Local Poppy Appeal Organiser Colin McNamee said ‘We are very grateful to Paul for his continued support over the decades in helping to raise money for the Poppy Appeal and really getting behind the activity. Also to the other businesses; the local pub The Rose & Portcullis and to Higher Hill Farm for their collective contributions. Both the village church, St Leonard’s, and the local primary school are also active and each year the school displays a 1 metre high model Cenotaph in the assembly/dining hall. It does encourage the dedicated small group of seven house to house collectors who cover a large area to raise funds and make the poppies widely available to those who wish to donate. For the first time this year we were unable to provide a collector in Butleigh Wootton and if anyone would like to volunteer for 2016 I would be very pleased to hear from them!”
The 2014 Poppy collection covering Butleigh and Butleigh Wootton raised a remarkable £1691.97, being a 45% increase on 2013. Grateful thanks to all those who contributed and to all those involved in the collections. The 1914/2014 centenary enamel pin badges proved very popular and we exhausted our initial supply.In view of their popularity a further supply has been obtained and these are now available in the Rose & Portcullis pub and from the Village Shop. A minimum donation of £2.00 is requested. For those interested in obtaining the original in the current issue of enamel badges, being undated, available direct from Colin McNamee, Poppy Appeal Organiser for Butleigh, Tel 01458 850679. A requested donation for these is £5.00. All donations 100% to the Poppy Appeal.
Wincanton Royal British Legion will launch Poppy Appeal 2013/14 with a rousing concert given by Wincanton Silver Band at Wincanton Memorial Hall on 26th October starting at 7.30 pm. From the glorious Prussian cavalry march Father Rhine to the stately Grenadiers Waltz and from the songs of South Pacific to the melodies of Irving Berlin, this concert will entertain from start to finish. The forthcoming anniversary of the First World War will be represented with music and poetry and the rousing Last Post will be performed to the intimate setting of Douglas Pope’s Nightfall in Camp.” The band are also playing Highlights from Les Miserables, the Thin Red Line and The Wee Macgreegor. Tickets cost £7.50 each and are available from Wincanton Town Hall and Divine Wines in Wincanton High Street or by telephoning 01963-824193