The Royal British Legion is the custodian of Remembrance, ensuring people remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy. The Portugal Branch of the Royal British Legion, together with the Church of England Chaplaincy and others, organise events and church services throughout Portugal to allow those who wish to take part in Remembrance Services to do so and also to give them the opportunity to contribute to the Poppy Appeal.

This year’s Poppy Appeal runs from November 1 to 14 and is co-ordinated by Major Nick Hallidie. Nick has a network of kind and willing volunteers who arrange for poppies to be available in a wide variety of locations. The income from the Poppy Appeal goes almost directly towards welfare assistance for ex-service personnel and their dependents. Church services and events arranged this year are as follows:

Remembrance Sunday Church Services:

– St George’s Church, Lisbon, 10.45am

– St Luke’s Church, Palhagueira, Algarve, 10.45am

– Parish Church Nossa Senhora da Luz, Praia da Luz, Algarve, 10.45am

Social events

The Lisbon Casuals has kindly invited those who wish to support the Legion to their bar at 7pm on Saturday, November 13. There will be the usual cash bar and food available and a small raffle. The Algarve Branch will be holding a lunch after the Remembrance Day service at St Luke’s.

The Charity Bridge Association will be holding their annual Poppy Appeal fundraising event on November 13 at Mr. McLoughlin’s Home. The British Ambassador and Mrs Buck will be at home to any members of the congregation who would like to join them after the Service at St George’s Church at their residence on Sunday, November 14.

Information on the Portugal Branch Activities and locations of collection boxes can be found at or through the link provided on the British Community Council website at www.bcclisbon.orgContributed