To the memory of the fallen
And the future of the living
Welcome to The Royal British Legion in Wiltshire
We are to administer and support the delivery of welfare services and the membership and fundraising activities of the Legion's branches and clubs throughout Wiltshire.
Membership of The Royal British Legion is available to all adults, not just members or ex-members of the forces and we always welcome new members. Drop into your local branch or click here to find out how you can join.
Poppy Pin Soldier
Many of you will recall Wayne Cherry and his magnificent 100 Hours of Remembrance last year. Wayne is now attempting to cover this silhouette with Poppy Pins from the last few years of Remembrance. As you can see he is part way there but could do with a little help to complete the project. He is looking for any and all donations of the poppy pins that you may wish to donate. Please do what you can from 1 to 100 pins. Wayne thinks he needs about another 1000 to finish.Contact him via his FACEBOOK page
We Will Remember Them Concert
This November a very special concert is being held in aid of the RBL Poppy Appeal. A Poster to advertise the concert can be seen here.
D-Day plus 75 & the Roaring Forties, is a concert to celebrate the success of D-Day 6th June, 1944 and to remember the brave men and women of our allied forces who, on that day in history, made the ultimate sacrifice that we may enjoy peace in our time. So, who better to help us celebrate and remember than the D-Day Darlings, Britain’s Got Talent Finalists 2018, and currently riding high in the music charts with their CD, “I’ll Remember You”. They will be supported in the first half by the Hyde Band who have a reputation for delivering Glenn Miller music dressed in American GI uniforms and in the style of a 1940s big band – they will be enhanced by the 40s dance troupe “Braces and Lace”. You are invited to embrace the 40s theme by dressing in the fashion and hair styles of the period! Salisbury Royal British Legion Band will open the second half with music to remind us of the role played by the R.B.L. since its inception in May, 1921 to provide support for our ex-servicemen and women of the combined arm forces. The show will conclude with a Service of Remembrance, Last Post & Reveille and the singing of “Land of Hope and Glory”.
This will be the twentieth remembrance concert of its kind in the Salisbury City Hall and it is believed that you will not want to miss this special annual event which has become increasingly popular with Salisbury residents.
Tickets can be booked via the Box Office on 01722 434434
All proceeds to the R.B.L. “Poppy Appeal” – please book early.
Great War Memorial Booklet
Robert Wellen has sent in some information on a newly published booklet regarding Salisbury Diocese Bell Ringers who were called up during WW1. Details are available here
The County Conference Awards
At the recent county conference in Trowbridge the various cups and awards were made. A few photographs can be found here
Latest Head Office E-Newsletter
The latest version of the members e-newsletter can be found here.
Seend Branch NMA trip
Seend Branch are happy for all to join them for a do as you please day trip with luxury return coach travel, explore the site, ride the land train, take a picnic or eat in the grounds
Pick up and drop off will be from
Seend Community Centre, Rusty Lane, Seend SN12 6NS
Approx. timings depart Seend 8.30am, depart NMA 5.00pm (TBC).
Saturday 8 June 2019
Tickets only in advance from
Kevin Toft 07597 796326
Cost : £15.00
Contact the above for ways of securing your place on this great value day out.
New Page launched
We have set up a new page for various writings and poems. Have a look and feel free to contribute.
Latest County Newsletter and MSO Updates
The latest NEW look County Newsletter ( Formerly County Circular) is now available to view HERE
The Reflections of a Standard Bearer. Ron Fraser reflects on his service for his branch as he stands down after 10 years
Great Pilgrimage GP 90
Well the trip has been and gone and many many members were able to attend. Our MSO Fi Hedges was there and took a HUGE number of photos. As its such a massive number, 1400+, I have created a folder offline from the website for anyone who wishes to have a peruse. Thanks Fi.
Link to the photos. Just click here.
Devizes News Letters
Devizes have sent through news letters they produce for the branch and great stuff it is too.Pop over to this page and have a look. Thanks to Wayne for the info.
New PAO News Letter
Follow the link for latest Poppy Appeal news and information.
Royal Charter Consultation
Please find email sent on behalf of Sandra Fruish ( assistant Director of Membership) below.
Please can you circulate this to your Committee and Members:
I am also trying to see if I can arrange a face to face meeting for the Consultation in Swindon in the next month so will email this out if it is possible.;
We’ve been advised to review our royal charter and would like all members to give us their input and guidance The advice we’ve been given comes from charity legal experts who have gone through our Charter and concluded that it doesn’t follow guidance on what is nowadays considered to be best practice
The Royal Charter is made up of three elements – the Articles, the Rules and the Governing Regulations – the order of precedence for these being outlined in this graphic (right). There are also a number of by-laws and standing orders on various topics. Reading through all the documents, it soon becomes clear that there’s significant duplication with sections of our Membership Handbook, while a number of inconsistencies stand out. It’s also possible that the documents could be made more flexible, allowing us to serve the Legion’s beneficiaries
A PDF OF THE CHARTER CAN BE FOUND HERE
The survey is now open at https://britishlegion.citizenspace.com/membership/royal-charter-have-your-say
We will be dedicating two days on Yammer to the consultation where a member of the Project team will be available to discuss with you any issues or questions you wish to raise.
These will be
- Monday 20th August, 1000-1500
- Thursday 19th September, 1000-1500
Whilst these events have primarily been created to reach out to the membership of the Overseas and National branches, all are welcome to participate.
Sent of behalf of:
Sandra Fruish MBA MSc
Assistant Director Membership
Membership Support Officer - Wiltshire
Highworth Chairman at the GP90 Parade Moved to Archive
Purton During WW1 moved to ARCHIVE Section
Highworth Poppy Rocks Moved to Archive
Just Giving Page for Bobs Sky Dive
Poppy Appeal Organiser for Market Lavington, Wiltshire, Bob Naylor will be joining the 'Thank You' Sky Dive with The Red Devils on Sept 18th in aid of The Royal British Legion. Bob is aiming to raise a good sum of money for the RBL and every penny counts. Please support Bob via his Just Giving page here
UPDATE: Bobs jump was abandoned due to bad weather but that is no bad thing. You now have even more time to donate to Bobs Just Giving page as the jump has been postponed until early 2019. Thanks for your help.
Occassionally items on the front page of the website become out of date and not current. So in an attempt to keep the website tidy and easy to find your way around items need to be taken off but we appreciate they may still be relevant to various visitors. Dont worry. Anything that falls in to this area of the tidy up is moved to the Archives on the left hand menu near the bottom of the list. Check there first and if its not in there then drop me an email as I keep this on my computer and can send you the details.
PAO Required for Alderbury
More info available here
Fly high with The Army Parachute Display Team
In September this year the Army Parachute Display Teams will offer a really exciting opportunity to take part in a fund raising tandem parachute jump at Old Sarum airfield.
More details are available here.
County Conference 2018
The County Conference took place on the 13th January. Minutes will follow but meanwhile back at the ranch here is a small selection of photographs of the eventand a list of prizewinners. GALLERY
The County Chairmans address to conference and the County Vice Chairmans address to conference can be seen on the relevant links above
At the conference the annual awards of silverware were made to branches. The full list of of winners and runners up can be seen here
This year in the final months of the final year of the First World War the RBL will be encouraging the general public to take part in a camppaign to say "Thank You". Details of what and where are available here.
About Step Together Volunteering:
- Step Together helps those people most in need of support to transform their lives through community volunteering. Working through a team of outreach workers we provide tailored one-to-one support to help individuals into volunteering placements that match their needs and interests, and help them develop the personal and practical skills required to build a more positive future.
- Step Together Volunteering has supported the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel and Veterans since 2012. We have staff based in Edinburgh, Catterick and Tidworth.
More Info HERE
NEW BRANCH OPENED
Exciting news of a BRAND new branch opening in Ludgershall.
See this months County Newsletter for more details and photos.
Salisbury Touchpoint Launched
Follow this link to the full story
Latest PAO Newsletter now online
New Facebook Group
We have put together a Facebook page for RBL Wiltshire to try and attract more members and keep the world up to speed with whats happening in Wiltshire. Why dont you pop along by following the link and see what we have so far.
Royal British Legion Wiltshire
Poppy Appeal Organisers Required
Currently we are looking for help in the following locations. If you feel you can help by becoming the PAO in these areas please contact either the County Fund Raiser or the Membership Support Officer for details.
Branch News and Photograhs
Veterans Gateway Information
Veterans’ Gateway is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.
Their connection with additional key referral organisations – both within and outside the Armed Forces sector – means we can get you to the right organisation who can help.
Funded by The Armed Forces Covenant, this is the first time a group of this kind has come together formally to deliver a service to help the Armed Forces community.
Get in touch
You can speak to one of our team by phone or email.
They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to put you in touch with the help you need, or direct you to the information you are looking for.
Assistant Director Veterans Gateway
Branch Minutes and Newsletters
Warminster Branch minutes added to site here
Why not send yours to Keith for adding to the site?
WHAT WE DO. EVER WONDERED EXACTLY WHAT?
Well if you have we now have a list of what the RBL does in the Services community. Take a look HERE.
Armed Forces Covenant in Numbers Fact Sheet
Attached are some details of how and who is supporting the covenant and what has been achieved so far. The document is available HERE.
To find out who to contact in your area please see the list of Branches on our branch information page.
Wiltshire Riders Branch
Allen McIlvar, who runs the Wiltshire Riders Branch, has asked me to let you know that he is very happy to give a presentation about the Riders Branch to your Branch Meetings.
You can contract Allen via the County Office email address or follow this link
Volunteering to Help
If you would like to do some voluntary work with the Legion please have a look at the following link. VOLUNTEERING TO HELP.
The Legion and the Centenary
Details in a PDF file on the RBL Centenary Projects that will be updated throughout the year. Take a look and print a copy off for your use.
View our News & Events calendar for more information on what's happening.
About The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion is the nation's leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.
Advice and Assistance
There are three ways for those needing our assistance to contact the RBL:
- The Knowledge Base which is accessed through the RBL website http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/can-we-help
- The Contact Centre (new free phone number: 0808 8028080) which is open from 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week.
- Face to face meeting with a Caseworker or Case Officer.
If the Knowledge Base does not answer the query, or if the individual does not have access to a computer, then the next port of call is the Contact Centre. This Centre is now working 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. If the Contact Centre is not able to resolve the issue then it passes the details of the case to the Area Advice and Information Team Leader (AITL). The AITL will then pass the case onto the local Case Officer (CO) and they will allocate the case to a caseworker who will arrange to meet the person making the enquiry.
There are a number of opportunities for Volunteering roles and we especially need more volunteer caseworkers. If you are interested in volunteer work you can find a form of Expression of Interest at this link
If you would like to volunteer for one of these roles please complete the form and send it to Fi Hedges whose address is at the bottom of the form.
Alistair Maxwell Area Manager Somerset and Wiltshire
Rob Smith Area Administrator - Somerset & Wiltshire
Fiona Hedges Membership Support Officer Wiltshire
Laura Carey Area Advice and Information Team Leader
Lisa Monis Case Officer - Wiltshire
Isobel Thompson Advice & Information Officer 0808 802 8080
Sandra Long Case Officer:
Vacant Advice and Information Officer,
Tidworth/ Salisbury/Warminster Area
Julie Welch Advice & Information Officer, Somerset
Chris Studham Advice & Information Officer, Somerset
Samantha Jones Case Officer - Somerset
Fi Dobson Community Fundraiser Wiltshire
THE COTTAGE TIDWORTH IS NOW CLOSED
PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY MAIL TO THE OLD COTTAGE TIDWORTH ADDRESS ALL MAIL SHOULD NOW BE SENT TO THE NEW ADDRESS
Swindon Area Office, The Royal British Legion, 52 -54 Regent Street, Swindon, SN1 1JS.
Thankyou for your co-operation.