Liphook and Bramshott’s new Royal British Legion chairman and his team co-ordinated a bumper 2018 Poppy Appeal which raised a whopping £14,710. 

Lieutenant Colonel Sean Brady said: "This is a fantastic sum of money and the RBL would like to thank the village for so generously marking last year’s momentous First World War milestone."

Lt Col Brady took over last year as chairman of the Liphook branch of the RBL after Jamie Jack went into well-earned retirement. During his tenure as the Poppy Appeal organiser, he increased the annual total of donations from within the parish from £3,000 in 2000 to more than £12,800 by the 2017 collection.

Lt Col Brady added: "This year’s skittles night was about fundraising to replace our well-worn RBL Standard, which we believe dates back to 1938.

"The regular Army replaces their standards and colours every 25 years so we’re well overdue a replacement for a flag which flies at numerous community events.

"Furthermore, we’re hoping our replacement standard will be dedicated at this year’s Remembrance Day service at St Mary’s Church in Bramshott which will be very poignant given it’s the 80th commemoration of the start of the Second World War."

The event, which raised around £380, was well attended with eight teams bowling against each other. Top scorers were district councillor Angela Glass for the women and John Harris for the men, and prizes were donated by local businesses.

The trophy went to the Evergreens team, which was made up of Daegon Inward, John Harris, Terry Turner, Terry Graham and Annette Sheffield.

The evening’s pins and ball girls, Celia and Elsabie Inward, as well as Orla Brady, received extra prizes for their efforts.

Further RBL fundraising activities include this year’s Liphook Bike Ride, which is due to take place on Sunday, June 9, as well as the Liphook Junior School Canada Day celebrations on Wednesday, June 26.