To the memory of the fallen
And the future of the living
To find out who to contact in your area please see the list of Branches on our branch information page.
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.
Somme 100 Commemorations
The Battle of the Somme is synonymous with our memory of the First World War. The infamous first day remains the bloodiest day in the British Army’s history, involving sixty-thousand casualties, twenty-thousand of whom were killed.
Commemorations will be taking place between 30 June and 18 November to mark the centenary of the 141 days of the battle’s duration.
More information and a different toolkit will be communicated separately for Somme 100 by mid-April. The Somme 100 toolkit will be available both digitally and for order by post.
We really hope that with this support you will be able to run an event that best suits your community.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Commemorative pins can be obtained from our county fund raiser Fiona Dobson. Contact the Cottage for how to get hold of them
Tisbury are holding a Somme Commemoration event on July 2nd at 7.30pm in St Johns church Tisbury. A poster is available here for anyone wishing to attend or advertise it.
Cricklade Branch is holding a Drumhead Service at Saxons Rest on 1 July from 1930 to 2015 hrs. It will be a commemoration in words and music with the Cricklade Band, the Stratton ATC Corps of Drums and the Caledonian Band Pipe Major. Seating will be limited and you are advised to bring your own. A flier is available here
Corsham Branch is holding a Remembrance Service at 1100 hrs on 1 July at the War Memorial.
Chippenham Branch will be holding a short vigil at the War Memorial in Chippenham on 1st. July 19.30pm
They are also having a short service of commemoration at St Andrews Church in the Market Place on Sunday 3rd July at 16.30pm.
A Drumhead Service for the Battle of The Somme 100th Anniversay will take place on Friday July 1st at 7am. More details with a PDF Poster are available here
The parade and service of Rededication took place on the 12th June and was well received by all. A few photographs from the event are available here
Take Part in the Cenotaph Parade 2016
If you would like to march on the Cenotaph Parade this year please email the Membership Support Officer (MSO) at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Title (Mr, Mrs, Miss etc)
- Initials and Surname
- RBL Membership Number
- Whether ex service or civilian
- Contact email and telephone number
Applications must be sent to the MSO by 24 June 2016
Armed Forces Day Celebrations 25th and 26th June 2016
ARMED FORCES DAY
Armed Forces Day events are taking place throughout the County over the weekend 25/26 June. The three main events will be held in:
- Trowbridge and will involve both days of the weekend. The Trowbridge Armed Forces Day website gives full details of the programme.
- Swindon from 1100 to 1700 hrs on Saturday 26 June at the Swindon Rugby Club in Greenbridge Road. There will be military displays, an entertainment programme, food and drink outlets and amusements for children.
- Salisbury, on Sunday 26 June from 1100 to 1600 hrs to 4pm at the annual Armed Forces Day Celebrations in the Market Place and Guildhall Square. This event will be a family fun day with a range of displays, performances and activities for all ages.
The National Armed Forces day event is being held in in Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire on Saturday 25.
There are events all around the area with some just over the county border.
Follow this link to find more events: AFD
RBL Womens Section Changes. Your Questions and Information
You will have seen in the February Circular that Women’s Section is to become a District of the RBL. This decision has caused quite a lot of disquiet and many letters have been sent to Head Office. Head Office have now issued a document listing questions and Head Office answers which explains the background to the decision and how Womens Section will run in the future. Click HERE to go directly to the document
As you will be aware, one of the Legion’s priority campaign's has been around compensation awards for veterans diagnosed with Mesothelioma.
It is with much pleasure that I write to inform you that the Government announced yesterday that legislation will be amended in April 2016 to enable all veterans diagnosed with Mesothelioma as a result of Service the choice between receiving a traditional War Pension or £140,000 in tax-free lump sum compensation, regardless of age at diagnosis. The average civilian compensation award under the Government’s Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme is around £122,000.
Whilst the law won’t be amended until April, the Ministry of Defence has indicated that payments will be backdated to the date of the Government’s announcement, which was at yesterday’s meeting of the Central Advisory Committee. From 16 December, all veterans diagnosed with Mesothelioma who submit a claim to Veterans UK will receive a traditional War Pension as normal for the period up until April 2016. After that date, should the claimant decide they would prefer to receive a lump sum payment, Veterans UK will arrange for this to happen, with the value of any War Pension already received being deducted from the final lump sum award. We understand that independent advice will be offered to all veteran Mesothelioma claimants to help them decide which payment option is right for them, given that War Pensions include survivor's benefits.
The Legion has long maintained that veterans should be compensated fairly for their suffering, and we commend the Government for taking steps to address this important issue. Whilst we welcome yesterday’s announcement, we do remain disappointed that around 60 veterans who are currently in receipt of a War Disablement Pension for Mesothelioma will be unable to apply for the new lump sum compensation award. This is on account of successive governments’ longstanding opposition to retrospection. The Legion has informed officials of our disappointment and has suggested that this particular group of veterans should be considered worthy of ‘special’ status within the terms of the Armed Forces Covenant, in light of both their limited life expectancy and the severity of their pain and suffering. We are pleased that the Government has indicated that it will review special arrangements for this small group of veterans, and we will continue to monitor developments closely.
The Legion estimates that the Government’s recent announcement will benefit veterans diagnosed with Mesothelioma by tens of millions of pounds over the lifetime of this issue, which is a sizeable sum in the present financial climate.
The Legion’s campaigns team would like to thank all of our members who championed this campaign locally or wrote to their MP about this important issue. We simply couldn’t have done this without you.
With best wishes for the New Year,
The Freedom Trail
During WW2 there were many routes out of occupied Europe that were taken by Allied Servicemen. One of them was through the Pyrenees from France into Spain. This route is now a route for the adventurous amongst youto take and retrace the steps of those that did it during the war. A trip itinerary can be found here along with a couple of pictures. Details of how to join the trip are in the itinerary.
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A Great Way to Support the Poppy Appeal and get a great Tune too
Buy it or download it here
The latest County Circular has lots of news and events advertised in it this month.
Somme Memorial Event 2016
2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. To mark this very special anniversary the Department of Culture Media and Sport and the French government have taken on the running of the commemorative event. This link will give you more details on how you can be involved and at the service on July 1st 2016
Rewards for Forces are offering discounted cinema tickets. See attached flyer
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
COUNTY POPPY APPEAL LAUNCHED
Click the Poppy Appeal Link on the left for details and some great photographs
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.
LATEST LEGION UPDATE now on the News and Events page
The Cottage Drop In dates Tidworth information available here
CAN YOU HELP PLEASE ?
We desperately need a Poppy Appeal Organiser in
Click HERE for details
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.
Poppy Appeal Photo Gallery
Enjoy our photo gallery of all our fundraising efforts.
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
Fi Hedges Area Administrator
Laura Carey Area Advice and Information Team Leader
Vacant Case Officer 0808 802 8080
Isobel Thompson Advice & Information Officer 0808 802 8080
Sandra Long Case Officer,Tidworth/Salisbury/Warminster Area
Gemma Carter Advice and Information Officer, Tidworth, Salisbury/Warminster Area
Fi Dobson Community Fundraiser Wiltshire
Christopher Prestwich Membership Support Officer Wiltshire