The Branch has a series of events in the period leading up to Christmas and members and friends are encouraged to attend and support as many as they can.
Wednesday 1 November 2.00-4.00 – Showing of The Forgotten Faces of the Great War. The Chinese Labour Corps at the University of Westminster, 152/3 Cayley Room, Regent Street (between Oxford Circus Station and the BBC). Free - book through Eventbrite.
Sunday 5 November 1.00-4.00 - The Big Ideas Company are running an Unremembered Untagged workshop at the National Army Museum near Sloane Square. It is designed to introduce people to the museum's rich and currently unexplored collection of artefacts linked to the WW1 Labour Corps.It is completely free. Participants can ask any questions they have about the Labour Corps and how to work with artefacts in museums.
Thursday 9 November 8.00-9.30 - Malcolm Doolin will be giving a talk on ‘The Boys of Blackhorse Road’ to the Loughton Historical Society, Methodist Church, 260, High Road, Loughton, IG10 1RB.
Friday 10 November 8.00 p.m. – Unknown Warrior ceremony at Platform 8 Victoria Station.
Saturday 11 November 11.00-11.30 – Armistice Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph. Meet at 10.15.
Sunday 12 November 11.00-12.00 – Remembrance Day Ceremonies at Walthamstow Town Hall and Harrow Green, Leytonstone. WFA will be laying wreathes at both events.
Monday 13 November 11.00-5.00 – Branch trip to Brookwood Cemetery, Woking. Meet at Brookwood Station at 12.00 where our dedicated CWCG guide will meet us and take us on a tour of the cemetery, the largest CWGC cemetery in the UK. We will also visit the exhibition. Frequent trains from Waterloo. Train at 11.00 gets to Brookwood at 11.55. No cafes or restaurants near to cemetery so suggest packed lunch. If you are interested in going can you email Eve on email@example.com or Malcolm on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can let CWGC know how many to expect.
Thursday 16 November – 8.00-10.00 – Members’ Night with contributions from Pauline Girling – My dad and tanks; Neil Pearce – Collecting the Great War; readings from his father’s book, A Foot Soldier’s Memoir of World War One, by Phil Sutcliffe, and the launch of The Passchendaele at Home Project, in partnership with The Big Ideas Company, based on Chris Hunt’s research into local casualties of the war. There will be a ceremony to honour the three men who were wounded during the battle and who are buried locally on a date to be finalised during the following week.
Saturday 18 November – 10.00-5.00 - Explore Your Archive at Vestry House Museum. WFA will have a stall and members are very welcome to join us and explore VHM.
Thursday 21 December – 8.00-10.00 – Members’ Christmas night with a presentation from medals expert and local historian, Mark Smith, a bumper Quiz from Chris Daughters and seasonal refreshments.
2018 events for your diaries
The programme of speakers for 2018 is complete and will be announced at the December meeting. In 2018, meetings will again be on the third Thursday but will start at 7.30 p.m.
One to note is Helen Brooks from the University of Kent who will be giving her talk Theatre in the Great War and researching First War plays, which she was unable to give this year, on Thursday 15 February. Once again there will be a rehearsed reading of a contemporary play, this time J. M. Barrie's 'The Old Lady Shows Her Medals'. If you are interested in joining the ELWFA Drama Group please tell Malcolm or Eve. There will be one rehearsal in January or early February.
The Second First World War Day, in partnership with Vestry House and St Mary’s Church, will be on Saturday 15 September 2018. We will be seeking volunteers to help make this an even better event than this years. Several of last years participants have already signed up.