Events - 2018

MALTA REUNION

This year the Reunion will take place between the 12th and 26th April.

Coaches will be arranged to take everyone attending to the various ceremonies and events, and all depart from the Preluna hotel.  Notices of pickup times, etc., will be posted on the notice board in Preluna reception.  Confirmation of all events and other information will be given out at the welcome meeting which takes palce on Friday 13th April at 5pm in the Preluna hotel.

The welcome meeting will be followed by the George Cross Commemoration event which will take place at 19.30hrs at Pjazza San George Valletta. 

The bands of the Armed Forces and the Malta Police Band and contingents will be taking part as done in previous years. There will also be a screening of the main highlights of Malta Siege will be projected on the Façade of the Palace. 

The Siege Bell ceremony will take place on the morning of Saturday 14th April.

Also on the afternoon of the 14th - a visit to Fort Madliena where our President, Judge Dr. Joseph Galea Debono, will give a PowerPoint presentation on the Victoria Lines followed by a short tour of the Fort and a small section of the Victoria Lines built by the British in the last quarter of the 19th. Century.

The Church Service at St Paul's Pro Cathedral, Valetta will take place the 15th with UK and Malta standards being present.

From being on the watch list of most endangered sites in the world, Fort St. Elmo has been restored to its former glory.  Those of you that can, do have a look at the wikipedia listing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Saint_Elmo#Present_day

Fort St. Elmo in Valletta will be open to visitors free of charge all day on 15th April to commemorate the 76th. anniversary of the award of the George Cross to Malta. 

The Fort houses the recently reopened War Museum and on that day there will be a re-enactment by men in period uniforms from the time of the Knights of St. John which will be staged between 11am and noon. 

On the 15th the Fort will be hosting an exhibition of documents related to the War period, a Malta Artisan Market and an exhibition of  19th. Century paintings by the "Schranz Family of Artists - A Journey of Rediscovery".

We have been privileged for many years to be invited to the Luqa Barracks by the AFM, and this year is no exception.  The 17th is the date for the AFM Band display.

The commemorative ceremony at the chapel at the Ta Qali Air Museum will be on the 19th.

The ceremonies at the three Memorials (RN, RAF and National) will be on the 23rd and the annual St. George's Day dinner will take place in the evening - organised by Peter and Mary Robinson.

Anzac day is the 25th and we shall be attending the ceremony organised by the Australian and New Zealand high commission which takes place at the Military cemetery, Pieta.


NATIONAL AGM - 2018

This year, the SE branch are hosting the National AGM and they will be combine the National AGM into the same weekend as their branch AGM and Reunion which will be the 23rd to the 25th November at the Hydro hotel, Eastbourne. 

More details will follow nearer the time



 ALL HALLOWS BY THE TOWER ANNUAL - CHURCH SERVICE AND WREATH LAYING CEREMONY

In August the SE Branch host the annual service at all Hallows by the Tower annual see details below. 

Further details will follow nearer the time

  
Branch Events:

SE BRANCH AGM AND REUNION
The South East AGM and reunion will take place take place at the Hydro Hotel Mount Road, Easbourne. BN20 7HZ. from Friday 23rd to Sunday 24th November, 2018

Please keep these dates free so you can join your fellow members for a fantastic weekend, where you can be assured of a warm welcome, good food and company.

Please remember that the reunion is open to all members, their friends and family who are most welcome. 

For further information and to book, please contact Michael Gaw Tel. No. 01903 786058. 

The branches all hold regular social and committee along with a branch Annual General Meeting.  They also hold various special events during the year to mark national and local occasions.

South East Branch hold regularly monthly social meetings at the Union Jack Club London.  Contact  Michael Gaw on 01903 786058 for more details

West Branch 

The West Branch AGM and Reunion weekend will take place on the 7th/8th/9th September and following the huge success of last year's event, it will once again take place at the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth.

More details will follow nearer the time

West Branch holds a social meeting on the first Tuesday morning of each month, usually with coffee a raffle - afterwards lunch is available in the 
Royal British Legion Club, Church Road, Ferndown Dorset.
 
Everyone welcome.  Details from Ray Wrigglesworth 01202 779321. Email - r.wrigglesworth@sky.com or from Branch Secretary on pat.scott@georgecrossisland.org.uk


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To find out what events the branches are holding, you can contact your branch secretary directly or contact the GCIA web master to have your enquiry forwarded on :
info@georgecrossisland.org.uk 

Or contact the National Secretary :

National Secretary
George Cross Island Association
29 Pigeonhouse Lane
Rustington
West Sussex, BN16 2AY

jandm.gaw@btinternet.com