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.
Visit to a site
associated with a eminent personality from the early
history of Rhodesia on the Greater London/Essex border.
“Raising of the Flag” ceremony in East Anglia to mark the 131st anniversary
of the foundation of Rhodesia.
Meeting to be
addressed by prominent member of the Loyal Orders in England..
Event in Sussex to mark the 56th anniversary
of Rhodesian UDI.
Day of the Vow
commemoration Zoom meeting.
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
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.)
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.
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
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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