Alton and Petersfield Bellringers Visit to Ypres Belgium via Folkestone

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Elverdingsestraat 1

8900 Ypres


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The Alton and Petersfield District Ringing Outing to Folkestone UK and Ypres Belgium concluding with the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony

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Itinerary for the Day:

Individual cars to make own way and leave Hampshire early heading to Folkestone.

9.30am to 10.15am Ringing at St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church Folkestone 8 @ 25 cwt.

Address of Church = 5 Church St, Folkestone CT20 1SE

Own crossing arrangements Eurotunnel or drive to Dover for Ferries to Calais.

(IMPORTANT - separate booking needed please ensure you comply with on-line advanced passport registration for each passenger)

Links to Channel Crossing Companies:

Eurotunnel =

P&O Ferries =


Arrive into France:

Drive from Calais to Ypres Belgium - approximately 90 km (56 miles) 1 hour 15 minutes.

Arrival into Ypres Belgium approximately 13.45 to 14.00hrs and leisurely lunch, shopping and sightseeing.

Afternoon Ringing at St.Georges Church Ypres 8 bells (6–1–11 in B)

Church Address = Elverdingsestraat 1, 8900 Ieper, Belgium

There will be a District Quarter Peal attempt: Rogers invited band to perform a Quarter Peal at 14.15 to 15.15

Followed by general afternoon of open ringing all abilities, District Ringers, Friends Ringing with the St.Georges Ypres Ringers 15.15 to 18.00

Light Refreshments (details to be confirmed) from 17.30 to 19.15

Last Post Ceremony:

The District has been granted permission to lay a wreath on behalf of the Alton & Petersfield District in commemoration to all those who laid down their lives in World War One.

Large crowds are expected for the 20.00 hrs ceremony at the Menin Gate. We have been granted three official places for the wreath laying. Mike Novell will provide details later. This is a nightly event and one that we can be proud to take part in and collectively witness.

We propose leaving the location for refreshments no later than 19.30 for a short walk to the Menin Gate to join the crowds for 8pm 'Last Post' ceremony and wreath laying.

The day's events end ideally in a local pub and return at leisure to Hampshire or those wishing to stay can book hotels and accomodation.

Local Ringers : Mieke and Ivan have a holiday house right opposite the church and offer good rates for visiting bellringers.

Alternatively Hotels and B&B Accommodation can be booked via usual websites.

Wine and Beers: For those who like to stock up with wine and beer on the way back in France just off the A16 before getting to Calais is a 24/7 store called Pidou. The Transmarck store is open 24/7. Prices are significantly cheaper than the UK. Cash/Card


Individual cars have been picked as travel by minibus or coach was cost prohibitive for the day, sorry.

Cars can take 4-5 people so please volunteer if you have a spare seat or two!

Eurotunnel is the most expedient route to France. Crossing time 35 minutes. check-in is 30/40 mins before. We cannot guarantee delays although from experience this has been rare in recent months in terms of disruption.

There are no tolls in Northern France but make sure you adhere to local road laws. Basics include a breathalyzer & yellow vest. (no protesting please)

Currency is Euros in France and Belgium try to change in the UK as currency conversion rates at Folkestone are poor.

We will agree a figure for a donation to the Towers (Folkestone and Ypres) beforehand.

There will be a charge per head for late afternoon refreshments - details to follow.

Non-ringers there is plenty to see and do. Ypres is a beautiful city.

Don't forget your passports.

If using your mobile remember if you have roaming - it might be worth purchasing a bundle to cover you.

Don't forget travel insurance for the day and your car insurance cover.

Lastly.... Let's make it a great day! Bring non-ringers - friends - neighbours - use social media, take loads of photos & we look forward to seeing as many of you and having a great time!


Further itinerary updates & details to follow

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