To West Country Branch Members of the Britain-Australia Society

Commemorate ANZAC Day 2020
Sunday April 26nd, 2020

Due to the COVID 19 virus and the latest government guidelines to avoid social gatherings, our ANZAC Day lunch, to be held on April 26, 2020 has had to be cancelled.

The Lunch was to be held at The Infantry Officers’ Mess at Warminster to commemorate ANZAC Day. Members and guests were then invited to attend the memorial service at St John the Evangelist Church in Sutton Veny.

At present the Rev. Trudy Hobson, from St Johns has informed us that the guidelines from the Church of England are that all public worship is suspended until further notice. If the government relaxes the bans on social and religious gatherings closer to April 26, and you wish to attend the service, please visit the church web site to obtain details.

We were also to hold our AGM just prior to the lunch, so we will need to postpone this to another date later in the year.

The Branch’s next important scheduled event is to commemorate Admiral Arthur Phillip’s, the founder of modern Australia, birthday on October 12, 2020. A service will be held at his final resting place in St Nicholas Church in Bathampton, followed by a lunch at the nearby Bailbrook House Hotel. Invitations will follow closer to the date.

Please review our branch web site for further details of the branch activities.

For Bath regionally based members I am also passing on the following note from Committee Member, Eva Hamilton - “I am aware that quite a few of the our members fall within the older category for isolation at the moment. Could you please pass on in your next update my telephone number/email to anyone who needs anything in the area? Books, music, food, etc. “ Eva - Tel: 07925 232985, email:

Keith Newton
Chairman, West Country Branch, Britain-Australia Society

St. John's The Evangelist, Sutton Veny

St Johns, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire

The ANZAC DAY Commemorative Service, held at St Johns the Evangelist Church, Sutton Veny, is a very special service and was one of the first ANZAC Day services conducted in the world. It was broadcast live to Australia by the ABC for many years.

In 1918 a number of servicemen, many of them Australians, who died in the influenza epidemic of that year, were buried in the church graveyard, alongside those who died from wounds. Five Australian nurses are also buried there. The graves are lovingly maintained by children of the nearby Sutton Veny village school.

Every year an ANZAC Day service is held at St Johns with wreaths laid at the war memorial in the church graveyard.

Branch President, Mrs. Kay Pavitt laying a wreath in 2019