To the memory of the fallen
And the future of the living
County Standard Dedication Service 15th April 2018
New County Standard Dedication Service – St Marys CE Church Shrewton
The Dedication of the New County Standard took place on Sunday 15th April. The County Chaplain, The Reverend Canon Eleanor Rance, did a marvellous service for us, with the Shrewton Silver Band Bugler doing a great job on a the day. Thank you to all of the Church Staff and volunteers who helped us ensure the day went smoothly and to parishioners who allowed us to join their Sunday Service. Our Standard Bearers lead by Brian Mitchell did a great job to represent the County at the Event and a huge thank you to those who were able to come on the day.
Many thanks also to Len Blake for putting up all the parking signage on the day. Maureen Hansford not only joined us as a Standard Bearer for the day but also organised an excellent buffet for all the guests at The RBL Shrewton Club so a very large thank you to Maureen, her family and the Club for what was a very successful day. Thank you to all of the branch representatives who were able to attend the service with over 42 RBL Guest and branch attendees there is was an excellent turnout for the day. Photographs can be seen 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.
Glider Pilot Regiment
I have had information regarding the Glider Pilot Regiment Society from John Nicholls.
"This enquiry is on behalf of the Glider Pilot Regiment Society. The society has been formed by relatives of the GPR since the close of the GPR Assoc. last year. Our main aim is to keep the memory of the men and Regiment alive. The Army Air Corps has always supported the GPRA at memorial services etc but due to cuts throughout the MOD can now only support at major events. As a society we would like to continue as many commemorative events as we can, one of these being at the Memorial Stones of the Glider Pilot Regiment and the Parachute Regiment.
We are holding a memorial service at the Stones on 24th Feb at 11.30 hrs We have invited anyone from the Parachute Regiment Assoc to join us if they wish (this will be advertised within their assoc when I can give them final details) and we wonder if this is the type of event that your local branch might be in a position to support?
An update is - that we will meet at Tilshead village hall which will be open by 10.30hrs to make sure that we can be at the memorial stones for 11.30hrs start. Hoping for tea/coffee available prior to and after the service. I will keep you informed of any progress."
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
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.
Latest County Newsletter and MSO Updates
The latest NEW look County Newsletter ( Formerly County Circular) is now available to view HERE
Crockerton School say Thank You
Warminster Branch members Alan Aiken, Bob Waignwright and Roger Kingshot attended Crockerton School Remembrance service and by the llok of it made a big impression. Heres a copy of a thankyou letter from pupils at the school. I believe the technical expression for this kind of thing is "BRILLIANT"
Airmans Cross Service
Details of the service can be found 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 mebers 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.
Great Pilgrimage GP 90
Brilliant Fund Raising idea for branches wishing to attend.
Latest letter to Branch Chairmen from Terry Whittles
Briefing and GP90 Finance Procedure
GP90 Update 15 June 2017
Latest Details for this available Here
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.
Due to the large amount of information on the home page an "ARCHIVE" page has been created. All the information as it previously appeared, and may have some interesting points, but has run its time on the home page is in this section.
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.