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Gloucester Community Networking (GCN), is a small ‘Not for Profit Organisation’, that facilitates the networking between individuals and organisations for the betterment of all!

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Events Update

Due to various COVID-19 Lockdown measures introduced in 2020, we have had to radically reduce the number of activities we were hoping to carry out for our Core Projects: WORS, F4FA and GIVS. However, we are still going ahead with the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Sunday for 2020. Please see the links and PDF documents below for more information.

Remembrance Sunday Service - 2020

Churchdown & Innsworth

St. Andrew's Church

8th November 2020

Pre-recorded Saturday, 7th November 2020

Act of Remembrance - Gloucestershire County Scouts

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2020

Tesco, Churchdown

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically affected the number of activities that GCN can be part of. However, we will still be able to carry out Remembrance 2020 activities.

As always, Tesco Churchdown Branch have been amazing in allowing GCN / RBL to set up a Poppy Appeal table just inside the store to help GCN volunteers & Royal British Legion Collection Volunteers to arrange donations, provide Poppies and various other RBL merchandise to the local community.

Current Total

From 26th October to 4th November (the day before England's one month lockdown), Tesco Shoppers (and donations made for our painted cement Poppies) made by The Churchdown Community Crafters, Mary Jordan, Janet & Gary Murden and others) have helped GCN / RBL Volunteers to raise a total of:


GCN would like to extend our gratitude to all volunteers and of course, to the extremely generous people who made a donation!


Remembrance 2020 Activities include:

Check out our Churchdown & Innsworth "Lest We Forget" Facebook page

It has understandably been difficult confirming arrangements for this year's Poppy Appeal due to Covid-19 restrictions and the availability of volunteers. We have previously been able to ensure our volunteers have been present at Tesco, Churchdown each day, all day, for the two weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday.

However, due to the ages of our usual vounteers and their need for shielding, we have had to reduce the number of hours we are available. Therefore, if we are not in store when you visit, there are poppies and collection tins at the Customer Services desk and at the end of each Check-out.

You can always donate to the Poppy Appeal and buy merchandise directly by visiting the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal website.

As a guide, GCN and Poppy Appeal volunteers will normally aim to be present in-store weekdays and Saturdays between 12pm and 6pm, and Sundays 12pm to 4pm.

Poppy Appeal 2020 - Tesco, Churchdown Branch

Chris Auker-Howlett wearing face mask.

Poppy Appeal 2020 - Tesco, Churchdown Branch

Poppy Appeal merchandise behind protective shields.

Poppy Appeal 2020 - Tesco, Churchdown Branch

New 'Royal British Legion' Contactless Payment Card machine

Poppy Appeal 2020 - Tesco, Churchdown Branch

Royal British Legion Information Boards

Poppy Appeal 2020 - Tesco, Churchdown Branch

Covid-19 Protection in place: Table Shields, Face Shields and everything is wiped down regularly with hand sanitiser

Poppy Appeal 2020 - Tesco, Churchdown Branch

Veteran Chris Berry: Just one of the many wonderful volunteers available to take your donations

Poppy Appeal 2020 - Tesco, Churchdown Branch

Concrete Poppies available, made by the Helping Hands Community Crafters, Mary Jordan and Janet Murden

Poppy Appeal 2020 - Tesco, Churchdown Branch

Severn Signs Ltd, based in Innsworth Technology Park, very generously donated 2 x 7ft clear pull-up display sails complete with GCN logo for us to use as Covid-19 Shields

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Glos 100 Website

One of the main projects GCN has been concentrating on since 2018 is named "Glos100" and ran throughout 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. We are thrilled to announce that we helped raise over £5,000 for various charities, such as:

Visit the GLOS100 website »

We have unfortunately had to cancel further WW1 and other events since March 2020, due to the Covid-19 restrictions. However, GCN was able to commemorate Victory over Japan » day that halted the ongoing and bloody battles but at the same time heralded in the age of the Atomic Bomb, which indiscriminately killed millions of Japanese civilians in Hiroshima » and Nagasaki »

We held a number of fundraising events in 2018 and 2019, including:

You can find a complete list of WW1 related events that have taken place by visting our Glos 100 Press Release page »