The Ribbon Branch of the OMRS can trace its origins to the earliest days of the Society in 1942.

In fact the Society was formed largely by ribbon collectors. Branch members have remained true to the specialist area of research and collecting of ribbons worldwide and associated ribbon emblems.


The branch meets twice a year in April and October at the Royal British Legion Club (Paddington) at St Stephens Gardens, London W2 5QX (0207 221 4664) between 1pm and 5pm. The bar opens at 12.00. The April meeting is normally a general  meeting often with an auction of members lots.

8th April 2018

Talks: April talks by Bob French and Graham Cartwright

14th October 2018

The October meeting is the AGM, there is also an annual Pownall plate competition where members are invited to show any aspect of their collections, the winners name is inscribed on a plaque associated with the Silver plate. There is also usually a grand auction. The remaining meeting this year will be held on Sunday 14th October. Further dates can be obtained from the Branch Secretary.

How to get there

Please click here to see the map of the area around St Stephen's Gardens.

Route by underground (Metropolitan Line) to Royal Oak. Exit station and turn left over the bridge. At the end of the bridge turn right down Westbourne Villas until it joins Westbourne Park Road. Turn left then take the first turning right, the club is on the corner.

By car/bike. Off the A40……..There is on street parking nearby.

The Branch does not have a ribbon bank as such but often has spare lengths and access to other supplies. Should you need a ribbon contact the Branch Secretary. Members of the branch are always willing to provide advice about ribbons.

The Branch issues 4 newsletters a year – the `Ribbon collector` which keeps members up to date with Branch and committee news, historical research and information about new ribbons appearing. Each copy has, subject to availability, a small selection of medal ribbons from around the world. Members are encouraged to contribute to the Ribbon Collector as long as their contribution is factually correct.

The Royal British Legion
Non-Profit Organisation
2 St.Stephens Gardens
London W2 5QX


T: 020 7229 3370

The Ribbon Branch Committee

President – Mr MJ (Mike) Shepherd. 6 Holly Close, Wareham, DORSET BH20 7QE

Email mshepherd059@btinternet.com Telephone number 01929 553059

Secretary - Mr G (Graham) Cartwright, rear ground floor flat, 16 Church Hill Road, Boscombe, BOURNEMOUTH BH1 4ES

Email graham_carter@live.co.uk Telephone number 01202 304043

Treasurer - Mr D (David) Rucker

Email d.rucker@btinternet.com

Editor - Mr M.J. Shepherd – as above

Membership Secretary - Mr G Carter – as above

Committee Member - A (Tony) Burrell

How to join the Ribbon Branch

Once you have been accepted by the OMRS and been issued with an OMRS membership number, you may apply to the membership secretary of the OMRS Ribbon branch to become a member of the ribbon branch. Membership is not restricted to only one branch of the OMRS. Society and branch annual subscriptions are due on 1st July. You will receive notification from the main society via the OMRS Journal and the Ribbon branch via the Ribbon Collector.

Ribbon branch subs can be paid by direct debit, debit card or cheque (payable to OMRS Ribbon Branch) and are as follows:

United Kingdom £12.00
Countries in the EU £14.00
Rest of the World £18.00

To join the branch contact:

Graham_carter@live.co..uk or write to the address inside front cover of journal, you must be a current member of the OMRS

Branch type: 
Specialist Branches