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 are building paths to unite lives, not walls to divide them”

AMANDA CARPENTER
AMANDA CARPENTER

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR & TRUSTEE

“In harmony with nature we leave nothing but our footprints as we walk this new route for peace and reflection”

KIM HAY
KIM HAY

HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

“The WFW’s role is vital for what so many people need, indeed are looking for, today – balance, reflection and connection”

TOM HEAP
TOM HEAP

TRUSTEE

“I walk to deliver the dream of my great-uncle and the fun of discovering what’s round the next corner”

LAL MILLS
LAL MILLS

TRUSTEE

“Walking “that Via Sacra” will inspire future generations from all nations to unite together in the pursuit for peace”

KITTY BUCHANAN-GREGORY
KITTY BUCHANAN-GREGORY

TRUSTEE

“Never underestimate the power of walking through your thoughts; this peace path is to put ‘boots on the ground’ in a beautiful way”

LAURA LESTOQUOY
LAURA LESTOQUOY

TRUSTEE

“The best way to remember those who fell for our freedom is to share good moments and enjoy the present”

ANDREW GILLESPIE
ANDREW GILLESPIE

TRUSTEE

“My hope is that all who walk along this amazing path will understand the horrors of war and the joy of walking in peace”

CHARLES PIKE
CHARLES PIKE

TRUSTEE

“The route is a way to find unity in peace”

FLORA DEVILLERS
FLORA DEVILLERS

TRUSTEE

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

Participating as the French charity Af3v alongside the Western Front Way means creating a green corridor. It is 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 a journey for individual and collective resilience for a lasting understanding between peoples in a sustainable world. 

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 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. 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

“Cycling the Western Front Way is a profoundly moving experience; a stark reminder of our interconnected histories and an inspiration for our shared future.”

BETH SALT
BETH SALT

SUPPORTER

“The Western Front Way is steeped in dramatic human stories which serve to remind us how fragile and beautiful peace is”

ALAN RUTTER
ALAN RUTTER

SUPPORTER

“The scenery! Sometimes, I’d just stop and stare. The sunsets and the sunrises; cornfields that seemed to go on forever, woodland paths where I’d chop my way through the nettles with my staff.”

TESS TIDMARSH
TESS TIDMARSH

SUPPORTER

“A beautiful walking path that unites us whilst we remember the sacrifices of the past”

We would also like to thank all those who have supported our vision over the last three years.
Individuals
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

The Western Front Way welcomes all donations however small. Your generosity will help us to waymark the path in the coming months.

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