The Menin Gate

An example of one of the Belgium cemeteries – Hooge Crater Cemetery

Getting to the coach pick-up point

We will be travelling by coach with Scotland & Bates, who will pick us up at Ashford Bus Station in PARK STREET. This is a short walk or bus ride from Ashford International Station. The postcode is TN24 8EU

Parking: We would advise parking in the Multi-Storey Car Park at Ashford International. This can be pre-booked in advance at https://ashfordintl.co.uk/parking. The pick up point is a 10 minute walk. Buses and taxis are also available at the station for transfers (fees apply).

Rail: Southeastern run direct high-speed train services from St Pancras International in Central London to Ashford International (via Stratford & Ebbsfleet). Conventional train services call at Ashford Domestic station from destinations in Sussex, Kent and London. For more information please visit the Southeastern website.

Car 

From the West and London: Leave the M20 at Junction 9 taking the A20 towards Ashford town centre, take the second exit at the Maidestone Roundabout on to the A292 and you will find signposts to Ashford International.

From the East: Leave the M20 at Junction 10 taking the A292 towards Ashford town centre, after approximately half a mile you will find signposts to Ashford International.

Lutyens and the CWGC in Flanders

Wednesday 31 July – Friday 3 August 2018 Postponed until further notice

Coach pick up location: Ashford Bus Station, Park Road, Ashford, Kent TN24 8EU

By kind invitation of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, members are invited to join a  tour of Lutyens sites in and around Ypres (Belgium). The tour will include a visit to the Last Post Ceremony at The Menin Gate; and a 2 day tour of notable Lutyens cemeteries in the Ypres region. The price includes midi-coach transport throughout (departing from close to Ashford International Station); 3 nights stay in the 4-star Hotel Ariane; 2 packed-lunches and entrance fees.

The distinguished British architect was born in 1869. He was commissioned by the Imperial War Graves Commission to design many of the cemeteries and memorials of the First World War. Many consider his work for the Commission his greatest. It was Lutyens, along with Sir Reginald Blomfield and Sir Herbert Baker, who first went to visit the temporary burial places in Northern France and Belgium to decide how to proceed with the design of the cemeteries.

It was his idea that all of the Commission cemeteries should contain a permanent monument – a Stone of Remembrance. Another structure, a cross, was proposed to reflect a Christian element. This would later be known as a Cross of Sacrifice.

Lutyens designed Thiepval Memorial in France, the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. Construction began in 1928 and panels of Portland stone were inscribed with the names of the missing. His other work includes Delhi Memorial (India Gate), the Cenotaph, Whitehall, Tower Hill Memorial, Arch of Remembrance memorial in Leicester and Arras Memorial. In total Lutyens is credited with 27 cemeteries in Belgium, according to Jeroen Geurst.

This event is for members only – join here to book.

Online bookings

Please make your booking online through PayPal using your credit / debit card or PayPal account.

Manual bookings

For postal applications please send a SAE and a cheque for £565 per person (single occupancy) or £485 per person (double occupancy) made payable to “The Lutyens Trust” to Rebecca Lilley, Trust Secretary, Danewood, Crundale, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7EF.

For more information please email Rebecca on rebecca.e.lilley@outlook.com