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
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
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
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