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August 2020

Assignment 1 Validation

August 1st, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be The 38th (Welsh) Division - Lloyd George's Welsh Army and the assault on Mametz Wood July 10th to 12th July 1916. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Members - to register your interest in joining…

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Accredited Guides’ Dinner – POSTPONED

August 7th, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
TBC

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions in place and expected to be in place in August, the Accredited Guides Dinner has been postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date. Further details from Graeme Cooper in due course.

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Annual Golf Day – REARRANGED AS “VIRTUAL” TOURNAMENT

August 14th, 2020
Courses local to Members United Kingdom + Google Map
TBC

Unfortunately, owing to the Covid 19 restrictions  likely to be in place, the event has been rearranged as a virtual golf tournament as social distancing cannot be guaranteed at the John O'Gaunt course. The "Covid 19" tournament will take place on 14th August and will now be played by Members at their local courses with scores being sent into the tournament organiser. Further details from Graeme Cooper.

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Recce – The Fall of Mercia, Repton, Derbyshire

August 15th, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Repton, Repton Church
Repton, DE65 6FH United Kingdom
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In 873 Mercia, the largest Anglo-Saxon kingdom, fell from history. This recce will walk the ground seeking evidence of battle, locating warriors burials and determining how the Vikings achieved victory. The recce will end, COVID measures permitting, with a pub lunch in Repton. To seize this opportunity to re-sharpen your guiding sword arm and renew friendships. Meeting point Repton Church Contact David Harvey for further information

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Assignment 1 Validation

August 16th, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be The Battle of Ortona, December 1943. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Members - to register your interest in joining the audience, click here Note that you must register for both assignment and feedback sessions…

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Assignment 1 Validation

August 22nd, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be Objective Hillman: 1st Battalion The Suffolk Regiment, D-Day and the race to Caen. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Members - to register your interest in joining the audience, click here Note that you must…

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September 2020

East Anglia Regional Event – WW2 Aviation History at Ridgewell Airfield, Essex

September 11th, 2020
Ridgewell Airfield, Oaker Hill, Ridgewell Road, Great Yeldham,
Halstead., CO9 4RG United Kingdom
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The Ridgewell Roam - A day out walking  in East Anglia. If you are an East Anglian based member of the GBG and you are desperate to get out and soak up some history, why not come along to Ridgewell Airfield in Essex.  Mike Peters and Paul Bingley have organised a great day out on 11 September 2020. The day will include a guided walk around what was the only USAAF Heavy Bomber field in Essex, access to the Museum,…

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Thermopylae and Artemisium Recce – CANCELLED

September 15 - 18, 2020
TBC

Due to numbers, this recce has been cancelled this year. The recce would have covered the Four Battles which decided the fate of fledgling democracy in the Greco-Persian War of 480BC. The recce follows the route of the Persian invasion, beginning on the Island of Skiathos before crossing the Straits of Artemisium to Thermopylae. The next day's touring takes in the battles of Plataea and Salamis before returning via Athens airport. It is hoped that this recce can be rearranged…

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Assignment 1 Validation

September 19th, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be 3rd Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade at the Battle of Messines 1917. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Members – to register your interest in joining the audience, click here Note that you must register…

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Assignment 1 Validation

September 26th, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be The Second Battle of Ramadi, Mesopotamia, 1917. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Members – to register your interest in joining the audience, click here Note that you must register for both assignment and feedback…

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October 2020

Assignment 1 Validation

October 3rd, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be Counter-Stroke at Arras, 21 May 1940.  All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Members – to register your interest in joining the audience, click here Note that you must register for both assignment and feedback sessions separately in…

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Assignment 1 Validation (postponed)

October 10th, 2020

This Event has been postponed from 10 October; the new date has yet to be confirmed. This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be The Alabamas at Croix Rouge Farm. July 25-27 1918.

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Portsmouth Weekend, 16-18 October 2020 (postponed)

October 16 - 18, 2020

A ‘traditional’ Guild weekend with a quiz, a wide range of subject matter (not just nautical, although Portsmouth is billed as "the home of the Royal Navy"!) and sites, and plenty of opportunity to socialise. Travel during the event will be self-drive. Some walking is involved, none of it strenuous! A number of themes and topics will be outlined for possible inclusion into UK tours or preliminary to trips to France by Tim Stoneman and others. Due to current and…

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Assignment 1 Validation (postponed)

October 17th, 2020

This Event has been postponed until 2021. This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be Operation Mercury: Maleme 20 May 1941.

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November 2020

Assignment 1 Validation

November 14th, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild member candidate’s presentation will be 55th (West Lancashire) Division during the Third Battle of Ypres. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Members – to register your interest in joining the audience, click here Note that you must register for both assignment…

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Assignment 1 Validation

November 21st, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild member candidate’s presentation will be The Battle for Seelow Heights, April 1945. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Members – to register your interest in joining the audience, click here Note that you must register for both assignment and feedback…

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Assignment 1 Validation

November 28th, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild member candidate’s presentation will be 44 Commando at the Battle of Hill 170. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Members – to register your interest in joining the audience, click here Note that you must register for both assignment and…

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January 2021

AGM 2021, Online

January 30th, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Given that the Covid 19 and travel restrictions, it has been agreed to hold the Annual General Meeting online. It is hoped that under these arrangements those who normally attend will do so as well as many more who, for whatever reason, are not able to make the travel arrangements to do so. We have capacity for all of our members to attend, so let's make it a record attendance! The normal Annual Conference has been cancelled but we will…

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Awards and Badge Presentation, Online

January 30th, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Guild Awards presentation and presentation of badges to newly-accredited guides will take place shortly after the Annual General Meeting (exact starting time will be announced at the end of the AGM).  Registration details can be found in the Membership area of the Guild website under "2021 AGM and Awards Ceremony".

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February 2021

Assignment 1 Validation

February 1st, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild member candidate’s presentation will be The Battle of Crete 1941. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Members – to register your interest in joining the audience, click here Note that you must register for both assignment and feedback sessions separately in…

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May 2021

Assignment 1 Validation

May 8th, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild member candidate’s presentation will be Exercise Tiger 22-28 April 1944. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Members – to register your interest in joining the audience, click here Note that you must register for both assignment and feedback sessions separately…

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Assignment 1 Validation

May 29th, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild member candidate’s presentation will be The Battle of Raate Road, 1-7 January 1940. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Members – to register your interest in joining the audience, click here Note that you must register for both assignment and…

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July 2021

Assignment 1 Validation

July 4th, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be 8 Division’s attack to the east of Bouchavesnes – 4 March 1917. Further details about how to join the audience for this event will be published in the Guild Weekly Update email about a week before the event. Members wishing to attend must register their interest in attending by using the links which will be provided in the Members area of this website under Accreditation…

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Assignment 1 Validation

July 25th, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be Le Chêne Tondu and the Iron Division (28th AEF): late September/early October 1918. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Further details about how to join the audience for this event will be published in the…

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September 2021

Special Forces in the UK

September 11 - 12, 2021
Poole United Kingdom + Google Map

The Guild Special Forces recce will take place on the 11th and 12th September 2021 in the Poole area. The theme of the recce is the development of Special Forces capabilities during WW2 and will study the Special Operations Executive, The Auxiliary Units, the Special Raiding Force, Special Forces Communications, Air support to SF operations, MI9, the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, the COPPs and Operation Frankton. This promises to be a packed weekend with lots of historical info and a…

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November 2021

Somme Recce

November 1 - 5, 2021
TBC

Taking a Guild recce format with participating Guild members passing on their knowledge of the battlefield and tour tips based on experience. Participants will be invited to share their knowledge with the group as we visit possible "stands" around the battlefields. Newcomers to the Guild and battlefield guiding on the Western Front need not be concerned that your knowledge may not match that of experienced members. That is the whole point of recces to gain information and you will be…

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Assignment 1 Validation

November 21st, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be Battle for Kustrin – The Farcical Fortress, February 1945. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Further details about how to join the audience for this event will be published in the Guild Weekly Update email…

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December 2021

Guild Christmas Lunch 2021

December 3rd, 2021
Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, Lambeth
London, SE1 8UJ
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£45.00

A great opportunity to catch up at the end of a difficult year for many; the Guild’s annual Christmas lunch will be held at the Union Jack Club, Sandell St, London SE1 8UJ on Friday 3 December. The bar opens at 11.00 a.m. and members are asked to assemble for 12.30 for lunch at 12.45 when a three course lunch (with coffee, mince pies and crackers!) will be served.  The event is informal (lounge suits and equivalent for female members…

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March 2022

Guild Portuguese Peninsular War Recce – Rescheduled Dates

March 2 - 7, 2022
Oporto Portugal + Google Map
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This Recce had been scheduled to take place in April 2020 but was postponed as Europe went into Covid 19 lock-down which prevented all but non-essential travel. The recce has now been provisionally rescheduled to 2-7 March 2022 Please contact the organiser if you are interested in going if you were not down to go on the original recce dates as there may be spaces available. This 6 day Guild Recce visits the battlefield of Bussaco where Wellington’s strategic genius…

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Annual General Meeting 2022

March 20th, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

As in 2021, our Annual General Meeting, and the Awards Ceremony which follows it, will be conducted virtually.  Links to both events have been published in the Members area of the Guild website (under the "2022 AGM" tab of the Governance page), and also circulated by email. Annual General Meeting Last minute registration for the AGM will always be possible but, in order to help the Membership Secretary (who must ensure that only paid-up members of the Guild are attending,…

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Guild Awards Ceremony

March 20th, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

As in 2021, the Awards Ceremony, which will follow our Annual General Meeting, will be conducted virtually.  The link to join this event has been published in the Members area of the Guild website (under the “2022 AGM” tab of the Governance page), and also circulated by email. The Awards Ceremony The ceremony will begin thirty minutes after the end of the AGM; however, the room will open immediately after the AGM itself has finished.  On entry into the 'room'…

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Assignment 1 Validation

March 26th, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be Battle for Kustrin, February 1945. All Guild members are welcome to join the audience, particularly those who have been accepted on the Accreditation Programme but have not yet seen a live validation, and those who have yet to begin the process. Further details about how to join the audience for this event will be published in the Guild Weekly Update email about a week before…

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April 2022

EOD, Malta

April 1 - 3, 2022
Malta Malta + Google Map

The Guild recce to Malta will take place in April 2022.  The theme of the recce is the defence of Malta during WW2, with the emphasis being on the Explosive Ordnance Disposal capability of the islands.  To provide background and context, it will also cover air and sea campaigns, the experience of the Maltese population and the Axis plans to invade the islands.  There will also be a presentation on the siege of Malta in 1565. Despite being the most…

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“From Stringbags to Spitfires!”

April 23rd, 2022
Castle Bromwich Birmingham, United Kingdom

A car tour around four sites associated with Castle Bromwich airfield, North Birmingham looking at its history telling the story of the development of military and civil aviation from 1910 to 1950.  Today mostly associated with the building and development of Spitfires in WW2 there is a whole, almost unknown, Great War and interwar years history here, one of the first RFC training airfields for pilots.  We'll visit three local cemeteries to hear the stories of casualties killed flying there,…

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May 2022

The Richard Holmes Memorial Lecture

May 5th, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Battlefields Trust, British Commission for Military History and International Guild of Battlefield Guides are pleased to announce that the Richard Holmes Memorial Lecture will take place on Thursday, 5 May 2022 at 19:00 hrs.  This will be a virtual lecture by Professor Anne Curry, Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, University of Southampton, entitled: "The Battle of Baugé 22 March 1421 – A Franco-Scottish Agincourt?" To register please go to – https://my.demio.com/ref/ZXG4VooY6EzFWsbb.

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July 2022

Tewkesbury Core Event

July 1 - 3, 2022
Tewkesbury

Based in the historic town of Tewkesbury the outline plan for the weekend is: Friday & Saturday night - hotel in Tewkesbury: With a significant number of locals the numbers currently staying for the weekend are insufficient to get any hotel "deal", especially approaching High Season. Therefore, we are leaving finding accommodation up to individuals, but are suggesting people use the Tewkesbury Premier Inn, on Shannon Way, GL20 8ND. The price obtained there, in March, for Friday and Saturday nights,…

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September 2022

Commando and Ranger Event

September 16 - 19, 2022

This event will study the creation and reformation of the WW2 Commando and Ranger units and their notable missions from WW2 to their role today.  Based in scenic Scotland at Achnacarry, it will also study the SOE paramilitary training at Arisaig House (and surrounding estates) and will feature the usual dinner and quiz night, pertinent memento and plenty of 'hands on' for those that want to, on demolitions, booby traps, survival, camouflage and concealment, elimination of sentries and weapon handling. …

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October 2022

Visit to the Tower of London

October 28th, 2022 @ 7:25 pm - 11:45 pm
Tower of London

The evening starts at 1925 when everyone meets at the main gate (West Gate) of the Tower where I will meet you.  I will then take you on a tour of the Tower which will last an hour before retiring to the Yeoman Warders Bar, The Keys, for refreshment.  I normally conduct a raffle but this is up to you, it’s certainly not compulsory.  At 2130 we go back outside for me to brief you on the ancient Ceremony of The Keys…

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November 2022

Accredited Guides’ Annual Dinner

November 18th, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Queen Elizabeth II – Badged Guides Dinner will be held in London on 18 November.  Further details from Graeme Cooper in due course.

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Webinar: DEMYSTIFYING ASSIGNMENT 1 – Observations and Advice for Candidates.

November 22nd, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Accreditation Director (Chris Finn) will be running a webinar on Demio at 1900 on Tuesday 22 November, which is primarily designed for those members, in particular new ones, who are planning, or considering, undertaking Assignment 1 at the Annual Conference in January 2023, or on-line. The Demio registration link is https://my.demio.com/ref/s67M1Z3aWq83l29s.

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