Book now for Hollingbourne trip to Templeuve on 11th November.
Hollingbourne residents have been invited to attend the Armistice Day events in Templeuve on Wednesday 11th November. The two previous trips to Templeuve for Armistice Day in 2013, 2014 and 2015 have been very successful and it is hoped that this year’s trip will be just as enjoyable.
This year there will be a visit from Templeuve to Kent on the weekend of 12th and 13th November for the Hollingbourne Remembrance Day Ceremony which will be followed by a lunch in the Village Hall. It is expected that the French visitors will stay in Canterbury and that they may also visit Leeds Castle.
Derek Davison writes:-
The 4th Annual Remembrance Day
trip to Templeuve will be on
Friday 11th November
Leaving the Windmill 6.30 am, travel through the Channel Tunnel, home approx 10.15 pm
Cost will be between £55 and £60 depending on numbers coming and exchange rate nearer the time, and will include :-
Travel in luxury coach with 2 drivers
Coffee & nibbles on arrival
Joining in with their Remembrance activities
Cocktails in old town hall
4hr and 4course dinner with afternoon dancing and entertainment.
Those who have been before will testify what a great day we have and how friendly and hospitable they are in Templeuve so why not come along.
Book early to avoid disappointment
or for further enquiries contact
Derek Davison on 01622 880650
Or any Templeuve Twinning Committee member
John Cobbett 880543, Barbara Gibbs 880652,
Pam Nash 880309, Janice Butler 880382
The programme for the day is expected to be the same or similar as in previous years:-.
Depart from the Windmill PH in Eyhorne Street on a 29 seater coach at 6.30am to catch the 7.50am shuttle with the intention of arriving in Templeuve soon after 11.00 am local time, where coffee & biscuits are served.
11.50 hr Assemble on the main square, parade behind the town band to the cemetery, laying of wreaths on the graves of the French soldiers and on the graves of 2 British soldiers. Last year the daughter of one of them visited the Cemetery last year and left some flowers and Mayor Luc Monnet and James Tosh of the templeuve Twinning Committee asked in 2015 Hollingbourne’s help in tracing any descendants of two British soldiers who died on the retreat to Dunkirk in 1940. The family of the second soldier, William Hiscox was traced and family members attended the 2015 event but it has not been possible to find any relatives of John Greenwood :-
John Ronald Greenwood (3711521) aged 21 who died on 23rd May 1940 of the 5th Battalion of the Kings Own Royal Regiment Lancashire. He was the son of Robert and Margaret Greenwood of Bolton le Sands and husband of Mary Jane Greenwood and father of “Babs” (who laid the flowers).
William Henry Hiscox (5333453) aged 28 who died on 22nd May 1940 of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Hiscox and the husband of Iris Doris May Hiscox of Burgess Hill.
Parade back to the main square.Laying flowers and wreaths on the war memorial.The names of those from Templeuve who died are read out by school children who also lay small flags on the war memorial.
13.00 hr Cocktail in the town hall and presentation of certificates to the winners of the school children’s “Memories of the war “ competition.
14.00 hr – 18.30 hr War veterans annual dinner dance, where more than 100 normally attend, and a delegation from Hollingbourne of 20 to 29 or a few more will be made welcome. The price of the lunch is fixed at 35 euros including wine. We Depart approx 19.15 hr
A coach has been arranged which will leave the Windmill at 6.30am and return at about 10pm. The fare for the day including the lunch with wine will be about £55 cheques should be made payable to “Hollingbourne Twinning Committee”
For those wishing to spend the night in Templeuve and do not come on the coach, the Lille Mercure hotel has quoted a price of 82 euros [£73] for a double room breakfast included. The price of the lunch with wine is 35eu and needs to be booked in advance. Templeuve is about 80 miles from Calais with a journey time of c100 minutes on main roads without tolls.
Please contact Derek Davison for more information on Tel. 880650 or any member of the Templeuve Twinning Committee.