A Piece of Passchendaele is Headed our Way

Published: 25-Aug-2017

After a popular guest stint at the Air force Museum at Wigram, ‘The Belgians Have Not Forgotten’ exhibition is now headed our way!

The exhibition, which commemorates the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, will be on show in the Council Chambers at the Rangiora Service Centre from September 4 to September 15.Passchendaele Exhibition

Four meetings that would normally be held in the chambers have been moved to other locations in order to accommodate the exhibition.

The meetings that have been shifted are:

  • 4 September Waste Minimisation Plan Hearing, which has been moved to the upstairs function room at the Rangiora Town Hall ;
  • 5 September Council meeting, which has been moved to Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre;
  • 11 September Waimakariri Water Zone committee meeting, which will be held in the function room upstairs at the Rangiora Town Hall;
  • 13 September Rangiora-Ashley Community Board meeting, which has also been relocated to the Town Hall.

Created by the Memorial Museum Passchendaele, with funding and support from the Federal Government of Belgium, the exhibition has been a popular addition to the Air Force Museum’s displays, while it has been based at Wigram for the last month.

The Council’s decision to host the exhibition here acknowledges the twinning relationship that Waimakariri has with the Belgian town of Zonnebeke, home of the Museum of Passchendaele.

It also acknowledges the role the Passchendaele Trust has played in bringing the exhibition to the region.

The Battle of Passchendaele, fought between July 31 and November 10 in 1917, was the bloodiest of the entire First World War.

There were in excess of 320,000 dead and wounded on the Allied side alone, for a territorial gain of just eight kilometres of ground before the battle finally ended.

Waimakariri is represented among the nearly 12,000 soldiers buried at the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world, at Tyne Cot in Zonnebeke.

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