To the memory of the fallen
And the future of the living
Welcome to The Royal British Legion in
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.
County Contact Details
County Chairman Mike Swaby : firstname.lastname@example.org
County Vice Chairman John Mann : email@example.com
County Website Editor Keith Passant : firstname.lastname@example.org
County Parade Marshall John Smith : email@example.com
Membership Support Officer Fi Hedges : firstname.lastname@example.org
County Fund Raiser Fi Dobson : email@example.com
Further contact information for all Area Staff is available here
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Branch Accounts Deadline September 31st
Would all branch treasurers please be good enough to submit your accounts by the end of September.
If you are having any problems please do get in touch so I can help to resolve.
I have also arranged with our RBL IE Anne Bevis to hold Open Days on the dates below where you can pop in your completed accounts, come in with any questions , have your accounts IE by Anne or any other general enquiries:
Please member to bring all your receipts, paying in books, chequebooks stubs and any other account receipts with you if you would like Anne to IE your accounts.
Myself and Anne will be at the following locations from 11:00 – 3pm on the dates below:
13th August – Swindon Area Office, 52 – 54 Regent Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1JS
14th August – The Red Lion, Salisbury, Churchill Suite, Milford Street, Salisbury, SP1 2AN
3rd September - Swindon Area Office, 52 – 54 Regent Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1JS
27th September - The Red Lion, Salisbury, Churchill Suite, Milford Street, Salisbury, SP1 2AN
Standard Bearers Competition 2019
This years competition was as ever hard fought and the entrants produced a close contest.
The final results were:
RBL Standard Bearer Competition
1st. Kevin Toft Seend Branch
2nd. Dale Williams Westbury Branch
3rd.Peter Hall Melksham Branch
1st Amanda Berryman
2nd Tracy Butt
Congratulations to the entrants and of course the winners.
Photos here . And here
Update as to WHY Darren is Doing a Runner!
Because its all in a good cause. Well two to be fair. Pop over to the page for more information
Well done Darren and good luck with it sport.
Follow this LINK to his Just Giving page.
Why nopt help him reach his targets? Every little helps.
Royal Navy Lunch November 2019
We have been invited to respond to this from Rowena Fairbank. Please read on......
Rowena Fairbank – RBL Member in Salisbury has sent an email below re a lunch she is organising in central Salisbury on the 7th November.
Please can you circulate to your members and in your community for any that may be interested, lovely to support someone when they are endeavouring to do something new for our armed forces community – Email below – interested parties to make contact with Rowena direct to arrange attendance and for any further questions.
Whilst I fully appreciate that Wiltshire is a land locked county, it has come to my attention that there are a few Royal Naval retired personnel, all ranks (Officers, Wrns, Ratings) in the Salisbury area.
I am organising a lunch in central Salisbury on Thursday 7th November and wondered if, in your monthly newsletter, you might offer the RN Lunch and for interested people to contact me. Spouses, widows/widowers also welcome. Limited seats.
Contact ideally by email to Rowena, or, after Wed 11th September by mobile phone. Please email Keith for details.
Lunch will be prebooked, and paid for, before the day, by the attendee.
Latest County Newsletter and MSO Updates
The latest NEW look County Newsletter (Formerly County Circular) is now available to view HERE
County President and Chairmans Messages
These are available here for you to view
RBL Seend Musical Interlude.
Seend Branch have a great evening of music comedy and food planned for September 28th.
More info is available here and a poster for download can be found on the page too.
New County Vice Chairman
At the recent County Committee meeting we said farewell to current Mike Challinor and his good lady Priscilla as they leave the county to move to Shropshire.
This left the vice chairmans position vacant and we are pleased to announce that......
Squadron Leader John Mann MBE RAF (Retd) a current member of the CCEX and President of the Potterne Branch has kindly agreed to take up the position for Wiltshire and is very much looking forward to working with all the branches and CCEX Committee as the County Vice Chairman.
This is the very man:
As an introduction John has penned a brief service history which can be found here.
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.
Latest Head Office E-Newsletter
The latest version of the members e-newsletter can be found here.
New PAO News Letter
Follow the link for latest Poppy Appeal news and information.
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.
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
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.
Kate Green Area Manager Overseas & Interim 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.