The Menin Gate
During the centenary years of the Great War, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has been working on a multi-million-pound project for the restoration and conservation of the cemeteries and memorials in its care, many of them designed by or under the supervision of Edwin Lutyens.
In 2017, the CWGC invited a small group of Lutyens Trust members to join them on a tour of some of their most important sites in northern France, including Lutyens’s Thiepval, Villiers Bretonneux and the Faubourg d’Amiens.
The tour was led by the CWGC directors and heads of departments responsible for this work, who explained the challenges they faced and solutions adopted. Where alternative solutions were under consideration, they also took the opportunity to discuss these with the Trust members.
The tour provided a fascinating opportunity for a close-up look at the work of the CWGC, in caring for these important Edwin Lutyens works.
As a follow-up to this successful tour, the CWGC is now offering our members a similar 3-day tour of their work in Flanders. This will run from 17 – 19 May 2019.
To set the scene for the tour – and at the invitation of the Government of Flanders – there will be a lecture at Flanders House, London by Mark Connelly, Professor of Modern British Military History at the University of Kent, who will speak about the WWI conflict along the Flanders front. Click here for information on the lecture.
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.
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.
Terms & Conditions
Neither The Lutyens Trust nor the Leader or Organiser of any event or walk advertised in this Newsletter or any other programme organised by The Lutyens Trust shall be held liable for the death of or injury or damage to the person or property (including theft or loss) of any member of the Trust or any guest or any person occurring during or arising from participation in any of the events advertised in this Newsletter or programme. Members are reminded that they should have adequate personal and travel insurance cover.
Refunds for cancellations requested after the 14-day cooling-off period are subject to a £25 administration charge.
Refunds will only be issued for cancellations made no later than 14 days prior to the event start date. It may be possible to make a member substitution if you contact us at least a week in advance of the event.
Transfers to another event cannot generally be made. Any such transfers that are agreed by the Lutyens Trust will be subject to a £25 administration charge.
If the Lutyens Trust cancels the events, we will refund the event fee in full.
If the Lutyens Trust postpones, reschedules or relocates that event, or makes any other material alterations which mean you are no longer able to attend, we will refund the event fee in full.