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Events 2013
Who for Website When Where
Rufford Abbey grand bazaar http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ruffordcp 26th - 27th - 28th APRIL Rufford Abbey
Tribute to the lightning newark air museum http://www.newarkairmuseum.org/index.html 17th - 18th - 19th MAY Newark Air Museum
Thoresby hall http://www.qrlnymuseum.co.uk/courtyard.htm 9th June Thoresby courtyard
Armed forces day victoria embankment http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/events/index.aspx 28th - 29th - 30th June Victoria Embankment
Royal british legion gedling branch http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/ 6th July Willow Park Gedling
Royal british legion family fun day http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/ 21st July Inside the Newark Castle
east midlands aero park open day http://www.eastmidlandsaeropark.org/ 18th August East midlands aero park
Rauceby war weekend http://www.raucebywarweekend.co.uk/index.html 23rd - 24th - 25th - 26th August South Rauceby near Sleaford

Lincs

Pleasley pit heritage open weekend http://www.pleasley-colliery.org.uk/  7th & 8th September Pleasley Pit
Sherwood Forest Through the ages organised through event plan www.sherwoodforest.org.uk

 

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28 & 29 September Sherwood Forest
Crich Tramway Village Red Oktober day http://www.tramway.co.uk 20th October Crich Tramway village
Newark branch british

royal legion poppy event

www.britishlegion.org.uk  Saturday 2nd November

Saturday 9th November

Newark market place
 

Newark Branch

British Royal Legion

Poppy Event

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

Mr John Rush of the Newark Branch Royal British Legion had also asked Trent MVT to assist in conjunction with Callsign Alpha. This narrative will cover all three events.

Sadly due to vehicle breakdown and work commitment only Clive and Tim managed to get to Newark and carry out the duties on the 26th of October and many thanks to them for attending.

Clive’s Jeep certainly looked very well presented.

Some of Callsign Alpha team are also members of the MVT.

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

As per previous years we set up on Bridge Street at Newark and the manageress of the shop “ BIRDS “ was as ever extremely helpful in the supply of hot tea and coffee and just as important the use of the shops facilities !.

Despite the earlier good weather it changed as expected to rain and the downpour started. It was great to see  members of the public come 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.

The final Saturday came along and again we set off in convoy from Mansfield but were to be joined at Newark by a guest Guy Hill who had driven up from Norfolk to display with us. Guy is a very strong supporter of Callsign Alpha and his RAF Military Police vehicle is always prepared to a very high standard and an excellent addition to our formidable array of vehicles.

We were also joined by a serving member of HM Armed Forces Richard Marshall who gave up his last day of home leave to help with the sale of Royal British Legion Poppies before his return to the Royal Tank Regiment.

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

A special mention really does need to be made of the warmth and help received by the staff of “ BIRDS “  cake and pastries shop on Bridge Street.

Hopefully the numerous photographs by the Newark Advertiser newspaper will appear and help the profile

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

When the Royal British Legion advise me of the totals raised we will post the information on here and in our News section on the web page.

Crich Tramway Village

Red Oktober day

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We RV’d on our usual spot of Tesco car park Mansfield checked fuel then it was off towards Crich Tramway Museum for a new display venue for the team. 

Crich Tramway Museum is located not too far from us and we had heard previously of this event so decided to contact the organisers and booked in.

As usual it started to rain but the forecast was that it would clear up and fingers crossed off we went.  We had also been previously in touch with Kenny Morland from the 23 Parachute Field Ambulance Living History Group who were also staging a considerable display at this event.

As it turned out we were not too far from each other and the displays really complimented each other extremely well much to the delight of the visiting public and other display groups at this event.

There was a huge selection of both vehicle and foot mobile period re-enactors at this display and Chris our linguist member who was dressed in impeccable soviet kit was soon chattering away to both German and Soviet re-enactors.

Thankfully the weather was not too bad and it was very surreal to see trams decorated in their period special paintwork.

It was an extremely enjoyable event and one which will definitely be on our calendar for 2014

As usual a big thank you to all Callsign Alpha members who attended and to Kenny and his team from the 23 PFA and of course not forgetting the team from the Royal Union of Rifles.

Sherwood Forest
Through the ages
Organised through Event Plan

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Event Plan UK were again 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 earlier in the year 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.

There were in excess of 22 Living History Groups a fantastic result.

We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Saturday the 28th of September with three land rovers.  The other members were coming along later as they could get.

The weather was bright which made a great change. 

The access first off road meant a long drive into the Forest and we arrived at our pitch.   A quick discussion upon arrival and with Chris Tim and Clive arriving and what vehicles were going where and we started to unload and set up. No tents so that was a saving.

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 kettle went on for the many of brews.

First display for Paul’s CAV100 Landrover snatch and its transformation from desert back into NATO green really shone through.

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 the weapons and ancillary kit displays.

Everyone  did a great job supporting both the radio display and the weapons and kit displays and kept very busy between the two. Robs Military Police Defender looked very smart and attracted many comments.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Donation buckets also received a welcome by the general public.

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

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  

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 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.

 

Big thanks to Howard from Event Plan and the Rangers of the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre for their assistance when needed.

 

Pleasley Pit
Heritage Open Weekend

 
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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.

It was recently highlighted on the Hairy Bikers TV show which featured the restoration work going on at Pleasley

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

We set up outside the main entrance and the weather could not have been better visitors then soon arrived and we had a relaxed and interested public with the sound of donations going inside the Royal British Legion Collection bucket.
No Lancaster fly past this year and sadly the BBMF Dakota was unable to fly by due to technical issues.

Sunday we set up in the same place and we had more visitors asking questions which was great and more donations into the bucket!

The weather stayed in our favour and we then put everything away and went home another display well done !

RAUCEBY
WAR WEEKEND

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Well what can I say …….William Elkington of Mid Lincs MVT and the team have pulled it off again. Fantastic event well planned and executed. A big well done William.

We RV’d on our usual spot of Tesco car park Mansfield checked fuel then it was off towards Rauceby in Lincolnshire for a four day event which hopefully the weather will be kind to us.

We had to route slightly different this year as Kelham bridge was closed for repairs so we cut through Rufford Park via the water splash.
There is a picture of Rob checking his Landrover for leaks. But before anyone reading this gets concerned the whole scene was checked and the area controlled before Rob went through like a knife through butter. The smile on his face said it all. Probably better than driving Pauls snatch on the military vehicle parade at Rauceby.
We arrived at Rauceby and found our pitch exactly as pre booked by us and marked out by Williams’s team. Thank you

We quickly unloaded what was needed and the cam net was the first item followed by the tents and display boards ready for the next day. Other members arrived and in fact only two vehicles were missing for this display. The wimik is still under construction and the other winterised defender was not available.


Seven vehicles and Clive’s resplendent motorcycle.


Friday not far from the event and Martin had a blow out and the picture shows the severe damage to the tyre and it was due to Martins skill that no other problem occurred. Rob and Chris went out to him and with a bigger pull bar loosened the nuts on Martins wheel and they were soon back into the fold

The evening soon came along and after garlic chicken breast, free range pork sausage and bacon, peas carrots and new potatoes off to the marquee we went to sample the entertainment and bar that was available.

Early rise Saturday morning and after breakfast Clive arrived on his military Harley Davidson and was soon parked into place.

Quite a few more re-enactors came over night and very early so the field soon filled up with very commendable displays.

Saturday started off well after overnight rain. Did I say rain insert monsoon here as blimey did it rain. Sun then came out so we got set up and slowly the visitors came. The afternoon changed and back came the rain and that was it no end was in site. So we slung up a PVC sheet and what do you do in the rain get Mick to tell funny stories and stand underneath in the pouring rain.

After a while no one noticed the rain so we had a good time with jokes and anecdotes from “ situations “ over the years.

Sunday was better and it went from cool to blistering hot. After the Public had gone home there was a trip organised to visit RAF DIGBY. The convoy was away by 17.30 and did not return for good couple of hours after with good reports how interesting it had been. A good day all in all and Sunday night back to the marquee for an evening of entertainment.

Monday started not too bad. Some drizzle early gave way to blistering hot sunshine and the visitors arrived thick and fast. The military parade today saw Rob driving the snatch the same as Paul with Rich on top cover had done the day before.

With everything absolutely bone dry from the heat we started to de camp and pack away.

A good weekend with only two vehicles missing with all members present and as Para Mick spends so much time with us he may as well come over to the green side.

Everyone who attended and displayed with the group went away with the thought of a job well done and it was a memory that will remain. Especially Martin being re united with his CSM the first time since the 1980’s!

Roll on Rauceby 2014 so come on William get a date set !

East Midlands Aero Park
Open day

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We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Sunday the 18th of August 2013 with two landrovers.


The weather was bright and fresh so it should go well. Only a low key event as most members were on holiday or unavailable.


The short drive down the motorway went well and gave the landrovers a chance to stretch their legs !

We arrived at East Midlands Aero Park and as usual were met with a very warm welcome and we set up close to the wing of the Vulcan and were over looked by the mighty Nimrod

Two perfect Cold War Warriors for our display

We quickly set up and made sure our Royal British Legion red collecting bucket had pride of place and it soon became active!

A few visitors commented on how reassuring it was to see a huge security seal on our bucket which means everything that went into the collection stayed there until opened officially by the Royal British Legion.

We had a steady stream of visitors especially in the afternoon with the museum car park filled to capacity.

All in all a simple display relaxed and extremely appreciated by the team at the Aero Park who have invited us back again 2014

Many thanks to all attended

 

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

Family Fun day

NEWARK CASTLE

Sunday the 21st   July 2013

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We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Sunday the 21st of July with three land rovers Clive was meeting us at Newark on his Military Police Harley Davidson 350.
Rob managed to arrange things so that he could attend with his new landrover a 110 winterised FFR.


The weather was dry and clear which was a promise on how the day the day was to be.


We arrived in good time and drove into the Castle grounds where everyone was beavering away putting up stalls and the open air stage.


It was a high honour indeed that we were joined once again with presence of Warrant Officer Lewis Renshaw RTD (95) of Newark. This veteran was a Warrant Officer in the Royal Artillery seeing active service in Norway, India and Egypt amongst being some of his active service postings. Sadly he was injured by a mine in Italy.


He has whilst Callsign Alpha has been involved with the Newark Poppy Appeal’s and Royal British Legion events come along and stood with us rain or shine.


The weather changed once we had set up the display kit but that was to be expected seeing how it was summer! Anyway the drizzle did not last long and the crowds soon arrived and we were busy displaying and answering the questions as they came along.


As usual we were joined by the Royal British Legion Motorcycle Branch.

It is surprising how quickly 4pm came and we struck camp packing the kit away.

We were the expertly escorted out of the Castle by Royal British Legion organisers and off home we went another one off the list and we hope a good fund raising event for the Royal British Legion.

So another brilliant display over and to plan for the next event we have which is on the 18th of August at East Midlands Aero Park Museum next to the Airport.

Big thank to all who attended and also to the British Legion for their help and assistance.
 

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Gedling Branch Fund Raising Day

Saturday 6th July 2013

 
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THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CARLTON & DISTRICT

BRANCH Br. Code 0257

Shoulder to Shoulder With All Who Serve.

We were contacted over 12 months ago by the above branch who asked if we could display at the above event. Of course British Legion no problem!

We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Saturday the 6th of July with the Bedford and two landrovers.

The weather was bright but the weather forecast said even hotter but for the first time they were correct. 

We arrived on the park at Gedling and it could not have been more English. Green meadow with trees and a stream running through. What a fantastic location.

As it was only a day event and there were only the four of us we decided on a reduced display and ensured the vehicles were sorted and the radio and gun boards were up.

The defence hide always very popular with the smaller visitors was built in a short time.

The Gala Day was well planned and well executed. We were displaying exactly opposite the Royal British Legion Marquee so that we complimented each other perfectly.

The time went by and we were ready and the sun stayed out and the temperature soared. The Gala was extremely well attended with people of all ages who did enjoy our display by the high number of questions we were asked and the amount of kit we were asked to explain its use. Always a good positive sign that we are achieving what we intended.

All in all a good afternoon with terrific weather and the Royal British Legion Team could not have been more helpful than they were.

All the individual displays including the live music and bagpipe marching band led to a fantastic atmosphere and feel to the whole event.

Time went by so very quickly and so we struck camp as it were and did not take too long to put away and off we went away with a job well done.

Looking forward to our next major event which is the Royal British Legion Family Day within the grounds of NEWARK Castle on Sunday this time the 21st of July 2013.

 

Armed Forces Day
Victoria Embankment Nottingham
Saturday 29th June 2013

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Photo By Bob Morrison do not copy

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Rob Butler BSc (Hons) MIoD MAHI FIBC MIFA

Managing Director of Historical Promotions and Event Management

were responsible for organising with various other organisations additional displays at the National Armed Forces Day which was  held on Victoria Embankment Nottingham.

This was  a Tri Service Extravaganza utilizing the River Trent and the open space of the Victoria Embankment.

Visitors as they approached the event were greeted by a line of period re-enactors and their camps all in character for events through time until you approached the huge memorial arch which stems from 1920 and is updated by magnificent plaques detailing regiments and names from many conflicts.

It was indeed an honour for Callsignalpha to be asked to display and be given such an honourable location in the event.

The event started in Nottingham this  being  the fifth National Armed Forces Day,  with a local reserve unit 100 (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery firing a volley of gun blasts in a ‘feu du joie’ – ‘fire of joy’ – from Nottingham Castle.

There was a spectacular tri-Service parade from the Castle to the Old Market Square for a drumhead service attended by Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Friday the 28th of June with two land rovers and a Bedford MJ. The other members were coming along later as they could get.

The weather was bright but the weather forecast said rain later and how correct they were.  However we soon got the cam net was up as were the tents so not a problem.

Security was extremely high and road blocks in place as we approached the event outer perimeter and having cleared security we parked in our designated spot.

The camo net was spread out  put up which then led to the tents going up inside followed by the land rovers and Bedford followed shortly by the landrover CAV 100 ( snatch ) and the basics looked extremely well even at this early stage.

Many more re enactor groups came along and set up and there was a constant movement of Police and other Security units doing what they had to do to ensure the safety of the event.

 Many of the Armed Services were running last minute rehearsals and that was indeed a sight to see especially when the Royal Marines came down the Trent at speed to land a few hundred yards away from us!

We continued to sort the display and have our evening meal sat around the log burner watching the boats on the River Trent.

We received many shouts from the river party boats going up and down to swim over and join them but we diplomatically declined their kind offer!

Saturday morning came early and we had breakfast and got ready as time was flying by.  

The display kit all lay out and with everyone ready the public started to arrive but no one could have expected the mass of public that descended upon us who came to see our display before moving onto the Tri service display in the main arenas. Subsequent press and Police reports are stating that over 100,000 visitors came to the event.

For most of the day we were 20 rows deep in visitors who slowly worked  their way forward it was extremely gruelling but well worth it.  

So the day went by really well and extremely positive and enjoyed by our visitors.   

We then had to pack all the kit away and depart for home. It was a fantastic experience and to be welcomed by so many people all who thoroughly enjoyed our style of display was albeit a challenge but  very rewarding

 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 not only from the public but the armed service personnel who came for a look around and a chat.

 

Thoresby Hall

Military Museum

Sunday 9th of June 2013

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The Queen’s Royal Lancers, The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and The South Nottinghamshire Hussars are to concentrate their museum collections into a new home at Thoresby Courtyard, Thoresby Park. At Thoresby, in partnership with The Stonebridge Trust, the new museum will expand its services and secure its future within a wider cultural and leisure venue.

The exhibition will tell the human, social and military history of the Regiments. It will showcase key episodes in the Regimental histories, supported by collections, and relate the Regiments’ histories to the on-going story of The British Army and British history. Individual stories, local and family histories will narrate the story in an imaginative way. The Queen’s Royal Lancers, The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and The South Nottinghamshire Hussars wish to concentrate their museum collections into a new home at Thoresby

The museum organised a family Picnic in the Park for Sunday the 9th of June 2013. Local groups were asked to come along including the local Trent Valley Military Vehicle Trust who advertised the event in many locations. A time theme of vehicles was displayed from early through to modern day.

We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Sunday the 9th of June with the Bedford and two landrovers picking up the other landrover on route and then heading off in convoy to the display site.

The weather was bright but the weather forecast said even better but we have heard that one before. 

We turned off the main track into the Thoresby estate and followed the WW2 concrete roads still used today. Thoresby and the whole of Clumber have a huge military history both before WW2 and after. As usual the vehicles on our display really looked the business but as it was a just an afternoon display we moderated what we put out concentrating on the vehicles and the now very substantial weapons displays.

Trent MVT had a good turnout and there was a very impressive range of WW2 vehicles and the time line then came to us with our period and at the end was todays modern Army with a very impressive WIMIK landrover.

Other Military vehicle owners attended and that was a good valuable contribution to the display as well

All in all a good afternoon with terrific weather and the museum staff could not have been more helpful than they were.

The Fire Engine and Police Dog display was entertaining along with the brass band which gave a fantastic atmosphere and feel to the whole event.

Did not take too long to put away and off we went away with a job well done.

Looking forward to our next major event which is the National Armed Forces Day to be held at Nottingham on the 29th June 2013

 

TRIBUTE TO THE LIGHTNING
NEWARK AIR MUSEUM
17th 18th19th May 2013

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During the weekend of 18/19th May 2013 Newark Air Museum hosted a weekend dedicated to one of the most loved of all British Jet Aircraft, the English Electric Lightning. The event ran on both days of the weekend, with the museum opening between 10am and 5pm on both days.

Newark Air Museum is the home to Lightning T.5 XS417, which was the first production of the T.5. This was flown from Salmesbury, for its first flight, on 17th July 1964 in the hands of the legendary English Electric test pilot Jimmy Dell. A restoration and repaint of this airframe was commenced during the early part of 2011. This was completed for the date of the above event. This event was used to celebrate the Lightning XS417 having spent 25 years at this museum, having been purchased by the museum in 1988

Callsign Alpha was specifically asked to attend this event and we were pitched alongside this magnificent Cold War Warrior!

We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Friday the 17th of May with the Bedford MJ leading and two landrovers. Guy in his resplendent RAF Military Police 110 Defender and Martin were on route to RV at the museum the same day having driven from up from Norfolk.

As usual the weather forecast for the weekend was mixed so fingers were crossed. 

The usual task of laying out the dpm cam net and tent pitching then ensued and the sight of the tents and cam net next to the RAF Lightning looked really in character. An unscheduled appearance of the BBMF Lancaster was a welcome sight as it flew a low pass over the display

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

Once again Paul’s wood burning stove was going to be put to good use as before but the heavens opened at tea time and the deluge of rain started and did not stop until well into the early hours.

Saturday morning thankfully no rain but overcast so after breakfast the busy process of getting the display items out went ahead.  

The kit all laid out and everyone ready the public were admiring the various displays.  

So the day went by really well and with extremely positive comments from museum staff and public alike was warmly welcomed by us.   We were spectators of the BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane who did several low level fly pasts and the sound of those distinct engines always brings a smile.

Henry joined us with his winterised defender 110 and also Mick & Jackie had made the trek in their RB 44 and were soon set up on the display. The parachute regiment display complimented the overall display very well indeed. All the military vehicles on our display really looked the business.

We were also joined on the Saturday by a new member Tim who took some very good photographs so a warm welcome to him.

Another guest who joined us to display was Clive on his military police Harley Davidson motorcycle. Thanks Clive for preparing and displaying the bike to such a high professional standard it really looked well.

The evening soon came along and we discussed the way the event had gone and this time before retiring to our bed we had another log burning session which always gets us toasty warm.

Thanks to Mark from M.R. Surplus (Driffield) the arctic sleeping bags performed exactly what they were supposed to do and the cold overnight temp did not get to us.   Thanks very much indeed Mark!

The Sunday was so much better weather wise with clear blue skies and that bright object not seen very often.

It was all too soon time to take down all the displays and pack away safely but clearly again a very successful weekend  and a very big thank you to Mick and Jackie for attending and to Guy and Martin for daring to come ooop North and join us for this special event at Newark Air Museum.

We have been already asked to come back in 2014 so that is indeed high praise for the members who attended and gave their expertise in making this display event a resounding success.

Thank you all the Callsign Alpha members and invited guests who made the effort to attend.

Also a big thank you to the event team at Newark Air Museum who made us feel most welcome at this event.

 

RUFFORD ABBEY
Grand Bazaar Multi Period Event

Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th of April 2013

 
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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 again 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. This time however the whole site was full to capacity.

We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Friday the 26th of April with two landrovers and the other members were coming along later as they could get.

The weather was bright but the weather forecast said changeable and how correct they were. 

The camo net was spread out in a different location to last year and put up which then led to the tents going up inside followed by the land rovers. Starting to look good.

·        Living history (arranged in chronological order on the Long Meadow) by the Roman Military Research Society (C1st Romans),  Comitatus (C4th Romans), Conroi de Vey and Hrafnsby (early Medieval), The Household (Normans), Crusade & Re-enacting Ancient Times Society (12th), Dogs of War (C14th), Bowden Retinue & Laxton Archers (C15th), History Re-enactment Workshop (C16th), Aldwinckles Living History Group & Julia Smith (English Civil War era),  John & David Best of the Fairfax Battalia (17th forge), John Lambton’s 68th Foot (C18th), The Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards 1815 & 33rd (West Yorkshire) Regiment of Foot (Napoleonic), Zulu War redcoat by Keith PiggottThe Russians (WWI Cossacks), Continental Cycle Tourers (1930s, Saturday only), NFS Display group (1940s Salvation Army canteen), Callsign Alpha (British army 1980-90s) and Moment in Time (multi-era).

In addition to the re-enactors above there were as many period traders and some good bargains were purchased over the weekend.

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

Paul’s wood burning stove was put to good use and the evening was passed sat around chatting in front of a roaring log fire.

Saturday morning came after a really cold spell overnight which came as no surprise given the weather forecast.  

The kit all laid out and everyone ready the public and other re-enactors soon came round and were admiring the various displays but including the landrovers and Bedford following their repaint and our various display’s.  

So the day went by really well and extremely positive.  However early on the first of the hail storms arrived and the public flocked under the camo net only to realise that the hail came straight through.

The vehicles 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 we had another log burning session which really kept the cold at bay.

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

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 and we have been invited back for 2014 which speaks volume for our professionalism and manner in which we display.

 Thank you all who made the effort to attend. Especially Howard at Event Plan and all the staff at Rufford Abbey Nottinghamshire.

 

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