Malta 2022

We are very excited to notify you all that a Malta Reunion is planned and the dates are between the 14th and 28th April, 2022.  

You may be aware that, once again, our visit clashes with Easter – the 15th is Good Friday and of course 17th Easter Sunday and 18th Easter Monday.  Easter is a hallowed time in Malta so many places will be closed on the Friday and possibly also on the Monday. However, there will probably be processions and celebrations that you can attend.

IMPORTANT – Please, if you are thinking that you might be interested in coming to the reunion, or if you definitely know that you are, would you be kind enough to email me so that I can keep track of numbers for the logistics of arranging coaches and costings and notifying our hosts, info@georgecrossisland.org.uk please.  If email is not convenient for you please telephone  Once I have even provisional numbers I can work out transport costs

This year we are using the Waterfront Hotel in Sliema as our HQ, If you prefer to stay elsewhere, let me know and I will see about organising pick ups from your locations for the events. The Waterfront is close to the Valletta ferries, busses, shops and restaurants.  Their web site is: www.waterfronthotelmalta.com and their phone number is 00 356 2090 6899.  The address is The Strand, Sliema, GZR 1028,

I now have a programme prepared.  The programme is reduced in order to try and keep to outdoor ceremonies, also the dates of the individual ceremonies may have to be moved around. The traditional Siege Bell ceremony has not yet been confirmed, for which there are various reasons.  However, Malta Branch Chairman, Peter Robinson, is working on this and trying to find out if Malta is planning anything to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Malta Convoys.  However, we all know that things often happen last minute in Malta, so we hope that this occasion will be acknowledged and commemorated in a fitting manner. Those of you who let me know that you are interested in coming to Malta with us will be notified.  

The HMS Urge group, along with Heritage Malta and the University of Malta have arranged a church service on the 24th and a commemorative ceremony on the 27th to which all GCIA members are invited. I will provide you with details once I receive them.  Availability is subject to numbers attending from the HMS Urge group, who will receive priority.

Anzac day on the 25th is also a date that has yet to be confirmed as to whether a commemorative event will be held. This is organised by the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions and we will be kept informed if this is to go ahead.

So still a bit of uncertainty, but that is not going to stop us planning and getting ourselves organised for the reunion.  The provisional programme is:

Date

16th - NOT CONFIRMED AS TAKING PLACE YET

19th

21st

22nd

23rd

24th

25th - NOT CONFIRMED AS TAKING PLACE YET

27th

Ceremony

Siege Bell

3 memorials

Ta Qali

AFM

St Georges Day

HMS Urge - Church service, St Paul's, Valletta

Anzac

HMS Urge Commemoration



Many thanks for supporting us and I do hope we get to see many of you in Malta in 2022

Very best wishes
Pat Scott (National Secretary)

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