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Appleton Lodge is set amongst landscaped gardens, in the heart of a unique village community in rural Kent. Part of Royal British Legion Industries, national veteran employment and support charity.

The state-of-the-art facility officially provides 15 luxurious suites. Built to the highest specification ensuring we are able to provide the highest quality of care to our residents.

For us, it is not just about care, it is about an environment where our residents feel happy, dignified and respected. A special place where you can feel looked after and supported whilst still living as independently as possible.

EDITH ELIZABETH APPLETON O.B.E R.R.C

 

Edith Appleton OBE RRC was born in 1877 in Deal, Kent. With WW1 looming Edith joined the Civil Hospital Reserve. She served for the entirety of WW1. Edith kept a daily diary and her words and sketches detailed the horrors of war and the reality of nursing on the frontline. She also served with the Territorial Force Nursing Service whose impact and discipline laid the foundation of the nursing profession for the next century. Edith’s bravery was recognised with the Military OBE, the highest military honour that can be given to a civilian.

The naming of Appleton Lodge honours Edith’s own brave service, her century of influence in nursing and her unwavering commitment to support our veterans, which are all values RBLI seeks to emulate in everything we do. The poem Sea Sketch honours Edith’s bravery, and all she was able to share through her diaries.

To find out more about Edith Appleton, visit anurseatthefront.org.uk

Here is the beautiful poem Simon wrote for Edie

SEA SKETCH BY SIMON ARMITAGE CBE POET LAUREATE

Dear Mother, I have come to the sea
to wash my eyes in its purples, blues, indigos, greens, to enter its world and emerge cleansed, to break the surface then watch the surface heal and mend.

Behind me the land lies mauled and wrenched,
but I have not flinched from uncommon holes in the flesh of men or heads oozing with shattered minds, and have not shied from livers and lungs exposed to the light,
and have balanced and carried faltering hearts in my cupped hands through the egg and spoon race of death and life.

Some men I kissed: boy soldiers – raving and blind – begging for love from a mother’s lips,
and when death stands with its black shawl at the foot of the bed a white cotton handkerchief eases the soul…

So allow me the beach, the sea, its handwritten waves, the act of making a simple sketch of a simple ketch, or stick figures plunging into the depths, or a cormorant bearing it breast to the sun, or at dusk, Venus robed in her wedding dress, her silver train like a path on the water heading west.

EDITH ELIZABETH APPLETON O.B.E R.R.C

Edith Appleton OBE RRC was born in 1877 in Deal, Kent. With WW1 looming Edith joined the Civil Hospital Reserve. She served for the entirety of WW1. Edith kept a daily diary and her words and sketches detailed the horrors of war and the reality of nursing on the frontline. She also served with the Territorial Force Nursing Service whose impact and discipline laid the foundation of the nursing profession for the next century. Edith’s bravery was recognised with the Military OBE, the highest military honour that can be given to a civilian.

The naming of Appleton Lodge honours Edith’s own brave service, her century of influence in nursing and her unwavering commitment to support our veterans, which are all values RBLI seeks to emulate in everything we do. The poem Sea Sketch honours Edith’s bravery, and all she was able to share through her diaries.

To find out more about Edith Appleton, visit anurseatthefront.org.uk

Here is the beautiful poem Simon wrote for Edie

SEA SKETCH BY SIMON ARMITAGE CBE POET LAUREATE

Dear Mother, I have come to the sea
to wash my eyes in its purples, blues, indigos, greens, to enter its world and emerge cleansed, to break the surface then watch the surface heal and mend.

Behind me the land lies mauled and wrenched,
but I have not flinched from uncommon holes in the flesh of men or heads oozing with shattered minds, and have not shied from livers and lungs exposed to the light,
and have balanced and carried faltering hearts in my cupped hands through the egg and spoon race of death and life.

Some men I kissed: boy soldiers – raving and blind – begging for love from a mother’s lips,
and when death stands with its black shawl at the foot of the bed a white cotton handkerchief eases the soul…

So allow me the beach, the sea, its handwritten waves, the act of making a simple sketch of a simple ketch, or stick figures plunging into the depths, or a cormorant bearing it breast to the sun, or at dusk, Venus robed in her wedding dress, her silver train like a path on the water heading west.

Bedrooms

Spacious rooms, flexible living spaces, and modern en-suite facilities offer home from home surroundings for our residents.

Living areas

Spacious rooms, flexible living spaces, and modern en-suite facilities offer home from home surroundings for our residents.

Dining Room

We work hard to ensure our meals are balanced and nutritious to help sustain your well-being, but above all tasty! Only suppliers with the best quality ingredients are chosen.

Bedrooms

Spacious rooms, flexible living spaces, and modern en-suite facilities offer home from home surroundings for our residents.

Living Areas

Spacious rooms, flexible living spaces, and modern en-suite facilities offer home from home surroundings for our residents.

Dining Room

We work hard to ensure our meals are balanced and nutritious to help sustain your well-being, but above all tasty! Only suppliers with the best quality ingredients are chosen.

Royal British Legion Industries

(RBLI) Timeline

RBLI was established as Industrial Settlements at Preston Hall to provide treatment for troops returning from WW1. Over the century the charity’s services, work opportunities and homes have grown so that today RBLI’s holistic model – STEP-IN – is a national exemplar of effectively integrated support.