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Outbreak of WW1 - 100th Anniversary

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BERE 14 - 18

The   Parish   Commemorations   of   the   100   years   since   World   War   One   began   and   the   Events   during   the   War   are   ongoing.   The   Group   helping coordinate   it   all   are   called   BERE   14-18.   We   are   working   with Affpuddle,   Briantspuddle   and   Winterborne   Kingston   when   appropriate,   as   so   many of the families who were caught up in the conflict were spread throughout the villages. 'Sing as we go!' Performance by Pop in Performers 5/6/7 June - the Pop in Performers staged “Sing as we go!”, a commemoration in song of war-time Bere Regis and the songs that kept us going.
(Photographs courtesy of Bernie Lightfoot , Matty Maunder & Robin Pitcher - click to enlarge) On   Sunday   3rd   August,   there   was   a   thoughtful   and   memorable   service   in   our   parish   church   at   7pm   led   by   Ian   Woodward,   our   vicar   and   by Pastor Jim Morris. The   Church   was   full   to   capacity   and   the   service   included   hymns   and   readings   including   a   number   of   First   World   War   poems   on   the   themes   of reconciliation   and   peace.   The   service   ended   with   a   procession   to   our   War   Memorial,   led   by   children   and   young   people   from   all   sections   of   the parish   carrying   28   candles   in   remembrance   of   our   28   war   dead.   The   candles   were   placed   around   the   memorial   and   a   Piper   played   from   the Church   Tower.   'Anthem   for   Doomed   Youth',   was   read   out   and   as   the   sun   set   in   a   clear   blue   sky,   we   all   dispersed. A   beautiful   Service   marking the lights going out across Europe. You can read the Order of Service, with all the Poems and Music by clicking here Remembrance Sunday - Sunday 9th November 2014
(Photographs courtesy of Amy Belcher - click to enlarge) Battlefield Tour in 2015 Sufficient   interest   has   been   shown   for   a   small   group   to   undertake   a   battlefield   tour   in   2015,   and   the   proposed   Battlefield   Trip   to   France   & Belgium is outlined below - General It   has   been   proposed   that   we   conduct   a   battlefield   tour   of   various   sites   on   the   Western   Front   during   2015   as   part   of   the   Great   War Commemorations.   The   tour   would   concentrate   on   the   actions   of   the   Dorsetshire   Regiment   but   there   would   flexibility   to   include   sites   of   personal pilgrimage, if practical. Indicative Programme Day one : Travel to the Eurotunnel,(178 miles) aiming for a 1300 crossing; Drive to Arras (69 miles) spend evening and overnight in Arras Day   two :   visit   Somme   battlefields;   Leipzig   redoubt,   1   Dorset’s   action   1st   July   1916;   Thiepval   Memorial   and   visitor   Centre;   Mouquet   Farm,   5 Dorset’s   action   27   Sep   1916;   Lochnagar   Crater;   preserved   trenches   at   Newfoundland   Memorial   Park,   Beaumont   Hamel.   Evening   and   overnight in Arras Day   three :   drive   to Ypres,   (55   miles)   visiting   en   route   the   Canadian   memorial,   preserved   trenches   and   tunnels   at   Vimy   Ridge;   visit   the   Flanders Field Museum in the Cloth Hall, Ypres. Evening and overnight in Ypres. Day    four :    visit    Ypres    Salient    battlefields;    Hill    60,    1    Dorset’s    action,    1    May    1915;    Hill    62    Museum    &    trenches;    Tyne    Cott    cemetery, Passchendaele; in the evening attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate; overnight in Ypres Day   Five:    drive   to   Calais,(58   miles)   visiting   the   Toc   H   Talbot   House   rest   centre   and   exhibition   in   Poperinghe   en   route;   Eurotunnel   crossing around 1800; arrive Bere Regis (178 miles) approx 2100 The   visits   will   be   conducted   by   Philip   Ventham,   an   amateur   military   historian   who   has   recently   completed   an   MA   in   First   World   War   Studies   at Birmingham   University   and   is   a   member   of   the   Western   Front Association   and   the   Guild   of   Battlefield   Guides.   He   has   experience   of   conducting tours around the battlefields of France and Flanders and an interest in the actions of the Dorsetshire Regiment in the Great War. Dates We   are   looking   at   a   five   day,   four   night   trip   avoiding   weekends   and   school   holidays   to   reduce   overall   costs.   Accommodation   in   the   battlefield areas   is   at   a   premium   over   the   next   five   years   of   commemorations   especially   during   school   holidays.   We   would   need   to   book   accommodation shortly to guarantee success. We are looking at the following dates: Mon 8 June to Fri 12 June Transport We   have   met   a   problem   in   organising   the   transport   for   this   planned   trip   to   the   battlefields   in   2015.   With   the   numbers   who   have   shown   some interest,   currently   around   12   ‘possibles’   ,   we   were   planning   to   hire   a   minibus.   However,   EU   regulations   now   require   the   driver   of   a   minibus   (ie   a vehicle   with   seating   for   9-16   people   not   including   the   driver)   to   have   a   driving   licence   covering   the   D1   category   for   minibuses.   For   this   licence   to be   legal   in   the   EU,   it   has   to   have   been   obtained   by   passing   the   appropriate   minibus   driving   test,   not   by   virtue   of   holding   a   UK   licence   since before   1   January   1997   which   grants   an   exemption   to   drive   a   minibus   in   the   UK   on   an   ordinary   car   license.   None   of   the   potential   drivers   can meet this new EU requirement for driving a minibus on the continent. We   suggest   therefore   that   if   anyone   is   interested   in   going   on   this   trip,   they   make   their   own   travel   arrangements   for   the   trip   (   indicative   costs   for ferries   and   fuel   are   shown   below)   but   that   all   other   aspects   of   the   tour   are   arranged   centrally   ie   booking   of   accommodation,   conduct   of   the   visits to battlefields, cemeteries and memorials. Accommodation We   are   looking   at   middle-range   hotel   accommodation   in   Arras   and   Ypres   on   a   bed   and   breakfast   basis,   with   lunch   and   evening   meals   being purchased    locally.    Both    cities    have    a    wide    range    of    restaurants.    The    recommended    accommodation,    if    available,    is    the    Ibis    Arras www.ibis.com/Arras   and   the   Novotel   Ypres   ..   www.novotel.com/Ypres   .   Both   provide   double/twin   rooms   with   an   additional   couch.   Prices   are quoted for double occupancy. If you want single occupancy, I’m afraid you will have to pay the double rate. Prices Indicative prices, based on the above dates, but at 2014 prices, are as follows: Eurotunnel , per car inc passengers, return £120 Fuel, estimated 600miles, £120 Accommodation, B&B, double/twin room Arras £52/night/room x 2 nights £104 Ypres £86/night/room x 2 nights £172 Extras, museums, etc , say £25 So,   for   2   people,   sharing   car   and   accommodation,   approx   £285/person.   Obviously,   sharing   the   travel   expenses   between   3   or   4   people   will reduce the individual cost further to around £225 per person. Expressions of Interest If   you   are   at   all   interested   in   this   trip,   could   you   let   Phil   Ventham   know   as   we   need   to   make   provisional   bookings   for   accommodation   as   soon   as possible. You can contact him on 01929 471 215 or email him here . Other plans under discussion for the Commemoration are -   Church Display A rolling display of photos and news cuttings in the church reflecting the current news from 100 years ago.   WW1 related Lectures A series of lectures on military and social themes in the Autumn and Spring of the four year period. The draft programme at present is: Lecture   1    –   Saturday   1st   November   2014   about   the   naval   battle   of   Coronel   1914   –   speaker   Rod   Arnold   of   the   Western   Front   Association (WFA). Drax Hall This was a fascinating event. You can see the Presentation Powerpoint by clicking here - please note that the Presentation is fully Copyrighted Lecture 2 – Saturday 16th May 2015 subject TBC speaker Dr Spencer Jones, Wolverhampton University Lecture 3 – Autumn 2015 Training in Dorset for the Great War – speakers David Fletcher and Phil Ventham. Lecture 4 – Spring 2016 The Parishes and the War at Sea – speaker John Tozer Lecture 5 – Autumn 2016 The call to arms, recruitment and conscription in the local parishes – speaker John England Lecture 6  – Spring 2017 The Dorset Regiment at War – speaker tbc Lecture 7  – Autumn 2017 Nursing in the Great War – speaker Angie Tozer Lecture 8  – Spring TBC Lecture 9  - Autumn 2018 Remembrance – the War Memorials – speaker tbc Research into the enlisted Villagers A   publication   is   being   prepared   based   on   research   into   the   310   men   known   to   have   enlisted   or   been   conscripted   from   our   parishes   during   the war   Tea Rooms A   re-enactment   of   the   war   time   Tea   Room   that   was   established   in   the   Drax   Hall   in   1914   and   served   tea   and   refreshments   to   recruits   at Bovington all through the war. There will be a display of photos and memorabilia in conjunction with the re-enactment   Memorial Garden Creation The creation of a memorial garden in part of the open spaces of Bere Regis. If you would like more information, or would like to become involved, please contact Amanda Crocker on 472 327. Ian Ventham
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© Bere Regis Village  2003  -  2017

Outbreak of WW1 - 100th Anniversary

Church Service

Bere Regis Village Website

BERE 14 - 18

The   Parish   Commemorations   of   the   100   years   since   World   War   One began    and    the    Events    during    the    War    are    ongoing.    The    Group helping   coordinate   it   all   are   called   BERE   14-18.   We   are   working   with Affpuddle,      Briantspuddle      and      Winterborne      Kingston      when appropriate,   as   so   many   of   the   families   who   were   caught   up   in   the conflict were spread throughout the villages. 'Sing as we go!' Performance by Pop in Performers 5/6/7 June - the Pop in Performers staged “Sing as we go!”, a commemoration in song of war-time Bere Regis and the songs that kept us going.
(Photographs   courtesy   of   Bernie   Lightfoot   ,   Matty   Maunder   &   Robin Pitcher - click to enlarge) On    Sunday    3rd   August,    there    was    a    thoughtful    and    memorable service   in   our   parish   church   at   7pm   led   by   Ian   Woodward,   our   vicar and by Pastor Jim Morris. The   Church   was   full   to   capacity   and   the   service   included   hymns   and readings    including    a    number    of    First    World    War    poems    on    the themes    of    reconciliation    and    peace.    The    service    ended    with    a procession   to   our   War   Memorial,   led   by   children   and   young   people from   all   sections   of   the   parish   carrying   28   candles   in   remembrance of   our   28   war   dead.   The   candles   were   placed   around   the   memorial and   a   Piper   played   from   the   Church   Tower.   'Anthem   for   Doomed Youth',   was   read   out   and   as   the   sun   set   in   a   clear   blue   sky,   we   all dispersed.   A   beautiful   Service   marking   the   lights   going   out   across Europe. You can read the Order of Service, with all the Poems and Music by clicking here Remembrance Sunday - Sunday 9th November 2014
(Photographs courtesy of Amy Belcher - click to enlarge) Battlefield Tour in 2015 Sufficient   interest   has   been   shown   for   a   small   group   to   undertake   a battlefield   tour   in   2015,   and   the   proposed   Battlefield Trip   to   France   & Belgium is outlined below - General It   has   been   proposed   that   we   conduct   a   battlefield   tour   of   various sites   on   the   Western   Front   during   2015   as   part   of   the   Great   War Commemorations.   The   tour   would   concentrate   on   the   actions   of   the Dorsetshire   Regiment   but   there   would   flexibility   to   include   sites   of personal pilgrimage, if practical. Indicative Programme Day   one :   Travel   to   the   Eurotunnel,(178   miles)   aiming   for   a   1300 crossing;   Drive   to   Arras   (69   miles)   spend   evening   and   overnight   in Arras Day   two :   visit   Somme   battlefields;   Leipzig   redoubt,   1   Dorset’s   action 1st   July   1916;   Thiepval   Memorial   and   visitor   Centre;   Mouquet   Farm, 5    Dorset’s    action    27    Sep    1916;    Lochnagar    Crater;    preserved trenches     at     Newfoundland     Memorial     Park,     Beaumont     Hamel. Evening and overnight in Arras Day   three :   drive   to   Ypres,   (55   miles)   visiting   en   route   the   Canadian memorial,   preserved   trenches   and   tunnels   at   Vimy   Ridge;   visit   the Flanders    Field    Museum    in    the    Cloth    Hall,    Ypres.    Evening    and overnight in Ypres. Day   four :   visit   Ypres   Salient   battlefields;   Hill   60,   1   Dorset’s   action,   1 May    1915;    Hill    62    Museum    &    trenches;    Tyne    Cott    cemetery, Passchendaele;   in   the   evening   attend   the   Last   Post   Ceremony   at the Menin Gate; overnight in Ypres Day   Five:    drive   to   Calais,(58   miles)   visiting   the   Toc   H   Talbot   House rest    centre    and    exhibition    in    Poperinghe    en    route;    Eurotunnel crossing around 1800; arrive Bere Regis (178 miles) approx 2100 The   visits   will   be   conducted   by   Philip   Ventham,   an   amateur   military historian   who   has   recently   completed   an   MA   in   First   World   War Studies   at   Birmingham   University   and   is   a   member   of   the   Western Front    Association    and    the    Guild    of    Battlefield    Guides.    He    has experience   of   conducting   tours   around   the   battlefields   of   France   and Flanders   and   an   interest   in   the   actions   of   the   Dorsetshire   Regiment in the Great War. Dates We   are   looking   at   a   five   day,   four   night   trip   avoiding   weekends   and school    holidays    to    reduce    overall    costs.    Accommodation    in    the battlefield    areas    is    at    a    premium    over    the    next    five    years    of commemorations   especially   during   school   holidays.   We   would   need to    book    accommodation    shortly    to    guarantee    success.    We    are looking at the following dates: Mon 8 June to Fri 12 June Transport We   have   met   a   problem   in   organising   the   transport   for   this   planned trip   to   the   battlefields   in   2015.   With   the   numbers   who   have   shown some   interest,   currently   around   12   ‘possibles’   ,   we   were   planning   to hire   a   minibus.   However,   EU   regulations   now   require   the   driver   of   a minibus   (ie   a   vehicle   with   seating   for   9-16   people   not   including   the driver)    to    have    a    driving    licence    covering    the    D1    category    for minibuses.   For   this   licence   to   be   legal   in   the   EU,   it   has   to   have   been obtained   by   passing   the   appropriate   minibus   driving   test,   not   by virtue   of   holding   a   UK   licence   since   before   1   January   1997   which grants   an   exemption   to   drive   a   minibus   in   the   UK   on   an   ordinary   car license.    None    of    the    potential    drivers    can    meet    this    new    EU requirement for driving a minibus on the continent. We   suggest   therefore   that   if   anyone   is   interested   in   going   on   this trip,   they   make   their   own   travel   arrangements   for   the   trip   (   indicative costs   for   ferries   and   fuel   are   shown   below)   but   that   all   other   aspects of   the   tour   are   arranged   centrally   ie   booking   of   accommodation, conduct of the visits to battlefields, cemeteries and memorials. Accommodation We   are   looking   at   middle-range   hotel   accommodation   in   Arras   and Ypres   on   a   bed   and   breakfast   basis,   with   lunch   and   evening   meals being     purchased     locally.     Both     cities     have     a     wide     range     of restaurants.   The   recommended   accommodation,   if   available,   is   the Ibis      Arras      www.ibis.com/Arras      and      the      Novotel      Ypres      .. www.novotel.com/Ypres   .   Both   provide   double/twin   rooms   with   an additional   couch.   Prices   are   quoted   for   double   occupancy.   If   you want   single   occupancy,   I’m   afraid   you   will   have   to   pay   the   double rate. Prices Indicative   prices,   based   on   the   above   dates,   but   at   2014   prices,   are as follows: Eurotunnel , per car inc passengers, return £120 Fuel, estimated 600miles, £120 Accommodation, B&B, double/twin room Arras £52/night/room x 2 nights £104 Ypres £86/night/room x 2 nights £172 Extras, museums, etc , say £25 So,     for     2     people,     sharing     car     and     accommodation,     approx £285/person.   Obviously,   sharing   the   travel   expenses   between   3   or   4 people   will   reduce   the   individual   cost   further   to   around   £225   per person. Expressions of Interest If   you   are   at   all   interested   in   this   trip,   could   you   let   Phil   Ventham know   as   we   need   to   make   provisional   bookings   for   accommodation as   soon   as   possible.   You   can   contact   him   on   01929   471   215   or email him here . Other plans under discussion for the Commemoration are -   Church Display A   rolling   display   of   photos   and   news   cuttings   in   the   church   reflecting the current news from 100 years ago.   WW1 related Lectures A   series   of   lectures   on   military   and   social   themes   in   the Autumn   and Spring of the four year period. The draft programme at present is: Lecture   1    –   Saturday   1st   November   2014   about   the   naval   battle   of Coronel     1914     –     speaker     Rod    Arnold     of     the     Western     Front Association (WFA). Drax Hall This    was    a    fascinating    event.    You    can    see    the    Presentation Powerpoint   by   clicking   here   -   please   note   that   the   Presentation   is fully Copyrighted Lecture    2    –    Saturday    16th    May    2015    subject    TBC    speaker    Dr Spencer Jones, Wolverhampton University Lecture   3   Autumn   2015   Training   in   Dorset   for   the Great    War    –    speakers    David    Fletcher    and    Phil Ventham. Lecture    4    –    Spring    2016    The    Parishes    and    the    War    at    Sea    speaker John Tozer Lecture    5    –    Autumn    2016    The    call    to    arms,    recruitment    and conscription in the local parishes – speaker John England Lecture 6  – Spring 2017 The Dorset Regiment at War – speaker tbc Lecture   7    Autumn   2017   Nursing   in   the   Great   War   –   speaker Angie Tozer Lecture 8  – Spring TBC Lecture   9    -   Autumn   2018   Remembrance   –   the   War   Memorials   speaker tbc Research into the enlisted Villagers A   publication   is   being   prepared   based   on   research   into   the   310   men known   to   have   enlisted   or   been   conscripted   from   our   parishes   during the war   Tea Rooms A   re-enactment   of   the   war   time   Tea   Room   that   was   established   in the   Drax   Hall   in   1914   and   served   tea   and   refreshments   to   recruits   at Bovington   all   through   the   war.   There   will   be   a   display   of   photos   and memorabilia in conjunction with the re-enactment   Memorial Garden Creation The   creation   of   a   memorial   garden   in   part   of   the   open   spaces   of Bere Regis. If   you   would   like   more   information,   or   would   like   to   become   involved, please contact Amanda Crocker on 472 327. Ian Ventham
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