The British Evacuee Association, a non profit registered charity for the evacuated children during the second world war
the great evacuation of children during the second world war, ww2
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Welcome to the British Evacuees Association, formerly the Evacuees Reunion Association

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Pictures of James investiture to follow.

James Roffey MBE Services to Second World War Evacuees and families
James Roffey MBE, celebrating with afternoon tea, following the Investiture at Buckingham Palace – 19th November 2019


Lady Emma, James, Karen and Sherin enjoying afternoon tea


As usual we proudly participated on the Cenotaph Parade in London on Sunday 10th November 2019.

Representing the Association this year was: Reg Baker, Nicholas Batten, Gill Cole, Olive Cole, Dean Collins, Grace Crossley, Jackie Daly, Karen Follows, Brenda Foord, Doreen Greenwood, Vera Grigg, Daphne Harris, Angela Hooper, Peter Lane, Charmain Laughton, Heather Leigh, Evelyn Long, Michelle Messenger, Peter Messenger, Michael Moore, Deborah Neale-Smith, Doreen Nichol, Christine Nicoll, Sheila Pritchard, Linda Roth, Mary Schofield, Janet Spindler, Stuart Speer, Vera Speer, Christopher Staddon, Patricia Thompson, Kay Turner, Julie Underhay, Magnus Underhay, Paul Vincent, Victoria Vincent, Leona Walton, Olive West, June White and Michael Wiseman.

Our group ready to march at The Cenotaph 10th November 2019
Some of our group catching up in Horseguards Parade, London after the
Cenotaph 10th November 2019

Our group ready to march at The Cenotaph 10th November 2019
Some of our group at Horseguards Parade following the Cenotaph 10th November 2019

Our group ready to march at The Cenotaph 10th November 2019
Some of our group after The Cenotaph Parade 2019


Tillington Hall Weekend Gala Evening April 2018

Tillington Hall Weekend Gala Evening April 2018


The National Memorial to the Evacuation Dedication Service took place on 25th July 2017.

Over 220 members, family and friends were present.  We were honoured to welcome HRH The Duke of Gloucester at this momentous event. Read more about this on our Memorial page

Evacuee Memorial with James Roffey, Karen Follows and Maurice Blik
HRH The Duke of Gloucester and Karen 25th July 2017


The installation of our National Memorial took place on 6th July 2017
Pictured here are our sculptor, Maurice, Karen and James
The installation of our National Memorial took place on 6th July 2017 Pictured here are our sculptor, Maurice, Karen and James


Chatham Dockyard Event September 2016 - set up and waiting for the crowds to
 arrive
Chatham Dockyard Event September 2016 - set up and waiting for the crowds to arrive


As usual 48 of our members proudly took part in the Cenotaph Parade in London on 8th November 2015

Former Evacuees at the Cenotaph Parade 2015

Cenotaph Parade in London September 2015


CHATHAM DOCKYARD SALUTE TO THE 1940’S 19th-20th September 2015

Chatham Dockyard Salute to the 1940s september 2015

Click on the image above for more images from this event.


Members of the 'We'll Meet Again' team and Education Officer at the Perlethorpe Weekend event 18th/21st September 2015.

Members of the 'We'll Meet Again' team and Education Officer at the Perlethorpe Weekend event 18th/21st September 2015


A Pearly Queen and Karen at the St. James's Park event, London in July 2005.

A Pearly Queen and Karen at the St. James's Park event, London in July 2005.

Forthcoming Events


The participation of contingents in the Cenotaph Parade in London on Sunday 8th November 2020 has been cancelled.

Please see the message below, from The Royal British Legion:
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and in light of the risks posed, whilst the annual Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph will still take place, neither veteran participation through the March Past nor public spectators will be possible this year. We recognise this will be deeply disappointing for all who were due to take part and it is not a step that has been taken lightly. This decision has been taken by the Government based on expert advice to protect the health and well-being of those who would have been travelling to and participating in the event.

They are encouraging people across the nations to ensure Remembrance Sunday is still marked appropriately by taking part in remote and socially distanced Remembrance activity, whether that be watching the small but significant service at The Cenotaph on BBC One, attending a local Remembrance event or pausing for the Two Minute Silence in their home or on their doorsteps.


Off The Fence, a production company based in Bristol, are looking to speak to members of The British Evacuees Association who might be happy to take part in a short film for the BBC. 

In the absence of this year's cenotaph parade, and in celebration of this event, we are hoping to reach out to individuals who would be interested in sharing their stories.  

Are you, or any of your family members, still in touch with members of your 'foster' family? If so, we would love to hear from you. 

For more information and to get in touch, please contact Sophie via email, at sophie.burton@offthefence.com

We look forward to hearing from you and learning about your experiences. If you could please reach out to us in the next two weeks, that would be great. Thank you. 


I hope you’re well. My name is Charlotte Hodgman and I am the editor of BBC History Revealed magazine, based in Bristol (UK).

We’re currently working on a 32-page essential guide to the Home Front in World War Two and will be including a section on the evacuation of civilians from cities during the conflict. As part of this, I’d love to include some ‘soundbites’ and quotes from people who were actually evacuated, and I was wondering if this might be something you could help with?

I’m looking for fairly short (perhaps 30-40 words or so for each example) quotes, which we could include in the piece, along with the names of the evacuee and their age at evacuation – perhaps 6 or 7 in total? We could include a credit for the British Evacuees Association at the bottom of the page, and include the website address.

Best wishes,
Charlotte

Charlotte Hodgman
Editor | BBC History Revealed
Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST
T: +44 (0)117 300 8648

From: Charlotte Hodgman Charlotte.Hodgman@immediate.co.uk


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
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Former Patron and Evacuee - Sir Roger Moore
Former Patron and Evacuee Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE

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

Former Patron and evacuee Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE
Former Patron and evacuee Sir Roger Moore