Events

Jan
27
Sat
2018
England Branch Q1 Social & Legion Committee Meeting@ TBC
Jan 27 @ 13:30 – 17:30

Purpose (of committee meeting)All Branch members are invited to contribute in providing suggestions/feedback, or just listen to the quarterly update. Final event planning will also take place for one of our upcoming flagship events – scheduled two weeks after (Three Ships/Mendi/All Ships Parade & SA Armed Forces Day).

Note: The committee meeting will start at 10:00. Once this formal part of the day is complete, the fun afternoon part of the begins…

Following the committee meeting, our fun QUARTERLY SOCIAL will commence at 13:30.

We would like to invite all legionnaires to join us for the afternoon at our next Quarterly SA Legion Social.

This is an opportunity for fellow legionnaires to catch up with old friends, connect & forge bonds with new friends… also a chance to direct any questions or suggestions to Committee Members over a nice relaxing beer!

Join us!

Feb
21
Wed
2018
South African Armed Forces Day – SS Mendi Remembrance, Noordwijk @ Algemene Begraafplaats
Feb 21 @ 09:00 – 12:30
South African Armed Forces Day - SS Mendi Remembrance, Noordwijk @ Algemene Begraafplaats | Noordwijk | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

South African Armed Forces Day will again mark the anniversary of the loss of the SS Mendi with a wreath-laying ceremony at 10h30 on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 at the Algemene Begraafplaats in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

The solemn remembrance ceremony, hosted by the South African Embassy in The Hague in cooperation with the Municipality of Noordwijk, will include pipers, buglers, and a band from the Dutch Armed Forces. Dignitaries will include diplomats and military representatives in what promises to be a dignified and fitting tribute to our fallen warriors.

It would be great to see as many members of the greater South African Community there. The seaside town of Noordwijk has embraced the SS Mendi casualties that are buried in its soil in a very special way.

Military veterans who would like join into the parade are requested to wear SA Legion (or regimental) blazer, beret, own medals on left breast, direct ancestors’ medals on right breast, (regimental) tie. Civilians are requested to dress appropriately.

SS Mendi:

In the annals of Southern Africa’s military history, 21 February 1917 is a dark day. It marks the sinking of the troopship SS Mendi after it was rammed off the Isle of Wight, with the loss of 616 South African servicemen, 607 of them members of the South African Native Labour Corps: Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana; the names on the SS Mendi Roll of Honour reflect every corner of Southern African society, then or since.

Today, the anniversary of the SS Mendi disaster is aptly the day on which South Africa commemorates Armed Forces Day, as we remembers her fallen soldiers. Throughout the country and abroad, parades and ceremonies will be held to commemorate those South Africans who made the ultimate sacrifice in wars across the globe.

Alas, only a fraction of the bodies of the SS Mendi casualties were ever found. Five SS Mendi casualties whose bodies were washed-up onto the Dutch coast, namely, Private Arosi Zendile, Private Sitebe Molide, Private Natal Kazimula and Private Sikaniso Mtolo, of South Africa, and Private Abraham Leboche of Lesotho, lie in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission section of the General Cemetery of Noordwijk, just north of The Hague in the Netherlands. Though neutral during the First World War, the Netherlands was not spared from hosting the casualties of a war that was fought within earshot.

Feb
24
Sat
2018
Three Ships Commemoration @ South African Cenotaph
Feb 24 @ 10:30 – 11:30
Three Ships Commemoration @ South African Cenotaph | England | United Kingdom

The Three Ships Parade commemorates the loss of lives at sea, and pays homage to the SS Mendi, HMSAS Southern Floe and the SAS President Kruger, thereby recognising three significant periods in our history.

Mar
12
Mon
2018
Commonwealth Day Parade @ Commonwealth Gates Memorial
Mar 12 @ 10:00 – 12:30

Purpose: The annual celebration day for the Commonwealth of Nations, consisting of 52 member states, of which South Africa is a member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr
7
Sat
2018
England Branch Q2 Committee Meeting and Social @ New Apostolic Church
Apr 7 @ 11:00 – 14:00

Purpose (committee meeting): All Branch members are invited to contribute in providing suggestions/feedback, or just listen to the quarterly update. Final event planning will also take place for one of our upcoming flagship events – scheduled three weeks after (Nation-building Tribute to three great South African statesmen, coinciding on Freedom Day).

Venue: New Apostolic Church, 48 Warwick Gardens, Kensington, London W14

Note: The committee meeting will start at 11:00. Once this formal part of the day is complete, the fun part of the day begins…

Following the committee meeting, our fun QUARTERLY SOCIAL will commence at 14:00 at the following venue:

The Warwick Arms

160 Warwick Rd,

Kensington, London

W14 8PS

We would like to invite all Legionnaires to join us for the afternoon at our next quarterly SA Legion Social.

This is an opportunity for fellow legionnaires to catch up with old friends, connect & forge bonds with new friends… also a chance to direct any questions or suggestions to Committee Members over a nice relaxing beer!

Join us!

Apr
13
Fri
2018
Defence Academy Shrivenham @ Defence Academy
Apr 13 all-day
Defence Academy Shrivenham @ Defence Academy | Shrivenham | England | United Kingdom

Invitation only event for Members.

Apr
28
Sat
2018
Nation-Building Tribute -Parliament Square @ Parliament Square
Apr 28 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Purpose: In celebrating Freedom Day in South Africa, the South African Legion – England Branch gives tribute to three statesmen whose nation building vision and deeds shaped modern South Africa – Nelson Mandela, Jan Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, whose statues are all represented on Parliament Square in London as great visionaries of not only South Africa, but also Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations.

Commemoration is to take place in Parliament Square, central London for 11:00am on Saturday 28th April 2018.

Address: Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3JX

We request all standard bearers and veterans on parade to muster at 10:30.

PLEASE REGISTER

Apr
29
Sun
2018
Anzac Ceremony, Cannock Chase @ Cannock Chase
Apr 29 @ 09:30 – 12:30
May
12
Sat
2018
Battlefield drive-around Ypres and Passchendaele, Last Post Ceremony and Wreath-Laying, Menin Gate @ Menin Gate
May 12 @ 09:30 – May 13 @ 21:00
Battlefield drive-around Ypres and Passchendaele, Last Post Ceremony and Wreath-Laying, Menin Gate @ Menin Gate | Ypres | Flanders | Belgium

Every few years, on the second Sunday in May, the city of Ypres in Belgium hosts ‘The Festival of Cats’ (Kattenstoet) – a spectacular carnival parade that harks-back to the Middle Ages when cats were associated with witches.

Ypres and surrounds also, of course, has plenty of WW1 sites to visit including Passchendaele MemorialTyne Cot and other cemeteries, and a host of museums and original trench displays.

Every evening at 20:00 sharp, ever since 1928, the solemn and stirringly beautiful Last Post ceremony has been performed under the The Menin Gate, Ypres.

Johanna and I plan to arrive in Ypres on Saturday 12 May, visit some WW1 sites during the day, and attend the Last Post Ceremony in the evening, and then watch the fireworks display that kicks-off the Kattenstoet celebrations.

In the afternoon of Sunday 13 May, we’ll attend the Kattenstoet itself. Then, at 20:00 on Sunday, we will attend the Last Post Ceremony and lay a wreath on behalf of the South African Legion.

I have just received a confirmation email from the Last Post Association welcoming us to participate. As this particular evening coincides with the Kattenstoet (which attracts thousands of people), it’s a relatively high-visibility opportunity.

Should any Legionnaires and their families wish to join us, please let me know. We’ve attended a previous Kattenstoet and it is really a fun day out for the whole family.

Travel:
• There are many affordable hotels and B&Bs around Ypres, but they tend to sell-out quite quickly on the Kattenstoet weekend, so book early (recommend www.booking.com).
• The nearest Channel port to Ypres is Dunkirk, but Calais is also nearby.
• There is no entrance fee for the Kattenstoet but the streets can be quite crowded. Tickets can be bought for several grandstands dotted along the route of the procession. www.kattenstoet.be/en/page/494/tickets.html
• We can all meet-up for dinner afterwards.

Ceremony:
We have been allocated up to three reserved places at the Menin Gate. Other Legionnaires will be asked to take their place with the general public. We could possibly (will find out on the day) be asked to recite the Exhortation (They shall grow not old…) or the Kohima Epitaph (When you go home, tell them of us and say…

Legionnaires are requested to attend in SA Legion Parade Order (SA Legion green or black blazer, SA Legion beret, SA Legion tie, white shirt, dark trousers (or Murray of Atholl tartan trews) and black shoes).

If you would like to join us, please mark yourself as attending? We can also organise a ‘battlefield driveabout’ on Saturday if enough people are interested.

 

Please have a look at the programme below and indicate your attendance?

Saturday 12 May:

  • 10:30 – meet-up at Tyne Cot Cemetery

Info: https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-cemeteries-and-memorials/53300/tyne-cot-cemetery

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/poYdrQtdnB12

  • 11:30 Drive (10 min) to Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke

Info: https://www.passchendaele.be/

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/hi2YbyDb1MH2

  • 12:30 Drive (10 min) to Hooge Crater Museum – Lunch at café adjacent to museum.

Info: http://www.hoogecrater.com/

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/CzMbr1A8wWk

  • 14:00 Visit Hooge Krater Museum and Hooge Krater cemetery

Info: Drive (10 min) to Hooge Crater Museum

Info: https://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/52700/hooge-crater-cemetery/

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3yeraRnR5X82

  • 15:30 Drive (10 Min) to Ypres.

Free parking available here: https://goo.gl/maps/iiPmmfFiAg52

Pay parking inside city. Possible restrictions due to Kattenstoet.

  • 16:00 Meet-up at In Flanders Fields Museum, Grote Markt, Ypres

Info: http://www.inflandersfields.be/en

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/5ySnCUaUMgr

  • 19:00 Meet-up for ‘dry run’ of Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate

Dress: Parade Order with medals https://salegion.org.uk/membership/dress-and-bearing/

Info: http://www.lastpost.be/en/home

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/5Sz4psrbhSR2

  • 20:30 Cat’s Dance and Firework Display

Info: http://www.kattenstoet.be/en/home.html

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/5Sz4psrbhSR2

Full itinerary map: https://goo.gl/maps/LaMakK7k5Uk

Sunday 13 May:

  • 15:00 Cat Parade – Ypres centre

Info: http://www.kattenstoet.be/en/home.html

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/5Sz4psrbhSR2

  • 19:00 Meet-up for Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate

The SA Legion Europe Branch will lay a wreath, and possibly participate in the ceremony itself (depending on the Order of the Day)

Dress: Parade Order with medals https://salegion.org.uk/membership/dress-and-bearing/

Info: http://www.lastpost.be/en/home

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/5Sz4psrbhSR2

  • 20:30 Dinner at Brasserie Kazematten

Info: http://www.brasseriekazematten.be/

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/gGDsv8Gku1o

NB! Please indicate your attendance numbers for reservation purposes.

For further information, please contact me via email andrewmbnl@salegion.org.uk

 

 

May
19
Sat
2018
SA Legion Social – Southern Africa Traditional Style / Makietie / Potjie Kos Competition / Braai / Skookie @ TBC
May 19 @ 13:00 – 22:30

Purpose: Informal South African Gathering

  • This will be an informal event hosted by the South African Legion – United Kingdom and Europe
  • Southern Africa Traditional Style / Makitie / Potjie Kos Competition / Braai / Skookie / Skouerskuur.
  • A great atmosphere for the whole family and friends for those that are not inclined to attend a formal event.
  • An ideal opportunity for everyone to meet up and have an enjoyable afternoon and evening with a many events , food, drinks, fun and dance.
  • This event will also present itself as an opportunity to recruit
Jun
8
Fri
2018
UK Founders Day Parade @ Royal Hospital Chelsea (Date TBC in Q1.2018)
Jun 8 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Purpose: Founder’s Day (also known as Oak Apple Day) is the highlight of the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s calendar, an event attended by all our brethren, the Chelsea Pensioners, celebrating the founding of the Royal Hospital by King Charles II. The event has taken place almost every year since the founding of the Royal Hospital in 1681.

(Note: Tickets are limited. Please express interest early)

Jun
23
Sat
2018
UK Armed Forces Parade 2018 (Date TBC) @ Woking Town Centre
Jun 23 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Purpose: A chance to show our support for the armed forces of our host nation. This event is under the auspices of the Royal Naval Association.

Jul
14
Sat
2018
Delville Wood Parade @Richmond Cenotaph @ South African Cenotaph
Jul 14 @ 09:30 – 12:00

Purpose: We remember the 229,000 South Africans who volunteered for World War 1, paying tribute to 2,500 who perished in the Battle of Delville Wood, the single biggest SA military loss on the battle field.

Delville Wood was sometimes known as “Devil’s Wood”, the fighting there – was a series of engagements in the 1916 Battle of the Somme – was particularly ferocious. The majority of the wood was eventually taken by South African soldiers on the 15th of July 1916, and they held on grimly during numerous German counterattacks for six days, until they were relieved. Haig in his diary recorded on the 15th of July 1916 “(The) Enemy counterattacked (the) wood in force from north and northeast at 14.45 and was repulsed”.

After the War, South Africa purchased the site in 1920, and it serves as a memorial to those of that nation who fell, not just here but elsewhere.

This year, we will gather at the Chapel of Richmond Cemetery in London at 09:30 for 10:00. After a short remembrance service, we will proceed to the nearby South African Cenotaph to lay wreaths to the Fallen.

The parade will be followed by a social event at a nearby pub (details to be confirmed).

If you intend to join us, please mark yourself as ‘going’ for catering purposes?

Aug
25
Sat
2018
England Branch Q3 Social & Committee Meeting @ TBC
Aug 25 @ 13:30 – 18:00

Purpose (of committee meeting): All Branch members are invited to contribute in providing suggestions/feedback, or just listen to the quarterly update. Final event planning will also take place for one of our upcoming flagship events – scheduled three weeks after (Nation-building Tribute to three great South African statesmen, coinciding on Freedom Day).

Note: The committee meeting will start at 10:00. Once this formal part of the day is complete, the fun part of the day begins…

Following the committee meeting, our fun QUARTERLY SOCIAL will commence at 13:30.

We would like to invite all legionnaires to join us for the afternoon at our next quarterly SA Legion Social.

This is an opportunity for fellow legionnaires to catch up with old friends, connect & forge bonds with new friends… also a chance to direct any questions or suggestions to Committee Members over a nice relaxing beer!

Join us!

 

 

Sep
15
Sat
2018
SA Legion Formal Ball & Annual Awards 2018(Date TBC) @ Cole Court
Sep 15 @ 18:30 – 23:59

  • Reserve your tickets now!
  • This will be the second formal black tie event hosted by the South African Legion – United Kingdom and Europe since its inception.
  • It is time for you to get out your Mess Dress or Black-Tie evening wear for this superb occasion.
  • The event will be full of pleasant surprises, a few twists and a great atmosphere, especially for our partners and families that normally do not participate in our events during the year.
  • An ideal opportunity for everyone to meet up and have an enjoyable evening with a great three course meal, drinks, fun and dance.
  • This event will also present itself with new annual awards, and over £2,000.00 worth of prizes and items to raffle. This means that everyone should leave with something to remember the evening by.
  • All this for tickets price of only £60 per person.
Sep
22
Sat
2018
Battle of Square Hill Parade **Centenary** @ Richmond Cenotaph
Sep 22 @ 10:00 – 15:00

Battle of Square Hill **Centenary** Parade

Purpose: We remember the contribution of the South African Cape Corps battalion which helped the Allies – lead by General Allenby – break through to Damascus and knock the Ottoman Empire out of World War One.

This year marks the milestone centenary… for a historic battle which is not yet at the forefront of general consciousness in the United Kingdom. The legion playing its part to raise general awareness.

There will be a brief special ceremony preceding the official parade where we invite guests to attend (in the chapel near our Richmond cenotaph).

Please feel free to indicate your interest via this Facebook Event

Nov
10
Sat
2018
South African Veterans’ Armistice Day Parade @ Richmond Cenotaph
Nov 10 @ 10:30 – 14:30
South African Veterans' Armistice Day Parade @ Richmond Cenotaph

11 November 2018 will mark 100 years since end of the First World War.

On Saturday 10 November 2018, at 10h30, members of the South African Legion UK & Europe as well as representatives of other South African veterans’ organisations will gather at the South African Memorial Cenotaph at Richmond Cemetery. We will observe two minutes’ silence at 11h00 and then lay wreaths in honour of all South Africans who gave their lives in two World Wars.

Note: This parade will occur on the day preceding the London Whitehall Cenotaph march-past (on 11 Nov 2018). It follows a successful event last year and presents an extra opportunity for those travelling to London that weekend.

All veterans, family, and friends are welcome, and we would like to have as many members of the wider South African community there as we can, so please feel free to share this event far and wide.

Afterwards, we’ll move to a suitable nearby pub raise a glass to Absent Friends and Good Comrades.

Dress code: SA Legion ‘parade order’ (SAL Beret, SAL or dark blazer, medals, poppy). Civilian guests requested to dress in a manner fitting the solemnity of the occasion.

Travel Adivsory: Thenearest station is North Sheen, a 10 to 15 minute walk.

For organisational purposes, please indicate you intention to attend?

If you would like to lay a wreath or flowers on behalf of an organisation, please register with the parade convenor andrewmbnl@salegion.org.uk or IM Andrew Bergman

Nov
11
Sun
2018
Cenotaph Parade 2018
Nov 11 @ 08:30 – 13:30

Purpose: This parade is held annually as a day “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”.

 

NOTE: Current 2018 Members of the South African Legion are invited to participate in the RBL Cenotaph Parade.

 

 

You MUST be a paid up member to wear the SA Legion Insignia.

You will need a ticket in advance to attend this parade.

 

The mustering details are as follows:

Horse Guards Parade Ground – 12 November 2017 (enter at the Horse Guards gate).
All from the branch who applied for tickets have been allocated to COLUMN D this year.

Members of SA Legion who are also members of The Royal British Legion South African Branch have been issued tickets are as follows:

Dirk Bennyworth
Hendrik Bresler
Jeffrey Coleman
Claudio Chiste
Sean Daye
Peter Dickens
Leslie Dow
Stuart Robertson
Frans Bedford-Visser
Andrew Bergman
Justin Bosanquet
Angelo Battiston
Patrick Cruywagen
Diamantino de Freitas
Lesley Ferrando
Iain Dunn
Tony Povey
Barry Taylor
Bevan Heslop
Brian Parry
Wayne Stockton
Peter Gillatt
Jose Lopes
Theo Fernandes
Clint Olivier
Len Furlong
Russel Mattusheck
Stephen Moritz
Graeme ScottMcArdle
Adrian Smythe
Paul Voigt
Daniel Scott Mcardle
Duncan Mcardle
Merle Mcardle
Karen Parry
Shirli Moritz
Karen Dickens
Karen Bullough

Peter and Karen Dickens have all the tickets, they are ‘named’ as they were last year. As we have done in previous years we ask that everybody meets at ‘Inn the Park’ and collects their ticket.

Please be there by 09:00am as we have done in the past. We will then make our way to the Horse Guards parade ground from around 09:30am.

https://www.google.co.uk/…/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x487604db8e5d46…

General Information as provided by the RBL

· Horse Guards will be open from 08:00 am

· All contingents must be FORMED Up by 10:00 am

· There is no parking in the area

· Do not bring unnecessary bags, unattended bags cannot be left in the area at any time.

· You must bring a photo ID with you (drivers licence or passport are the only two types accepted).

· If you DO NOT have a photo ID – you are required to bring TWO utility bills to show proof of address (any address carrying Bank Statement, Utility bill, Council bill or HM Revenue bill will be acceptable).

· Those members under 18 years of age can have proof of ID in the form of a Birth certificate or medical certificate.

I have not seen anything regarding the usual ‘free veterans’ taxi service from black cabs carrying the Poppy notice, but that does not mean the service is not available. So, if you arrive at a train station look out for these cabs to take you to Horse Guards (they may be in service this year as is usual).

The post parade function and AGM will be at the same place and time as we have done in the past years. Details of Post Parade venue as follows:

The Kings Arms – 2 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QA

Nov
18
Sun
2018
Ajex Parade 2018 @ Whitehall Cenotaph
Nov 18 @ 10:00 – 14:00

Purpose: We pay tribute to the Jewish servicemen.

There is a deep-rooted history of Jewish servicemen contributing to South African military history, with heroic acts scattered from the time of the Boer war – where they served on both sides – to the modern day.

Dec
3
Mon
2018
The Carabiniers Boer War Memorial Parade @ Carabiniers Memorial
Dec 3 @ 09:30 – 14:00

Purpose: We remember the sacrifices made by all during both Anglo Boer Wars

As always The Royal Scots Dragoons Regiment association look forward to some “Saffa” participation at the Carabineers/Boer War remembrance day that is held at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London.

The day consists of a short remembrance service on the embankment (opposite Chelsea Bridge), followed by an optional attendance of the service in the prestigious chapel, and then a curry lunch (well recommended for a tenner), a small raffle, and socialising with the Chelsea pensioners, the Royal Scots Dragoon guards and fellow legionnaires.

 

 

Dec
16
Sun
2018
SA Legion England Branch Christmas Skouerskuur @ Windsor Castle Pub
Dec 16 @ 15:00 – 23:59

South African Legion England branch in England get together in London for a little mince pie Christmas cheer and put some ye olde Santa beer downrange.