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.
Its Goodnight from Christopher and Hello from Fiona
As you may now be aware our former County Secretary, or to give him his new title Membership Support Officer, retired earlier this month. He sent a message to one and all as below:
I had not intended to email you all once more, but I have been sent so many kind emails and cards (and no unkind ones!) that I just wanted to thank those of you that sent them and to say a final Farewell.
Best wishes and many thanks,
We are lucky to have a replacement in post already and if you have not heard from her this is Fiona's introductory note.
Just a quick email to introduce myself as your new Membership Support Officer for Wiltshire.
I have worked as the Area Administrator for Somerset & Wiltshire for the last four years so may have met some of you along the way.
I will be working in both the Swindon Area Office, Tidworth, Wiltshire Area and lots of out and about so hopefully will get to meet you all in the next few months .
Email best for contact or my mobile – please do leave a message if I cannot answer phone and I will call you back.
As a military child of a Veteran and wife of serving military man the Armed Forces and TRBL are my passion so this opportunity to work with the membership of Wiltshire is something I am greatly looking forward too.
Please do bear with me over the next few months while I get to know a new role but always happy to assist and if I don’t know I will find out.
Apologies if you receive this email twice as using group contacts from transferred account which I have not had the opportunity to go through but wanted to send out a quick hello.
Membership Support Officer - Wiltshire
Direct: 0333 011 4446
Welcome to your new role and Good luck with it all Fi.
Thank You from Director of Fund Raising
I hope you are well?
It has been some weeks since the County Chairmen’s meeting in Haig House, so please accept my apologies for the tardiness of this email.
I wish to reiterate my thanks to you, your Branches and Members for the support you give to the Poppy Appeal. This year has been another remarkable year, with the total today standing at £43,515,260.45! Compared to last year’s figure of £41,741,071.33 year to date, we are currently 4.25% up.
This fantastic success is down to a team effort; without your support and working together with the Community Fundraising and Poppy Appeal team, we would not be able to achieve what we have.
Year on year, the demand for the poppy increases and each year you and your teams help us to meet that demand. I think we should be truly proud of what has been achieved this year, we have been able to raise such a substantial amount of funds, ensuring that The Royal British Legion can continue to support those who needs us, when they needs us.
On my behalf, please will you pass my thanks on to your Branches and Members.
Here’s to another successful year!
Director of Fundraising
Salisbury City Band Concert 22nd April 2017
A review of the concert can be seen here
BRILLIANT FUND RAISING IDEA
Just received this from our County Fund Raising Maestro Fi Dobson:
I am pleased to let you know that The Royal British Legion Pub Quiz guides are now available for you to order.
We are hoping for as many pubs in your Districts as possible to get involved and host a quiz night during the month of April and if we can gather momentum, we will then look to promote this again in the Autumn.
The RBL Pub Quiz packs include everything your pub needs to host a quiz and to raise money for the Armed Forces community. They include:
- Question & answer sheets
- Handy quiz fundraising guide
- Beer mats
- Balloons and bunting
- Collection box
- Joker cards
Your pub can pick & mix their quiz rounds and choices include: British films, British heroes, sports, darts board challenge, taste test relay and many, many more.
To order your pub quiz pack simply order by either calling 0333 011 4500 or email email@example.com
It’s a fantastic pack and really easy to use. Please encourage your ‘local’ to give it a go! It’s a win-win – the pubs make money and so do we!!!
If you have any queries, do let me know.
Very good luck and I look forward to hearing from you.
Very best wishes
Community Fundraiser Wiltshire
Branch Minutes Added March 2017
Warminster Branch minutes added to site here
Why not send yours to Keith for adding to the site?
LIBOR Tour Details Released for 2017
Information is available HERE for the 2017 LIBOR Normandy Tours.
Feel free to print off and pass to anyone you feel may be interested in attending.
Veterans Gateway Information
Details are now available HERE reference funding and set up of the Veterans Gateway. Please take time to read the document and pass on the information to members and anyone that may benefit from the information.
31st March 2017
There has now been an update on this and the detail can be seen here.
New Poppy Appeal Organiser Required
We are in urgent need of a new PAO for Royal Wootton Bassett. Poppy Appeal Organiser's don't need a military connection, they just need to be organised, and enjoy interacting with others. The role involves ordering stock, distributing poppy boxes, liaising with local businesses, co-ordinating and recruiting collectors, recording funds etc. You will be focusing most of your efforts on the appeal between October and November, with some occasional admin work from July onwards. Training is provided and expenses are reimbursable.
Do you feel you could make a difference and keep the 2017 appeal going?
There are more details on the poster attached HERE. Feel free to print it off and pass it around to interested parties.
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.
County Conference Minutes
The minutes from the Wiltshire RBL County Conference are now available for your perusal here.
There are a few photographs here of the conference and the prize presentations. 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.
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.
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 on the left is latest news received regarding the Womens Section of the RBL. Previous content of this page is also in that section
News and Events Page updated 1st March 2017
To find out who to contact in your area please see the list of Branches on our branch information page.
Salisbury Band of the Royal British Legion Concert
Latest News is available on the band page 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
Standard Bearers page update February 2017
Rewards for Forces are offering discounted cinema tickets. See attached flyer
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.
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 Cottage Drop In dates Tidworth information available here
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