Events in Normandy 2017

June 5th: Coleville Montgomery
The Spirit of Normandy Trust has arranged an informal service at 10:30hrs. This service has been arranged by request for those unable to attend the SE Normandy Veterans service being held on the 4th June at 10:30hrs.

June 6th: Bayeux
Cathedral service at 10:00hrs (please arrive no later than 9:45).
-At 11:00hrs vin d’honneur Hotel du Doyen, rue Lambert-Léonard le Forestier
-At 12 noon Service at Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery
(Please be seated by 11:45hrs)
The Bayeux events are arranged by the Royal British Legion. Details or enquiries : email: YPinot@britishlegion.org.uk
Tel: 020 3207 2236

The Royal British Legion have been advised that veterans who wish to be dropped off at the Bayeux Catherdral for the services on 6th June at 10am, that all coaches and cars will require a pass.

For further details or to apply for a pass please contact:

Yoann Pinot
Interim National Events Co-ordinator
Phone: +44 (0)20 3207 2236
Email: YPinot@britishlegion.org.uk

PLEASE NOTE: this is just a pass for dropping off near the Cathdral NOT for parking

June 6th: Arromanches
Service and parade at 16:00hrs. General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL will take the salute.

June 6th: NVA at the National Memorial Arboretum
During the service Robert Mille, Consul Honoraire de France will symbollically present the Legion d’honneur medal to any veterans who recieved their medal through the post and wish to have it presented ceremoniously, veterans to bring your medal with you and inform of your name and attendance.

 http://www.thenma.org.uk/events-and-news/forthcoming
-events/normandy-veterans-annual-memorial-service-and-parade/

Peter Lloyd
Mr Peter Lloyd, Secretary; Normandy Veterans Alliance Midlands, call: 0121 422 0649, email: pxk@btinternet.com

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General Election 8th May-Postal Votes

Just a reminder that if you are planning a trip to Normandy and wish to vote many won’t be returning home until the 8th June after the polling stations have closed or at a later date. Therefore ensure that you register for a postal vote and mail it in good time.

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75th Anniversary Memorial

June 2019 will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and of the start of the Normandy Campaign. The British Government has appointed The Normandy Memorial Trust to commission the design and building of the British Normandy Memorial to be inaugurated on 6th June 2019.  The project is being funded by the Government with money from fines imposed on banks in the so-called LIBOR affair. It will record the names of all of the British servicemen and women and those from the civilian services who lost their lives in the Normandy Campaign. If you would like more information please see The Normandy Memorial Trust’s website here.

The Normandy Memorial Trust’s first newsletter can be viewed on that website, or copies of the newsletter can be requested by post (particularly intended for veterans) by writing to Normandy Memorial Trust, c/o  16 Collingbourne Road, London, W12 0JQ. The Normandy Memorial Trust is especially interested to gather views on the Memorial, from veterans of the Normandy Campaign and others who have may have a personal interest.

Please note this is not a Spirit of Normandy Trust Project and information is only available from the address or website above.

Recently in Coleville…

Montgomery, Normandy – a further cleaning and waxing of the Monty statue was completed at the request and expense of the Spirit of Normandy Trust. A pledge given to the members of Normandy Veterans Association when it closed in 2014. We are delighted with the quality of the restoration. undertaken by Matthew Beesley of Gem Conservation Ltd who was first commissioned to restore the statue in time for the 70th anniversary. This will be a long term commitment for the Trust to ensure that the statue does not deteriorate over the years.

Satue

Normandy Veterans Reunion

We are pleased to announce that following two previous and successful events, we are planning a reunion for Normandy Veterans over the weekend of 29th September to the 1st of October. Working closely with Return to Normandy, we expect to commence the weekend with a reception and light buffest on the Friday evening, a reunion event on the Saturday during the day, followed by a dinner in the evening. The weekend will draw to a close with a Commemorative Service on the Sunday morning. More details soon, but if you are interested in coming along to part or all of the weekend, please get in touch.

Taxi Charity trip to Normandy 4th-8th June 2017 (shared from cobseo.org.uk)

In June 2017, The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled will be taking 150 World War Two veterans in 90 London Taxis on a five day visit to Normandy.

The charity is inviting Associations and Charities, who may have World War Two veterans in their ranks to register their details with us if they would like to be considered for a place on the trip. A full but gentle itinerary has been planned to take into account the age of the veterans accompanying us. Carers are permitted to accompany veterans but it is hoped we can keep carers to a minimum to allow us to take as many veterans as possible. All travel is in a London licensed taxi and where possible, veterans are picked up from their homes in London and the South East. Veterans unable to be picked up at home may join the trip at the Union Jack Club or at Portsmouth Harbour.

The trip is free for veterans and their carers. For more information and / or to register an interest please contact Dick Goodwin on 01920 464748 or e-mail dickg@taxicharity.org

Charity Reg. No. 264678

Follow this link to a flyer.

The Cenotaph Parade 2016

The Spirit of Normandy Trust was proud and delighted that six Normandy Veterans, carers and supporters joined the Trust’s contingent at the 2016 Cenotaph parade on the 13th November. They were under the watchful eye of WO Baz Firth MBE, who acted as Platoon Commander, whose care and attention to detail was second to none and to whom we are extremely grateful. The veterans travelled from as far away as Cheshire and Wiltshire to attend and regrettably, at the last minute, two veterans were unable to join the group because of ill health. The event proved a “mammoth” effort for the veterans now all well into their 90’s. Everyone was required to be at Horseguards by 9am but did not “fall in” for the parade until around 11:30am and then proudly undertook the mile long march. A few were pushed in wheelchairs but two of the veterans marched the whole route unaided. It is regrettable that so many of the contingents that include WW2 veterans are so far back in the parade especially as it should be appreciated that there won’t be many years when they will be able to attend this very special parade. Thank you again Baz, also not forgetting his wife and son, the veterans, their carers and the others who were such a great support on the day.

Baz Cenotaph

Cenotaph

This is a Veteran who travelled down from Cheshire and was accompanied by his grandson who flew over from the US to join him at the parade.