WFW TEAM

“You can walk for the past, for your present or to think on what is coming next. It’s unparalleled as an experience”

RORY FORSYTH

CEO & TRUSTEE

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

SIR ANTHONY SELDON

TRUSTEE

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

AMANDA CARPENTER

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR & TRUSTEE

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

KIM HAY

Communications Manager

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

TOM HEAP

TRUSTEE

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

LAL MILLS

TRUSTEE

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

KITTY BUCHANAN-GREGORY

TRUSTEE

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

LAURA LESTOQUOY

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”

ANDREW GILLESPIE

TRUSTEE

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

CHARLES PIKE

TRUSTEE

AMBASSADOR FOR GRAND EST, REPRESENTATIVE FOR LA MEURTHE-ET-MOSELLE (54) ET LES VOSGES (88)

RÉGIS CHOMEL

AMBASSADOR GRAND EST

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

FLORA DEVILLERS

Ambassador Hauts-de-France

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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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