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We are the Central Ontario Branch of the Western Front Association. The purpose of the Western Front Association is to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of those, of both sides, who served their country in France and Flanders (Belgium) during the Great War. The WFA has about 6,000 members worldwide with branches in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the United States. Memberships are great gifts any time - see "Join Us" item on the left.
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Greetings Members and Friends of the COBWFA:
Please join us for a very special guest speaker in a truly unique venue on Sunday September 7th, 2014.
With more than 1 million copies of his books in print, famed Great War Author, Mr. Martin Middlebrook will be our very special guest speaker at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum near Hamilton, Ontario. Mr. Middlebrook’s famous publication, The First Day of the Somme, set the standard by which most Great War publications are judged. His interviews with Somme veteran’s in the 1960’s captured some of the most captivating stories from that day that saw the British Empire lose 60,000 of her youth by lunchtime on July 1st, 1916, the first day of the battle.
The itinerary for the day is in the works, but a guided private tour of the museum and its spectacular collection is in the planning stages. Members of the COBWFA will be allowed entry into the museum at no cost. Their will be a very small cost for this event to cover our venue, a light lunch, drinks and a possible tour. The cost will not exceed $20 per person for the day. I will have a final amount for you as the day approaches, but the Branch will assume the bulk of our day’s costs.
I have a great deal of other information to share with you in the coming weeks as we gear up our Association for the many events surrounding the Centenary of the Great War. Our first COB-WFA anniversary project will also be announced shortly.
Please mark this day on your calendars and make an effort to attend this event and support your Association.
On a quick note, our friend and celebrated Canadian Author Tim Cook has postponed his visit to speak to our members in the coming months but has assured us he will be seeing us soon.
Chairman-Central Ontario Branch of the WFA
And don`t miss!
The Barrie Legion Br. 147 is holding a Commemoration of the Great War on starting at . Events include a Militaria Display (at ), A wreath laying ceremony at and our educational, speakers' sessions beginning at with Dan Black, editor of the Canadian Legion magazine and co-author of "Old Enough To Fight" as one of our guest speakers. Major John Fisher of the Grey & Simcoe Foresters and Jennifer Brunelle from the Simcoe County Museum will speak on Simcoe County's contribution for the war effort. We will also have an evening banquet to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Great War and to commemorate the 85th Year for Branch 147. Details can be found at our website:
Admission is free for the day events. The evening banquet is $15 per person with tickets on sale at the Barrie Legion.
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We meet in Newcastle Ontario - when we can nail down people and timings - join today to keep up to date!
Newcastle Village Community Hall (click for map) is at 20 King Avenue West in Newcastle, Ontario, Canada on the north-west corner of Mill and King Street (Hwy 2). From Toronto, take highway 401 East to Mill Street (exit 440) in Newcastle. The Mill Street exit is just two minutes east of Hwy 35. On Mill Street, drive north about 2 kilometres to King Street (Hwy 2). The meetings are in the Council Chambers, upstairs. Meet and greet 0930 to 1030.
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