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Dates for the diary 2022

Steve Grant and Laura Houlgatte are our intrepid battlefield tour organisers alongside Phil Hyde who leads on our events and commemorations.  If you have any questions, please drop them a line.  Equally, if there is a commemoration you think we should share with the branch, send an email and we will publish and share for all. 

How to book onto a battlefield tour? Contact Steve Grant on steve.grant5664@gmail.com

Sunday 13 February -Wellington Museum, in Waterloo to see the Road to Dunkirk exhibition. Meet us at the Musée Wellington at 1015 for a fantastic insight into both the Musée Wellington and WW2 history.  You will be guided by our very own historians, Alain Brogniez and Dennis Abbott. Tours will take The visit will take three hours in total and for those who wish to stay for lunch, please join! All this for only 12 euros.  Please contact Steve Grant for a seat steve.grant5664@gmail.com

Friday 4 March - join us for a drink at Den Engel from 1830. 

Saturday 12 March - Leuven History Trail. Join us on Saturday 12 March for a walk through the town of Leuven, discovering the past, including a glimpse of the medieval ramparts, remarkable art and architecture, myths and legends and a visit to the library, the phoenix that resurrected twice in three decades. Following the tour a lunch will be organised in a local restaurant for those who wish to extend their stay in the city of Leuven.

Richard Ovenden on Twitter: "The twice destroyed library of Louvain (Leuven)  is discussed in my #Burningthebooks: A History of Knowledge Under Attack,  published by @johnmurrays on 3 September and by @Harvard_Press on

The cost is €17 and includes the tour guide and access to the library. The optional lunch is not included.

If you are interested in joining this tour, please register by emailing steve.grant5664@gmail.com by Friday 4 March. Please indicate if you wish to join the optional lunch.

Friday 1 April - join us at Den Engel, Tervuren from 1830 onwards for an informal catch up with branch members and friends. 

Monday 2 May - RBL Cyclist Branch arrive in Brussels.  The team are biking from London to Berlin and will stop in Brussels before getting a well earned night's sleep in Leuven.  Keen cyclists are welcome to join their ride into Brussels and if you are not a two-wheeler, meet us in Brussels to roar them in.  Save the date! 

Saturday 7 May-  Namur tour.  

This day trip to Namur is organised by Steve Grant and will be led by RBL Brussels branch member Jean-Francois Husson.

Sunday 8 May - Hotton and La Roche.  A full day commemoration in the Ardennes where the branch is wonderfully hosted by the local towns and we conduct a series of Acts of Remembrance to honour and remember the fallen from the Battle of the Bulge, paying special tribute to the 51st Highland Division. Read our primer on the Ardennes here.

 

Thursday 19 May  - Isières.  Brussels Branch are invited to join a commemoration at the CWGC Isières, Ath to pay tribute to nine servicemen who died during fighting between 17-19 March 1940. Led by the Isières Commune. 

28 May - Rebecq [date may vary].  An Act of Remembrance paying tribute to the tragic events surrounding the downing of the 550 Squadron Lancaster aircraft that fell in Rebecq on 28 May 1944.  Led by the Mayor of Rebecq and the Chair of the Rebecq Memorial Association. 

Saturday 18 June - Waterloo Battlefield Tour.   Join us for a packed day of exquisitely curated information delivered by Dennis Abbott, Waterloo Guide, at the Battle of Waterloo. 

Saturday 25 June - Brussels Branch annual Act of Remembrance at Evere Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Led by Brussels Branch. 

Date TBC July - Somme two-day tour.  Early stage planning, we will look into a two day trip to the Somme with an overnight to get the most out of this rich location.  

Date TBC August - Mons.  A tour focused on WW1, we will delve into the Mons Memorial Museum, visit the iconic Saint Symphorien cemetery, take a break at the crossroads of Chaussée de Binche paying tribute to the Royal Irish (1914) and tour around the major actions of the British Expeditionary Forces.

Saturday 03 September - Liberation of Brussels commemoration.  

Sunday 04 September - Liberation of Brussels Brigade Piron commemoration. 

Mid- September.  Fort Breendonk commemoration. If any members wish to attend this commemorative event, please let the Hon. Secretary know. 

Saturday 10 September - The Ypres Salient was the scene of several battles and an extremely important part of the Western front. We will be exploring with a WW1 historian some of the key sites, such as:

  • Menin Gate and Last Post Ceremony
  • St George’s Church
  • St Martin’s Cathedral
  • Hill 60
  • The ‘Brooding Soldier’
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery and visitors centre
  • Essex Farm Cemetery
  • Les Carrefour des Roses
  • Black Watch Corner
  • Langemark German Cemetery and Poppy Memorial 

The cost includes transport from Brussels and return and a WW1 historian. 

Early October - Bastogne. We finish the year with the Battle of the Bulge and a dip into understanding on of the final major German offensive actions in WW2 and understand the impact and personal stories of those involved.  A full day with transport from Brussels.

October 2022 - Poppy Appeal 2022 launches! 

Sunday 13 November - Remembrance Sunday. CWGC Heverlee.  Commemoration will start at 1055. Led by Brussels Branch. 

 

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