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Events 2014
Who for Website When Where
Airfield anarchy organised by AWOL adventure in aid of the RAF benevolent fund  www.airfieldanarchy.com

http://www.rafbf.org/

22nd March Airfield Farm, A17, Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire NG24 2NY
RAF East Kirkby Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre http://www.lincsaviation.co.uk/ 19th April RAF East Kirkby
Rufford Abbey Grand Bazaar http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ruffordcp

http://www.eventplan.co.uk/page260a.html

25th 26th 27th April  

Rufford Abbey

 

Thoresby Courtyard Military Museum http://www.qrlnymuseum.co.uk/courtyard.htm

 

11th May  

Thoresby courtyard

 

Newark Air Museum V-force reunion http://www.newarkairmuseum.org/index.html

 

16th

17th

18th May

 

Newark Air Museum

 

Imperial War Museum Duxford http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford 15th June Imperial War Museum Duxford
Armed forces Day

Wollaton Hall & deer park

http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/article/22202/Visiting-Wollaton-Hall 28th and 29th June Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
Norfolk Tank Museum http://norfolktankmuseum.co.uk/ 15th 16th 17th August  

Norfolk tank museum

 

Rauceby MVT war weekend  

http://www.raucebywarweekend.co.uk/index.html

 

24th August Rauceby
Sherwood forest organised through event plan  

www.sherwoodforest.org.uk

 

www.eventplan.co.uk  

 

3rd 4th 5th October Sherwood forest
Newark Branch Royal British Legion poppy collection www.britishlegion.org.uk 25th October

1st November

8th November

Newark market place
 

Newark Branch
Royal British Legion
Poppy Collection 

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Well October 2014 soon came and on Saturday the 25th we set up in Newark Market place much to the delight of the local members of the public. The weather was kind and soon the Poppy buckets were soon starting to fill up. Considering that everyone was feeling the pinch with the current austerity measures it was very pleasing to know simply by the donations made that the British Forces past and present still are held in great esteem by the public.

The amounts raised

…….Saturday the 25th October £975.28,
…….Saturday the 1st of November £597.78,
.…….Saturday the 8th of November £426.09.

Fantastic total just for a few hours on the three Saturdays came to £1.999.15 this was despite the atrocious weather we experienced as well.

All in all taking the other events during our display season in 2014 the team at Callsign Alpha raised over £3,000 towards the target that Newark Branch were trying to achieve.

I am pleased to announce that the Royal British Legion Newark Branch have achieved a 30% increase on 2013. The amount going forward into the whole Nottinghamshire pot a whopping sum of £52,000 ! from Newark RBL

Thanks to all the members who travelled far and wide to attend these three events in particular and for the messages of support from those members who were unable to attend.

                                      We hope to be active with our displays in 2015 and we hope to have some new members joining the team.

 

 

Sherwood forest
Organised through Event Plan

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Event Plan UK were again organising this last 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.

This event was to be at the time of writing to be the last one here as the Council are going to re-develop the site

We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Saturday the 4th of October with two Landrover Snatch and one winterised land rover.   

The weather was not too good but off we travelled anyway.

We had been granted permission to set up within the actual visitor centre which became very busy especially on the Sunday when the weather changed to a very nice day.

Paul and Rob’s  CAV100’s  Landrover snatch vehicles certainly attracted a lot of admiring photographers and their transformations from desert back to Northern Ireland for which duty they were specifically designed for. We were joined by Chris and Tim and everyone got stuck in!

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

The Royal British Legion Poppy Donation buckets as always received a welcome by the general public and many donations into the sealed buckets.

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 as usual with us now in a big way.

The Sunday and final day went as soon as it arrived with another very successful result especially as the weather was good and this resulted in a high number of visitors.

 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 especially as this is highly likely not to be repeated here.

 

Rauceby MVT War Weekend

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Another excellent event organised by William Elkington and the MVT team. Different for us as it was only a one day display of vehicles only. Lot of members were on holiday so we just parked and had the opportunity to display our vehicles in the main arena then back to the static display.

Made a really good change to what we normally do.

Hopefully next year we may be back to Rauceby for the full weekend.

 

Norfolk Tank Museum

 
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Norfolk Tank Museum were holding their annual Military Display over this weekend and we had been asked if we would like to attend this event.

As it was a good drive we decided to travel on the Thursday night of the 14th of August and Guy had very kindly arranged a 12 x 12 and food for when we arrived due to the lateness of the hour. We set off as usual in convoy but this time we had Chris as convoy commander and also I/C comms.

The journey was broken after a few hours by our RV with Guy and his Landrover who then escorted us to the Norfolk Military Museum – but stopping off first at his house to pick up our supper very kindly prepared by his wife and her mum!

The sight of two Landrover defenders and two Landrover CAV100 “ snatch “ Landrover on the street in the dark had the curtains twitching for sure.

We arrived shortly after at the museum and the food was served and being not only very welcomed was extremely tasty as well.

Friday morning soon came along and because we were actually a day in front of ourselves we had a very slow unload and setup of the weekends display camp. This was the first time that this has happened and everyone agreed it really added to the enjoyment of being there so again a big thank you to Guy and his team for their hard work.

The vehicles on our display really looked the business and coupled with the layout of the display kit the response from other living history groups and just as important the public was fantastic. 

Saturday soon came and not only was the Public soon upon us it was also Pauls’ birthday. We had organised a cake and cards which Paul really appreciated. 

We also had the opportunity to have a ride on and inside various pieces of armour plus the chance to take our vehicles off road and around the tank area which allowed the visitors to see just what the Landrovers and other vehicles could do.

Sunday soon came and it was time to pack up and leave. Shame we did not have the time to stay another day but work beckoned the next day!

Fantastic weekend – fantastic hospitality – clean toilets and showers this will certainly be on our proposal list for 2015

Thanks to Guy and his team for making our stay an extremely enjoyable experience.

 

Armed Forces day

Wollaton Hall & Deer Park

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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 Saturday the 28th of June to set up at the event. We were not camping as other members had commitments elsewhere so a simple static display was arranged. Well done to Paul and Rich it looked well and was very well received by the public. 

We set up on the main lawn in front of this imposing building and the view was fantastic down to towards the other groups also displaying

It was the same for the Sunday 29th and the display which Paul and Rich set up on the Saturday was again used and proved to be very successful

Well done to all who attended

Imperial War Museum
Duxford

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Callsign Alpha had been invited to another event this weekend but due to poor ground conditions that event had been cancelled. It was decided to have a road run out to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford where hundreds of ex-military vehicles were due to meet up and display them.

We set off to Duxford and were soon sorted into a display line. Quite relaxing this event as we simply had to display the vehicles which enabled us to have a good look at all the huge variety of vehicles on display and also the magnificent displays to be found at the IWM Duxford.

Highlight of the day was being allowed onto the runways for a high speed run which soon sorted the greyhounds from the tortoises.

The IWM also promenaded their World War 1 vehicles which was a fantastic achievement and a sight to see.

Definitely one to return to in 2015

Newark Air Museum
V-Force reunion

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

We rendezvoused as usual and then set off in convoy with Nick’s Landover and Paul with his CAV 100 and both trailers and set off to Newark. Richard rode in Paul’s rover.
The convoy arrived at Newark Air Museum and set about in the glorious sunshine to erect the tents and huge cam net.

Rob, Guy, Martin, Tim, Michael soon arrived ….. shortly followed with a display of a fully kitted out Landrover Wolf military ambulance by Mark and Terri Sansom.

The land rovers 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.

Neil and his team of Soviets also displayed close by to the Mig’s at Newark and some really good pictures were taken. The evening was spent around the log burner by both display teams and it turned as good as the weather into a fantastic weekend.

The Sunday was slightly different as we were asked by the Museum if we could quickly put something together to further stimulate the interest in the many visitors. It was decided that “ NATO “ Forces would come along and take prisoner a downed MiG Pilot complete with full flying kit and deployed parachute.

The scene was set Chris deployed a smoke discharge near the Mig and Guy with blue lights and two tones thundered along with Rich and Paul in the rear of the Landrover.

The MiG pilot was soon detained and taken away for interrogation. The crowd gave loud applause and for something just put together so quickly went down a treat.

All in all a cracking weekend at Newark – with excellent weather and good hospitality from the Museum.

A big thank you to Neil and his team for making the journey and look forward to you joining us again for a display.

 

Thoresby Courtyard
Military Museum

Rotary Club Fund raising initiative

 
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The Queen’s Royal Lancers, The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and The South Nottinghamshire Hussars have their museum collections in Thoresby Courtyard, Thoresby Park. At Thoresby, in partnership with The Stonebridge Trust.
The concept of today’s display was to support the Military Vehicle Trust who had been asked to display at an event organised by the Nottinghamshire Rotary Club Fund raising initiative.

Despite the weather we set off we set off in convoy from Mansfield on Sunday the 11th of May 2014 with the Landrover CAV 100 and one Landrover defender and then heading off in convoy to the display site.

The weather was overcast but the weather forecast said it may clear 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. We entered the courtyard and set up inside. We were soon joined by another Landrover and jeeps and a motorcycle from the MVT. Thoresby and the whole of Clumber have a huge military history both before WW2 and after. As usual the vehicles on display really looked the business and despite the rain we put up the weapons and comms kit plus other interesting items

All in all a good day with the constant sound of money being donated into our Poppy Appeal buckets which is always a fantastic sound!.
 

Rufford Abbey
Grand Bazaar Multi Period Event

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Event Plan UK were as usual organising an event on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council at 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 Saturday the 27th of April 2014 with two landrovers and the other members were coming along later as they could get.


We decided this year due to the very wet weather and the close proximity of home that we would travel each day and use the usual plan for one day display event’s.


Saturday morning came after a really cold and wet 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.


So the day went by really well and extremely positive.


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 Sunday was slightly different as we had Chris with as helping on the display.


The Sunday and final day went really well 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 2015 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.

RAF East Kirkby
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

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The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is a privately owned and run Museum and was set up by two farming brothers, Fred and Harold Panton. It has been built up as a memorial to Bomber Command and primarily as a tribute to their eldest brother Christopher Whitton Panton, who was shot down and killed on a bombing raid over Nuremberg on 30/31 March 1944.

When Lancaster bomber NX611 came up for sale it was eventually purchased by the brothers and brought to their land at East Kirkby.
The concept of today’s display was to support the Heritage Centre and it was multi period event from a range of Military Vehicles and equipment.

Great weather for a change we set off in convoy from Mansfield on Sunday the 19th of April 2014 with the Landrover CAV 100 and one Landrover defender and then meeting others on site at East Kirby.

A few of the members had not been here before and to see a Lancaster bomber so close with all four engines running and then moving onto the runway was a sight to behold.

We have a tested display routine which quickly came together and is a credit to the team in which the items quickly unfold and display.
Again Poppy buckets were out and the visitors soon arrived to make a day pass really quickly a most definite event to put on 2015 calendar.
 

Lest We Forget

Christopher Whitton Panton, who was shot down and killed on a bombing raid over Nuremberg on 30/31 March 1944.

 

Airfield Anarchy organised by AWOL Adventure in aid of the
RAF Benevolent Fund

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We had been asked to attend the below event which was held on the former RAF Winthorpe Airfield at Newark which was being staged to help raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund. It was a Saturday 22nd March 2014 and Airfield Anarchy is an 'Extreme Mud Run' over one of 2 courses (a 5km or 10km!) It's all in aid of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) which I’m sure you know all about the sterling work they do for members of the RAF both past and present.

The aim of the organisers for Airfield Anarchy (AA) site is to have a feel for the military around the site - Various exhibitors attended with some exemplary military displays which provided a nice back drop to the start/finish line!

Also as part of these exhibits, it is hoped to spread the word about NAM and hopefully get more people to come over to visit the superb museum on the doorstep!

We RV’d on our usual spot of Tesco car park Mansfield then it was off towards the former airfield at Newark. As usual for the airfield the wind was biting cold but to the credit of the runners - enthusiasm was extremely high.

So a well planned and executed event which resulted in hopefully considerable funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Hopefully in 2015 we will be invited back and we are planning to stage a full display this time in where we put the cam net up – tents – weapon and communications displays.
 

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