South Northamptonshire launches poppy appeal

Left to right: Standard bearers and Poppy Appeal organisers from Brackley, Towcester and Greens Norton branches of the RBL with SNC Chairman Councillor Roger Clarke (fourth from right). NNL-151029-101604001
Left to right: Standard bearers and Poppy Appeal organisers from Brackley, Towcester and Greens Norton branches of the RBL with SNC Chairman Councillor Roger Clarke (fourth from right). NNL-151029-101604001

​Members of the Royal British Legion (RBL) gathered at The Forum in Towcester to launch this year’s Poppy Appeal in South Northamptonshire.

Over the next few weekends Poppy Appeal collectors will be at many of the supermarkets and shopping areas throughout the district.

SNC Chairman, Councillor Roger Clarke said: “It is absolutely right that South Northamptonshire Council is not only seen to be supporting the Poppy Appeal but is also actively involved in promoting it.

“That’s why I will be attending Remembrance Day Services in Towcester and Brackley on Sunday, November 8 and the RBL Wreath laying service in Brackley on Wednesday, November 11.”

The Brackley parade musters at 2.15pm on November 8 followed by a service on The Piazza at 3pm. The Wreath Laying ceremony on Brackley Piazza on Wednesday November 11 takes place at 3pm.

In 2013 South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant (AFCC) setting in stone the social contract between the Nation and those who we rely on to defend it.

Not only does SNC support the RBL by hosting and publicising the Poppy Appeal launch, the Council can also support serving, or ex-members of the armed forces and their dependants.

Council policy makes it easier for someone connected with the forces to get social housing, and service payments can be disregarded when calculating Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reductions.

More information on the support for soldiers and their families available from SNC, and links to other agencies, visit – www.southnorthants.gov.uk/armedforcescommunitycovenant