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2023 Heritage League and
392nd Bomb Group
Convention

Norwich, England, July 23–28
Optional add-on trip to Normandy, July 29 – August 2

Mark your calendars and plan to join us!

The Heritage League is off "across the pond" in July 2023 and we have lots of exciting activities planned

The convention itself is from July 23-28 and includes food, meetings, and tours, finishing with a trip to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on the last day. We'll be staying at The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich, where we've stayed previously.

After the convention, there's an optional four-day add-on tour of Normandy from July 29 – August 2, 2023.

The Convention

The convention starts Sunday, July 23 in Norwich and ends with a trip to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday, July 28, 2023.

On Tuesday evening there's an optional Norwich Ghost Tour. We'll leave it to your imagination what the tour is about. There must be a minimum of 10 people to fill the tour.

There are two optional tours on Thursday, July 27:

Norwich Ghost Tour
Blickling Hall
Cemetery at Madingley
Norwich cathedral interior
Wall near entrance to the American Library.
Dunston Hall, where we'll have our banquet

The Normandy Tour Add-on

There is an optional four-day add-on tour of Normandy from July 29 – August 2, 2023. See the itinerary below.

The Normandy group leaves from the Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s on Saturday, July 29. The $350 registration includes:

  • Transportation between all points in the tour
  • All admission fees to museums and attractions
  • The cost for a dedicated guide
  • Three box lunches
  • A Farewell Dinner.

The Normandy add-on tour has a limit of 49 people and will be filled on a first come first served basis. We advise you to make your convention reservations early. If we exceed the limit, we will put people on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Mont-Saint-Michel
American Cemetery in Normandy

Itinerary for Convention and Normandy Tour Add-on

Here's the daily itinerary for both the convention and the Normandy trip. Click the button to download the PDF file. We'll provide a more detailed version closer to the convention.

Registration To-Do's

Here's a summary of everything you need to do to make your reservations and payments, with details in the sections that follow.

For the convention:

For the Friday in London:

For the optional Normandy Add-on tour:

1. Convention deposit

Due by April 1 (extended from February 1)

Use the online deposit form to reserve your spaces. The deposit is $100.00 per person plus a $50.00 per person deposit for the optional Normandy add-on tour.

Deposits are refundable before May 15th.

2. Convention registration and full payment

Due any time before May 15

Complete your registration for the conference.

The Basic Registration England package is $475.00 per person.
For the add-on Normandy tour, the registration fee is $350.00 per person.

There are two ways to register and pay:

  • Fill out the registration form online
    You can pay online or mail in a check. If you pay online, there is a $15 processing fee. There is no fee if you pay by check.
  • Fill out a paper form and mail it with a check or money order.
    Please be sure to give us an email address or phone number to reach you.

If you made a deposit, be sure you deduct it from amount due.

If you're mailing a check, make it payable to The Heritage League and send to:

Susan Risley
682 Slade Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

Note: if we haven't received your entire registration payment by May 15, 2023, your reservation will be canceled and your deposit will be refunded.

3. Norwich hotel reservation

Reservations due by May 15 for group rate

Maids Head HotelThe Maids Head Hotel in Norwich is known to be the oldest hotel in the UK dating back over 800 years. The group rate is available for reservations made from July 21 to August 1, 2023.

Use the group ID code : 2307THEHER.

By phone: Call from the US 011-44-1603 272007
By email: reservations@maidsheadhotel.co.uk.
Mailing address: The Maids Head Hotel, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1LB, England.

We have the following rooms blocked:

Room rates

Room rates are stated in pounds. To check the exchange rate use www.exchangerates.org.uk.

All rooms include breakfast.

Rooms are not lift-accessible. Please contact the hotel if accessibility is necessary.

Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul's HotelReservations due by June 30, 2023 to receive the group rate.

On Friday morning we leave Norwich for the tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, so most likely you'll want to make a hotel reservation for at least the night of July 28, and you have the option to reserve through July 31 at our group rate.

  • If you're taking the Normandy tour, we'll leave for Normandy on Saturday morning so reserve the London hotel for July 28 only.

Cancellations can be made up to 7 days prior to arrival date.

To secure your reservation, you must provide a credit/debit card.
Daily rates: £239 king and £269 for double.
Use promo code: LHTHEH280723

Reserve by website: Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul's
Reserve by phone: In the U.S. call 011-44-161 774 1742 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm UK time.

Tip: The online reservation automatically assumes a three-night stay. To change the dates, click Search again, then double-click the Date field.

5. Normandy hotel reservation

Reservations due by March 15, 2023.

The Normandy booking process is different from typical hotel reservations. We encourage you to submit your form as soon as possible as there is a limited number of rooms available in some categories.

There are two hotels: Churchill Hotel and Hotel Bayeux Reine Mathilde, about a 5-minute walk apart.

Churchill Hotel
Hotel Bayeux Reine Mathilde

The cost for the hotel for four nights including breakfast daily depends on which hotel you select and the room type you reserve.  Approximate four-day totals are: $600-$820 for a Single and $830-$1,040 for a Double.

Both Normandy hotels require that we (the convention organizers) submit a rooming list and full payment for the entire group, in one transaction.

Follow this procedure to reserve:

  1. Contact RALPH WINTER at rewcts@gmail.com.
    Mr. Winter will explain the availability and cost of rooms that meet your occupancy needs. After he has verified that the category of room is available and reserves it for you, he will send you an invoice.
  2. Send a check or money order, payable to The Heritage League, to:
    Susan Risley
    682 Slade Ave
    Elgin, IL 60120
    You can also pay by credit card or PayPal using this form. There is an additional service fee of $15.00 to cover online fees to us.

We know this is cumbersome, but it is what the Normandy hotels require!

6. Flight arrangements

You will need to make your own travel arrangements. There are several ways to get to Norwich. KLM has a flight that includes a short connector hop to Norwich via Amsterdam with major US airlines. The common alternative is to fly into London and take the train or bus to Norwich. For the adventurous, one could rent a car and drive the distance. Better choice is to hire a car and driver to get you to Norwich. People have indicated that they might want to travel with others. If you are traveling single and are interested in traveling and sharing a room with someone, please let us know and we will get you connected.

If you are adding the Normandy trip, you might consider flying home from Paris. There is train service between Bayeux to Paris city center and Charles de Gaulle airport.

7. Travel insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended. Attendees are responsible for finding your own travel insurance. Most travel insurers require that you pay for coverage very soon after your first payment for your trip – especially if you want pre-existing conditions covered. The “hold my place” non-committal deposit of $50.00 that you have made should not count as your first payment. You can visit these websites to shop for insurance: Insert this link
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