Norwich Convention 2019

and Heritage Visits

June 9-14, 2019, Norwich England

The Heritage League is off “across the pond” this June for our convention and heritage location visits.  Here's information about travel, lodging, and the events for the week. Join us!

Travel

You will need to make your own travel arrangements to and from England. Amsterdam is a short connection to Norwich.  From most major airports in the US, you can fly nonstop to Amsterdam. You can also fly to London and take the train, bus, or hire a car to Norwich.

Lodging

Make your own hotel reservations. Click the button for information about how to make reservations at the hotels in Norwich and London that we are using for the convention.

Maids Head Hotel

Photo: Brian Mahoney

Ancient Tomblands neighborhood. Oldest continuously operated hotel in England, well modernized, Maids Head neighbors the Cathedral. At very left of photo, ‘Sampson and Hercules’ restored icons of former dance hall (aka ‘Muscle Palace’) look just as our vets saw them in 1944-45.

Events

Sunday, June 9

Evensong at the Norwich Cathedral

Followed by a welcome reception in the Weston Room at the Cathedral.

The cathedral construction began in 1096 and was completed in 1145 with the Norman tower still shining high above the city.  The spire is 315 feet tall and the second tallest in England.

Photo of Norwich Cathedral from Wikipedia

Credit: Wikipedia

Monday, June 10

Annual Business Meeting in The Forum

“The Forum” is the name of the main city library building, which houses among other things, the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, a theatre, restaurants, and a gift shop.

Library Visit

After the meeting, you can visit the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library.  The Memorial Library is a living memorial to honor the casualties of those in the 2nd Air Division.

We will also have a special film showing of life during WWIl.

Dinner at the Salle Park Estate

We have been invited for dinner as guests of Sir John White. The estate has a working farm and several beautiful gardens.

Salle Park Estate
Salle Park Estate

Photo: Sue Risley

2nd Air Division Memorial Library Norwich

Photo: Sue Risley

The 2nd Air Division Memorial Library houses unique collection of over 30,000 images of photographs, letters, memoirs and other documents.

The Second Air Division Digital Archive documents the wartime experiences of Second Air Division personnel and their relationships with the British people in their “home away from home” in Norfolk and beyond during World War II.

Tuesday, June 11

Base Day

We will visit four of the WWII bases near Norwich. Our dear friend, Colin Mann from Norwich, is working hard to make sure that we get the most out of of this important day.

  • Old Buckenham      453rd Bomb Group
  • Hethel                          389th Bomb Group
  • Hardwick                    93rd Bomb Group
  • Seething                      448th Bomb Group

If your bomb group is not listed above, we will be more than happy to put you in touch with the base contact.  You can make the necessary arrangements with the base contact to visit your base on our free day, Thursday, June 13.

Wednesday, June 12

Optional excursion

Steam train ride between Holt and Sheringham

North Norfolk Railway will take us from Holt to Sheringham on the North Sea in vintage cars towed by authentic steam locomotives.

Holt is a small market town of 3,800.  Sheringham is a seaside town with the motto Mare Ditat Pinusque Decort, Latin for “the sea enriches and the pine adorns.”

The town boasts a traditional high street with a wide variety of privately-owned shops, coffee shops, restaurants and pubs.

B-24 planes joined formations on the coast above Holt and Sheringham.

Premier showing of the award-winning film

Return to Hardwick

7-9 pm at The Forum
Return to Hardwick is a documentary film about the history of the 93rd bomb group, the war in general, and the next generation. Produced and Directed by Michael Sellers.

Thursday, June 13

 

Free day

Annual Evening Banquet
Minstrel Room, Maids Head Hotel

There are many things to do in and around Norwich.

  • Tour Sandringham Estate, the Norfolk retreat of HM The Queen.
  • Tour The Norfolk Broads, a system of inland waterways in the historic county of Norfolk.
  • Shop in the Norwich Market, an outdoor market consisting of over 200 stalls.

Or rest and relax.

Join us in the evening for our annual banquet.

Bishops Gate The Norwich School

Photo: Brian Mahoney

Bishop’s Gate. Schoolboys arrive at The Norwich School within cathedral grounds. Norman tower of cathedral was completed in present form in the 1400s, having burned three times and blown over once since its first completion in 1145.

Friday, June 14

St. Paul’s Cathedral. Seat of the Anglican Church in London. The American Memorial Chapel is located inside on the right of the photo. All the stained glass windows were blown out during the WWII blitz. They were replaced with clear glass with the exception of the American section which was re- placed with stained glass of American scenery. Photo: courtesy of St. Paul’s.

Photo: courtesy of St. Paul’s.

St. Paul’s Cathedral. Seat of the Anglican Church in London. The American Memorial Chapel is located inside on the right of the photo. All the stained glass windows were blown out during the WWII blitz. They were replaced with clear glass with the exception of the American section which was re- placed with stained glass of American scenery.

St Paul’s Cathedral, London

We will take the bus from Norwich to St. Paul’s.  We have arranged hotel rooms very near St Paul’s should you choose to stay in London, or you can return to Norwich on the bus.

Tours of the Cathedral have been arranged, followed by a service, just for us, in the American Memorial Chapel.  At the heart of the chapel, you will find the 500-page, leather bound book – the Roll of Honour of the 28,000 Americans who were stationed in the UK who gave their lives throughout WWII.  The book was given by President Eisenhower to Queen Elizabeth in 1958 at a service to dedicate the Chapel.