More than 70 delegates from branches across Scotland attended the two-day programme, which included updates from the Armed Forces, Poppyscotland, Royal Canadian Legion and Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League.

It was a fantastic opportunity for old friends to catch up, with plenty of laughs and comradeship shared throughout, especially at the Conference Dinner on the Friday evening in the Royal George Hotel.

We were delighted to welcome a range of exhibitors, including RAFBA, Poppyscotland, Veterans Scotland, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and, once again, Poppyscotland’s BUD. BUD is a travelling exhibition that shares archive information, veterans’ stories and the poppy’s heritage all across Scotland.

A lot of good information and ideas were shared during the two days and our National President, National Chairman and CEO also addressed the delegation to provide a summary of all that had been achieved since the last Conference in 2019 and the direction the organisation needs to go in for the future.

Results of the motions/proposals for 2022 were also announced and all three proposals for this year were carried by a clear majority. These included a full rewrite of the constitution for presentation in 2023 and the adoption of single category membership from 1 November 2022 for the new membership year. Full details of the proposal and voting were distributed to all branch office bearers the week after the conference. 

Planning is already under way for Conference 2023 with the provisional dates of 26 and 27 May when we hope to see more delegates return to participate in the full programme.