OPEN DAYS  & EVENTS

for the

Desert Rats Association 

[7th Armoured Division (Desert Rats) Thetford Forest Memorial Association]

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Recent and Upcoming Events

Events for 2019

The Association has agreed the following set of events for 2019. More information will be provided on each closer to the time.

 

OVERLORD: Abingdon Wargames Club - 3rd March 2019

 

D-Day 1940's Dinner and Dance - 6th April at Lynford Hall Hotel, Mundford Norfolk.

 

AGM: - 7th April, at Lynford Hall Hotel, Mundford Norfolk. Room & Time - TBA.

 

Orwell Park School - 16th May 2019 (Strictly by invitation only)

 

Memorial Day - 23rd June 2019 at the Desert Rats Memorial.

Companion Dog Show  - 25th August 2019 at Oxborough Village Hall, Norfolk.

Remembrance Sunday - 10th November 2018 at the Memorial, High Ash, Norfolk.

1940s D-Day Dinner and Dance

The Desert Rats Association, in support of the 7th Armoured Division Memorial Fund (Registered No. 1063575 under the Charities Act of 1960), is proud to announce that on 6th April  2019, it will be holding a 1940's style Dinner and Dance to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy in 1994, at Lynford Hall, Hotel, Mundford, Norfolk, where the Association has negotiated special room rates for the event.

 

Event

Grand County House Hotel Dinner and Dance

1940's Theme Dinner and Dance, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, in aid of the Charity we support. Please come and join us for a 1940's Theme Dinner and Dance to commemorate the links between the famous Desert Rats and Norfolk (which still exist), who were based nearby before sailing for the beaches of Normandy to take part in the momentous events of 1944. You will be able to enjoy the splendour of a wonderful Country House, which was also part of the story of D-Day, itself.

The evenings entertainment consists of:-Description: Picture

  • Three course meal, with tea/coffee afterwards.
  • Entertainment from the Swingtime Sweethearts
  • DJ AndyV8 and the AV8 period disco,
  • Piper,
  • Tombola,  
  • 50:50 Raffle
  • More entertainment and other attractions to be announced.

Period or Smart Dress, please.

Just a few points of note Winking smile

                     Can any pilots please park their 'kites' on the front lawn!

                     Tanks welcome, but please do not mess up the grass (too much)!

                     Please park your Jeeps carefully!

However you get there, (by tank, plane, parachute, staff car, jeep, etc), please join us for a great evening out.

Price 44.00 per person

Start time 6.30pm for 7.00pm, with Carriages or Staff Cars at 00.59 am.

Saturday, 6th April 2019.

NB. Tickets in advance only please, as they will not available for sale on the door.

Full Details of the event and how to book available here.

 

 

 

Past Events

65th Anniversary of the Battle of Alamein - 24th October 2007

A commemoration was held in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall at the memorial in Thetford Forest.

At this event it was formally announced that Her Royal Highness had become the Patron of Memorial Association.

Some photographs of the event are available here.

 

Orwell Park 2010

The Orwell Park reunion was take place this year on Tuesday 23rd November 2010, in the presence of the Memorial Association's Patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Photographs from the day are now available here.

 

Open Day 2011

Desert Rat Memorial Reunion Open Day - 19th June 2011

This year's open day and reunion for all Desert Rats past and present from the 7th Armoured Division, and from the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, was held on Sunday 19th June 2011. 

Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported the event. Pictures from the event are available here.

 

Veteran's El Alamein Visit - October 2011

In October 2011, a small group of veterans accompanied by family and the Memorial Association Chairman, Mr. Rod Scott and his wife Tina, the Treasurer visited the El Alamein battlefield and the El Alamein War Cemetery. During the visit to the latter a wreath was laid on behalf of the Associations Patron, HRH. The Duchess of Cornwall, on 23rd October, the 69th Anniversary of the start of the battle.

To see some pictures of this trip please click here.

Open Day 2012

Desert Rat Memorial Reunion Open Day - 24th June 2012

This year's open day and reunion for all Desert Rats past and present from the 7th Armoured Division, and from the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, was held on Sunday 24th June 2012.

This year is the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein.

The Committee and Members of the Association would like to thank everyone who attended. Pictures from the event are available here.

 

Open Day 2013

Desert Rat Memorial Reunion Open Day - 16th June 2013

This year's open day and reunion for all Desert Rats past and present from the 7th Armoured Division, and from the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, was held on Sunday 16th June 2014. The association wished to thank all those who supported us. 

Photographs of the event and video clips are now available.

 

Remembrance Sunday 2013

The Association would like to thank the 700 plus people you attended the Remembrance service on Sunday 10th November 2013. It was wonderful to see so many people supporting Remembrance Day at the Memorial in Thetford Forest.

 

Open Day 2014

Desert Rat Memorial Reunion Open Day - 15th June 2014

This year's open day and reunion for all Desert Rats past and present from the 7th Armoured Division, and from the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, was held on Sunday 15th June 2014. The association wished to thank all those who supported us. 

Photographs of the event and video clips are now available.

 

Remembrance Sunday 2014

The Association would like to thank all those you were at the Memorial for the service on Sunday 9th November 2014.

 

Open Day 2015

Desert Rat Memorial Reunion Open Day - 21st June 2015

This year's open day and reunion for all Desert Rats past and present from the 7th Armoured Division, and from the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, was held on Sunday 21st June 2015. Photographs and video clips of the event are now available.

 

Foundation Parade - 7th Infantry Brigade and HQ East

On 30th July 2015 Veterans and Members of the Association attended the Parade to commemorate the Operational readiness of 7th Infantry Brigade and HQ East (The Desert Rats) who in the modern Army continue the heritage of the Desert Rats. Photographs of the event are now available.

 

Remembrance Sunday

The Association would like to thank all those you were at the Memorial for the service on Sunday 8th November 2015.

 

Orwell Park 2016

The Orwell Park reunion took place this year on Thursday 26th May 2016. Veterans and members of the Association will be in attendance.

 

Some photographs of the even are available here.

 

Open Day 2016

Desert Rat Memorial Reunion Open Day - 19th June 2016

This year's open day and reunion for all Desert Rats past and present from the 7th Armoured Division, and from the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, was held on Sunday 19th June 2016. Many thanks to all who attended the event and made it such a success.

Some photographs and video clips of the event are available here.

 

Remembrance Sunday 2016

The Association would like to thank all those you attended this year's Remembrance Sunday service, in support of the Association and more importantly in Remembrance of those who fell in past and more recent conflicts. Pictures from the event are available here.

 

 

Orwell Park School Memorial Day Service 2017

The Orwell Park reunion took place this year on Thursday 18th May 2017. Veterans and members of the Association were in attendance as guests of the school. The details and photographs of the event can be viewed here.

 

Memorial Day 2017

Desert Rat Memorial Reunion Open Day - 18th June 2017

This year's open day and reunion for all Desert Rats past and present from the 7th Armoured Division, and from the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, was held on Sunday 18th June 2017, at the Memorial, High Ash, North of Mundford, Norfolk.

Despite it being an extremely hot day, many thanks to all those who came along to support us.

Pictures of the day's events can be viewed here

 

Desert Rats Association
Companion Dog Show

Sunday 27th August 2017 - The Association would like to thank everyone who made this event such a great success. Photographs of the event can be viewed here.

 

Charity Fundraising Event 2017

Saturday 14th October 2017 Charity fundraising event Thetford, dinner/dance with a 1940s theme to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein.

Photographs of the event can be viewed here.  

 

Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2017

With 2017 being the 75th Anniversary of the Second Battle of El Alamein, the Association was invited to attend this years Festival, on 11th November 2017, with Mr Len Burritt, who served in Divisional HQ for the entire war, being a guest of honour at the event.

 

Pictures of the event can be viewed here.

Remembrance Sunday 2017

The Association held a Remembrance Sunday Service at the Memorial on Sunday 12th November 2017.

 

Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported Remembrance Day at the Memorial in Thetford Forest.

 

Pictures of the day's events can be viewed here.

 

Orwell Park School Memorial Day Service 2018

The Orwell Park reunion took place this year on Thursday 17th May 2018. Veterans and members of the Association were in attendance as guests of the school. The details and photographs of the event can be viewed here.

 

Memorial Open Day 17th June 2018

This year's open day and reunion for all Desert Rats past and present from the 7th Armoured Division, and from the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, was held on Sunday 17th June 2018, at the Memorial, High Ash, North of Mundford, Norfolk.

Despite the weather being a bit 'mixed', many thanks to all those who came along to support us.

Some photographs and video clips of the event are available here.

 

Desert Rats Association Companion Dog Show

This year's Companion Dog Show was held on Sunday 19th August 2018 on Oxborough Village Green, PE33 9PS. Many thanks to everyone who attended and made the event such as success. Photographs of the day are now available here.

 

Remembrance Sunday 2018

This year's Remembrance Sunday Service, coincided with the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that signified the end of The Great War (1914-18), on Sunday 11th November 2018.

Photographs of the event and video can found here.

 

 

 

Open Day and Event Photographs

Open Day 22nd June 2003 Easter Tour and 6th June 2004 D-D Anniversary
Open Day 27th June 2004 Open Day 11th June 2006

Open Day 24th June 2007

Open Day 22nd June 2008

Open Day 21st June 2009

Open Day 20th June 2010

Open Day 19th June 2011

Open Day 24th June 2012
Open Day 16th June 2013 (Video) Open Day 15th June 2014 (Video)
Open Day 21st June 2015 (Video) Open Day 19th June 2016 (Video)
Open Day 18th June 2017 Open Day 17th June 2018 (Video)
 
65th Anniversary of the Battle of Alamein 24th October 2007

Veterans El Alamein Visit - October 2011

Orwell Park 2004 Orwell Park 2010
Orwell Park 2016 Orwell Park 2017
Orwell Park 2018
7th Infantry Brigade and HQ East - Foundation Parade
Remembrance Sunday 13th November 2016 Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2017 (Video)
Remembrance Sunday 12th November 2017 Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018 (Video)

Other Events

Companion Dog Show, 27th August 2017 1940s Dinner and Dance, 14th October 2017

 

Location of 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats) Memorial

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