15 to 18 May - Albuera (Spain) Event
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From: Peter Catley
Please circulate to anyone who might be interested in this trip. The
deatils are also available on the Napoleonic News forum and the Web Site
Thanks for your assistance.
The event takes place on the 16th, 17th and 18th of May 2003.
We will fly to Madrid on Thursday 15th May and return, via Madrid on Tuesday
20th May 2003.
There is (so we're told) subsidy for the flights to Madrid. We are
currently seeking the best fares to get there. They vary from £120 to £180
If you budget a sum of roughly £150 this should include any "beer money" you
may spend in Spain.
Our preferred option at the moment is the Iberia flight IB 7643 departing
London Gatwick at 09:00 arriving 12:30 The estimated cost is currently £140
return including taxes.
There are cheaper flights available but they will depend on when you book,
see easyJet.com their flights go from Luton and Gatwick. Alternatively BA
fly out of Heathrow and Gatwick. If you wish to make use of these options,
please book your own arrangements. You need to ensure that you arrive at
Terminal 1 Barajas airport, Madrid no later than 14:00 since that is the
time the coach will leave.
The return trip will arrive at Madrid airport for the flight scheduled for
13:00 take off, I estimate that we will be at the airport at about 11.30 It
may be possible to arrive earlier, but please remember it is a 4 hour
If you choose to avail yourself of an alternative flight please ensure that
we are notified of the flight details and the arrival time otherwise you
could get left at the Airport.
When you book your place on the trip Maureen will ask you to send a cheque
for £140 if we are booking the flight. These cheques should be made out to W
B B U G (don't ask! It is a trading account that I have set up)
Once we know the actual cost and the subsidy then we will work out
individual costs and make the necessary adjustments. If any one has any
problems regarding these arrangements please contact me 01753-866854 or
peter.Catley@..., I hope the requirements are clear!
The Spanish will provide a coach to Albuera. Those who went there last time
will remember it is about 4 hours drive and there is a stop along the way
for toilets and drinks.
Accommodation is in a Sports Hall. The army have lent the bunk-beds with
pillows, sheets and blankets. If you are a light sleeper, take earplugs
(you will need them).
All meals are being provided and that includes for the Monday!, as well as
powder and pyrotechnics.
On the Friday there will be the Commemorative events on the Anniversary of
the Battle, Saturday and Sunday will be public battles. Monday is a freeday,
for your own use or alternatively you could join in the day trip that we are
trying to organise to Badajoz Tuesday we fly home. Any questions, please let
us know, and we'll answer them (or find out the answer for you)
If you would like to come you need urgently to register your interest with
our co-ordinator Maureen Lancaster (Home phone. (01843) 863042, E-mail
address lovelanc@... Work Fax number 018 43-258222) She needs to
know who is traveling, your musket serial number, and details of your
European Firearms pass. We must have this information quickly since we need
to notify the Spanish Authorities in order to get the necessary clearances
for the muskets to travel to and out Spain.
You are very strongly advised to ensure that you have an E111 NHS Health
form with you. We look forward to hearing from all, it is going to be a