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Welcome to The Royal British Legion in Dorset

We cover within the County Council boundary of Dorset, from Lyme Regis in the west, across to Highcliffe-on-Sea in the east and from Portland Bill in the south to Gillingham (Dorset) in the north.

The Royal British Legion is very active in the County with approximately 7000 Legion members, located in 30 branches, which are supported by 15 RBL Clubs.

We are here to administer and support the delivery of welfare services, membership and fundraising activities of the Legion's branches and clubs throughout Dorset.

Membership of The Royal British Legion is available to all, 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.

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.

Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk for details of our national initiatives.

St Georges Day Concert.

Please see attached poster for details of a fundraising concert in the Salisbury Cathedral with funds raised in aid of the RBL.

A ‘special offer’ of one free entry to accompany a ticket purchased by members.  There is a free coach transport to and from Downton leaving from Doccombe’s premises at Batton Road at 18.30.


We have a good  representation of Standards although would be welcome more! Please contact Salisbury Secretary



Membership Handbook

The revised Membership Handbook is now available on MAP or can be requested from your Membership Engagement Officer (MEO). A summary of changes made is also available to view on MAP.

St Georges Day Concert.

Please see attached poster for details of a fundraising concert in the Salisbury Cathedral with funds raised in aid of the RBL


MEO Weekly Bulletin.

Each week our MEO, Will Dommett, sends out a roundup of the weeks happenings and news from around Wiltshire and Dorset. They will be available to read here and various parts such as events coming up across the Wiltshire county will be on the County Events Calendar on the left. All sorts of info to check out so be sure to take a look. A new one will replace the old one as we receive them.

Occassionally there will also be a Membership E-Newsletter.That can be viewed here.

The latest Central News Letter can be seen here. 


D-Day 80. Remembering D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

The D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Along with the associated airborne operations, it marked the beginning of the liberation of France and western Europe.
Lots of information can be found by following this link


Volunteering with the RBL

Details of how to volunteer can be seen on the attached POSTER just click the link.


Join Dorchester RBL Branch


Follow the link for information



Other News


The Office for Veterans Affairs has published a 6monthly report which can be found here. Please take time to read it.


Poole VJ Parade.

Here are some photos from the VJ Memorial Parade organised by Poole RBL branch with the Chair of BCP Council and Deputy Mayor of Poole . The Parade took place on the 15th August.



In the National Conference page a link can be found for the Resolutions Booklet released by head office.


New Forms 

The RBL have issued new guidance on running events which can be seen on the following links.

RBL Event and Activity Information

RBL Event Health and Safety Information

POPPY Trek 2023

The Poppy Treks this year take place in Kent and Wiltshire. Wiltshires trek is at Barbury Castle and details can be found HERE



National Conference Forum Questions

At the National Conference this year there were several questions asked. They appear HERE with answers.

Armed Forces Day 

The recent National Armed Forces Day was held in Falmouth this year. A full report on that can be seen here

Standard bearer Training


Hampshire Standard Bearer Training Info

Latest news

View our News & Events calendar for more information on what's happening.


To find out who to contact in your area please see the list of Branches on our branch information page.


Upcoming events taking place across Wiltshire and Dorset.


30th June 2023 Branch Financial Year end Branch packs have been sent please
contact me if you have not received
25 July 2023  Festival of Remembrance tickets on sale to members  
Saturday 5th August Dorset Accounts Day Ferndown RBL Club
Tuesday 8th August 6pm10pm Branch Management Training Broadstone RBL Club, Legion House,
Tudor Road, Broadstone BH18 8AW
Thursday 17th August 1pm5pm Wiltshire accounts day Swindon

The Savoy, 40 Regent Street

Swindon SN1 1JL

Monday 4th September Wiltshire accounts day Salisbury The Kings Head, 1 Bridge St,
Salisbury SP1 2ND
30th September Final Submission deadline for
Please do try to meet this deadline
and let Nicola know if this is going to be a problem.
Saturday 11th November Festival of Remembrance Royal Albert Hall
Sunday 12th November  Remembrance Parade Cenotaph Whitehall London.
December 30th MS1 final submission deadline