EventPlan have organised
many very successful events on behalf of several public
bodies and organisations so to be invited to take part
was a very positive move forward
Days spent before the
event was ensuring various Public documents such as a
comprehensive risk assessment and Public Liability
Insurance was to specification and then to plan what we
were going to display was discussed.
Paul and Nick met on a
large car park with trailers and then set off together
to meet ‘ H ‘ in another car park.
Movement details were
issued along with two way radio communication. Off we
went in convoy which in the morning sunshine of this
balmy October day was really something to see.
Headlights on and very
little traffic we headed out of Mansfield towards the
Major Oak within Sherwood Forest at Edwinstowe.
Because of the tight
forest tracks and the need to keep other exhibitors all
going the same way a routed one way system was in place.
Again sunshine early morning dew and three landrovers
making their way in a narrow track in the wood could
have been the opening scene of a film.
Passing the other
exhibitors who had their camps set up it was a marvel to
see the time line organised by EventPlan so effectively.
As we came near to our
pitch and we stopped to speak with Jon from Forces80. A
warm welcome was received and given as this was our
first event here and the first time Callsign alpha had
worked so close to another proficient Living History
Group covering a similar period to ourselves.
We pulled up at our
pitch and after a quick look the decision was made to
make camp and get the kit out ready for the visitors we
The heat started to rise
and were glad of the natural cover of the trees and
could feel empathy with the other displays in the full
glare of the sun. Rehydration was made an essential
factor and prior to the public attending a briefing
took place as required by Nott's Health and Safety
All went well until the
mass arrival of over 35 schoolchildren. It was manic not
helped by their guardians climbing out of the way into
the back of Nick’s FFR
Order restored and
plenty of NO you can’t take that home!
The day went on and
plenty of visitors all enjoying the ability to look –
touch – and get a proper feel of the kit we had on
Everyone was very busy
Time came to close down
the display and as we live so close we soon had all the
kit on board and in convoy we went off home. Back along
the forest tracks and onto the main road I am sure the
landrovers were smiling as we went through the woods!
I know we were.
Sunday was a repeat of
Saturday with few minor tweaks here and there.
Visits from experienced
members of the armed services past and present gave some
welcome pats on the back which was a pleasure to
receive. Many visitors thought we were a serving unit so
we must have been doing something right.
A big thanks to all who
took part and to Howard from EventPlan who has been so
helpful with the documentation and to Jon from Forces80
for his input which is most welcomed
We have been booked
already for next year We hope to have the tents up next
year as Ian and Larisa will be staying so he will have
stag duties whilst the rest of us go home unless the
temperature is the same as this year and we may camp as
To all our new friends
thank you !