2018 PPA Wixoe Remembrance Event

2018 PPA Wixoe Remembrance Event, Saturday 12 May 2018 at 11:30 am

St Leonard's Church, Wixoe, Suffolk CO10 8UB

We note that this year is the 10th Anniversary of the unveiling of the PPA Memorial at the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove within the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

This Wixoe Event will be followed on Monday 21 May by our first foPPA Lecture, at the Royal Geographical Society in London, on the subject of "Popski & Bagnold : Desert & War".

  Wixoe Church  
  St Leonard's 12th Century Grade II* church at Wixoe  

We are pleased to announce our seventh PPA Wixoe Remembrance Event on Saturday 12 May 2018 at St Leonard's Church in Wixoe, Suffolk, where Popski and Pamela are buried together. This is the Saturday nearest to the anniversary of Popski's death on the 15th, and the event commemorates both Popski and Pamela, as well as the men of Popski's Private Army.

Popski and Pamela in their flat off Sloane Square, Kensington (Chris Ware, Keystone Press Agency Ltd)
Popski and Pamela in their flat off Sloane Square, Kensington
(Chris Ware, Keystone Press Agency Ltd)

Order of Service

The Wixoe Order of Service, and especially the two hymns, is based upon the one for Popski's funeral in 1951.

Reverend Stuart Mitchell, Rector of St Leonard's, will conduct the service.
David Starr, Organist, will lead the hymns.
Katie Johnson, Pamela's companion, will read the Lesson.
Suzi Paterson, foPPA Secretary, will talk about Ralph Bagnold and Vladimir Peniakoff.
Rod Gibson, Royal British Legion Bugler, will sound The Last Post and The Reveille.
Sue Anderson, will read Corporal Ben Owen's Poem.
Sgt Len Greetham MM, will read the Kohima Epitaph.

2018 Wixoe Talk

Our Wixoe Talk this year will be a short summary of the RGS Popski & Bagnold Lecture, but without any slides or display.

Remembrance Wreath

PPA Poppy Wreath

How to get to Wixoe

Wixoe village is off the A1092, East of Haverhill, between the villages of Sturmer and Stoke-by-Clare, on a line drawn between Cambridge and Colchester. Navigation failures will result in RTU!

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Other information

RSVP  Please let us know, as soon as possible, if you are coming (and if you are not) and how many are in your party.

Invitations  Although only one Invitation Card is sent per family, you can still bring along as many people as you want, and extra souvenir cards are available on request. You do not need to have an Invitation Card to attend: all and all ages are welcome. Bring your foPPA Invitation Card anyway though, to collect autographs, and don’t forget your camera (see Video below). Maybe also bring along any PPA documents and photos to show everyone.

New Note for 2018  Every year we send out about 300 invitations to families and fans all over the world. We know that most of you will be unable to attend, so the Remembrance Invitation Card is more of a memento, to say "we haven't forgotten you".

Email addresses  Please could you send us an email anyway, as soon as you get this invitation, even if you're not coming, so that we can keep your contact details up to date in our database. Last year we found that many people had changed their email address and didn't tell us, so our messages were bounced back as "This email could not be delivered", and they don't know what we're up to! Thanks.

Medals  Please dress smartly, with medals, but warmly and comfortably as you may be outside for a while.

Parking and comfort  Wixoe is a very small village and the church does not have a carpark. Please park considerately. Please note that there are no public toilet facilities in the village nor at St Leonard's Church.

Video  If you wish to use a video camera, it is quite ok to film the event inside and outside the church, with discretion and consideration for others.

Visitor's Book  The foPPA Visitor's Book will be available for signing after the service at back of the church.

Collection  A collection will be made after the service in support of St Leonard's.

Service  The Service of Remembrance will be followed by a move to Popski's and Pamela's grave to lay a wreath.

De-briefing  After the service and wreath laying we'll go to The Bell Hotel in Clare, for our usual refreshments and exchange of PPA stories. Clare is just a few miles East of Wixoe on the A1092.

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Insurance  We should like you to note that you attend this event under your own insurance arrangements. FoPPA does not provide insurance cover for this or any other events and all persons attend this event at their own risk.

The PPA Memorial Fund

Although the funding focus for the day will be on St Leonard's, we should like to take this opportunity to say that running these event always eats into our funding, so you may like to consider helping to top us up again! Many thanks to all our kind supporters around the world.

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10 May 2018