Annual Pilgrimage 2018

Our Annual Five Day Pilgrimage is being planned for 2018. This will take place in April or May. This has proven to be a moving trip for all those who have taken part in previous years; next year is the centenary of the Armistice and is expected to be even more poignant. Please see below to read about some past pilgrimages along with some information on itinerary and costs

Itinerary and Costs

It is hoped that we will hold another Pilgrimage in April or May 2018 and details will be published later. The Pilgrimage normally runs from Friday to Tuesday in April or May, starting and finishing in Dover. Travel is by coach crossing the Channel by ferry to Calais. Hotel accommodation is in the centre of Ieper.

Participants are asked to suggest visits and so far as possible these are incorporated in the itinerary giving priority to those with a family or regimental connection, subject of course to matters such as access, position and the time available. We always attend St George’s church and the Menin Gate on Sunday.

The Pilgrimage has been held for many years with only a few breaks, but is dependent upon there being sufficient participants to make it financially viable at a reasonable cost. Some people are regular participants, whilst others come only once or twice, but the Pilgrimage is renowned for being a happy and welcoming group. Those of you who have not attended have missed a special experience.

The cost has not yet been calculated and will depend in part on the vagaries of the Sterling/Euro exchange rate but it is expected to be of the order of £450.00 per person to include coach and ferry transport from Dover, accommodation and most meals (other than Monday lunch).  Participants will need to make their own travel and health insurance arrangements.

Itinerary

Day 1

(Friday) Depart from Dover by ferry for Calais, lunch on board the ferry (not included in the cost of the Pilgrimage), cemetery visits on the way from Calais to Ieper

Day 2

(Saturday) Visit to the Somme area, probably including Thiepval.

Day 3

(Sunday) Morning Service at St George’s Memorial Church, buffet lunch with the Chaplain and church members in St George’s church hall. Attendance at the Last Post and wreath-laying at the Menin Gate.

Day 4

(Monday) Morning free in Ieper or a visit to a site of interest such as Fromelles. Visits in the Ypres Salient area in the afternoon.

Day 5

(Tuesday) Reception with the Burgomaster of Ieper in the morning. Return home, possibly incorporating a cemetery visit(s) on the way.