To the memory of the fallen
And the future of the living
County Conference Photographs
The Wiltshire County Conference took place at Trowbridge Civic Centre on the 14th January. As we wait for the minutes here are a few photographs of attendees and winners of silverware.
If you attended and have pictures you would be happy to have on the site please contact Keith Passant
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.
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.
Poppy Appeal Launched in Wiltshire
The official launch of the Poppy Appeal in Wiltshire took place on Friday October 28th. Follow this link to more information and photographs from the event. Or click the link on the left.
A Message from Charles Byrne Director General
Thank you to everyone for all your hard work over the last months, weeks and days preparing for and delivering this year’s Poppy Appeal and Remembrance period. And I know for many that your work continues to be just as busy. The levels of support I have seen from the public, from volunteers and members and from partners has been superb.
I want to share with you information about Our Purpose, our five year strategy and the Veterans Gateway programme.
We do a huge amount at the Legion and not everyone understands the range of all our work so it is important that we are all clear about what we do, why do it and how we can each play a part.
So we have taken time to consult with trustees, staff, members and the general public to build a shared understanding, a shared purpose.
We are at the heart of a national network that supports our Armed Forces through thick and thin – ensuring their unique contribution is never forgotten.
Inspired by those we support, our aim is to offer the breadth, depth and quality of service they deserve. We cannot do this on our own.
Our new five year strategy follows simply from this. Central to our strategy is collaboration between members, volunteers, staff and our many partners. Given this I am delighted to announce that with our principle partners at SSAFA, Combat Stress, Poppy Scotland and Connect Assist, we have been awarded a £2 million grant from the MOD to establish the Veterans’ Gateway programme. The programme will provide a single point of contact to ensure that all British Armed Forces veterans, wherever they are based, can get help quickly and efficiently from whichever organisation is best placed to provide it.
Please click here to watch a video in which I summarise our strategy and provide examples of what it will mean for us. In addition we are developing a number of resources for you, about Our Purpose and our strategy, which will be distributed through your branches.
NEW SIDE BAR CONTENT Chairmans Briefing
If you look to the left navigation pane you will see a new section called County Chairmans Briefing. This has information and notes taken at the recent meeting by Mike Challenor County Vice Chair.It gives an insight and news on the way we will be going forward.
Please take time to have a read.
Also new on the left is latest news received regarding the Womens Section of the RBL. Previous content of this page is also in that section
Battle’s End – The Last Day of the Somme –
This content has now moved to the ARCHIVE section of the website via this link
Croix de Geurre Award for Ben Tottenham
I have received this note from Ben about his award.
I received my Legion d'Honneur medal on Monday 3rd October from the
French Ambassador herself at the Residence.
The attached website has some very good pictures. I hope you can pick
me out by my Belgian Croix de Guerre when thanking her in French!
My rank as a TA officer was Lieut Colonel. Commanding the
There are many more photos on the site from the awards ceremony
News and Events Page updated 29th October 2016
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.
Salisbury Band of the Royal British Legion Concert
Latest News is available on the band page here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commemorative pins can be obtained from our county fund raiser Fiona Dobson. Contact the Cottage for how to get hold of them
Ron Clark, Secretary of East Knoyle Semley and Sedgehill branch sent in some photos of the Somme Memorial Service held in the village and they can be viewed 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
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 for the 2017 trips.
Standard Bearers page update July 2016
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.
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