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Royal puddings to support the Armed Forces

Four generations of the Royal Family have helped to launch a new community initiative which will provide extra support to the Armed Forces community at Christmas time.

Her Majesty The Queen was joined by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George to prepare special Royal British Legion Christmas puddings at Buckingham Palace.

The special puddings will become the centrepieces of next year’s annual Legion Christmas get togethers being hosted at high street locations, care homes, membership branches and other locations.

The mixing session at Buckingham Palace was led by Alex Cavaliere, a chef from one of the RBL’s care homes, and attended by a former RLC movement controller, Lisa Evans and three other veterans: Colin Hughes, Liam Young and Barbara Hurman.

During the session, the Royal Family added poppy seeds to the mixture, in a nod to the iconic symbol of Remembrance and placed commemorative sixpences into the mixture, ready to be found by those attending the get togethers next year.

These special puddings will form part of 99 puddings marking the RBL’s 99th year in 2020.

“Bringing people, families and communities together lies at the heart of the Legion’s work and has done since we were founded in 1921,” said Charles Byrne, The Royal British Legion’s Director General.

“We are keen that the people we support and the wider public understand that the Legion is not only here for older veterans, but all ages of the Armed Forces community.”

The Royal Logistic Corps

Royal Logistic Corps Tartan from The Ministry of Tartan

The RLC Tartan is officially registered and has been approved by The RLC. It incorporates the RLC stable belt colours of dark blue, scarlet, gold and black. RLC tartan scarves and other items are available to order online from the Ministry of Tartan website.

All items are beautifully wrapped, making them ideal gifts that can be sent to your friends, relatives or loved ones, on your behalf, anywhere in the world. Click here for more information and to visit the Ministry of Tartan website: https://theministryoftartan.co.uk/product-category/royal_logistic_corps_tartan_range/
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On Wednesday 14 October, The RLC Individual and Team Orienteering Championships took place on Mytchett Training Area. 115 competitors from 27 units took on a score event in which individuals had one hour to reach as many of the 24 checkpoints as possible. The four team members who score the highest points count towards the team result, where teams tie on points, the team with the fastest time to score those points wins.

Congratulations to all who were involved and well done to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood who were the champion male team, 162 Regiment RLC who were the champion female team and Army Drivers Northern Ireland (152 Regiment RLC) the champion Reserve team.

Lieutenant Huw Stradling was the overall winner, closely followed by Major Richard Barrett in second and Captain Terry Furlong took third place. Major Sophie Spenser-Small was the female winner with Lieutenant Colonel S Braine and Colonel Lucy Giles hot on her heels.

For more information about getting involved in orienteering, contact your respective sports officer or visit baoc.info
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THE RBL POPPY APPEAL NEEDS YOU!

Your support for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is more crucial than ever this year. They need you to help raise the money that will support our soldiers, sailors, airmen and their family now and in later life. Get on social media, message your family and tell your friends. We all need to shake a virtual bucket because this year, every poppy counts.

Text POPPY2, POPPY5 or POPPY10 to 70545
Donate online at www.rbl.org.uk/donate
Or find out what you can do to support the Poppy Appeal at www.rbl.org.uk/poppyappeal
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