The British Evacuee Association, a non profit registered charity for the evacuated children during the second world war
The national memorial to the evacuation, sculptor Maurice Blik.
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Fundraising is ongoing for a national memorial to the evacuation, sculptor Maurice Blik has designed a memorial that portrays 11 evacuated children and we have a location for the memorial to go at The National Memorial Arboretum , Alrewas, Staffordshire

We have now reached our fundraising total and our National Memorial to the Evacuation will be unveiled at The National Memorial Arboretum on 25th July 2017 – time yet to be confirmed. What a perfect way to celebrate our 21st birthday!

We are currently making plans for the installation. We asked Her Majesty the Queen if she would be able to attend the unveiling but unfortunately her programme for the remainder of this year has now been confirmed and it is sadly not possible for her to include a visit to Staffordshire in it. For further news and updates – watch this space! We will bring you more news as soon as we have it.

Our proposed memorial has a site already allocated at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire which has easy access from both the M1 and M6 motorways. The Arboretum site is over 150 acres and receives around 300,000 visitors a year, including Service Personnel, veterans, students of all ages, school parties and groups.

The National Memorial to the Evacuation will be sited at the National Memorial Arboretum, sculpture design by Maurice Blik

The proposed memorial portrays a group of confused children as they would have appeared on Evacuation day and has been designed by the eminent sculptor Maurice Blik ATC PPRBS FRSA.

This memorial is not simply a memorial for the evacuated children but all those involved in the evacuation process i.e. the train drivers, teachers, nurses, billeting offices, and of course, the foster parents. It is intended to portray the greatest family and social upheaval ever experienced in the long history of our country, a unique, never to be repeated, part of British history.

If you would like to make a donation or can help with our appeal, please click here to email us.

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 concrete base on which our Memorial will stand is in place and the Memorial itself is almost complete.

Timings for The Dedication of our Memorial on 25th July 2017 at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR are as follows:

Those who have applied for tickets will be sent details by post.

If you have not yet applied for a ticket and would like one, please do so by return. Guests without wristbands will not be allowed into the Pavilion Marquee.

You will find details of accommodation in the Stafford area on our website, www.visitstafford.org and for accommodation closer to the Arboretum the website to view is www.visitlichfield.co.uk. In addition details covering all of the Staffordshire County can be found on www.enjoystaffordshire.com

Our local taxi firms are as follows:-
Kaminski 01785 603030
Westside 01785 225588
Aerobright 01785 255155
Anthony’s AJ’s 01785252255

For train times the website to view is www.nationalrail.co.uk

Former evacuee Michael Aspel is a patron of the British Evacuees Association

PATRONS

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
Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE – Television Presenter and former evacuee
Mr Brian Charles – Local resident and former evacuee

PATRONS

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
Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE
Television Presenter and former evacuee
Sir Roger Moore
Actor and former evacuee
Mr Brian Charles
Local resident and former evacuee