Meon Valley village where wartime leaders met marks D-Day’s 80 anniversary with series of events

Droxford events to mark D-Day 80

The Meon Valley village which was the location of a meeting of allied wartime leaders will mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day with a series of events.

Droxford was the setting for a meeting in 1944 between Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe General Dwight Eisenhower, who later became President of the United States, French leader Charles de Gaulle, Canadian President William Lyon McKenzie King and South African leader Jan Smuts.

The leaders met in a railway carriage in a siding at Droxford Station just weeks before the Allied invasion of France to liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny began.

The Friends of Droxford Church are holding a range of events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day starting tonight with a talk on Droxford Station and D-Day by Tony Williams. The event takes place in the church between 7.30 and 8.30pm. Tickets which include refreshments are £12 each.

On Thursday May 23rd a talk on Churchill in the Meon Valley by Lord Ben Stoneham will take place in the church between 7.30 and 8.30 pm. Tickets, including refreshments, are £12 each.

On Saturday 1st June, during the Country Fair, steam train rides in the churchyard will take place and a heritage video of living history will be shown in the church.

Sunday June 2nd will see an Afternoon Tea concert with singer Amy Baker performing hits from the 1940 – and optional dancing. The event will take place in the village hall between 3pm and 6 pm. Tickets, which include tea and cake, are £20.

Tickets can be purchased online www.jumblebee.co.uk/dday80thanniversary or from Wilfrid’s Café in the Annexe to the church.

The Friends of Droxford Church (FODC) are a secular charity which was formed to prevent the church from being closed due to the building being unsafe. Having raised over £650,000 and following extensive renovations, repair work and building the annexe, there is now a thriving community hub.

The FODC also initiated Wilfrid’s café, the profits of which go to the community but not necessarily the church building.