The above photograph shows our contingent at Horse Guards Parade following the Cenotaph March on 12th November 2023
Since the magazine went to print, the amount raised by Chris is now £3043.38.
Chris covered 50 miles in 19 hours of walking! Chris set off on The Wales Coastal Path around Chester which follows the river Dee to the coast and then along the sea to Llandudno, around Connah’s Quay to Flint Castle, Bagillt Stonehenge to Bettisfield Beacon, past Whelston towards the Point of Ayre Nature Reserve, Talacre, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay towards the finish at Llandudno Bay front. He passed through many more places enroute, an epic journey! Full details of Chris’s fantastic achievement and route can be found in the current issue of ‘The Evacuee’ magazine (Issue 245).
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR INVALUABLE SUPPORT.
Ken and Vivienne called in at the office on their way to giving a talk at nearby Balby School, Doncaster, South Yorkshire – 22nd March 2023
Doug Wilde visits the office January 2023
Joy and Len Townsend paid a visit on 26th July 2021 and gave the new look their seal of approval!
On 19th November, 2019, James was invited to Buckingham Palace for his Investiture. His guests on this memorable occasion were Lady Emma Barnard (one of the Patrons of The BEA) Karen (BEA Manager) and Sherin, his daughter.
Above: Karen, James and Sherin after the Investiture at Buckingham Palace - 19th November 2019
More photographs will appear in the January/February 2020 issue
Thank you to all our members, family and friends, and our supporters who have made this possible. It has been a long time in the making and your support and patience has been appreciated. Without you all, this would not have happened.
The British Evacuees Association celebrated its 21st Birthday with the Dedication of our National Memorial to the Evacuation by HRH The Duke of Gloucester on 25th July 2017. Our memorial stands proudly next to the Children’s play area at The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The BEA (formerly The Evacuees Reunion Association) is a non-profit making registered charity which is funded by our members subscriptions and donations.
It was formed in 1996 to ensure that the true story of the great evacuation would become better known and preserved for further generations.
We publish a 16 page quarterly magazine ‘The Evacuee’ which is sent to all our members worldwide, We currently have members in the United Kingdom, The United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and some parts of Europe.
The magazine features our members stories and recollections of their time as children, articles of interest, and an Events and Lost Touch section, that has helped many contact former friends and family. We organise reunions throughout the country, some are large and others are localised meetings.
Our biggest event to date was the St Pauls Commemorative Service held on 1st September 2009 which was attended by 1800 of our members and attracted worldwide coverage. We also attend many 1940’s themed events throughout the country and are proud to be invited and participate in the Royal British Legion’s Cenotaph Parade in November each year.
We provide educational information to schools, history groups, and are regularly asked to contribute/take part in radio/television programmes on the subject.
We have members worldwide. Why don’t you join us!
Mr Michael Aspel OBE – Television Presenter and former evacuee
Sir Robert Crawford CBE – Former Director General of the Imperial War Museum
Lady Emma Barnard – of Parham Park, home for evacuees during World War Two
Former Patron and Evacuee - Sir Roger Moore
Former Patron and Evacuee Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE
Former Patron and Evacuee Mr Henry Sandon MBE
Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Lord Carey of Clifton
Former Archbishop of Canterbury and evacuee
Mr Michael Aspel OBE
Television Presenter and former evacuee
Sir Robert Crawford CBE
Former Director General of the Imperial War Museum
Mr Henry Sandon MBE
Television Presenter and former evacuee
Lady Emma Barnard
of Parham Park, home for evacuees during World War Two
Former Patron and evacuee Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE
Former Patron and evacuee Sir Roger Moore