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British Legion

The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Service charity. Practical care, advice and support are provided to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.

Membership is open to all; you do not have to have an Armed Forces background to join.

Pilton Branch has 34 members and many supporters who assist with collecting for the Poppy Appeal. Members and supporters gather for a lunch each year on Remembrance Sunday after meeting at the War Memorial and the service in the Church.

Speakers are invited to give lectures at the village hall. We have had excellent talks from Sandy Gall, Colonel John Blashford-Snell, Oliver Truman and a presentation on RNAS Yeovilton.

We are joint sponsors of the Pilton Show weekend and branch members help with many aspects of the event.

Over 9 million people in the UK are eligible for support from the Royal British Legion:

     •     People who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces

     •     Their dependants

     •     Their carers

If you need help with disability, benefits, money advice or employment support the Legionline number 0808 802 8080. Information is available at

Pilton Branch Welfare Officer is Bill Southcombe, 01749 890744, email


Links to the Support available from the Central Royal British Legion Website are here below:


Pilton’s Patron’s Lunch, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, was held on 12th June without anyone needing to wear a poncho. The grey skies slowly turned blue as a delicious lunch was enjoyed at Bowermead House with wonderful views across the valley.

The committee of Pilton branch of the Royal British Legion is very grateful to Kate Turner of Party Packs, to all the supporters who supplied tables, bunting and tableware for the event and to those who donated £265.40 to the Poppy Appeal on the day.


The Poppy Appeal in Pilton and North Wootton this year raised £1,970.62. As in previous years, the Branch Committee voted to add a further £500 from Branch funds bringing the total raised between the two villages to £2,470.62.

The Committee also voted to donate a further £1,000 from Branch funds to Dunkirk Memorial House in Bishop’s Lydeard, an outstanding Legion Care Home with residential, nursing and dementia care facilities. Members who visited in October saw what wonderful amenities are offered to the residents.

Particular thanks are due to all who supported the Poppy Appeal and who continue to support the work of the Royal British Legion.

Liz Elkin, Secretary.