Welcome to the Wellington Branch of The Royal British Legion
Below is a list of dates for your diary on what's happening in the Wellington Branch of The Royal British Legion.
On Sunday June 7th, Wellington Street Fair is being held in the town centre commencing at 10.00 hrs The Wellington branch is having a promotional stall with 4 Riders and their bikes, a Austin 10 1935 on show, this is a car that entered last years Wellington annual Carnival. The owner is Mr Eric Lamb who is a branch committee member. All are welcome.
The committee meeting room has been changed to Wellington Football Club situated in North Street Car Park and is held every third Tuesday each month unless late cancellations.
In October the annual Poppy Appeal concert is again being held in Wellington School, further details to follow.
On Friday 6th March 2015 an affiliation between TRBL Wellington, Wellington School CCF and The Rifles, Somerset Light Infranty ACF took place at the Wellington School where certificates were presented.
We are looking for new members to join us and yes there IS a branch in Wellington, Somerset.
This Saturday, 27th June 2015 we are holding our Armed Forces Day at 1000hrs, in Wellington park. All are welcome.
The Wellington Carnival was held on 26th September and was a success. One of our members who owns a 1935 Austin Ten entered the carnival and Esmarelda (as it's called) came frirst winning a small cup and a cheque.
The Poppy Appeal Concert is on 16th October at Wellington School, main hall, in South Street, Wellington. Tickets are available on the door at £6 each. There will be a raffle and refreshments.
Our branch was invited to take part in Langford Budville, Wellington remembrance service in the Church in the morning much to the delight of Brig John Randle, MC, Burma Star.
This years Remembrance Sunday is on 8th November at the Wellington Park just off North Street (opp Police Station) The parade will form at Wellington School at 2.30pm then march down to the park via South Street then North Street. Everyone is welcome. The parade was a success thanks to Eric, Bill and Bob who designed the new arena in Wellington Park. Unfortunately the weather was not good, hence the public were down in numbers.
11/11 Service is being held in Fore Street, Wellington beginning outside the council offices. This also was a success, the traffic was stopped by the police whilst we held the two minute silence.
Our second coffee morning is at The United Reform Church, Fore Street, Wellington, 10am to 12 noon on 14th November, again all is welcome.
This branch's AGM following a committee meeting is on November 17th.
On Friday 27th November members of the Royal British Legion (RBL), Wellington Branch, (including two veterans) visited Rockwell Green C of E Primary School. The purpose of the visit was to see the work the children have been doing throughout the year.
With help from their teachers, different claases had chosen their own interpretations of how the Poppy is used to remember those who have suffered in conflicts around the world.
For several years children from the school have been tending the war graves in the local cemetery. It was with great pride the RBL members had their pictures taken at this wonderful school.
At Rockwell Green these children are reminding us, we must all learn from the past and pray for peace in the future.
There have been many positive comments about Elaine and Riley who read prayers at the memorial service in the park. The prayers were written by them personally and these are now published below.
From Elaine: Dear God,
Thank you for the peolpe who sacrificed their lives to bring us pece on earth.Help us lord to bring peace where we are.
From Riley: Dear God
Let us all take a minute to think about the soldiers that fought in the war from many years ago from today and on. Think about what our lives today could be without our soldiers. We praise these soldiers great almighty because they risk their lives in war against others. Mighty God may you look down on these strong daring people willing to save us all. Please help these brave people dear God.
Coming dates for the rest of 2016.
Oct 14th Galla performance Concert at Wellington School 1930. Tickets available from: Monica Summers tel: 01823 660454
Oct 18th Annual visit to Wellington Cemetery by the children of Rockwell Green Primary School to lay flowers and crosses. Those that would like to see the event please meet at the cemetery gate 1330hrs
Nov 6th Field of Remembrance @ Baptist Church, South Street, Wellington 12 noon
Nov 11th Two minute silence town centre 1050 for 1100hrs.
Nov 13th Remembrance Service @ Wellington Park memorial 1500hrs. For paradepurposes we will muster on the square, Wellington School, departing at 1455 to arrive in Wellington Park to begin the 1515 Remembrance Service.
Dec 10th Branch Coffee Morning @ United Reform Church, Fore Street, Wellington, 1000 - 1200 hrs.
All are welcome at the above events
On 18th October once again the children of Rockwell Green Primary School together with this branch, County Chairman, Mjr Robert McDonald, The Wellington Town Mayor, Bob Bowrah, branch members and other dignitaries went to the Wellington Cemetery to lay crosses and flowers by the children. This will be annual and civic event.
6th Nov Field of Remembrance 1200hrs at The Baptist Church, South St, Wellington. Crosses were laid by members of the public and dignitries.
We held the Armatise two minute silence in Wellington town centre, marching down to the cross roads where we had the two minute silence. It was noted that many of the public crowds were there to watch the parade.
Then on Sunday, Remembrance Day, in the morning we went over to Langville Budleigh to join in their service. Our branch standard bearer also took part. In the afternoon from 1430 members of various organisations, the Wellington CCF, the Wellington ACF (The Rifles),veterans from around the areas, the branch chairman, the branch standard bearer, branch members, the Wellington Town mayor, Taunton Deane mayor and dignitries paraded on the Great Square, Wellington School. At precisely 1455 we set off, led by the CCF Band, marched down to Wellington Park where the Remembrance service was given.
This again proved to be very popular with far more of the public, members of the Royal British Legion Riders branch and various other organisations.
November 15th we held our Annual General Meeting. Prvious officers re-elected then our normal branch meeting. We now have 48 members.
6th January was the date of the Somerset County Conference at Writhlington School, Radstock.
We are proud to note that the Branch Standard Bearer, Bob Trickey, won the 'Most Improved Standrd Bearer of 2016' of which the appropriate was awarded to him. We are also glad to report that the Branch Secretary, Peter Critchard, was presented with a 'Certificate of Appreciation' to his involvment to the County Conference Committee. (Photos of these events are published in the Photo Gallery section.
We held our first Branch meeting of the new year. It was announced that Mrs Monica Summers had stepped down as the Branch Poppy Aooeal Organisor, the members showed their appreciation for all the hard work tha t she had done over the last 16 years. Her replacement is Mrs Angie Filler, we wish her well in the coming years for this very important position.
On Friday 20th October our annual Poppy Appeal Concert was launched, this year with a change of entertainment