Category Archives: Normandy Trips

Normandy 2017 Day 8 – Chasing Ray Elledge and other Americans

Day 8 – Tuesday 6th June A late start! We had a late start today partly as we’d decided on a leisurely lie-in but more to do with the previous night’s socialising! Chasing Ray Elledge and other Americans (again!) Our plan for the day was to use the narrative in Ray Elledge’s manuscript to try […]

Normandy 2017 Day 7 – On Hill 112

Day 7 – Monday June 5th On Hill 112 with Albert Figg Today saw us heading off to meet with Albert Figg on the top of Hill 112. This is something that we do each year and following the small ceremony that is held there,  we go for something to eat. This year the ceremony […]

Normandy 2017 Day 6 – With the Green Howards

Day 6 – Sunday 4th June With the Green Howards After breakfast at a leisurely 8:30 in the morning we headed off to the village of Crépon, where we had been told of a ceremony dedicated to the Green Howards, one of the Battalions that some of The Men in the Shed were members of. […]

Normandy 2017 Day 5 – Normandy Museums, models, veterans and pizza

Day 5 – Saturday 3rd June Lost errand boys Today would see us running errands for various people. We set off from Rouen through some light rain and worked out a schedule to meet up with Albert Figg to pick up some of his books to take to the museum at Saint Martin de Besaces […]

Normandy 2017 Day 4 – Mixing history and beers; a heady cocktail

Day 4 – Friday 2nd June Mixing history An early start saw us arrive at the Eurotunnel terminal with the ability of catching the train prior to our scheduled one. This enabled us, once in France, to spend an hour walking around Cap Griz Nez, taking photographs of both the later German installations but also […]

Normandy 2017 Day 3 – Hop Fuzz Micro brewery, canalside food and sailors

Day 3 – Thursday 1st June Back to the Archives We returned to the National Archives to do further research, not only for ourselves but for other people and after lunch we headed out to Hythe for our last day in England. Unfortunately, this took longer than we had planned as we got caught in […]

Normandy 2017 Day 2 – National Archives, Brewpubs and history

Day 2 – Wednesday 31st May At the National Archives An early start saw us arriving at the National Archives in time to get new Readers Cards and spend the day researching the war diaries of the Battalions of some of the Men as well as doing some additional research for others Expensive beer In […]

Normandy 2017 Day 1- Using the Good Beer Guide to the full

Day 1 – Tuesday 30th May Using the Good Beer Guide in non traditional ways We started by heading towards Aylesbury where we used the CamRA Good Beer Guide to find a pub that was not in the guide! It was called The Plough. Unfortunately, the beer that we wanted (one brewed locally) was not […]

Normandy 2016 Day 14 – SatNavs and dirt tracks

Day 14 – Wednesday 9th June Up early in order to get back to the Chunnel. As we’d never been to the village of Esquelbecq, before, it was on with the SatNav to find the way back… most of the journey seemed to be relatively straightforward (if twisting) apart from the shortcut that we were […]

Normandy 2016 Day 13 – A final French brewery

Day 13 – Wednesday 8th June A new brewery for our final day Following breakfast on our last full day in France, we headed off into a somewhat cloudy & misty morning for our drive up to our final brewery in France on this trip – the Brasserie Thiriez. This is a small craft brewery […]