Forthcoming Events :-

 

24 July 2021

Trip to sites on the north Kent coast associated with the testing of the Dam-Busters’ “bouncing bomb”, and with Amy Johnson.

August 2021

Visit to a site associated with a eminent personality from the early history of Rhodesia on the Greater London/Essex border.

September 2021

Raising of the Flag” ceremony in East Anglia to mark the 131st anniversary of the foundation of Rhodesia.

October 2021

Meeting to be addressed by prominent member of the Loyal Orders in England..

November 2021

Event in Sussex to mark the 56th anniversary of Rhodesian UDI.

December 2021

Day of the Vow commemoration Zoom meeting.

January 2022

2022 AGM

August 2022

Trip to the Hythe Venetian Fete.

 


 

In June 2021 the Springbok Club staged a Zoom meeting which was addressed by Mr.Scott Balson from Brisbane, Australia. Mr.Balson founded and runs the on-line expatriate Loving Life Live channel, and told something about the history of this channel and the revelations about what is really happening in the “new” South Africa which have been recounted by some of the South Africans who he has interviewed.

 


 

In late August 2020, following an enforced break caused by the “lockdown” lunacy, the Springbok Club resumed activities with a trip to the Royal Naval War Memorial in Chatham, where special respects were paid to Sub.Lieut. Charles van der Byl, a South African submariner who was killed in 1916 whilst serving on the submarine HMS G1. Respects were also paid to Engine Room Artificer Arthur Grant, who once served on the same ship that Sub.Lieut.van der Byl later served on, HMS Goliath, before being transferred to HMS Derwent which struck a mine and sank in 1917. Afterwards the Springbok Club party viewed the near-by house where Engine Room Artificer Arthur Grant once lived, before adjourning to a hostelry in Chatham where a PowerPoint presentation was given about the Naval career of Sub.Lieut.Charles van der Byl, and the history of the famous Cape family from which he came.

 


 

In February 2020 the Springbok Club organised a trip to the Wallace Collection in London, where inter alia they viewed the special exhibition entitled “Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company”.

 


 

The Springbok Club held their 2020 AGM in January 2020. At the conclusion of the very successful business side of proceedings Mr. Gary Vincent gave an enthralling and extremely well researched PowerPoint presentation about the 1820 Settlers, thus reminding everyone that this year marks the 200th anniversary of this most important episode in South African history.

 


 

The Springbok Club celebrated the 54th anniversary of UDI in November 2019 with a special meeting which was addressed by Mr. Neil Farnell. Mr. Farnell had initiated the famous 1976 Tour of Rhodesia by five (then) young members of the Anglo-Rhodesian Society in order to express their solidarity with their Rhodesian kith-and-kin. In a highly informative and enlightening talk, which was illustrated by publications from the time, he told how the 1976 Tour had come about, reminisced upon the highlights which were experienced, and then reminded everyone how subsequent events which destroyed that once great land had been predicted by members of the Tour party if the Rhodesian nation was allowed to fall. At the end of the talk, however, it was pointed out that post-Brexit the British people would be able to resume their African involvement all over again. (Pictured right are some of the members of the famous 1976 Rhodesian Tour standing at the Salisbury Kopje. Neil Farnell is on the left.)

 


 

In September 2019 the Springbok Club staged a most enjoyable, and indeed inspiring, visit to the “Salute to the Forties” festival held at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent.

 


 

In June 2019 the Springbok Club staged a trip to the Launch Site of the S.S.Great Eastern on the Isle of Dogs, after which a fascinating PowerPoint presentation about the building and history of the ship was shown, which included details about the mystery of the “curse of the Hope Diamond”.

 


 

In May 2019 the Springbok Club staged a most enjoyable trip to the traditional annual Rochester Sweeps Festival. It was at this festival in 1994 where the famous Rochester Declaration which pledged “continuing determination to work for the re-establishment of White control in the African continent” was initiated.

 


 

On Saturday 6th April 2019 the Springbok Club staged a special double-celebration buffet-meeting in order to celebrate both Van Riebeeck Day and the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Hon. Ian Douglas Smith. The guest speaker at this event was Mr. Stuart Agnew MEP, the UKIP MEP for the East of England, who told something about his time spent living and working in Rhodesia, and who also gave a report-back on his recent trip to South Africa when, as part of an official European Parliamentary delegation, he investigated the facts concerning the current farm murder campaign currently taking place in the country. Also present at this meeting were Mr. Robert Phillips, whose family knew the Hon. Ian Douglas Smith personally, and Mr. Neil Farnell, who initiated the famous 1976 tour of Rhodesia, both of whom said a few words about their respective experiences.

 


 

In February 2019 the Springbok Club staged its 2019 AGM, which was followed by a most fascinating visit to the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, south-east London.

 


As the usual venue for the annual “Raising of the Flag” ceremony (marking the anniversary of the foundation of Rhodesia in 1890) in Norfolk was unavailable in 2018 because of extensive repair works, this year’s ceremony took place at Bath in Somerset. Pictured [left] is Rhodesian born-and-bred Mrs. Thorley Oliver raising the Union Flag, alongside Sgt. Graham Gillmore (ex-Grenadier Guards, RLI and South African Pathfinders Company) who acted as Parade Commander, and [right] some of the large group of supporters who attended the ceremony. After the flag-raising itself short speeches were given by Mr. Alan Harvey and Mr. Peter Jewell, followed by a key-note speech by Mr. Stuart Agnew MEP, all of whom had lived for a while and had strong links to Rhodesia.

 

 


 

On Remembrance Sunday 2018 a contingent of Springbok Club members and supporters attended the annual Rhodesian Remembrance service held outside Westminster Abbey in London.

 


 

In June 2008 the Kent Branch of the Springbok Club/Empire Loyalist Club staged a visit to the Royal Engineers’ Museum in Gillingham, where a special “Soldiers of the Queen” weekend was being held - which included a fascinating Victorian-era drill and weapons display demonstrated by The Diehards military re-enactment society. There was a very good turnout of members and supporters at this event, including several supporters from outside the county, and many good new contacts were made as a result.

 


 

In May 2008 the Springbok Club/Empire Loyalist Club celebrated Empire Day, when welcomed back Mr. Michael Brufal de Melgarejo (the 11th Marques de Lendinez) as guest speaker. Mr. Michael Brufal de Melgarejo, who is the Director of the Friends of Gibraltar Heritage Society, gave a most enthralling and illuminating talk on the current situation in Gibraltar, and about the ongoing work of both the Friends of Gibraltar Heritage Society and the internally-based Gibraltar Heritage Trust.

 


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