2021 AGM

The 2021 AGM will be held using Zoom that will enable us to hold a “virtual” meeting using video and audio thus avoiding the need to travel across the country to meet face-to-face.  We very much hope this encourages Centurions across the country to join us.

 

To attend it will be necessary to have access to a laptop, mobile telephone or tablet with a camera and microphone. It is not necessary to download Zoom to the device.  For those unfamiliar with Zoom a ‘test’ run can be arranged sometime during the week beginning 18/01/2020.

 

If you wish to attend please inform the Hon. Secretary by Sunday 10th January 2021. Invitations, copy of the Agenda,  supporting papers and link to the ‘Zoom’ meeting will be sent out the following week.

2021 Spring Social Walk

The Spring walk along the White Cliffs will start at Folkestone and visit the National Memorial to the Few which is open throughout the year and is accessible on foot at any time. The site itself includes the Memorial, Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall and replica Spitfire and Hurricane, and is free to visit.

 

On 12 August 1940, Pilot Officer Page was shot down and baled out into the sea with terrible burns. He was awarded the DFC and bar and received the DSO in 1944. Years later, Geoffrey realised to his astonishment that there was no memorial to his comrades who had flown with him in Fighter Command in 1940.

 

His determination that The Few should be remembered found a focus at “Hellfire Corner”, the area of Dover and Folkestone over which so much of the fighting had taken place in 1940. The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust was established and fund raising began.  On July 9 1993, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother opened the National Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne.

 

The walk will continue towards Dover with magnificent views over the Channel to France, and a stop at the Cliff Top Café for refreshment.  The return will take in Folkestone Harbour where so many infantry personnel left for the 1st World War front line, and also the memorial on The Leas to the thousands who never returned.

 

2021 100 miles

Southend AC track

                           Southend AC track

We are optimistic there will be a Centurion-qualifier in 2021 and a track race at Southend on Sea, Essex early August is being considered.

It is difficult to predict what the Government guidelines will be at the time but we can be sure that adhering to national and local guidelines current at the time will be a mandatory requirement for everybody attending – walkers, supporters, organisers, officials and spectators – so the event may be slightly different to those held previously.  Nonetheless we are committed to providing everybody the opportunity to take part in this unique race whether walking, supporting or officiating.

The situation is changeable so please continue to watch this space for updates.  We hope to make a decision  in Spring 2021.