Anzac Day 2022

RCS members are invited to join the Britain-Australia Society West Country Branch at the Anzac Day Event on  Sunday 24th  April.

See below for details. 

THE BRITAIN-AUSTRALIA SOCIETY
WEST COUNTRY BRANCH

PRESIDENT: LORD HAGUE OF RICHMOND
CHAIRMAN: DAMIAN WALSH
WEST COUNTRY BRANCH
BRISTOL - CORNWALL - DEVON - DORSET - GLOUCESTERSHIRE - SOMERSET – WILTSHIRE
Patron: Sir James Tidmarsh KCVO MBE JP
Branch Chairman: Keith G. Newton

17/03/2022
To West Country Branch Members of the Britain-Australia Society
Commemorate ANZAC Day 2022 Sunday April 24th, 2022

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I am pleased to provide the details and invitations for this year's ANZAC Day lunch and Service of Remembrance at Sutton Veny. After two years of Covid lock downs and having to hold virtual services, we look forward to seeing many of our members and their guests in attendance.

The Remembrance Service, held at the Church of St John the Evangelist, Sutton Veny, was one of the first ANZAC Day services conducted in the world. It was broadcast live to Australia by the ABC for many years. Before the church service, the West Country Branch of the Britain-Australia Society will again hold a lunch at The Infantry Officers’ Mess at Warminster.

The cost of the lunch is £32 for members and £35 for non-members. This includes a short reception, buffet lunch and wine followed by coffee served in the anteroom.

As in prior years the Branch will hold its AGM just prior to the lunch. Branch members please arrive for the 11.30am AGM, while guests could either arrive for the 12 midday reception, or take coffee /tea in the reception room while the AGM is completed.

Keith Newton
Chairman, West Country Branch, Britain-Australia Society


To book please download the Anzac Day PDF booking form.
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Please ensure your form entries are present on the form before sending. To print a copy of the invitation please download the PDF Invitation here.

You will need to ensure we have your Car registration and you will need to bring your Licence with you on the day.

THE PROGRAMME

11:30 - 12:00
Branch Annual General Meeting.

12:00 - 12:30
Reception at the Infantry Officers' Mess Warminster.

12:30 - 13:45
Lunch and after lunch speeches in the Infantry Officers' Mess. Wine and soft drinks included.

13:45 - 14:15
Coffee – in the anteroom.

14:25
Please drive to the Church and ensure you take your seat there promptly by 14:45.

15:00
ANZAC Day Service of Remembrance at St. John the Evangelist, Sutton Veny followed by wreath laying at the War Memorial in the churchyard.

16:00 - 17:00
Afternoon Tea at Sutton Veny Village Hall.

Would members please reply as soon as possible but no later than Monday April 18th. Refunds for cancellations can be made up to that date. No tickets will be issued.

Speaker (invited only) Brigadier Grant Mason Head of Australian Defense Staff London

St. John The Evangelist, Sutton Veny

In 1918 a number of servicemen, many of them Australians, who died in the influenza epidemic of that year, are buried in the graveyard alongside those who died from wounds. Five Australian nurses are also buried there. Regular services are held today by the Upper Wylye Parish Team and there is a yearly memorial service on the Sunday closest to Anzac Day.

DIRECTIONS TO THE INFANTRY TRAINING OFFICERS MESS AT WARMINSTER & AFTERWARDS TO SUTTON VENY CHURCH

The main entrance to the Land Warfare Centre is on Imber Road to the North East of the town. Please report to the guard at the gate and you will then be checked in and directed to the Infantry Training Officer’s Mess, which is situated at the far end of the Centre. Details of the route to nearby Sutton Veny from the Infantry Mess will be handed out as you leave.

St Johns Church: 11 Springhead, Sutton Veny, Warminster BA12 7AG