WFW TEAM

RORY FORSYTH
RORY FORSYTH

CEO & TRUSTEE

“Collaborative commemoration is the only way we ensure it survives.”

SIR ANTHONY SELDON
SIR ANTHONY SELDON

TRUSTEE

“We leggen wegen aan om levens te verenigen, bouwen geen muren om ze te verdelen”

AMANDA CARPENTER
AMANDA CARPENTER

DIRECTEUR ONTWIKKELING & TRUSTEE

“In harmonie met de natuur laten we enkel onze voetdruk achter terwijl we deze nieuwe route wandelen voor vrede en bezinning”

KIM HAY
KIM HAY

HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

“De WFW rol is van vitaal belang voor wat zo veel mensen nodig hebben, naar op zoek zijn vandaag, – evenwicht, bezinning en verbinding”

TOM HEAP
TOM HEAP

TRUSTEE

“Ik wandel om de droom van mijn grootoom te vervullen, en het plezier te ontdekken van wat om de volgende hoek schuilt.”

LAL MILLS
LAL MILLS

TRUSTEE

“De ‘Via Sacra’ bewandelen zal toekomstige generaties van alle volkeren inspireren om samen te werken aan het verlangen naar vrede.”

KITTY BUCHANAN-GREGORY
KITTY BUCHANAN-GREGORY

TRUSTEE

“Onderschat nooit de kracht van het wandelen op je denken; deze vredesroute wil ‘sporen nalaten’ op een mooie manier.

LAURA LESTOQUOY
LAURA LESTOQUOY

TRUSTEE

“De beste manier om degenen die vielen voor onze vrijheid te herdenken is het delen van goede momenten en genieten van het heden”

ANDREW GILLESPIE
ANDREW GILLESPIE

TRUSTEE

“Mijn hoop is dat iedereen die deze verbazingwekkende route wandelt, de verschrikkingen van de oorlog en de vreugde van het wandelen in vrede zal aanvoelen.”

CHARLES PIKE
CHARLES PIKE

TRUSTEE

“De route is een manier om eensgezind voor vrede te kiezen.”

FLORA DEVILLERS
FLORA DEVILLERS

TRUSTEE

AMBASSADOR FOR HAUTS-DE-FRANCE, REPRESENTATIVE FOR SOMME (80)

Participating as the French charity Af3v alongside the British Foundation Western Front Way to make the dream of the Scottish soldier AD Gillespie a reality, means creating a real green corridor where the blood of the fallen sacrificed from here and elsewhere was shed over 100 years ago in Western Europe. It is also to pay tribute to them and, for me, to remember the humanist impulse to build a better world and lasting peace that inspired the founders of the Council of Europe. The Western Front Way – Via Pax is thus, beyond the many miles of greenway to be built, a journey for individual and collective resilience for a lasting understanding between peoples in a sustainable world. For peace is like a bicycle, if you stop pedaling, it falls off.

SONIA CARITU ARFARAS
AF3V

The” Via Pax “cycle route carried with energy and constancy by the Western Front Way is remarkable both from a memorial and cultural point of view. Sewing and mending links to better build and maintain peace between peoples is essential. Cyclists pulling the thread is a source of pride for the AF3V.

 

 

 

 

PIERRE HEMON
VICE PRESIDENT AF3V

OUR BELGIUM TEAM

Front row from left to right: Ann Gheeraert, Deputy Mayor for Nieuwpoort – Michelle Martens, Head of Tourism for Nieuwpoort – Valérie Heyman, regional manager Westhoek for Westtoer

Second row from left to right: Stephen Lodewyck, Westtoer – Peter Slosse, Head of Tourism for Ypres – Peter Verplancken, Museum of the Yser – Stefaan Gheysen, general director Westtoer – Peter Mouton, Museum of the Yser – Peter Demarée, Head of Tourism for Diksmuide

Not in the picture, but also part of partners: Lies Laridon, Mayor of Diksmuide – Diego Desmadryl, Deputy Mayor for Ypres

We are living through a time of unseen challenges to liberal democracies. Trust in institutions is declining, social polarisation and a constant stream of disinformation are tearing us apart. Europe’s architecture is challenged by opposing forces. The witnesses who have survived the human catastrophe of WWII are leaving us. Who will remind us that democracy and peace between neighbors can never be taken for granted? We need to find new ways to remember that peace will always be a path and a process that requires our commitment, our willingness to be on the road, to overcome hurdles, to take each other along. In that sense, the Via Pax is offering a unique opportunity for Europeans and people from other nations to come together. I hope that parents and children of all nations will make these hikes a family tradition to pay their respects to those whose lives ended way too early and who weren’t as blessed as we are despite all the challenges that we must face. May The Western Front Way inspire cities from across Europe to revive their partnerships, to meet on the road and walk towards the same goals again: peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and a joint vision for a united Europe.

HUBERTA VON VOSS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ISD GERMANY

STEPHEN FARRANT
STEPHEN FARRANT

SUPPORTER

“Fietsen over de Western Front Way is een diep ontroerende ervaring; een grimmige herinnering aan onze onderling verbonden geschiedenissen en een inspiratie voor onze gedeelde toekomst.”

BETH SALT
BETH SALT

SUPPORTER

“The Western Front Way is doordrenkt van dramatische menselijke verhalen die ons eraan herinneren hoe broos en mooi vrede is”

ALAN RUTTER
ALAN RUTTER

SUPPORTER

“Het landschap! Soms stopte ik gewoon en staarde. De zonsondergangen en de zonsopgangen; korenvelden die eeuwig leken te duren, bospaden waar ik me met mijn staf een weg baande door de brandnetels.”

TESS TIDMARSH
TESS TIDMARSH

SUPPORTER

“Een prachtig wandelpad dat ons verenigt terwijl we de offers van het verleden herdenken”

Wij willen ook iedereen bedanken die de afgelopen drie jaar onze visie heeft gesteund.
Personen
Purnima Anhal
François Bergez
Véronique Bon
Peter Carpenter
Beatrice Carpenter
Zoe Carpenter
Alain de Carrion
Jonathan Chenevix -Trench
Lt Gen Sir John Cooper
Florence Cordonnier
André Delcourt
John Desrosiers
Sue Doble
John Doble
Mady Dorchies-Brillon
Liz Edwards
Matthew Edwards
Sam Farren
Peter Fiennes
Joëlle Fontaine
Fiona Forsyth
Jamie Forsyth
Rachel Forsyth
Peggy Heap
Sam Heap
Andrew Hill
John Gilliespie
Neil Graver
Dr Vanessa Lawrence
Claude Lestoquoy
Nigel McNelly
Graeme Mill
Jean Paul Mulot
Dr Andrew Murrison MP
Ester Saurel
Matt Seldon
Susanna Spicer
Peter Slosse
Dave Thompson
Victoria Wallace
Organisations
Arras Tourist Office
Arts and Jardins Peace Gardens
Auchy Les Mines
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Department for Culture Media and Sport
42 Engineering Regiment (Geo)
Flanders
Region Hauts De France
Royal Engineers
Royal School of Artillery
Peter Harrison Foundation
Tower House School
Veterans Affairs Canada
Vimy Ridge
Westtoer

De Western Front Way verwelkomt alle schenkingen, hoe klein ook. Uw vrijgevigheid zal ons helpen om de route te bewegwijzeren in de komende maanden.