New guides to join the Anglia team

In December we ran our third Training Course with the aim of recruiting some new faces to join our team of battlefield guides. Over two days, seven candidates were put through their paces on a course led by Chairman Alain Chissel and SMS Coordinator Sean Cripps. Beginning with a classroom session at the Messines Peace Village, candidates then headed out to the Bayernwald trench system where each had a chance to deliver their first ‘stand’ to their peers. After this the group went into Ypres to understand fully the experience pupils get on an Anglia tour… and yes, this obviously included a visit to the chocolate shops and a restaurant on the main square! They also had the privilege of participating in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, laying wreaths on behalf of the company.

The second day began with the familiar journey down to the Somme, where each candidate was required to deliver two further stands, each observed by the Assessment Team. This was a thoroughly enjoyable and successful experience for all, even if the weather turned against us, with sleet and hail stones in sub-zero temperatures and despite the testing conditions it was great to see our prospective guides demonstrate the qualities we are looking for. For those selected to go forward, the next step on the journey to becoming fully-fledged Anglia guides, will be to accompany a tour led by one of our experienced guides. So, if you do see  for them on the ground please do stop and say hello!

The success of events such as this is always due, in no small part, to those we work with. So we’d like to take the chance to express our gratitude to the Trompet restaurant in Ypres, all the staff at the Peace Village and Avril Williams at the Ocean Villas Team Room, for their hospitality and help.

‘In December 2018 I attended the Anglia Ypres/Somme Battlefield  Guide’s training course  The whole experience was excellent.  A great preparation for what lies ahead and to be included in the group laying a wreath at the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony service was a special moment – Thanks Anglia for the opportunity’ – Francis Mullen, course attendee.