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September 2018

Amesbury 7-9 September 2018

September 7 - 9, 2018

A ‘traditional’ Guild weekend with a quiz, a wide variety of topics/sites and plenty of opportunity to socialise. Travel during the event will be self-drive. Some walking on rough tracks is involved, with one lung-busting hill well known to anyone who served at Bulford. A number of themes/subjects will be outlined for possible development into UK tours or preliminary to continental tours by Gareth Davies, Andy Johnson and Paul Oldfield. Friday 7 September Settle into accommodation (details to follow), assemble…

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Validation Event

September 22nd, 2018
Museum of Army Flying Middle Wallop, Stockbridge SO20 8DY United Kingdom + Google Map

Want to progress towards Accredited Membership? Need to do a face-to-face assignment? Can't get to a Guild Weekend? Available on 22 September 2018? Then here's your opportunity! Middle Wallop's a few miles from Andover, and a one-day Validation event at the Museum of Army Flying there on 22 September could be the chance for you to get Assignment 1, 5 or 6 under your belt. Six (out of eight) assignments attempted at the last one-day event (Thundersley, in September 2017)…

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October 2018

Richard Holmes Memorial Lecture 2018

October 13th, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Battlefields Trust is pleased to announce that the 2018 Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Peter Gaunt, well known specialist in the mid –17th century, and author or editor of 15 books concerned with aspects of the civil war in Wales, England, and Britain as a whole. The lecture will be hosted by the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London on Saturday 13th October at 2.30pm and will last for one hour with half an hour for questions…

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December 2018

Christmas Lunch

December 7th, 2018
UJC, Union Jack Club, Sandell St, Lambeth
London, SE1 8UJ United Kingdom
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Guild Xmas Lunch Dec 1 2017

Come and join us at our annual Christmas lunch. Meet old friends and make new ones, exchange battlefield stories and Guild gossip at this extremely popular social gathering. More details from Andy Thompson - info@eyewitnesstours.com

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Validation Event December 7th 2018

December 7th, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
UJC, Union Jack Club, Sandell St, Lambeth
London, SE1 8UJ United Kingdom
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A Validation Event has been organised on December 7th 2018 at the Union Jack Club, Sandell St, Lambeth, London, SE1 8UJ It will take place between 1000 and 1200; there is a total of six slots available. Requests to attempt Assignments 1, 5 or 6 should be emailed to the Validation Secretary (valsec@gbg-international.com) by 7 November (as usual, "first come, first served").

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January 2019

Guild Annual Weekend and AGM 2019

January 18th, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - January 20th, 2019 @ 2:30 pm
Mercure Hotel Leicester, Granby Street
Leicester, LE1 6ES United Kingdom
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The Guild Annual Weekend and AGM will take place January 18th - 20th 2019. The venue will be the Mercure Hotel Granby Street Leicester LE1 6ES The event will include opportunities for validation, guest speakers, the annual Guild dinner and the ever popular Guild quiz! The AGM will also take place on the afternoon of Saturday 19th. Full details of the event will be released shortly!

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March 2019

Validation Event 30th March 2019

March 30th, 2019
Caythorpe, 19 High Street NG32 3DR United Kingdom + Google Map

A Validation Event has been organised on Saturday 30 March at Caythorpe Village Hall, 19 High St, Caythorpe, Grantham NG32 3DR, UK Requests to attempt Assignments 1, 5 or 6 should be emailed to the Validation Secretary (valsec@gbg-international.com) by 15 February 2019 (as usual, “first come, first served”).

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July 2019

Guild Recce – Redcoats in the Pyrenees: 26-30 July 2019

July 26th, 2019 @ 8:00 am - July 30th, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

A Pyrenees Recce is scheduled for 26-30 July. This 5-day Recce visits the 1813-14 Peninsular War battlefields of the Pyrenees and follows the footsteps and actions of an army that had been built and nurtured by a great leader over the five preceding years. We visit the battlefield of Vitoria where Wellington achieved one of his greatest victories. We walk the land bridge at Sorauren to look at Foy’s demise then gain the heights of the Pass at Maya. We…

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August 2019

Badged Guides Dinner 9th August 2019

August 9th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

  The Annual Badges Guides Dinner will be held on Friday 9th August 2019 at a location that will be disclosed on the day!! For further details contact Graeme Cooper. Badged Guides Dinner 2019 Poster

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13th Annual Golf Championships 2019 16th August 2019

August 16th, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 10:00 pm
John O’Gaunts Golf Club, Sutton Park
Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2LY United Kingdom
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£50

Guild Golf Day Poster Every year The Guild of Battlefield Guides holds its Annual Golf Championships at the John O’Gaunt Golf Club. Prior to the 2019 Championship the Guild presentation will be ‘Trafalgar’.    

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September 2019

Validation Day

September 28th, 2019
Household Cavalry Museum Archive, Combermere Barracks
Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3DN United Kingdom
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  Want to progress towards Accredited Membership? Need to do a face-to-face assignment? Can't get to a Guild Weekend? Here's your opportunity! You'll be able to attempt Assignment 1, Assignment 5 and/or Assignment 6. Send your request to the Validation Secretary and put the date in your diary now!

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October 2019

Guild Recce, Berlin

October 7 - 11, 2019
Alexanderplatz, Berlin Germany + Google Map

A five-day recce (Monday to Friday) of Berlin, including visits to Seelow, Potsdam and Gatow. There is an option on the Friday for additional visits to Sachsenhausen, Templin and a hunt round Soviet SA2 and SA3 sites north of Berlin.

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November 2019

Validation Event Museum of Army Flying Middle Wallop

November 2nd, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Museum of Army Flying Middle Wallop, Stockbridge SO20 8DY United Kingdom + Google Map
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December 2019

Guild Christmas Lunch

December 6th, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, Lambeth
London, SE1 8UJ
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TBC

After a very positive response from members, we were able to increase the number of available places from 50 to 60. This event is now fully subscribed: if any places become available members will be notified via update emails. Contact Andy Thompson andy.ewt@gmail.com (please note this is his new email address).

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January 2020

Annual Conference and AGM 2020

January 31st, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - February 2nd, 2020 @ 2:30 pm

Our Annual Conference and AGM weekend will be held in the Mercure Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone. The hotel is located just off Junction 8 of the M20. Our theme for the weekend will be the Battle of Britain and we plan to include the usual mix of activities - validation opportunities, Guild AGM (Saturday afternoon), Guild Awards Dinner, a quiz, bring-and-buy stall, and a range of speakers.  

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March 2020

Staffordshire Weekend, Lichfield.

March 13th, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - March 15th, 2020 @ 2:30 pm
Lichfield United Kingdom + Google Map
£20.00

Friday evening 13th. to Sunday 15th. March, based around the cathedral city of LICHFIELD. Time for a weekend meeting with like- minded members and guides to recce what is available in the area. (Friends and family welcome).   Based on a "book your own accommodation" basis either two nights or join on Saturday for one night. Meet Friday evening in the Kings Head old coaching inn where the Staffordshire Regiment was first raised. (The pub is now owned by the Staffs Regimental…

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April 2020

Validation Day

April 4th, 2020
Tally Ho Club, Pershore Road
Birmingham, B5 7RN United Kingdom
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TBC

Want to progress towards Accredited Membership? Need to do a face-to-face assignment? Couldn't get to the Guild Annual Conference? Here's your chance! Here's an opportunity to advance along the path towards your Badge! You'll be able to attempt Assignment 1, Assignment 5 and/or Assignment 6. Send your request to the Validation Secretary, and put the date in your diary now!

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July 2020

Online Assignment 1 Validation Event

July 11th, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event by a Guild Member who has chosen The Battle for Ouvrage La Ferte 16-19 May 1940 as his subject. 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.  The link for the brief for audience members, which all audience members must read, is given in…

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Online Event – The Battlefields of the Western Front in the era of Covid-19

July 12th, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

As Europe starts emerging from Covid-19 Lockdowns many of us are looking forward to returning to the battlefields of Belgium and France. But what can we expect? And what has life been like on the battlefields during our enforced absence? Well, Guild members Julie and David Thomson (owners of No56 B&B on the Somme) and Genevra Charsley and Jacques Ryckebosch (owners of Flanders Battlefield Tour in Ypres) have agreed to share their thoughts with us. They will give us a…

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Assignment 1 Validation

July 25th, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an online Assignment 1 Validation Event. The Guild Member candidate’s presentation will be The Garwhal Brigade at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle - 10 March 1915. 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 link which will be provided in the Weekly Update and, once registered, reminders…

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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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