This year the general appeal kicks off on Saturday 26 October. To make it incredibly easy for everyone in Hambledon to contribute to this important and ever-popular cause, on 26 October no-one need go any further than Hambledon Village Shop where poppies will be flowering and collection boxes will be manned from 09.30. So please don’t buy your poppy from Sainsburys or Waitrose – home-grown is by far the best!
Christine Campbell, who for many years acted as the local organiser of the Royal British Legion Poppy Day appeal, has reluctantly decided to stand down and I have volunteered to take over (for a second time – not that many of you will remember me in this role during the 1990s!). But I only stepped in at the beginning of October, which hasn’t left much time to organise this year’s appeal.
I have, however, decided to pass on house-to-house collections – times have moved on since this was the principle way of attracting donations and nowadays most people tend to contribute at local sites.
For those of you who can’t join in the official launch at the Village Shop, could I please encourage you to contribute via the collection box that will remain there for a couple of weeks; or via the boxes at the Merry Harriers, St Peter’s Church and Phillips Garage (as well as at St Dominic’s, the Nursery School and the Cheshire Homes). The Football Club has also volunteered to hold collections at home matches to be played at Badger Park on 26-27 October, 2-3 November and 9 November; and there will, of course, be the usual collection at the Remembrance Day service at St Peter’s Church on Sunday 10 November.
If you have queries please contact me on 01428 684213 or email email@example.com.