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Dates for the diary

If you have any ideas or recommendations to share with other members, send them to Phil or Steve so we can circulate them.  Your support at these events is greatly appreciated (and encouraged).  For commemorations, we will circulate details over email closer to each event.  

Sunday 11 July - Brussels British Community Association charitable fundraising day at Lasne Cricket Ground.  More details to follow, however please keep the date free in your diary for a relaxed gathering in the sunshine (fingers crossed).

Saturday and Sunday 28/29 August - Tanks in Town in Mons.  The annual WW2 celebrations in Mons celebrating the liberation of Mons with processions of WW2 tanks.  A recommended event for any branch members who will be in the area.  

Friday 03 September - Liberation of Brussels commemoration.  Details to follow.  If any members wish to attend this commemorative event, please let the Hon. Secretary know. 

Saturday 11 September - Battle of Ypres Salient tour.  Book your space with Steve Grant now.  steve.grant5664@gmail.com 

The Ypres Salient was the scene of several battles and an extremely important part of the Western front. Throughout WW1, troops engaged in mine warfare, using tunnelling and trench strategies without coordinating their attacks with one another. Soldiers used tunnels and dugouts to shelter themselves, safely make their way to the front lines, relay messages, and launch offensive attacks on their enemies. 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 per tour is €50 per person and includes transport from Brussels and return and a WW1 historian. It doesn’t cover meals and access to certain optional sites. Depending of the size of the groups, reservations in restaurants or snack bar will be booked in advance.

The two tours involve some walking on sometimes muddy or uneven terrain, please ensure come prepared with comfortable walking shoes and weather dependant wet weather gear. If you have mobility issues please don't hesitate to contact us.

If you wish to join one or both tours, you can pre-register up to two weeks prior to the selected tour by emailing  steve.grant5664@gmail.com. Don’t be late, only 30 places are available for each tour.

Wednesday 15 September.  Fort Breendonk commemoration.  Details to follow.  If any members wish to attend this commemorative event, please let the Hon. Secretary know. 

Saturday 02 October - Battle of Yser tour.  We will be exploring with a WW1 historian some of the key sites between the towns of Nieuwpoort and Diksmuide, along a 35 km stretch of the Yser river and the Yperlee Canal, where in October 1914, the front line held by a large Belgian force, halted the German advance in a costly defensive battle.

We will visit some of the key sites, such as:

  • The Vladslo German Cemetery (with the world famous 'Grieving Parents'  statue by Käthe Kollwitz)
  • The Yser tower
  • The Trench of Death
  • Oud-Stuivekenskerke and the story of the "munksoldier"
  • The floodgates at Nieuwpoort, with the statue for King Albert
  • The Belgian Military Cemetery in Houthulst
  • The Peace Mill in Klerken
  • And lots of smaller places in between with personal soldiers stories, often heartbreaking.

Sunday 14 November - Remembrance Sunday.  Details to follow. 

 

'The Road to Dunkirk' British Expeditionary Force exhibition 1 April - 24 May 2020 - date changed!  This event is now planned to take place late 2021

Join us to see a carefully curated collection of memorabilia about the British Expeditionary Force in France and Belgium from September 1939 to June 1940.  Led by our very own Alain Brogniez, this is an event not to be missed.  The exhibition will be hosted by Musee Wellington, Chaussee de Bruxelles 147, 1410 Waterloo. 

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