Wednesday, 9 March 2011

LT GEN Rhys Jones, Chief of Defence Force visited the Battlefields of Passchendaele

LT GEN Rhys Jones, Chief of Defence Force, BRIG Phil Gibbons, Head NZDS-London and New Zealand MilRep to NATO, CDR James Routledge, Naval Attaché NZDS-London and Deputy MilRep to NATO, WGCDR Mark Stevens, PSO to CDF and Mr Alex Rogers, First Secretary, New Zealand Embassy made a pelgrimage to the Battlefield of Passchendaele yesterday.

LtGen Rhys Jones and his party have visited the Messines and Passchendaele area yesterday afternoon. From one place to another , listening to the people explaining the facts about New Zealands involvement here. Visiting the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 and the Menin Gate.
But it was , most of all, a pelgrimage. They have been to all the New Zealand Memorials , laying wreaths in every place, reading the Ode, and in salute for Those who had been lost here 94 years ago. A very moving afternoon!
Some non-professional photo's taking from the background

New Zealand Earthquake - Service of Remembrance in Brussels 18/03 6 PM

A Service of Remembrance for all those affected by the recent earthquake in Canterbury, New Zealand will be held at Holy Trinity, Brussels on Friday 18 March at 6pm. This coincides with the day of the National Memorial Service being held in Christchurch which will be attended by Prime Minister John Key and HRH Prince William, amongst other dignitaries. A collection will be held and donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal to help those directly affected by the quake.

Directions to Holy Trinity can be found here:

Contact person:

The prestigious 2011 Civic Trust Awards Ceremony was held at the People's History Museum in Manchester which saw 57 projects recognised from 333 entries. 27 Awards were given, including 7 projects that were chosen to receive a Special Award, demonstrating outstanding credentials in a specific area.

The Civic Trust Awards National Panel selected the visitor centre at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium by Govaert & Vanhoutte Architectenburo as their favourite Award winner in 2011.


Tuesday, 8 March 2011


The Zonnebeke District Council (which includes the town of Passchendaele) has started a local appeal to help the people of its twin town of Waimakariri following the September and February earthquakes.

The council has donated 2,500 euro to set the fund rolling.
The funds raised will be forwarded to social services in Waimakariri for distribution to those in most need. The donations account number is: 738-0184836-73.
The name of the account is GPS1917 vzw.
mention WAIMAK so it is clear for who your donation is.


Christchurch (Nieuw Zeeland) is getroffen door een aardbeving die talrijke mensenlevens heeft geeist en enorme verwoestingen heeft aangericht.

Uit solidariteit met Waimakariri, het zusterdistrict van Zonnebeke, schenkt de gemeente

2.500 euro en doet een oproep om eveneens een gift te storten op

rekening 738-0184836-73 van de vzw GPS1917 met vermelding van STEUN WAIMAK.

Alle gestorte bedragen zullen worden bezorgd aan de sociale dienst van Waimakariri om daar de hoogste nood te lenigen