Foster Hill Road Cemetery Event Details

The Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery host a number of themed talks during the year, which are open to the public and always prove very popular.  The Cemetery records are available at the Chapel during the Heritage Weekend in September and an annual carol concert is held near Christmas.  Other events are held to mark special occasions.

Members of the Friends lead several guided walks during the summer months. Each walk is themed and covers topics such as the Cemetery’s spectacular graves, its history, its wildlife, tales of those buried there and more.  Walks are also included during the Heritage weekend.  The walks last approximately 1.5 hours and the pace is gentle.  However, the cemetery grounds are uneven so a pair of stout walking shoes is recommended.

We are also happy to arrange bespoke walks for interested groups, please contact us for details.

The times and dates of our events vary, so please see our events calendar for more details.

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A MOST EXTRAORDINARY SPY – NANCY WAKE (The White Mouse)

Nancy Wake had it all. Intelligent, beautiful, and married to a wealthy French industrialist, living in grand style in the South of France. But in June 1940 when the Nazi war machine rolled into France, Australian journalist Nancy knew she had to fight back. Her pre-war assignments as a European correspondent bore witness to the rise of the Hitler’s regime and she was determined to do all she could to fight Nazi brutality.

Nancy became part of the escape route for Allied personnel evading capture from German forces in Southern France, driving an ambulance converted to hold hidden escapees. Nicknamed ’The White Mouse’ by the Gestapo who desperately tried to capture her, she fled to London in 1943. She joined the Special Operation Executive (SOE) where she learnt new skills such as Spy-craft, sabotage, radio communications and how to kill using her bare hands.

In April 1944 she parachuted back into France to assist the French resistance. Until France was liberated she helped wreak havoc amongst the Nazi military, blowing up military conveys, killing Gestapo personnel and organising the local resistance groups. Her efforts helped shorten the war and save thousands of Allied lives. Afterwards she was honoured by the Allies.

Paul Barwick from Barfield Capital Tours will look at her amazing life and how she found the peace much harder to win.

Refreshments will be available after the talk.

This talk is free to Friends of the Cemetery and to members of BAALHS.

Date

30th April 2023

Time

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cost

£3

Location

The Chapel
Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom

Organiser

Foster Hill Road Cemetery
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