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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 www.britishlegion.org.uk.

Pilton Branch Welfare Officer is Bill Southcombe, 01749 890744, email bill.southcombe@gmail.com


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

CELEBRATING THE QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY WITH A ROYAL BRITISH LUNCH


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.


PILTON BRANCH ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

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@gmail.com.


Bill Southcombe

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

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 12th November


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.

R.B.L. REMEMBRANCE DAY LUNCH - 12th November


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 familyelkin@hotmail.com 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