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.

Brighton Marathon

On the 9th April our Trustee, Flaminia Martin, undertook the Brighton Marathon in 21 degree heat raising funds for the trust. Flaminia had been training for 16 weeks ahead of the day and completed the 26.2 miles in a gruelling 4hours 45 minutes and 12 seconds. To date Flaminia had raised £953.75 (incl. gift aid). Thank you so much to all the kind people who sponsored her to complete the challenge.

Brighton Marathon

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.

Captain Robert Fieffé– 1928 – 2017

On 10th January 2017 the funeral took place, in Cheux, France, of Robert Fieffé a well known figure at Aldershot Airborne Forces Day.  Robert used to annually bring his group of ex Para’s to the UK and many will have personally known him and have fond memories.

The Aldershot branch of the PRA first met Robert, when one year on a visit to France they found their hotel double booked. Robert immediately organised all the villagers of Cheux who welcomed many as guests into their homes.

He was too young to join the Forces during the war, but took an active part in helping the French Resistance by delivering messages on his bicycle

Robert was instrumental as a leading figure in restoring Pegasus Bridge and the new Museum.  He was well known and respected throughout Normandy and will be greatly missed.

Robert Fieffe