Welcome to The Royal British Legion in Somerset
Beacon Lighting Ceremony - 8th May
We have been contacted by the M Shed in Bristol. They intend to hold a Beacon lighting ceremony on the 8th May and are looking for as many veterans as possible to attend the event. If you have any branch member who would like to attend, could they please contact Francesca on 07985 383 983 for more details. They are also looking for a bugler.
TRBL Area Manager – South West Midlands
Standard Bearer Training
Three addditional training dates in April & May have been provisionally booked at Crewkerne
in South Somerset
See Diary Dates page for details
|Please can all branches send any old Standard Bearer equipment to County Office, so that it can be used for training purposes.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW COUNTY PRESIDENT
BOB MANSERGH OBE MA LLB
Bob Mansergh was educated at Haileybury College, joined the Royal Navy in 1976 and graduated with an honours law degree from Southampton University in 1979. He spent his early naval career in submarines, passing the Perisher submarine command course and then commanding 2 Trafalgar Class nuclear submarines in the early 90s. He subsequently taught the Perisher course for 2 years, before joining the Permanent Joint Headquarters in 1998, shortly after it stood up. As a Captain, he led the reorganisation of the Fleet HQ in 2000, worked as Director of Naval Intelligence in London and then deployed to US Central Command in Tampa, Florida for 2 years, before attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2005, gaining an MA in International Relations on the course.
Bob was Military Assistant to the first Chief of Defence Materiel in the embryonic Defence Equipment and Support organisation in Bristol before returning to the USA, on promotion to Commodore, to be the Coalition Director of a NATO maritime operations think-tank in Norfolk, Virginia. He was awarded the Legion of Merit by the US Government for his leadership of this multi-national organisation. On returning to UK in early 2010, he became Director of the Policy Division in MOD responsible for providing strategic direction to the UK’s Reserve and Cadet Forces. Bob was appointed OBE in 2012.
After leaving the Royal Navy, Bob set up 3rd Millennium Consulting and has been following a portfolio consultancy career since. This has included: supporting a start-up company helping ex-Forces personnel undergoing resettlement to start their own businesses; providing subject matter expertise and strategic advice to the Board of Boeing Defence UK; and acting as the retained Defence Advisor to Leafield Logistics and Technical Services Ltd.
Bob is married to Sarah-Jane who is a chartered mechanical engineer. They have 2 daughters aged 19 and 14 and live in south Somerset. His interests include all types of fishing, sailing, water-skiing and playing the piano and tenor saxophone, both less well than his family and neighbours would wish. He has the honour to be the County President of the Royal British Legion in Somerset and President of the Milborne Port branch. He is also a member of the Somerset and Dorset County Committee of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets and helped establish a local charity - Key4Life, which helps young offenders avoid re-offending on release from prison.
The County Chairman and County Secretary are located at Dunkirk Memorial House in Bishops Lydeard, near Taunton.
All Membership, Remembrance, Ceremonial, Legion in the Community, event planning queries and equipment loans should be directed to the address, email or phone numbers listed below.
Articles intended for publication in the County Newsletter, or content for inclusion on this web site, should be sent to the County Secretary at the email address given below.
All Welfare enquiries should be directed to LEGIONLINE on 0808 8028080
The County Office postal address and contacts are below:-
Refer to the contact us page for details of other county officers and staff.
To the memory of the fallen and the future of the living
On 23rd October we will be updating the charity’s look and feel to give it a fresh, modern and hopeful expression that joins up our Remembrance and welfare work.
‘Live On’ is a simple and memorable way to link our twin commitments to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living. It’s also about presenting our charity in a lighter, cleaner way.
We want people to understand that the poppy is not just about Remembrance, it’s also about providing hope for the Armed Forces community of all ages throughout the year.
Given the heightened interest around the Centenary and the opening of our new Pop In centres, there has never been a better time to tell our story. We’ll be phasing out our strapline ‘Shoulder to shoulder with all who Serve’ and replacing it with ‘Live On’ across all of our marketing and communications—a process that will take some time.
Meanwhile, you may be asking how this affects you in your role at the Legion. Live On won’t directly change the way we do our day to day business. We’ll all continue to work as normal—it simply means that you’ll notice changes to all of our printed materials, online channels, events branding and office spaces.
The 2014 Poppy Appeal will be the first phase of the Live On journey, but we are not confining its use to the Poppy Appeal or Remembrance. We’ll be using it as an embedded part of the Legion’s work all year round, and you can join us in watching it expand and evolve
We’ll be in touch with updates for you to use and you’ll receive an email later today with further Live On information.
I hope that you will join me in welcoming our new look and embracing it as an improved expression of our valuable work.
Chris Simpkins DMA, Hon.DUniv, DL