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Welcome to the Brussels Branch of The Royal British Legion

Dear branch members, friends and visitors to our website,

Happy 100th birthday to the Royal British Legion Brussels Branch on 17th of May 2022!  Please raise a fine Belgian beer to celebrate, no matter when you are reading this :) 
The history of our branch is strong and the future is bright.  We have a vibrant membership, a dedicated committee team, an exciting plan for the years to come and an incredibly deep connection with this wonderful country Belgium, where we will continue to honour the sacrifice and service of those who came before us.  We will remember them. 

I invite you all to raise a glass to the branch this evening, a fine Belgian beer of course!  🍺 

As part of the centenary year commemorations, Dennis Abbott has exquisitely researched the history of our branch. A living project, the history is regularly updated here.   

With warmest wishes 

Yours

Zoe

Chair, Royal British Legion Brussels Branch

What's next??? 

First Friday of the Month - 3 June @ Den Engel

Join us for our First Friday of the Month (FFM? Anybody who can come up with a better title gets a free beer) drinks at Den Engel.  Entirely relaxed and informal drop-in for those who want to gather for a drink at the end of the week.  Open to members and friends of the branch, I hope to see you there :)  

WATERLOO Guided Tour - 18 June 2022

Don't miss our special guided tour on the 207th anniversary of the epochal battle that changed the face of Europe.

Discover why the battle took place, how it unfolded and the consequences for its famed adversaries, the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon. RBL member Dennis Abbott, a journalist and accredited Battle of Waterloo guide, will take you to the heart of the action with a lively description of the key phases of the combat, from the defence of Hougoumont to the charge of the Scots Greys,  the French cavalry attacks against the near-impregnable Allied infantry squares, the arrival of Blücher’s Prussians, the fall of the Haie Sainte and, with the outcome in the balance, the final defeat of the Imperial Guard.

After an introduction to the historical context and build-up to the conflict, you’ll be immersed in the sights and sounds of battle in the immense Panorama, depicting the costly cavalry assaults led by Marshal Ney. We’ll climb the 226 steps of the Lion Mound to enjoy an exceptional view of the battlefield. From the summit, you’ll learn about the strategic importance of the landscape, who attacked where and when, what went right, what went wrong, and about the battlefield's monuments.

You’ll then have a chance to explore the superb Mémorial museum, with its stunning displays of uniforms, weaponry, maps and 3D film show, before we break for lunch. We have reserved a large table at the Brasserie Le Wellington (cost of meal not included). Alternatively, bring your own packed lunch.

After lunch, we transfer to Hougoumont on foot, following the “chemin creux” made famous by Victor Hugo. Allow at least 20 minutes for the walk. Please note, the horse-drawn shuttle carriage will not be in service on the 18th. There is no parking at Hougoumont itself.

Many uniformed historical re-enactors will be on-site and you’ll have a chance to step back in time at a tented camp at Hougoumont, scene of the ‘battle within the battle’, fought between the British Guards and their allies against the diehard French assaults led by Prince Jérôme Bonaparte. You’ll see the famous North Gate, the chapel, the walls overlooking the “killing zone”, and Vivien Mallock’s Closing the Gates on War monument, unveiled by HRH Prince Charles.

Timeline for visit:

10:15-10:30 Arrive Mémorial entrance

10:30-12:00 Introduction to the battle, visit to the Panorama and Lion Mound

12:00-13:00 Tour of the Mémorial museum

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30: Walk to Hougoumont

15:00-16:00 Guided tour of Hougoumont

16:00-16:30 Return to Mémorial

Mémorial location:
Route du Lion, 1815
1420 Braine-l’Alleud

How to get there:

R0 exit 25 and/or Chaussée de Nivelles. Free parking

You can also reach the site by train to Braine-l’Alleud, then W bus to Braine-l’Alleud Route de Nivelles stop (opposite petrol station, 450 metres walk from the Mémorial)

If you are interested in joining this tour, you can confirm your attendance by emailing your details to Brussels.Publicity@RBL.Community  and paying  €35 per person, into the account below by Friday 10 June.

IBAN: BE66-0635-8060-4043

Name: Steve Grant

Communication: Waterloo 18 June

Looking forward to seeing you all on the tour.

Kind regards

Steve Grant, RBL Brussels Branch

Mob: +32 479870693

 17 May 2022

 

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A warm welcome to both our existing and future friends of the Brussels Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Our branch meets regularly in and around the Brussels area and has been meeting since 1922.  Join us to carry on this tradition of help and support to those who have served and their families.  Our branch is made up of both British and Belgian members and we would love to meet anybody who would like to join us. Our friendly committee team will be delighted to answer any questions you may have about membership, contact us over phone or email. 

Our main fundraising activity is the Poppy Appeal, you can read more about our 2021 appeal and the generosity of the people in Belgium here.

Belgium is a particularly relevant place for an organisation like the Royal British Legion and our members often join commemorative walks or parades across the country, taking time to remember the sacrifices of so many young men and women on Belgian soil.  Look up what's coming up in the diary here.   

About the Royal British Legion

We provide financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families. The Legion is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.

Founded in 1921, the Legion is not just about those who fought in the World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting for the freedom we enjoy today. 

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