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Events 2012
Who for Website When Where
 

Staunton in the Vale memorial  for crashed Lancaster bomber  W4270

 

  February

19th

Staunton Hall
Newark Air Museum V bomber reunion http://www.newarkairmuseum.org/  April

28th

and

29th

Newark
 

Rufford park Nott's Grand Historical Bazaar Organised Through EventPlan

 

http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ruffordcp May

12th

and

13th

Rufford Park
 

RAF Elvington Air Museum Battle Group North

 

http://www.yorkshireairmuseum.org May

25th,26th and 27th

RAF Elvington
Cornwater Charity Event   June

16th

Ravenshead

Notts

Woolaton Hall Armed Forces weekend http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/Details.aspx?Id=2464051 June

29th-

July

1st

Woolaton

Hall

 

East Midlands Air Museum

Open Cockpit day

 

http://www.eastmidlandsaeropark.org/index.html

 

July

15th

East Mids aero park
 

Newark - Royal British Legion

Inside the castle

 

www.britishlegion.org.uk July

22nd

Newark

Castle

Rauceby War Weekend http://raucebywarweekend.co.uk August

24th-

27th

South Rauceby near Sleaford
 

Pleasley Pit Open Day

 

http://www.pleasley-colliery.org.uk/ September

Sat 8th

and

9th

Pleasley Pit
 

Sherwood Forest

Through the  ages

Organised through EventPlan 

www.sherwoodforest.org.uk

 

www.eventplan.co.uk  

September

Sat 29th

and

sun

30th

Sherwood

forest 

Newark - Royal British Legion  

www.britishlegion.org.uk

 

October

Sat 27th

Newark

market place

 

Newark - Royal British Legion

 

www.britishlegion.org.uk

 

November

Sat 3rd

Newark

market place

 

Newark - Royal British Legion www.britishlegion.org.uk November

Sat 10th

Newark

market place

 

Events 2012

 

Assisting
Newark British Legion over 3 Saturday’s
27th October - 3rd November – 10th November 2012

 

 
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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.

This narrative is to cover all three events.

Some of Call sign Alpha team are members of the MVT so a decision was made without hesitation to attend all three events.

Trent MVT requested we muster on Newark Lorry Park for 8.30am with a 9.00am convoy into the town.

Because the Markets had commercially rented out the space we normally occupy we were directed to set up on Bridge Street. Despite the earlier snow we soon had a limited display installed and members of the public came along and were extremely generous into the amount of money they put into our sealed Royal British Legion Collecting Pots for which we thank them.

Sadly the first event was marred by the actions of one shop manager who complained that our Bedford and Land Rovers could obstruct her display window. So we moved our display to the other side of the street. It is difficult to imagine everyone’s thoughts on this and her action.

The second Saturday came along and again we set off in convoy from Mansfield but were to be joined at Newark by a guest Mark Sansom in his winterised defender 110. In total at the muster in Newark Lorry Park we had One Bedford MJ with an additional FIVE Land Rovers.

The sight of the convoy heading from the Lorry Car Park into Newark and then the through into the town centre was a fantastic sight.

Again we set up in Bridge Street but the weather was again not good with constant rain but we stood our ground and the shoppers who did come along were really pleased that we had turned out in such dreadful weather and did give once again very generously.

At the end of the event we managed a group photograph of all the splendid vehicles and even more stalwart owners.

The third and final event on the 10th of November saw us again having to move slightly because of the action of another shop owner. This is to be addressed later by the Newark British Legion Branch themselves

Thankfully despite being cold it remained dry and the public forever generous continued to visit and donate.

A special mention really does need to be made of the warmth and help received by the staff of “ BIRDS “  cake and pastries shop and “ M.R.S “ Newsagents who without the use of their facilities and hot drinks it would have been a  less than hospitable place.

The total sum raised by the small number of Trent MVT and our Callsign Alpha Group collection boxes was a magnificent total of £2224.89

The Newark British Legion has already asked us back for 2013! and given us the dates

A very big thank you to all Callsign Alpha members who attended in helping to raise the profile in order for the Royal British Legion to achieve part of their collection event.

Sherwood Forest – Nottinghamshire
Major Oak Visitor Centre
Saturday and Sunday 29th and 30th September 2012

 

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Event Plan UK were organising an event on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. We had been asked if we would like to attend this event as it was a multi period weekend of displays and Living History groups who were attending to exhibit a multi period set in the woods around the famous Major Oak tree.

We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Friday the 28th of September with two land rovers and a new addition to the group a Bedford MJ lorry that had been demobbed only a few weeks before.

The other members were coming along later as they could get.
 

The weather was bright but then changed on route.
 

The access first off road meant a long drive into the Forest and we arrived at our pitch.

Some muscle churning manoeuvres by Paul soon got the Bedford parked amongst the Yew Trees. Then came the request would you mind moving and displaying actually in the main centre.

So arm muscles again the Bedford were moved and we again travelled carefully amongst the trees until we arrived in the main visitor centre.

A quick discussion and what vehicles were going where and we started to unload and set up. No tents so the Bedford was rigged for sleeping and a basha put up alongside for the younger more hardy members of the team and a guest!. Starting to look good.
 

We had strict rules to follow regarding driving over the ground and how and what we fastened ropes to so due diligence was closely observed.
 

Chris soon joined us and the kettle went on.
 

The rest of the evening was used to sort kit and prepare ready for the public the next day.
 

Friday night was cold but more was to come.
 

Ian and Larisa arrived in Ian's resplendent winterised 110 and it was a credit to his skill and hard work.


Saturday morning came but not after a bone shattering cold spell overnight which took some us having to rethink Saturdays adding more sleeping bags as needed.


Mick and Jackie called in to have a look around at the event and it was great seeing them.


The kit all laid out and everyone ready the public and other re-enactors soon came round and were admiring the various display's especially Paul and Richards weapons display.


Rob also did a great job supporting both the radio display and the weapons and kit displays and kept very busy between the two. Robs series 3 looked very smart and was undergoing its transformation to a Military Police vehicle.


So the day went by really well and extremely positive.

Good display was also given by Ian & Larisa. Larisa looked really smart in her Soviet bloc uniform.
 

Limited by the requirements of the organisers we only had 3 Land Rovers on our display in the central area of the Visitor Centre but all really looked the business and the response from other living history groups and just as important the public was fantastic.

The evening came along and we discussed the way the event had gone and this time before retiring to our bed one sleeping bag was put inside another one! The cold temp was not going to get us another time.


Paul's other son turned up Saturday night and decided to sleep over under the basha erected alongside the Bedford. Stephen was fine warm and toasty outside but Shane did not sleep so well under the basha as he got so cold he could not get out of his sleeping bag – don’t think he will be stopping over again.

The Sunday was slightly different as we had Chris with as helping on the display because the day before he had been with his black powder group Stephen had to leave early as he was due back in barracks the day after – good luck Stephen.

Our display's combined with the professional of the group's members really shone through and positive comments were received from the public and the park rangers. The high level of interaction with the public really paid off in a big way.


The Sunday and final day went as soon as it arrived with another very successful result.


Once again a very well structured, executed and vectored event with maximum effort from everyone who contributed and attended the event it did make a huge difference to the quality of our group display which was clearly reflected in the comments we received. A big pat on the back for everyone is justly deserved.


Next and final event for this year is our three Poppy Collection days for the Royal British Legion.
Big thanks to Howard from Event Plan and the Rangers of the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre for their assistance when needed.

Pleasley Pit Heritage Centre Fund raising event
Pleasley - Nottinghamshire
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9thSeptember 2012

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"Pleasley Colliery was sunk in the 1870s and produced coal until 1983. Prior to nationalisation in 1946 it was owned by the Stanton Ironworks Company which had leased the mineral rights in 1872 from the father of Florence Nightingale, the lord of the manor of Pleasley at that time. "
 

"By some miracle it escaped complete demolition after closure and it still retains its headstocks, engine-houses and steam winders, one of which was installed in 1904 by Lilleshall Co. Ltd. and the other in 1922 by Markham & Co. Ltd."


"Pleasley Colliery is now a scheduled Ancient Monument and is in the process of being developed into a mining heritage site. The engine-house roofs and the chimney have been renovated and the winders are in the process of being restored by members of the Friends of Pleasley Pit preservation group and other volunteers. " - Historical information provided by the Pleasley Pit webpage: http://pleasley-colliery.org.uk/html/about_.html

Because of the distance for some of the members and commitments by others this event was attended by Rob in his series 3 winterised landrover and with Rich and his weapons plus Nick with the communications series 3 landrover
 

We set up inside the pit yard and we were soon busy with interested visitors.
 

Early afternoon you could hear the drone of a well-recognised set of engines and in came low and level the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster – what a fantastic sight.
 

We were treated to three low level fly by's and each one was perfect.
 

The time to pack up and leave ready for the Sunday show soon came. On the Sunday we set up at the main entrance to the Heritage Centre and were extremely busy.

Questions came in thick and fast and the comments on the quality of the display put a smile on everyone's face.

The chance to see both Soviet and NATO Forces weapons and kit went down really well especially to some visitors who went away understanding a lot more than before they came to visit which is extremely positive and reflects well on our group.

Many visitors did not realise the licence and insurance requirements we needed to put on a professional display and were quite surprised. The organisers were extremely pleased with our display and asked back again in 2013!

RAUCEBY WAR WEEKEND

South Rauceby near Sleaford

25th 26th 27th August 2012

 
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The event was organised by William Elkington and the MVT team and what a well organised and developed show. Everything was well laid out and the whole event to us was a great success. One for us to discuss and perhaps add for 2013.

Russ, Keith and Chris setup on Friday the 24th with additional members of Ian and Larisa Nick Guy Martin Rob all coming along on the Saturday Sunday and Monday.

Sadly Rich Paul Sarah and Henry were unavailable

Also displaying alongside of us with a cracking Para display was Mick and Jackie, As usual a pleasure to display alongside.

The weather was kind to us all and it was hot and still for the Saturday and Sunday and we were kept very busy with visitors.

The Lincs Air Ambulance arrived and landed quite close to our display. This allowed many people to have a look and chat to the fund organisers as the whole weekend was held in order to raise money for the Royal British Legion – Air Ambulance and Marie Curie organisations.

Nightly entertainment for the re-enactors over the weekend was well organised and with the Saturday night big dance extravaganza a huge success.

Another aircraft landed within metres of our display and that was a very good restored aircraft see the picture.

Highlight was the BBMF Spitfire which really did some highly accurate flying over the display and caused more than a few ooooh's and aaaaah's

Tea time on the Sunday and another treat was the Avro Vulcan XH558 flying over on its way to another event.

Monday soon came and the weather in the afternoon turned to rain so it was a quick de camp and load up.

Martin's military AFV recognition challenge was an interesting and good display item which allowed good interaction between the visitors and Martin. If you manage another show Martin that would be great if you could set it up again.

Guy’s military police landrover was to an extremely high standard of restoration and looked very impressive on the display.

Rob is also gathering items to use with his new display venture of a military police landrover. Good luck Rob.

Chris your unyielding contribution deserves a mention and suffice to say a simple “ thank you “

Once again the whole team worked together and the result was a good display weekend which was reflected in the comments from our visitors

Finally a special thanks to Martin and Guy for travelling so far to be with us again. Hope it can continue sometimes.

A big pat on the back all round. A job well done.

 

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Family Fun day inside
NEWARK CASTLE
Sunday the 22nd July 2012

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We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Sunday the 22nd of July again with three landrovers. It would have been four but Henry’s defender needed some attention. The new carburettor fitted to Nick’s landrover has made a vast difference to the smooth running and fuel consumption so that was a job well done.

The weather was dry and clear which was a promise on how the day the day was to be. We were also going to be joined by another series 109 at our Newark RV point. Martin had driven all the way from Essex to be with us and did so with the windscreen down all the to Newark and all the way home. Obviously still likes the wind feeling and had a chance to relive his Army Air Corps days !

Martin was waiting for us at the Newark RV point and we had a quick hello all round then as we knew where we would be sited we had a quick resume of detail and updated Martin.

The short distance between the RV and Newark Castle enabled quite a few of the public in Newark the chance to see four well prepared landrovers and their crews before we turned into the grounds.

The vehicles arranged in the Castle the start could be made arranging the kit to its best advantage. As the weather was great and also no wind Nick raised the Clarke 8 metre mast on his 109 much to the merriment of certain members.

Also joining us were a couple of Jeeps complete with crew in period attire

After we had set up the thunderous noise became apparent and the Royal British Legion Motorcycle section set up behind us on the hard standing.
The event opened and it soon became very busy indeed with visitors whose questions and enquires came in thick and fast.

It is surprising how quickly 4pm came and we struck camp packing the kit away. Expertly escorted out of the Castle by Royal British Legion organisers and a quick cheerio to Martin who did a round trip of approx 321 miles to display with us was greatly appreciated.

So another brilliant display to help and support the British legion and it will not be long before we are back again to help with the Poppy Appeal Collection as last year

A big thank to all who attended and also to the British Legion for their help and assistance

 

East Midlands Aero Park
Open Cockpit Day
Sunday the 15th July 2012

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East Midlands Aero Park is situated at the rear of East Midlands International Airport. If you are using a Satellite Navigation system the postcode to use is: DE74 2PR

We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Sunday the 15th of July again with three landrovers.

The weather was thankfully dry but the ground was well waterlogged. The paths around the exhibits is crushed stone so walking around was not an issue.

Because of the distance for some of our members and work for others we had three landrovers and trailers in total for the display and so that is how we worked the display.

When we arrived at East Midlands Aero park it was great to see that the NIMROD XW664 an electronic surveillance variant had been moved onto the aero park. We picked a site to display close to the Avro Vulcan XM575 and used two bench/tables to assist in showing what our display consisted off without the need for it to get wet and muddy.

The visitor’s soon arrived and we were quite busy. Sadly we were so busy that the time to pack up quickly arrived. It was great to find that amongst some of the visitors that they had seen us display at other events and came again to say hello.

Once the kit was safely packed away we had a private viewing inside the Nimrod. What a fantastic asset to the aircraft display at the Aero Park. It is 99 per cent complete inside and once a few tweaks have taken place it will be an enthusiast’s ambition to go on board.

The Aero Park has a collection of 17 complete airframes on external display within the park with another 4 aircraft under complete restoration and 3 cockpit sections.
Inside the hanger there are a number of aircraft engines including a Rolls Royce Spey, Bristol Hercules and Gyron Junior, along with a Link Simulator and numerous other aircraft components, photographs etc.

A convoy run up the motorway home and then debrief ready for the next event coming along on the 22nd July on behalf of The Royal British Legion inside Newark Castle

 

ARMED FORCES WEEKEND
Wollaton Hall & Deer Park
Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2012

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Nottingham City Council organise this event on the site of the Wollaton Hall and Deer Park in Wollaton Nottingham. The hall is a building full of history and character surrounded by an estate full of deer roaming free. The history of the hall is well documented and was utilised during World War 2 as a military camp and staging area followed after as a huge prisoner of war camp.

We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Friday the 29th of May with three landrovers and the other members were coming along later as they could get.

The weather was wet then dry then wet which seems to be the norm this year.

Because of the distance for some of our members and work for others we had four landrovers in total for the display and so that is how we planned the display. Other members were otherwise unable to attend.

When we arrived at Wollaton Hall it was apparent on how big this event was going to be with a good deal of the infrastructure in place. We chose our pitch backing onto some tress we all got stuck in unloading the vehicles and deciding how to display the equipment.

Camo net was spread out and set up but we had to open up the front more as without it the visitors would have difficulty in seeing us due to the trees and colour of the net!

Effective for tactical use but not for visitors

We had a visit from the mobile estate manager who advised us regarding the large herd of deer a good few had huge antlers and there was concern that if they got close enough they may have got caught in the netting. Metal crowd barriers were put around the camp and all were happy.

Friday night was soon here and the rain continued on and off but confidence of a good weekend was prominent.

Saturday and after breakfast Henry and his dad rolled up in Henrys new winterised defender and it was positioned on the display. Smart looking defender it is as well. The temperature was variable as was also the rain but despite this we were extremely busy with visitors.

Close of play after a good day Saturday after tea meant a walk round the site visiting the other displays and onto the on site tavern followed by chips for Jamie from the catering unit.

Sunday after breakfast and Sarah joined the display and so the gates were opened and it was not long before we were once again extremely busy with a huge amount of visitors. Sporadic showers did not deter anyone.

Once church parade was over the live stage acts started to perform and were keeping the crowds entertained along with a good mix of living history and other display units. The mounted cavalry units were highly impressive.

The latest Batman was filmed at Wollaton Hall and it seems we had set up camp in an area which was portrayed as a graveyard in the Batman film. The tree nearest to us was also the entrance to Batman's cave. It was quite funny watching visitors going round and round this huge tree.

Another highly successful Callsign Alpha weekend display too many thousands of visitors of which were well received by the visitors and organiser’s alike.

One of the funny highlights was Jamie in his gillie suite and weapon lying in the long grass under the tree and surprising visitors as they approached.

Well quite a few events coming up in July so time to get the kit cleaned sorted and prepared.

 

Cornwater Charity Event

Ravenshead - Nottinghamshire

Saturday 16th June 2012

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Cornwater Charity asked Trent Valley MVT if anyone could attend this charity fund raising event but out of all the members there was only our Callsign Alpha landrovers available and only then as a Royal British Legion Event we were scheduled to attend was cancelled at the last minute

We rendezvoused on the local Tesco Supermarket as usual and then set off in convoy with Nick’s landrover Rob’s landrover and Paul. Richard rode in Rob’s rover and Henry likewise in Nicks.

Jamie was with his dad!

The convoy arrived at the scout headquarters on main road Ravenshead which is also were some of the Cornwater activities takes place and would be the venue for the four hours

We set up the kit and improvised weather shelter with the intention that should the heavens break and we get bad weather we could protect the kit on display. Good forethought as it started to drip then a bit more then it was certainly clear it was going to be damp for the next four hours.

The three landrovers on display really looked well against the grassy bank and the small trees provided some additional cover.  The visitors who attended the event all enjoyed the opportunity to look and handle various pieces of genuine British Army Kit and other numerous items we had on display went down well.

The time soon came around for us to leave and it’s a pity because of the weather the event for the Charity was not  better attended but the exuberant efforts of the organisers was brilliant and a very big thank you to the volunteers who kept us going with a good hot cup of tea and the cheese burgers were truly tasty. A big thank you to Melissa for her warm welcome to the event.

We soon had the kit packed away and then set off for home and ready for the next event. 

Details of the Cornwater Club below.

THE CORNWATER CLUB

The Club opens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 2.3O pm. In August 2008 we moved from Ravenshead Leisure Centre, where we had been based since our inception, to RAVENS LODGE, the Scout HQ, on Main Road, Ravenshead.

A small daily charge covers a two-course lunch and all activities. Refreshments including tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits, are provided at no extra cost.
We aim to provide a stimulating yet relaxed atmosphere throughout

CORNWATER ACTIVITIES
Varied activities are arranged throughout the day. The interests of those attending the Cornwater Club shape the programme, which currently includes Movement to Music, art classes, travel talks and slides, sing-alongs, flower arranging, crafts, demonstrations, quizzes and table games. There are opportunities to hear talks on a variety of topics including benefits and health advice.

 

Yorkshire Air Museum

RAF Elvington – Battle Group North

Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th of May 2012

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Yorkshire MVT organise this event Battle Group North on the site of former RAF Elvington which is now home to the Yorkshire Air Museum. This is a very impressive museum in its own right but with the addition of many hundreds of ex-military vehicles and period re-enactors the airfield comes alive.

We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Friday the 25th of May with two landrovers and the other members were coming along later as they could get.

The weather was bright and dry but the traffic was quite heavy. 

Because of the distance for some of our members and work for others we were expecting three landrovers in total for the display and that is how we were set up.

When we arrived at YAM we were met by Chris who had set up his tent on our pitch and we all got stuck in unloading the vehicles and deciding how to display the ancillary display equipment

When we had set up a familiar face came over from the direction of a large truck with box body and it was Harry Fellows few handshakes and it was off back to Harry's vehicle for a hospitality can or two.

Friday night was soon here and the temperature fell but not as sharply as it was at Rufford Abbey.

Saturday and after breakfast Ian and Larisa came along and they set up their display kit but the temptation of the traders kept Ian busy. The temperature climbed and climbed turning into a very warm day and just as busy with visitors

Close of play after a good day meant after tea meant a walk to the  mess and watch the entertainment before sampling later in the evening some Yorkshire chips from a mobile fish and chip van that had turned up.

Sunday after breakfast and the gates were opened and it seemed a bit busier than the previous day. Again the temperature was high and sky very blue.

Ian changed vehicles for today's display and came in his winterised defender

The afternoon soon came and It soon came time to pack up the kit and travel back home and good weekend that came and went so very quickly.

Big thanks you to all who attended and it were good to see some familiar faces  from other groups again and have a chat.

Jon and his crew from Forces 80 were also displaying and it gave us time to discuss the forthcoming event in which we will be both participating in.

We all look forward to that one

Thanks to Harry and Shaun for their hospitality and everyone else at the event and we also hope you continue to make good progress from your illness Shaun.

 

Multi-period display weekend

Rufford Abbey - Nottinghamshire

12th and 13th of May 2012

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Event Plan UK were organising an event on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council at the Rufford Abbey and Country Park. We had been asked if we would like to attend this event as it was a multi period weekend of displays sales and Living History groups who were attending.

We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Friday the 11th of May with three landrovers and the other members were coming along later as they could get.

The weather was bright but there was a definite chill in the air. 

The camo net was spread out and put up which then led to the tents going up inside followed by the landrovers. Starting to look good. We had strict rules to follow regarding driving over the ground and how and what we fastened ropes to so due diligence was closely observed.

The external yellow guys appeased the Health and Safety types not very tactical though.

Nick then left the camp and went to meet Russell and Keith with their vehicles and escorted them on to the site.

The rest of the evening was used to sort kit and prepare ready for the public the next day. 

Keith and Russell set up their display tents and Clansman sales area

Saturday morning came but not after a bone shattering cold spell overnight which took us a bit by surprise. Ian and Larisa then arrived with their landrover with H close behind in his landrover.

The kit all laid out and everyone ready the public and other re-enactors soon came round and were admiring the various displays but especially Paul and Richards weapons display. Rob also did a great job supporting both the radio display and the weapons and kit displays.

So the day went by really well and extremely positive. Good support was also given by Ian and H but Larisa was busy exploring the other living history groups and the events taking place. Ian was sweating a tad wondering what Larisa may be considering buying.

Seven landrovers on our display really looked the business and the response from other living history groups and just as important the public was fantastic. The evening came along and we discussed the way the event had gone and this time before retiring to our bed one sleeping bag was put inside another one! The cold temp was not going to get us another time

The Sunday was slightly different as we had Chris with as helping on the display because the day before he had been selling his collection in the main marquee. Just as well because the Sunday was very busy.

The munitions display case with its protective cover worked extremely well as it allowed small items to be displayed without the worry of something going for a walk.

The Sunday and final day went really well and as a first time we have had so many group landrovers together did raise an eye or two and some really big smiles.

Russell and his landrover had an unusual mast mount on the front of his landrover and resulted in quite a lot of interest. Fantastic effort.

Once again a very successful event with maximum effort from everyone who contributed and attended the event it did make a huge difference to the quality of our group display which was clearly reflected in the comments we received.

A big pat on the back for everyone is justly deserved.

 

V Bomber Reunion

Newark Air Museum

28th and 29th of April 2012

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Newark Air Museum asked if we would like to attend this high profile and prestigious event which they were hosting on behalf of the crews both air and ground who supported the V Bomber Force during the active service of the magnificent aircraft

We rendezvoused on the local Tesco Supermarket as usual and then set off in convoy with Nick’s landrover Rob’s landrover and Paul with his trailer and set off to Newark. Richard rode in Rob’s freshly painted rover and Henry likewise in Nicks also freshly painted. Jamie was with his dad!
The convoy arrived at Newark Air Museum to find Ian in his restored and again freshly painted defender and also Chris with full kit already on perimeter ops !
We set up the kit near number one hanger with the intention that should the heavens break and we get bad weather we could quickly move inside. Good forethought as it started to drip then a bit more then it was all hands and everything moved into the hanger as the rain came down.

The four landrovers really looked well and were an absolute credit to their owners. The visitors who attended the re union all thought so and the ability to touch see and “smell “ the numerous items we had on display went down well.

The main highlight of the day was shortly before 15.00hrs we were listening to the radio when we heard the word VULCAN. Yes that historic aircraft had gone airborne and was handing off from Doncaster to RAF Waddington and exactly at 15.00 hrs she appeared and completed two fantastic passes followed by a slow run in when at the right moment the pilot throttled up and the infamous Vulcan howl echoed around the crowd which had formed of the 400 plus crews at the Museum.

Well that was a moment indeed.

Rain came back and everyone moved back inside. We finished the display and were packed and ready to leave by 17.00hrs

Sunday was the same format but there was a difference. The rain had started in the night with a vengeance and it was pounding down. Not wanting to let anyone down we formed up into a convoy as per normal travelled to Newark and unloaded the display kit into number one hanger.

Not as busy on the Sunday but effective at proving that a monsoon will not stop us displaying !

15.00hrs and the other indoor exhibitors started to leave and we packed up and started to set off home in convoy as normal. However with so much rain the roads were well swamped with water but when it was clear and safe to do so driving a fully laden rover through deep puddles is very effective – good fun.

So job done and with four resplendent landrovers it was a good event and we did receive some very high praise both for vehicles – kit and turnout.

Our two film star’s for the day Ian dressed a Falklands marine complete with flag in that iconic picture of the time and Chris dressed the same were in big demand from the numerous film crews that were on site and at least two crews were making special documentaries to be shown later in the year, so a big thank you and well done all round to the team which is......
 

CALLSIGN ALPHA
 

Staunton in-the-vale

Staunton in the Vale memorial for crashed Lancaster bomber W4270

Sunday 19th February 2012

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We had been invited to this event by the members of the 1st Airborne 44 Group and it was also attended by members of the Trent MVT. The purpose of the day was to help in attracting the public to this charity event called Snowdrop Sunday. It was also to reflect on the Lancaster bomber W4270 which crashed close by killing all on board. The fatal air crash was on the 18th of February 1943.

This was our first run out for 2012 and as usual we mustered and then travelled in convoy to the event all in radio communication with each other and Paul had the opportunity to display his new protected display cabinet and weapons boards populated with Richards and Pauls collection. Robert was big smiles as he was with his newly purchased land rover which is a winterised series 3.

The weather was dry and clear but very cold but the warmth of the visitors was very
welcome. A good many of the veterans from the Poppy collection we attended last November 2011 in Newark came over to say hello again and we all had a good natter.

The event was extremely well attended by visitors and considering where the location of Staunton Hall is located it was quite a surprise. The impromptu dance in full DPM kit and riot helmet by Pauls son Jamie who danced a full " mackerana" had the refreshment queue in hysterics of laughter.

We attended the event with Paul and Jamie (Paul's son ) – Robert and Nicks land rovers with Richard riding in the winterised land rover with Robert. The arctic heater in Robert's land rover certainly thawing them both out well on the trip home.

Looking forward now to our next event's at Rufford Abbey and Newark Air Museum.
 

 

LEST WE FORGET

Aircraft from 61 Squadron RAF Syerston 1943

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