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Events 2011

Who for Website When Where
 

Newark - Royal British Legion

 90th Anniversary

 

www.britishlegion.org.uk 24th July Newark

Castle

 

Open cockpit day

East Midlands Aero Park museum

 

www.eastmidlandsaeropark.org 4th September East Midlands Aero park museum
 

Sherwood Forest

Through the  ages

Organised through EventPlan

 

www.sherwoodforest.org.uk

 

www.eventplan.co.uk

1st and 2nd October Sherwood

forest

Newark - Royal British Legion 29th October

Newark - Royal British Legion 5th November

Newark - Royal British Legion 12 November

 

www.britishlegion.org.uk 29th October Newark

market place

5th November
12th November
 

Newark branch - Royal British Legion

Newark Market Place

12th November 2011

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Lovely ladies who kindly supplied us with tea!

Thank you lovely ladies

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Trent MVT had been approached by the British Legion to provide members and vehicle’s to help with the three planned Poppy Appeal collection days to be held in Newark Market Place.

As callsignalpha team are members of the MVT we said of course we will attend and help.

Trent MVT requested as before we muster on Newark Lorry Park for 8.15am with an 8.30am convoy into the town.

Well we arrived at the lorry park and all went inside were again the hospitality at the RANCH café on the lorry park by MeMe and Sharon was excellent see picture above of the two good looking ladies and their food is just as good !

WW 2 Trent and other era MVT vehicles arrived at the lorry park and off we went in convoy into Newark Market Place. Fantastic sight this time with all the heavy vehicles please see the photographs

We set up the display and presentation of the kit. We had a Humber Pig parked next to us with Richard and Paul putting an impressive display of kit.

Paul certainly had a series case of “ I want one of those “

Paul’s son Jamie certainly wowed the visitors resplendent in uniform of DPM and his collecting box soon filled very nicely

Following on from the display last week we parked so that the rear of the vehicles and equipment on display were facing into the

Market Place. We also had our new banner quickly put up on the side of “ H's“ landrover

Once more the public warmed to us very quickly and swiftly made some really good comments about the display and especially the new banner..

Newark British Legion recovered the pre-sealed collection boxes and we later found out that as a collective including our boxes and the fellow members from the other MVT vehicles we raised an exceptional amount of money considering this time of cut backs.

The amount £2,126.76 will be added to the grand total and Newark British Legion will announce what the final total will be.

A very big thank you is in order to SIMON MORRIS for all his expertise in organising and liaising in order to ensure everything went as smoothly as possible

Well done Simon !

Not forgetting all Callsign Alpha members who gave their time and vehicles so freely for this very worthwhile fundraising for the Royal British Legion

Newark branch - Royal British Legion

Newark Market Place

5th November 2011

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Trent MVT had been approached by the British Legion to provide members and vehicle’s to help with the three planned Poppy Appeal collection days to be held in Newark Market Place.

As callsignalpha team are members of the MVT we said of course we will attend and help.

Trent MVT requested we muster on Newark lorry park for 8.15am with an 8.30am convoy into the town.

Well we were there a bit early again and the local café sent a very delightful young lady over who brought us all a hot drink. Very warming on a cold November morning.

WW 2 Trent MVT arrived at the lorry park and off we went in convoy into Newark Market Place.

We set up the display and presentation of the kit.

Change of display this week. We parked so that the rear of the vehicles and display were facing into the Market Place. Much better as we all could help each other with supervision and questions from the public

Again the public warmed to us very quickly and again made some really good comments about the display..

Next week the 12th of Newark will be the last collection.

Again the Newark British Legion recovered the collection boxes.

Newark branch - Royal British Legion

Newark Market Place

29th October 2011

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Trent MVT had been approached by the British Legion to provide members and vehicles to help with the three planned Poppy Appeal collection days to be held in Newark Market Place. As callsignalpha team are members of the MVT we said of course we will attend and help.

 Trent MVT requested we muster on Newark lorry park for 8.00am with an 8.15am convoy into the town.

Well we were there a bit early and then stood alone waiting for some considerable time. Oh well it was a good chance to discuss what we were going to be doing that day.

Eventually the rest of the Trent MVT arrived at the lorry park and off we went in convoy into Newark Market Place.

We set up and got stuck into the display and presentation of the kit.

Nick and Paul were at the rear of the vehicles and Rich – Mike  and Henry did a cracking job stood at the front of the vehicles selling Poppy's to a very enthusiastic public.

The public also made some really good comments about the display in general and the professionalism of the answers they were getting to questions.

We will be tweaking the display for the next event on the 5th of November and you will have to wait to the next update after that display on what we do then.

The British Legion recovered the collection boxes which were very heavy and once all three events are over we will publish the amount we helped to raise for the Legion.

 

Sherwood Forest Through the  ages

Organised by EventPlan on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council

1st and 2nd October 2011

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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 readily expected.

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 Officer.

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 display.

Everyone was very busy indeed.

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 well.

To all our new friends thank you !

East Midlands Aero Park museum

Open Cockpit day

4th September 2011

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Nick and Paul had been asked if they had time to come along on and support the museum in their quest for visitors and much needed funds. After an RV on Tesco car park we set off towards the Motorway and onto the M1 south towards East Midlands Airport.

We arrived at the gates for the agreed time of 8.15am to find the gates locked. Pauls wife Nita could be heard “ have you got the right day ? “ and Paul “who else is coming “  and “ Paul when are we getting in Paul”  !, Paul however had far more important matters on his mind. I wonder thought Paul  if Nick has his usual spare can of petrol as I am on fumes !.

Five minutes later a full jerry can hardly touched the sides. That was close said Paul. Eventually a member of the museum team arrived and we drove inside and were given the first pitch inside the gates where members of the public had to pass to get into the museum. Pride of place !

First  job Nita set about fresh cooked bacon and sausage sandwiches after the guys set up the trestle and tables. Not only had Nita and kids come along but also Pauls neighbour Craig. Willing hands and all that. Only thing is he looks  remarkably like Harry Hill and he was as funny. Nick also commented on how Paul does look like Theo from Dragons Den so quite a celebrity crew!

Fed and watered we continued to set up the display. First time on our own without the group guru’s so we got stuck in. Camo net set up Nick had a  “ Harry “ moment and forgot his set of camo poles as he was intent on remembering to bring a new clansman VHF antenna commonly called a washing line array on account it looks like a washing line. Camo net in place it was back to the benches for more tea and a quick discussion on how well that went.

Then back to work and get the rest of the kit out. Paul Robert and Richard set up the display and Nick set up the Comms display ready for the museum opening up at 10.30am. The Buccaneer aircraft and Lightening were the perfect background for our display

Pauls NBC boxes were also set up and visitors were very interested in them. The Vulcan was just across from us another Cold War Warrior of impeccable pedigree. Well the doors opened and so did the heavens. Well not quite more of a slow drizzle of rain but wets you through!.

Eventually it stopped and slowly the visitors came. Not too many in the morning but more after lunch. However numbers were down as all over Nottingham it was raining cats and dogs so folks stayed at home in the most part.

 Those that did come enjoyed what everyone did including the organisers who were over the moon and asked if we could come again.

Our east European visitors kept asking where the AK's where? who also seemed very conversant with the weapons we had.

 Well 4pm came and despite slow numbers to start with everyone had a good time and we struck camp and headed for home. Paul feeling much happier going on the motorway with some fuel in his tank.

 

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We had been tasked to support the fund raising event which the Newark British Legion had organised and was to take place within the historic Newark Castle.

We set off in convoy and arrived at Newark Lorry park were we met other military vehicles. All assembled we travelled together onto the streets of Newark and into the centre of the castle grounds

It was a hot clear day and the number of visitors was high.

Everyone was busy on the display demonstrating the kit and allowing the visitors to sit in the rear of the FFR

Close down soon came and so endex meant pack up and travel home a job well done and the huge amount of visitors and other exhibitors meant a good fund raising event for the Royal British Legion.

 

 

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