This year there will be some changes to Rye’s Poppy Appeal.

2019 brings to an end our Poppy Appeal Organiser’s three-year licence.  Closure of High Street banks, together with reduced capacity, means there will be a rationalisation of Poppy Appeal outlets this year.

Poppies will, however, be on sale at Martin Channon’s Country Store, Bargain Box, St Mary’s Church & Jempson’s.  Rye Sea Cadets will be covering street collections throughout the Poppy Appeal fortnight.

Arrangements for wreaths will be normal this year; a number of options for the ordering and distribution of wreaths moving forward are being considered, further details to follow once confirmed.

We are looking for a new Poppy Appeal Organiser to manage future Poppy Appeals in Rye.  Please contact us for further information on what is involved, and how you may be able to help, via

If you want to find out more about your local Royal British Legion branch contact Neale East, Chair & Secretary, at

Rye British Legion

Rye & District Branch of the Royal British Legion was formed in the 1920’s and now holds its meetings in the George Hotel in Rye on the second Monday of March, June, September & November (AGM).

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to all those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as their dependents. Anyone who has served in the forces for seven days or more is eligible for our help.

Unfortunately we are unable to assist with requests for help and assistance at a local level, for all inquiries please follow the link Help & Support or all the Freephone number – 0808 8028080 –  at any time between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.  Calls from landlines and from most mobile networks will be entirely free of charge.

The Royal British Legion is the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, ensuring that people remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. The Rye British Legion fully support Rye’s civic acts of Remembrance, usually led by the Mayor and Town Council.

Rye British Legion arrange a number of activities for Members including battlefield tours to France, a recent visit to the House of Parliament and Imperial War Museum.

Rye British Legion also maintains a close liaison with other Service organisations in the District, including the Women’s Section, Royal Air Force Association and Rye Sea Cadets as well as acting as a focus for local veterans issues.

For information on how to join the Rye British Legion please follow the link Members of the Royal British Legion

Updated:  07.10.19