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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.

September 2017

We urgently need House to House collectors for the Remembrancetide Poppy Appeal of the Royal British Legion this year for the fortnight from 28th October to 11th November in Pilton, North Wootton, Burford and West Compton.

Collectors normally deal with their neighbourhood area. Last year we collected just under £3000 for a national total of £42 million and all monies are ring-fenced for Community Support and our Care Homes such as Dunkirk House near Taunton.

Please contact Bill Southcombe on 07716 756 510 by phone or text,or email:

Bill Southcombe

Please remember that The Royal British Legion will be accepting old style £1 coins for this Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal


In Pilton starting at 10.55am there will be a formal Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial; at the same time there will be a similar act in the Parish Church for those who would find the hill difficult; these will be followed by a United Remembrance Service in the Parish Church.


On Remembrance Sunday there will be a lunch for Pilton Branch Members and Poppy Appeal collectors at the Pilton Working Men's Club. It will be held at 1.00 pm after the service in church. This year the lunch will be a carvery with pudding at a cost of £13. It is a great opportunity for members to get together. Please let me know if you wish to attend by 6th November.

My email address is or telephone 899517, the address is The Cottage, Park View, Pilton, BA4 4DX.

Royal British Legion Pilton Branch Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 22nd November at 7.30 pm. It will be held in ‘Winding Lake’ room on the first floor of the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Liz Elkin, Secretary


The Poppy Appeal for Pilton, Burford, West Compton and North Wootton totalled £2625.59, a good figure that compares favourably with previous years. Our thanks to the collectors and those who allowed the RBL to use static collection points. More collectors will be required for 2018. Please notify the Chairman, Bill Southcombe, if you are prepared to spend an afternoon to help swell the national total beyond the £46 million that was collected in 2016.

Your RBL Committee still struggles to find villagers to run the Committee and join the Legion Branch. The RBL is financed by members’ subscriptions, with the monies collected by the Poppy Appeal ring- fenced to Welfare. Come along to one of our meetings (details in Roundabout) and join us in this worthwhile cause. You do not have to have served in any of the Armed Forces to be a member – just a willingness to help those veterans who have served their country.

Bill Southcombe (07716 756510/ 890744)

April 2018

For a variety of personal circumstances the majority of officers of the Committee of the Pilton Branch, TRBL, will not seek re-election at this year’s AGM to be held in June this year. There is now a need for a new Committee to be formed to fill the posts of Chairman, Secretary, Welfare, Treasurer, Poppy Appeal Organiser and Standard Bearer. Volunteers for these posts are requested to contact the Chairman, Bill Southcombe, 01749 890744 or mobile 07716 756510 or email before 30th June.

Any changes to the organisation of TRBL in Pilton will not affect the Pilton Show or Remembrance Sunday Services where individual members will continue to support these functions. In any event, members can transfer their existing memberships to neighbouring TRBL Branches such as Shepton Mallet where they will be welcomed.

Bill Southcombe, Chairman

June 2018

The Annual General Meeting of The Royal British Legion ( Pilton Branch) will be held in the Pilton Village Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 15th June 2018. All members are welcome.

Nominations for the posts of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Welfare Officer (Branch Community Support) and Poppy Appeal Organiser should be forwarded to the Chairman, Bill Southcombe, by e-mail, text or letter.

All the above posts will become vacant unless new committee members can be found. If we are unable to form a committee then the existing RBL members in Pilton, North Wootton, Burford and West Compton will be transferred to the Shepton Mallet Branch, TRBL.

Bill Southcombe. 07716 756510. Bowermead House , BA4 4DT.


It is with regret that, following a General Meeting on 15th June, no nominations were received to form a Committee for the Pilton Branch TRBL.

The Chairman of Somerset RBL has been informed and the Branch will close. Implications for the Village were discussed at the meeting.

The Remembrance Day Parade would continue with the Parish Council assuming responsibility for the temporary closure of the A361. Peter Cheetham volunteered after the Meeting to act as PAO so the Remembrance Poppy Appeal collection will continue. The balance of the RBL account will be donated to Dunkirk House, Bishops Lydierd.

The past Committee will request that the two village standards are laid up in our Church of St John the Baptist. Existing RBL members will be transferred to branches of their choice or to the holding Branch of St.James. The Show Committee will assume responsibility for the Skittles and Coconut Shy at the Pilton Show and RBL members will continue to assist the Show Committee. However, the present constitution of the Pilton Show will need to be reviewed.

Welfare will continue with Bill Southcombe remaining as a Case Worker for Somerset and the contact number for all requests for assistance will continue to be 0808 802 8080.

The Pilton Branch of the Royal British Legion has donated over £2,000 this year to The Legion Care Home, Dunkirk House at Bishops Lydierd, Taunton. It is hoped that support from our village will continue for this outstanding care home and Dementia Ward. Total donations to Dunkirk House from Pilton Branch TRBL have exceeded £12,000 over the past 10 years and the money is used to provide amenities for the residents.

Bill Southcombe, 07716 756510. Address from 2nd July: Hoods, North Street, Stoke sub Hamdon, Somerset TA14 6QR.