday 2023

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Sunday 12th November 2023

The Remembrance Sunday Service was held at St. George's Anglican Church. It was attended by HE Hugh Elliott, HM Ambassador to Spain, the defence attachés of various embassies, the 1st Madrid British Scouts, the 1st Majadahonda British Scouts, and the Madrid Branch of the Royal British Legion among many others.

The service ended with the reading of the Kohima Epitaph and the singing of the National Anthem.
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Remembrance Day Lunch

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Saturday 11th November 2023

After the Remembrance Day Service at the British Cemetery the Branch members and guests had a curry lunch and raffle, ably organised by Gordon, our Events Secretary.
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Remembrance Day 2023

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Saturday 11th November 2023

The service was attended by the Royal British Legion Madrid Branch, British Embassy staff, international and military guests, the España Chapter of the NSDAR, and members of civic organisations.

After the service, the España Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution unveiled a monolith in memory of five USAAF servicemen killed in an aircraft accident in the Sierra de Gredos in 1947.
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British Scouts

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Sunday 5th November 2023

On November 5th we joined 1st Madrid British Scouts to talk about the history of the RBL, the significance of the poppy, remembrance and the work of the branch to the Cub, Scout and Explorer sections.
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Memorial Service

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Sunday 29th October 2023

A memorial service for WO2 John Newman, 2 QUEENS, was held at St George’s Anglican Church Madrid on Sunday 29th October at 11.30am.
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Meet the British Armed Forces

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Wednesday 18th October 2023

We hosted an evening with representatives of the three services. Joining us was Captain Stephen McGlory RN, Major Nigel Hunt RA, and Squadron Leader David Tucker RAF.

All three were interviewed on many aspects of military life by David Price. This was followed by a question and answer session and refreshments.
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Poppy Appeal Launch 2023

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Saturday 14th October 2023

The Poppy Appeal 2023 was launched in Spain with a ceremony in Benidorm on Saturday 14th October.

The day started with a march in Playa de Levante led by the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums. Following the pipers, were Mayor of Benidorm Antonio Pérez, British Vice Consul in Alicante Sara Munsterhjelm, and the Defence Attaché to the British Embassy Captain Stephen McGlory RN.

It was a very special day for us as our branch standard, carried by our Standard Bearer Gordon Sands, was dedicated by Father Richard Seabrook. This marks the final stage of our inauguration as a new branch of the RBL.

Thanks also goes to our other Standard Bearer Andy Moffat who carried the Union Flag.
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Recruitment Drive

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Saturday 17th June 2023

During the month of June we held a recruitment drive at three different fairs and fêtes. The first was at King's College Soto de Viñuelas on June 3rd.

On June 17th we attended the Runnymede College Summer Fair and on the same day we covered the St. George's Church Summer Fête.
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Coronation Street Party

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Sunday 7th May 2023

The Royal British Legion Madrid branch’s first official event was the celebration of the coronation of King Charles Ⅲ and Queen Camilla.

We started the party toasting the King and Queen and then had a quiz on the British Monarchy.

There was a plethora of entertainment and we are very grateful to Janet & Alex Esclamado, The Madrid Players, Mad Improv, Matt Tyack, and Christian Bolorinos.

We raised a combined total of €907.10 for the Poppy Appeal and branch funds.
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