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Programma:



Lochnagar Ceremony 1st July 2006

Bradford Pals Event Serre 1st July 2006
http://www.somme-1916.com/event001.htm

Somme Battlefield Exhibition - Longueval 30th June - 2nd July 2006

Somme Marathon 2nd July 2006
http://www.somme-marathon.com/

Thiepval Ceremony 1st July 2006
http://www.somme-1916.com/event002.htm

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http://www.somme-1916.com/home.htm
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'Great War News'
The Great War Society Event 1 July 2006
Commemorating the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Somme offensive

Friend David Whithorn writes:

The Great War Society (GWS) (http://www.worldwar1.com/tgws/) is planning a special event on 1 July 2006 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Somme offensive. I am involved with the organisation of the event, which will centre on the sounding of the Last Post at Serre Road No.1 Cemetery during the evening of the 1st, in honour of all the Pals battalions who fought here.

The Great War Society is acknowledged as the best UK ‘living history’ group portraying the soldiers of the '14-18 war. Our mission is to educate the public about the Great War in this very practical way. We make sure that our uniforms, equipment and drill are to the highest standards. We do not undertake battle re-enactments or silly theatricals.

For this event, the majority of GWS members will be badging up as the 16th West Yorkshire Regiment (1st Bradford Pals). Our bugler will be badged as 15th West Yorks, Leeds Pals. The instrument he will use will be my original Leeds Pals bugle presented by Alderman Tetley JP of the Leeds Pals Raising Committee in 1914. Within the society, it is probable that the other Yorks and Lancs Pals battalions will be represented, possibly even the Accrington Pals and Hull Pals, too. It would be great to cover all the Pals battalions of the 31st Division if we could.

Things are still at an early stage. I think you will agree this will be a very special occasion. If you should like further details, please contact me.

David@pwhithorn.fsnet.co.uk

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1st July 2006. This will be the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. It is anticipated that a great number of people will attend the ceremonies. The ceremony at the Thiepval memorial will probably take place at 1200 noon or soon after.
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Frieze at Delville Wood Museum
21 April - 3 Dec.

* Exhibition 'Somme 1916, Espace Mondial'At the Great War Museum in Péronne.

29 April

* Australian commemoration at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux (in the morning).

27 May

* Memorial Day - American Cemetery - Bony (Aisne)


11 June

* French Commemoration at Serre-Hébuterne chapel.

1 July - Multiple Events

* Each year since then, French, British, Irish and Newfoundlanders have commemorated this event. Ceremonies start at 7.30am at the La Boisselle mine crater, accompanied by bagpipes and cannon salutes. This very moving commemoration is organised by Richard Dunning, owner of the Lochnagar Crater.

* Then there are three other ceremonies in succession at the Franco-British memorial in Thiepval at 11am, at the Ulster Tower at 3pm and at the Newfoundland memorial in Beaumont-Hamel at 4pm.

* Last Post for the Pals.
The Great War Reenactment Society will be commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme by undertaking a series of events representing the Pals battalions of the 31st Division. The highlight will be a moving ceremony at Serre Road No.1 cemetery on the evening of the 1st July (ca. 8pm).


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18 July

* South African Commemoration at Delville Wood, Longueval.

10 September

* French Remembrance Ceremony at Rancourt.

4 November

* Canadian Commemoration at Newfoundland Memorial, Beaumont-Hamel.

11 November - Armistice Day

* Public holiday throughout France. Most communities hold official commemorative ceremonies focussed on their war memorial, usually involving veterans' associations ; these are naturally particularly impressive in the Battlefields areas.
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1916 – 2006 : 90th Anniversary of
The Battle of the Somme
This is the preliminary programme of events (a working document which will form the
basis of the official programme of the Conseil Général due to go out in April)
On July 1st 1916 one of WW1’s most significant battles took place in the Somme.
More than one and a half million British & Commonwealth, French and German soldiers
fought during many long hard months.
More than a million men perished: wounded or missing.
In 2006 the Somme department (province) will commemorate the 90th anniversary of
this terrible struggle.
The information you will find below has been provided by individuals and organisations.
We strongly advise you to check beforehand that the dates and times are correct and the
event is going ahead as planned. Contact details are provided each time.
The CDT (Somme Tourist Board) cannot be held responsible for any changes made to the
programme.
13th January – 12th February
Historial de la Grande Guerre in Péronne
Exhibition on the reconstruction building in the East of the Somme after WW1.
Rebuilding places of work - Nesle
Contact: 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
3rd – 17th February
Office de Tourisme (Tourist Office) in Montdidier
Exhibition on the reconstruction programme in the east of the Somme department.
Modernising residential areas
Contact : 03 22 78 92 00 – officetourismemontdidier.80@wanadoo.fr
17th February – 19th March
Historial de la Grande Guerre in Péronne
Exhibition on the reconstruction building in the East of the Somme after WW1.
Men and their work – Péronne
Contact: 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
27th February – 10th March
Library in Roisel
Exhibition on the reconstruction programme in the east of the Somme department.
Churches and cenotaphs
Contact : 03 22 86 51 25

18th March – 28th May
Centre Culturel (Cultural Centre)/Musée départemental (Departmental Museum) de
l’Abbaye de Saint-Riquier
Albert Hirsch’s work exhibited: sculptures and artwork: What landscapes?
The Santerre landscape dug up by explosions and the way the land washes up different
objects influence the artist’s vision.
Exhibition preview at 5pm on March 18th.
Contact: 03 22 28 20 20 – museestriquier@somme.fr
22nd March – 2nd April
Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne
Garden level exhibition : The Great War - temporary exhibition in partnership with the
FASILD (Fonds d’Action et de Soutien pour l’Intégration et la Lutte contre la
Discrimination – Movement for integration and against discrimination).
Contact : 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
25th March
8.30pm: Play entitled ‘Gaston et Yvonne’ presented by the theatre company: Théâtre sur
Cour.
This will be shown in the Salle des Fêtes in Saint-Riquier.
The story is of two lovers engaged to be married in the Baie de la Somme (Somme Bay) in 1914.
One is a poilu who goes off to fight; the other a fisherman’s daughter.
Contact: 03 22 28 20 20 – museestriquier@somme.fr
28th April – 10th December
Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne
Exhibition ‘1916: The Battle of the Somme, a world stage’
New exhibition on the international nature of the conflict that took place between 1916
and 1918.
In 1916 the department of the Somme became a world stage where 20 or so nationalities
were engaged: soldiers from the empires built up by the British, the French and the
Germans.
The route taken by so many of these men will be shown via a variety of sources and
exhibits: personal belongings and keepsakes, maps, video footage etc…
The Somme has kept its international flavour since the time of these troubles. The
various international cemeteries and memorials; and the pilgrimages made by people
from all over the world to visit the battle sites are testimony to this.
This exhibition will also include guided and themed visits to sites, film-viewing,
conferences, concerts, plays and colloquia etc…
Contact : 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
23rd April
Guided Walk/ Ramble: ‘Local battlegrounds remembered’
Contact: Association Marche Randonnée Chaulnoise 03 22 85 43 67

29th April
Villers-Bretonneux
ANZAC DAY Ceremony at the Australian Monument
Contact: 03 22 96 80 79 – museeaustralien@aol.comwww.museeaustralien.com
30th April
Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne
Conference to be held by Jean-Jacques Becker on the Battle of the Somme.
Contact : 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
May
The 60 towns and villages that make up the Poppy Country Community (Le
Pays du Coquelicot) will be working hard to produce a number of events: guided
walks, exhibitions and displays, concerts, poetry readings…
Contact: Service Culturel de la ville d’Albert 03 22 74 37 00 – Communauté de
Communes du Pays du Coquelicot 03 22 64 10 30
11th & 12th May: Espace Mac Orlan (Mac Orlan Centre in Péronne)
Théâtre Le Lavoir (Amiens, August 1914, Lavandières à Saint-Leu) produced by the pupils
from the Lycée du Sacré-Coeur.
Contact: 03 22 73 31 00 – communication@ville-peronne.fr
20th May: A Night of Museums
. Cultural Centre / Departmental Museum of the Abbaye in Saint-Riquier
6pm: Concert played by the Arte Quartet (supporting the Albert Hirsch exhibition).
8.30pm: The musical event in the museum will be provided by students from the
Abbeville Conservatoire.
10pm: Concert ‘Awaiting the eleventh hour’.
This will take you back to the time of the Great War. The ambiance of a bygone era is
created through contemporary art, literature and music.
The Beauvais cello octet and the Gargantua Children’s Choir will be taking part.
Contact: 03 22 28 20 20 – museestriquier@somme.fr
. Historial de la Grande Guerre museum in Péronne
Open until 11.30pm. Museum visit guided by Annette Becker – a reputed historian and
concert.
Contact : 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
20th – 28th May
Exhibition in Querrieu.
Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th May: 35th anniversary of the Little Train of the
Upper Somme (P’tit Train de la Haute-Somme)
You can enjoy demonstrations and exhibitions of different engines.
Contact: 03 22 83 11 89 – appeva@club-internet.frwww.appeva.org
26th May
There will be a Remembrance Ceremony in Maurepas-Leforest.
28th May
There will be a Remembrance Ceremony at the American Cemetery in Bony.

28th May - Wilfred Owen & The Northern Pals
2pm: Guided Walk – Military Trail organised by Paula Flanagan Kesteloot (roughly 4 hrs
long).
The poet Wilfred Owen was an officer in the Manchester Regiment and spent time on the
Somme battlefields. Nearby were other northern regiments composed mainly of Pals who
worked together, lived close to one another and who now lie buried together.
We will meet up at the Newfoundland Memorial Park in Beaumont-Hamel (wait on the car
park).
Contact: 03 22 75 64 17 - kesteloot.flanagan.paula@wanadoo.fr
June
1st June – 7th July
Exhibition ‘The Battle of the Somme represented by images – Myth & Reality’
Théâtre du Jeu de Paume (on the right of the town hall) in Albert
Contact: Association Souvenir, Sauvegarde et Histoire militaire régionale
somme.1916@wanadoo.fr
Whit weekend (3rd 4th & 5th June)
A Vintage Car Owners’ association will stage an event based on the theme of the 90th
anniversary of The battle of the Somme.
Contact: Christian Hubeau (Town Hall in Montigny-sur-l’Hallue) 03 22 40 51 95
15th June: Espace Mac Orlan (Mac Orlan Centre in Péronne)
A variety of choirs from Péronne, and Vermand together with a children’s choir, will perform.
Contact: 03 22 73 31 00 – communication@ville-peronne.fr
17th June – 3rd September
Cultural Centre / Departmental Museum of the Abbaye in Saint-Riquier
Exhibition of ‘Battle landscapes’
The work of more than 20 artists will be on display showing their vision and
conceptualisation of the Somme landscape during the war.
Contact: 03 22 28 20 20 – museestriquier@somme.fr
17th June
Cultural Centre / Departmental Museum of the Abbaye in Saint-Riquier
5pm: Preview of the aforementioned exhibition ‘Battle Landscapes’
6.30pm: Concert in collaboration with the Royaumont Foundation entitled: ‘Romanticism and
Death’ in the choir stalls of the abbey.
Contact: 03 22 28 20 20 – museestriquier@somme.fr
17th & 18th June: 11th Teuf-Teuf Rally
Contact: Office de Tourisme de la Haute-Somme – 03 22 84 42 38 – accueil@otperonne.
fr
18th June: The 15th Lancashire Fusiliers’ (1st Salford Pals’) Final March
Guided Walk – Military Trail organised by Paula Flanagan Kesteloot. This will last roughly
4 hours.
This particular battalion left Bouzincourt on June 30th in preparation for the Big Push.
They were to attack the village of Thiepval. Meeting point – the cenotaph in Aveluy 2pm.
Contact: 03 22 75 64 17 - kesteloot.flanagan.paula@wanadoo.fr

23rd June: Hamel’s village church – Bagpipe Concert
7.00pm: Albert has its own Bagpipe Music School run by the talented Jean-Luc Saint
who has enabled a new set of would-be pipers and drummers to make their dream come
true. This is the first ever concert held by Albert’s Ecole de Cornemuse and they would
like your support.
Contact: Jean-Luc Saint – 06 86 69 49 70 – pepjock@aol.com – http:/thejocks.free.fr
24th June: Espace Mac Orlan in Péronne – Cabaret Evening with songs sung by the
French troops during WW1.
Contact : 03 22 73 31 00 – communication@ville-peronne.fr
Saturday 24th June: Dury, presentation of Foch’s headquarters (Route de Paris) and the
château where he stayed.
Sunday 25th June: Dury, inauguration of the new explicative signs at the entrance to
the village. Guided visit of the Remembrance Trail & picnic.
Wednesday 28th June: Dury, Children’s Day (Guided visit of the Historial museum in
Péronne. Children can enter a drawing and essay competition on the Great War).
Thursday 29th June: Dury, Jean-Pierre Thierry will be holding a conference on the Battle
of the Somme at the Maison Communale.
Friday 30th June, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July: Dury, Foch Exhibition at the
Maison Communale.
Friday 30th June: Dury, At 9.30pm view the historical fresco in front of the
château – Produced by a Company known as Le Lézard décadent.
Contact: michel.quezin@wanadoo.fr
27th June – 1st July: In the Foot Steps of the Pals
120 soldiers in WW1 uniform and carrying WW1 equipment will undertake a walk from
Hébuterne to Maricourt.
Contact: sommeremembranceassociation@yahoo.fr
28th June – July 2nd: Last Post for the Pals
The members of the Great War Society who are coming to take part in this project are to
set up camp in Mesnil Martinsart (on the football pitch). From there they will undertake a
number of projects. On July 1st they will do a sponsored march from the Lochnagar
Crater (having attended the ceremony). Those to benefit from the sponsored march are
the Royal British legion, Friends of Lochnagar, Thiepval Visitor’s Centre.
In the evening of July 1st at 7.45pm there will be a ceremony, organised by members of
the Great war Society, for the Pals battalions at the Serre cemeteries N°1 & N°2. There
will be 30men wearing the uniform and kit of the Bradford Pals. On July 2nd a private
open air church parade is planned for Pals’ relatives at the Bradford Pals memorial at
Hébuterne (Somme RLB Branch in attendance). They will then march from Hébuterne to
Gommecourt n°2 Cemetery for their ceremony for the London Rifle Brigade and other
units of 56th Division
Contact: 01256 324689 - david.whithorn@tiscali.co.uk
28th June – 2nd July: 2nd Battalion of The Royal Irish Regiment
Roughly 50 people will be involved in a commemorative march on the Somme
Battlefields, among them will be musicians playing the bugle, drums and bagpipes.
Contact: Chris Davis chris.davis903@zoom.co.uk

Juillet
30th June – 2nd July: ‘The town of Albert launches a message of peace to the
world’
. The whole town will be involved in recreating the atmosphere of WW1: the declaration
of war, troops passing through and going to combat, life behind the frontline, time-off,
time in billets etc…
. Opening event in front of the Basilica: a show entitled ‘The Soldier & the Dancer’.
. At the Forum cinema WW1 films will be shown.
Get along to the Escalier du Rire in the Rue de Birmingham which will turn itself into a
British style pub / Soldiers’ mess. Here there will be a collection of interesting displays
and events: models of WW1 planes, selected photographs from WW1 archives…
The Rue de Birmingham will be adorned with photos of local children of different origins
reflecting the global community we live in.
The Guinguette will be created with live musicians, notably accordion players, playing
music from the era. A huge dance floor will be constructed on the car park in front of the
Kergomard Primary School behind the Basilica.
. Torchlights will be lit in the public park and the basilica will be converted into a
lighthouse with laser spotlights illuminating the battlefields at a distance of 20kms all
around Albert.
.The roll of honour: during a 25 hour period the names of those who fell will be read out
(British and German soldiers).
. Albert’s schoolchildren will bring along messages of peace to tie to trees in the Public
Park.
. Saturday evening: theatrical sketch entitled ‘Le Choeur des Femmes’ in front of the
Basilica. The play ‘La saison des Blessures’ is on at the local Theatre TJP.
. At Sunday lunchtime there will be a show entitled ‘The Return of the Troops’.
. You can view exhibitions at the Office de Tourisme, at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, in
the local library and in the Somme Trench Museum.
Contact: 03 22 75 16 42 – ot.albert.ancre@wanadoo.frwww.tourisme-albert.net
Service culturel de la ville d’Albert 03 22 74 37 00 – m.coulon@mairie-albert.fr
30th June – 2nd July: Exhibition at Longueval
30th June – 3rd July: Somme 1916 Museum
9.00am – 10.00pm: Exhibition about aviation in WW1. Newhaven room.
Contact : musee.des.abris.somme.1916@wanadoo.fr
1st July : Official Ceremonies
. 7.30am: Lochnagar Crater – La Boisselle
. Afternoon: The British Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in Thiepval and the Ulster
Tower memorial ceremonies and then the ceremony at the Newfoundland Memorial Park.
And Fricourt (German cemetery) and Albert, and Guillemont and Ginchy…
7.30am: The bells will be rung in the churches of the 60 towns and villages that make
up the Poppy Country Community to mark the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.
Each town hall will be adorned with flags representing all the nations whose men fought
here in the Somme.
2nd July: Albert, The 2nd ever Somme Marathon in Poppy Country
Run the Poppy Route
There are 3 races you can run: the full marathon-42kms (at 08.30am), the halfmarathon-
21kms (at 9.00am) and the 5kms race (at 09.15). This is the only event of its
kind in France where money is collected for charity by runners who are sponsored by
friends, family, colleagues etc…

The event can also be a day out for the family as there will be entertainment on offer at
the Marathon Village.
Contact: 03 22 76 54 40 - paulchaplin@wanadoo.fr - www.somme-marathon.com
1st and 2nd July: The Little Train of the Upper Somme (P’tit Train de la Haute-
Somme)
The train line will be used for an event involving genuine WW1 vehicles used by the
French, British, German and American armies.
Contact: 03 22 83 11 89 – appeva@club-internet.frwww.appeva.org
2nd July
Vintage Car Society event to mark the 90th Anniversary of The Battle of the Somme.
Contact: Christian Hubeau (Maire de Montigny-sur-l’Hallue) 03 22 40 51 95
4th July: Le Hamel
Australian Remembrance Ceremony
8th July
Dompierre, Assevillers, Fay: remembrance ceremony.
9th July
Péronne: Award ceremony, military parade with military vehicles on show, soldiers’ mess
etc… all in collaboration with the French Ministry of Defence.
Contact: 03 22 73 31 00 – communication@ville-peronne.fr
9th July
Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne
A conference will be held and a visit to the German battle sites will be led by Gerd
Krumeich.
Contact : 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
13, 14 and 15 July
Lihons: Memorial tomb of Prince Murat, Napoleonean demonstrations.
16th July: Longueval, South African Monument & Museum
Remembrance Ceremony at 9.30am.
Contact: 03 22 85 02 17
17th July: Berny-en-Santerre, rally-walk.
23rd July: Pozières: An illuminated fresco will appear on the water tower on the road to
Albert. The image shown will serve to commemorate the liberation of the village by
Australian troops on July 23rd 1916.
The inauguration ceremony will involve the talents of the Somme Battlefield Pipe Band.
Other night-time entertainment will be provided.
Contact: 06 61 48 00 60 - yves.potard@ac-amiens.fr - www.digger-pozieres.org
September
8 and 9th September
Combined Irish Regiments’ Remembrance Services and Ceremonies: Guillemont and Ginchy
On the morning of the 9th September (at roughly 6am) the village community in Guillemont
will begin reading aloud the names of the 2,600 or so Irish soldiers who fell during the
Liberation of Guillemont and Ginchy in September 1916.
The first ceremony will begin in Guillemont at 11am and there will be a service in the church.
The parade will then proceed to Ginchy where a similar ceremony will take place.

Contact: Harry Beattie - 0044 (0)28 9029 1471 - gray.wolf@ntlworld.com
10th September: A Remembrance Ceremony will take place in the Chapelle du
Souvenir Français in Rancourt.

10th September
Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne
The research Centre will be organising a conference led by John Horne on ‘The Irish
troops in the Battle of the Somme’.
Contact: 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
24th September: A Remembrance Ceremony will take place in the Chapelle du Souvenir
Français in Rancourt.
16th September
Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne
The research Centre will be organising a conference led by Sophie Delaporte on ‘Medical
Facilities during the Battle of the Somme’.
Contact: 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
Weekend of the 16th and 17th September
The Conseil Général will be organising an event designed for the public in Glisy. This
will be free of charge and we can promise that you will find it moving.
16th September – 19th November
Cultural centre / Departmental Museum of the Abbaye de Saint-Riquier
Exhibition by Christine Jean – ‘Blades of Light’
Contact: 03 22 28 20 20 – museestriquier@somme.fr
16th September – 12th November
Cultural Centre/Departmental Museum of the Abbaye de Saint-Riquier
Exhibition: ‘Remembering the Great War’ put together by the Departmental Archives.
Local cenotaphs serve to remind the nation of the sacrifices made by a generaton of
martyrs.
Contact: 03 22 28 20 20 – museestriquier@somme.fr
16th September
Cultural Centre/ Departmental Museum of the Abbaye de Saint-Riquier
3.00: Conference to be held by the Belgian writer / translator Xavier Hanotte, author of the
book ‘Derrière la colline’ (Behind the Hill) which relates the story of the sacrifice of the 2nd
Salford pals – 16th Lancashire Fusiliers.
5.00pm: preview of these exhibitions:
- Christine Jean: Lames de lumière (Blades of Light)
- Departmental Archives: Remembering the Great War
Contact: 03 22 28 20 20 – museestriquier@somme.fr
16th & 17th September
Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne
National Heritage Day: The Historial’s research centre is organising a conference on: ‘The
Senegalese Infantry in the Battle of the Somme’ led by Marc Michel, plus guided visit and
performance.
Contact : 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
17th September: The Little Train of the Upper Somme (P’tit Train de la Haute-
Somme), National Heritage Day
The railway museum will be open and entry will be free from 10.00am to 7.00pm. The
steam train will be running in the afternoon. Passenger tickets will be at reduced prices.
A team of volunteers will take you behind the scenes to discover our 35 year history, our
museum, our depot-workshop etc…
Contact: 03 22 83 11 89 – appeva@club-internet.frwww.appeva.org

23rd September: Remembrance Ceremony in Lesboeufs. The Mayor of Canterbury, Kent
(UK) will be present and the new village square will be inaugurated.
Contact: commune.lesboeufs@wanadoo.fr
23rd & 24th September: The Orchestra of the University of Picardy will present a series
of concerts- Schubert / Beethoven / Lalo / Vivaldi.
These will take place on Saturday 23rd at 8.00pm and on Sunday 24th at 3.00pm in the
Saint-Médard Church in Fresnes-Mazancourt.
There will be both a German and a British soloist present.
Contact: 03 22 85 05 59
24th September: The Little Train of the Upper Somme (P’tit Train de la Haute-Somme),
End of Season Steam Festival.
All the steam trains will be brought out for this special day to close the season. Come and
see us getting the engines ready at 9.00am in the morning. There will also be some jazzy
entertainment to look forward to on the platform
Contact: 03 22 83 11 89 – appeva@club-internet.frwww.appeva.org
October
1st October: ‘90 Years ago Adolf Hitler was wounded on the Somme battlefields’
2.00pm: Guided Walk – Military Trail organised by Paula Flanagan Kesteloot (3-4 hours
long)
The Führer could have died here and Europe’s history would have been decidedly
different. The wartime experiences of 1914-1918 were instrumental in making Adolf
Hitler the ruthless dictator he became. Without the Great War there would never have
been a Nazi Germany.
Meeting Point – The Butte de Warlencourt on the Albert-Bapaume Rd.
Contact: 03 22 75 64 17 - kesteloot.flanagan.paula@wanadoo.fr
14th & 15th October
Historial de la Grande Guerre in Péronne
Reading Festival: The Historial’s Research Centre is planning a conference on ‘Chinese
soldiers in the Battle of the Somme’, Anne Deperchin. Nicolas Beaupré will be reliving the
experiences of writers who were soldiers. A performance: Théâtre du Lin, No Rest
(inspired by Chinese and Japanese theatre) will take place.
Contact : 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
21st October: The Little Train of the Upper Somme (P’tit Train de la Haute-Somme),
Special Day of Train Photography.
Contact: APPEVA – tél. : 03 22 83 11 89 – Email : appeva@club-internet.fr
November
4th November: Newfoundland Memorial Park in Beaumont-Hamel, Canadian
Remembrance Service
Contact: 03 22 76 70 86 – newfoundland_memorial@vac-acc.gc.cawww.vac-acc.gc.ca
5th November: Mass in the Amiens Cathedral with ex-servicemen.
Contact: sommeremembranceassociation@yahoo.fr

11th November: Armistice Day marking the end of Hostilities in 1918
. The 1916 Choir - Children will be singing national anthems.
. Achiet-le-Grand: Remembrance Service with the RAF
Contact: sommeremembranceassociation@yahoo.fr
. Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne
The Research Centre will present the theme: The consequences of the Disaster of the
Battle of the Somme, led by Jay Winter. Plus guided visits and film-viewing.
Contact: 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
18th November
Cultural Centre/Departmental Museum of the Abbaye de Saint-Riquier
3.00pm: Conference to be held by Marie-Pascale Prévost-Bault, Head Curator of the
Departmental Museums.
Soldier-artists in the Great War via collections from the Historial de la Grande Guerre in
Péronne.
Contact: 03 22 28 20 20 – museestriquier@somme.fr
Décember
7th December
Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne
Final evening of the Historial’s exhibition ‘1916: The Battle of the Somme, a world stage’
The research centre will be organising ‘The Attack’, by Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau.
Guided visit & concert.
Contact : 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
The Somme Trench Museum in Albert
A new alcove scene will be available for visitors to enjoy. Its theme is Aviation in WW1.
An exhibition will accompany the new alcove scene.
A DVD film will be made available on the Poppy Route in the Somme.
More news in brief…
Somme musical federation, Somme Remembrance Association and Pierre-Etienne Sagnol,
type-setter, are creating a special musical work for the 90th anniversary of the battle of the
Somme.
Cappy: exhibition
Bray-sur-Somme: exhibition on the French Army and the role of carrier –pigeons in
WW1 (30th June until 16th July)
Outdoor screens for film-viewing throughout the Somme.
Péronne: Book Fair, Plays
Somme Musical Federation: concerts on life at the front
3 concerts held by Etouvie’s School of Music ‘Awaiting the eleventh hour’
The Somme Battlefield Pipe Band will take part in various events: Anzac Day on 25th
April, Querrieu on May 20th, Pozières on July 27th
Remembrance Ceremony in Maricourt on 11th November
Remembrance Ceremony in Contalmaison on July 1st
& Dernancourt (30th June : concert), Bouzincourt (photos and postcards’ exhibition),
Cappy, Authie, Hérissart, Haute-Picardie TGV Railway station…

Publications of note:
A fine book on the different sites of The Battle of the Somme by
Christophe Lépine / Punch Editions – available in French & English - 33 €
Catalogue of the Historial exhibition ‘1916, The Battle of the Somme, a world stage’
Editions Somogy – available in French / English / German - 26 €
Small edition « Places of Remembrance in the Somme » (album-photos)
by Anne Roze (texts) et John Folley (photographs) / co-edited with the RMN
available in French & English – 9 €
Souvenirs
Somme Battlefield Pipe Band’s CD, entitled "90th Anniversary of the Battle of the
Somme" (to be recorded on 13/02/2006, on sale end of March / beginning of April).
Postcards (The Poppy Country Community in Albert)
The De Clerck Brewery is to create a special beer for the occasion.
Somme Remembrance Association’s t-shirts.
Accommodation and other amenities
The tourist offices in the Pays du Coquelicot (Poppy Country), the upper Somme and the
city of Amiens are collecting information on hotel room availability for Anzac day and 1st
July.
…Accommodation in village halls or with local people…
A new hotel has opened: Hôtel Le Saint-Claude in Péronne (40 rooms)
Other hotels can be consulted in Albert, Péronne, Assevillers, Montdidier, Roye, Rancourt,
Bray sur Somme, Heilly, Bapaume….
These websites can gives you more information on what accommodation is available:
www.somme-tourisme.com & www.somme-battlefields.com or you can always ask in a
tourist information office for the Guide de l’Hébergement.
Group Accommodation :
• Prieuré d’Authie (sleeps 45)
• Vieux Moulin – Miraumont (sleeps 35)
• Maison Familiale et Rurale des Etangs de la Haute-Somme (sleeps 40)
• Centre du CCE SNCF Les Trois Doms in Montdidier (sleeps 260)
It will be possible to rent bicycles and binoculars
Information concerning access to sites, traffic movement and parking arrangements on
July 1st
Access to sites will be open to the public and it will not be an invitation only event.
However, as there will be dignitaries present, who must be protected, certain security
measures will be in place. The area will be combed for explosive devices for example.
Special traffic and parking arrangements will be set up. People are going to have to
expect to park at some distance from the sites and then walk to the ceremonies.
Be mindful of the fact that the French authorities are on high alert at the moment and
must act accordingly.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 06 Apr 2006 20:42    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

LONGUEVAL (SOMME) 30th JUNE - 2nd JULY 2006

This exhibition has been organised by military historian Paul Reed to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Where? The Salle des Fetes (village hall) in the centre of the village of Longueval; a short distance from Albert and within walking distance of Delville Wood.

When? It will run from the afternoon of Friday 30th June and close at lunchtime on 2nd July. On 1st July it will be open from midday until 18.00.

Displays will include:
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Ballymena men who fell on the Somme.
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The German Army on the Somme.
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British, French and German militaria displays.
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Photographs of the Somme battlefields.
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Living History displays by Great War specialists.
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Free Soldiers Died in the Great War research service.
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Free tourist information.

There will be toilet facilities, parking and two cafes close by which will be serving food and drink all day.

Paul Reed, and several other Great War enthusiasts will be on hand over the weekend to answer your questions, or simply drop in for a chat - all are welcome.

Entrance is free.

How to find it? Longueval can be found from the main D929 Albert-Bapaume road. From the direction of Albert take the D6 to Martinpuich, and then follow the D107 straight into Longueval village. The Salle des Fetes (shown above) is in the centre of the village opposite the two cafes.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Apr 2006 19:35    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Update:
It is being widely reported on some websites and forums that there will be restrictions in terms of access to certain areas on 1st July 2006.

Let me say firstly this is likely, but at present the exact arrangements are not known. When they are I will be positing them here, and on my website, and people are free to cut and paste them elsewhere.

It seems likely that a 'park and ride' system will operate from Albert to Thiepval for those coming by car; we are hoping this will not be the case for coach passengers as the sheer numbers could swamp whatever system is put in place.

It is also likely that a security cordon will be placed in the area Beaumont Hamel - Hamel - Thiepval from the evening of 30th June to evening 1st July; but the exact details of that are not yet known.

Areas south of the Albert-Bapaume road are currently NOT affected in any way; so it might be better to do some touring in that area on 1st July - and of course, come and visit the Exhibition at Longueval!

Remember, however, Delville Wood is likely to be very busy.

More when I have it.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 07 Mei 2006 21:06    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

HISTORIAL DE LA GRANDE GUERRE PERONNE

1916
La bataille de la Somme
Un espace mondial

Des événements autour de l’exposition tout au long de l’année

Tous les mois à l’Historial de la Grande Guerre, des animations offriront un éclairage et des approches complémentaires au thème de l’exposition présentée. Elles s’inscriront notamment dans le cadre des manifestations nationales (Nuit des musées, Journées du patrimoine…).
• Conférences par les historiens du Centre de recherche de l’Historial
• Visites guidées de l’exposition et du musée
• Visites thématiques des champs de bataille
• Spectacles : théâtre, lectures et musique

Nuit des musées / 20 mai / 18h-23h30
Journées du patrimoine / 16-17 septembre / 10h-18h
Lire en fête / 14-15 octobre / 10h-18h
Armistice 1918 / 11 – 12 novembre / 10h-18h
Soirée de clôture de l’exposition / 7 décembre / à partir de 18h

Conférences du Centre de recherche de l’Historial
30 avril > 16h - « La bataille de la Somme », Jean-Jacques Becker
9 juillet > 16h30 - « Les Allemands pendant la bataille de la Somme », Gerd Krumeich
10 septembre > 10h - « Les Irlandais pendant la bataille de la Somme », John Horne
16 septembre > 16h - « Le service de santé pendant la bataille de la Somme », Sophie Delaporte
17 septembre > 14h - « Les tirailleurs sénégalais dans la bataille de la Somme », Marc Michel
15 octobre > 14h - « Les Chinois pendant la bataille de la Somme », Annie Deperchin
12 novembre > 16h30 - Conférence du Centre de recherche de l’Historial « Les conséquences du désastre de la bataille de la Somme », Jay Winter
7 décembre > 18h - Conférence du Centre de recherche de l’Historial : « The Attack », Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau

Visites thématiques du musée et des champs de bataille
20 mai > 20h30 - Visite guidée du musée, Annette Becker, Centre de recherche de l’Historial
9 juillet > 13h - Circuit allemand, Gerd Krumeich
16 septembre - Visites guidées architecturales du château de Péronne et de l’Historial
14 octobre - Circuit des écrivains-combattants, Nicolas Beaupré
12 novembre > 13h – Circuit des champs de bataille, Jay Winter

Spectacles
20 mai > 18 h - Concert
17 septembre > 16h30 - Spectacle : « En attendant la 11e heure »
15 octobre > 16h30 - Théâtre du lin, « No Rest » (inspiré du théâtre chinois et japonais)
11 novembre – Diffusion de films (Charlot Soldat…)
7 décembre - Concert

Toutes les visites guidées se font sur réservation
Programme sous réserve de modifications

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BerichtGeplaatst: 20 Mei 2006 18:56    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Update Thiepval Ceremony:

New regulations have been put in place for this ceremony, and if you are bringing a group you must contact the British Legion by 1st June for a pass. No pass means no entry.

Full details plus the form to be filled in is found at:

http://www.thiepval.org.uk/stop_press.htm



We understand that the timings of the main British Commonwealth ceremonies will be:

0730 Lochnagar Crater.

1000 Beaumont Hamel

1130 Thiepval - latest time for arrival in preparation for the annual ceremony.

1530 Ulster Tower and then Thiepval Wood.

1945 Serre - Last Post .


you cannot access the area Thiepval - Beaumont-Hamel - Ulster Tower on 1st July except via the Park & Ridge system.

Le Tommy en veel andere eetgelegenheden zijn volledig volgeboekt, ze nemen alleen nog groepen aan die boeken.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 20 Mei 2006 19:12    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Voor geen goud zou ik daar op die data willen zijn.
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VAC/Media Advisory: Media Invited to Participate in Overseas Events in France to Mark the 90th Anniversary of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 8, 2006) - An official Government of Canada delegation led by the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and including Canadian youth, war-era and Canadian Forces Veterans, representatives of Veterans' organizations, Parliamentarians and other officials, will travel to northern France to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel.




Monday, June 26: Delegation assembles in St. John's, NL


Tuesday, June 27: Delegation departs on DND Airbus for the Somme
region, France


Saturday, July 1: Delegation participates in an official
Government of Canada event at Beaumont-Hamel


Wednesday, July 5: Delegation returns to Canada





Media are invited to be part of this event. Those interested should contact Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) at the number below by June 14. Please note that spaces are limited. Transportation and accommodation expenses of media delegates are covered by VAC; for those outlets with pay policies, these expenses are estimated to be approximately $4,000 per person.

While in St. John's, the delegates will participate in local events. In France, they will participate in a range of commemorative ceremonies, including those at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and the Courcelette Memorial.

Other sites of historical significance to be visited by the delegation include the Menin Gate, in Ypres, Belgium, and Vimy Ridge. On Wednesday, July 5, the delegation will return to Canada, landing in Ottawa.

Daily coverage of the overseas events will be available on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site. Media are invited to use material from the site including press gallery images.

For more information on the 90th Anniversary of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Note: Media attending the July 1 Beaumont-Hamel event who are not with the delegation are required to register with Veterans Affairs Canada by June 14 at the phone number below or e-mail, and a pass will be issued to them at the event onsite.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 11 Jun 2006 6:26    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

0730 Lochnagar Crater.

0930 * Beaumont Hamel - very latest time for arrival in preparation for the annual ceremony.
(Afterwards there will be shuttle buses to take people on to the Thiepval ceremony.)

1045 Contalmaison Cairn (15th / 16th Royal Scots)

1130 * Thiepval - latest time for arrival in preparation for the annual ceremony.

1500 * Ulster Tower.

1645 Guillemont 16th (Irish) Memorial

1945 Serre - Last Post .

Important timings and arrangements are given in the two FCO announcements (below). But to assist, pending announcements by the Préfecture de la Somme and the Conseil Général de la Somme,
the following is an attempt to answer some of the recurring questions concerning arrangements
for 1st July at Thiepval and Beaumont Hamel.

THIEPVAL 1st JULY 2006. PROVISIONAL INFORMATION 7.6.2006

Ceremonial zone.
A ceremonial zone will be established and maintained by the Gendarmerie. The exact parameters of the zone are not yet known, but it is thought that it will stretch from Auchonvillers in the north to Pozières in the south. It is thought that the zone will be established during the afternoon of Friday 30th June, and remain in place until the end of all the ceremonies on Saturday 1st July.

ACCESS TO THE CEREMONIES

Cars.
Not allowed within the Ceremonial area. Parking will be in Albert for Beaumont Hamel and in Méaulte for Thiepval only.
The gendarmes will direct you. Shuttle buses will transport visitors to the ceremonies.

The FCO announcements state that one should get to Thiepval by 1130 at the latest and to allow at least 90 mins for car parking at Méaulte and transit by shuttle bus. Therefore visitors should aim to get to Méaulte by 1000 at the latest.

The FCO announcement does not mention Beaumont Hamel, which is organised by the Canadian authorities, but presumably one should be at the Albert car park at 0800 at the latest so as to arrive at the Memorial Park by 0930

Details concerning the return to the car parks by shuttle bus will be published by the Préfecture de la Somme. But please anticipate some delay and follow FCO advice in respects of wet weather gear, emergency rations and water, and sensible footwear.


Buses (It is still not certain whether this includes minibuses.)

Buses are requested to apply for a pass (badge) for entry into the ceremonial zone. This will authorise drop-off, but not parking within the zone. After drop-off, buses will be directed to allocated parking.

For a 'drop-off 'application form see www.britishlegion.org.uk or this site, below.

(Information concerning minibuses and what happens to buses without passes will be published by the Préfecture de la Somme.)

Buses entering the zone for Beaumont Hamel will be directed to a drop-off point near the Memorial Park and then asked to proceed to a parking area.

They will then be called back either to leave the area or to proceed to Thiepval., as they wish. Full details will be published by the Préfecture de la Somme.

Buses entering the zone for Thiepval will be directed to a drop-off area near Thiepval and then asked to proceed to a parking area.

It is assumed that access to the Ulster Tower will be on foot. See “Disabled” below.

Arrangements for recalling the buses will be published by the Préfecture de la Somme. Please anticipate some delay and follow FCO advice in respects of wet weather gear, emergency rations and water, and sensible footwear.


Bicycles and motorbikes.
Not allowed within the ceremonial area. Follow advice for cars. The Préfecture de la Somme announcement may contain further information .


Camping
It is not yet known whether camping will be allowed within the ceremonial zone., but this seems unlikely. The Préfecture de la Somme announcement may contain further information .


Disabled parking
There will apparently be no disabled parking within the ceremonial zone. Full details of arrangements for disabled visitors are awaited from the Préfecture de la Somme.

The Service (Taken from the FCO 29th May, below)
Within the Memorial grounds, Ushers will direct you. There is no wet weather programme so if poor weather is forecast , please come prepared. The site will be open from 08 :00. Essentially it is a standing event.

From 11:30 , the Band (Royal Irish Regiment) will play and there will be poetry recitals by young people from UK and France. This poetry and music will end at 12:30.

Standard Bearers should be ready at 12:15 latest, formed up behind the Piper, on the gravelled area.

The Service will be taken by The Chaplain General and assisted by The Bishop of Amiens. Service sheets will be provided on arrival. It will be possible for private wreaths/sprays to be laid at the end of the service and an announcement to that effect will be made at the beginning of the Service.

The service ends at c 13:45. The Band will march off and the general public are invited to follow the band out of the site.


Further news will be placed on this site when it becomes available.

http://www.thiepval.org.uk/stop_press.htm

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BerichtGeplaatst: 17 Jul 2006 19:53    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

I just added pictures of the participation of the Alte Armee at the Somme commemorations:

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September-Somme
September
8 and 9th September
Combined Irish Regiments’ Remembrance Services and Ceremonies: Guillemont and Ginchy
On the morning of the 9th September (at roughly 6am) the village community in Guillemont
will begin reading aloud the names of the 2,600 or so Irish soldiers who fell during the
Liberation of Guillemont and Ginchy in September 1916.
The first ceremony will begin in Guillemont at 11am and there will be a service in the church.
The parade will then proceed to Ginchy where a similar ceremony will take place.

Contact: Harry Beattie - 0044 (0)28 9029 1471 - gray.wolf@ntlworld.com
10th September: A Remembrance Ceremony will take place in the Chapelle du
Souvenir Français in Rancourt.

10th September
Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne
The research Centre will be organising a conference led by John Horne on ‘The Irish
troops in the Battle of the Somme’.
Contact: 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
24th September: A Remembrance Ceremony will take place in the Chapelle du Souvenir
Français in Rancourt.
16th September
Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne
The research Centre will be organising a conference led by Sophie Delaporte on ‘Medical
Facilities during the Battle of the Somme’.
Contact: 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
Weekend of the 16th and 17th September
The Conseil Général will be organising an event designed for the public in Glisy. This
will be free of charge and we can promise that you will find it moving.
16th September – 19th November
Cultural centre / Departmental Museum of the Abbaye de Saint-Riquier
Exhibition by Christine Jean – ‘Blades of Light’
Contact: 03 22 28 20 20 – museestriquier@somme.fr
16th September – 12th November
Cultural Centre/Departmental Museum of the Abbaye de Saint-Riquier
Exhibition: ‘Remembering the Great War’ put together by the Departmental Archives.
Local cenotaphs serve to remind the nation of the sacrifices made by a generaton of
martyrs.
Contact: 03 22 28 20 20 – museestriquier@somme.fr
16th September
Cultural Centre/ Departmental Museum of the Abbaye de Saint-Riquier
3.00: Conference to be held by the Belgian writer / translator Xavier Hanotte, author of the
book ‘Derrière la colline’ (Behind the Hill) which relates the story of the sacrifice of the 2nd
Salford pals – 16th Lancashire Fusiliers.
5.00pm: preview of these exhibitions:
- Christine Jean: Lames de lumière (Blades of Light)
- Departmental Archives: Remembering the Great War
Contact: 03 22 28 20 20 – museestriquier@somme.fr
16th & 17th September
Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne
National Heritage Day: The Historial’s research centre is organising a conference on: ‘The
Senegalese Infantry in the Battle of the Somme’ led by Marc Michel, plus guided visit and
performance.
Contact : 03 22 83 14 18 – info@historial.orgwww.historial.org
17th September: The Little Train of the Upper Somme (P’tit Train de la Haute-
Somme), National Heritage Day
The railway museum will be open and entry will be free from 10.00am to 7.00pm. The
steam train will be running in the afternoon. Passenger tickets will be at reduced prices.
A team of volunteers will take you behind the scenes to discover our 35 year history, our
museum, our depot-workshop etc…
Contact: 03 22 83 11 89 – appeva@club-internet.frwww.appeva.org

23rd September: Remembrance Ceremony in Lesboeufs. The Mayor of Canterbury, Kent
(UK) will be present and the new village square will be inaugurated.
Contact: commune.lesboeufs@wanadoo.fr
23rd & 24th September: The Orchestra of the University of Picardy will present a series
of concerts- Schubert / Beethoven / Lalo / Vivaldi.
These will take place on Saturday 23rd at 8.00pm and on Sunday 24th at 3.00pm in the
Saint-Médard Church in Fresnes-Mazancourt.
There will be both a German and a British soloist present.
Contact: 03 22 85 05 59
24th September: The Little Train of the Upper Somme (P’tit Train de la Haute-Somme),
End of Season Steam Festival.
All the steam trains will be brought out for this special day to close the season. Come and
see us getting the engines ready at 9.00am in the morning. There will also be some jazzy
entertainment to look forward to on the platform
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