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Royal British Legion
Alpha were once again invited to assist at the Royal British
Legion Poppy Appeal in Newark Market Place. We were very
grateful for the continuing support from local businesses who
have allowed us to use their ‘facilities’ as well as Newark
Market staff who made it all possible. This year we were joined
by three members of the MVT who turned out in Jeeps and were a
pleasure to talk with. Following three Saturdays of collecting,
braving the less than ideal weather and consuming heroic amounts
of sausage rolls, our total for 2016 was a very satisfying
£1016.38! The public, from all sections of society, were very
generous and we are again humbled by their commitment to Her
Majesty’s Armed Forces, wherever and whenever they served.
Norfolk Tank Museum
again, Callsign Alpha had been invited to display at the Norfolk
Tank Museum in South Norfolk. This is the furthest and longest
deployment lasting five days and is in support of the main open
weekend when the Main Battle tanks are brought out to play! We
are given the use of a campsite which provides us with mains
power for our Chef to prepare a large quantity of good and fresh
food as well as a shower block, so it’s very comfortable. There
is also an off road course and a site for testing pyrotechnics
for use in the area shows.
The weather was kind to us this year and we took full advantage
of the off road facilities as well as access to the museum. In
addition to the armour which was much in evidence, there was a
large selection of other vehicle types and on both days of the
show, we were treated to flying displays by a P51 Mustang, a
Boeing Stearman and a T6 Harvard all from the ‘Hardwick Warbirds’
who are located a short distance from the museum.
Armed Forces Day
is our contribution to the National Armed Forces Day and our
second longest deployment of the year. The team have acquired a
new cam net and this was its first outing. Setting up was
interesting as we were on a fairly steep hill but this was
completed without too much fuss. Shortly after dinner, provided
as usual by Chef du jour Nick, the rain, which had been on and
off all day, set in with a vengeance. Following nocturnal
visitors in the shape of Deer and Crows after the leftovers, the
next day started bright but soon turned to intermittent rain.
There was plenty of the public who came to say hello but there
seemed to be very few service personnel, which was a
The rain got steadily worse, so bad in fact that we had to ask
two of our supporters not to bring their vehicles!
Apart from the weather, it was very enjoyable to see the team
doing what we do best.
Rufford Grand Bazaar
Organised through event plan
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 we were
to display in the main turning circle in front of the Abbey.
We set off in convoy from Mansfield on Saturday
the 23rd of April 2016 with two landrovers.
The kit all laid out and everyone ready the
public and other re-enactors soon came round and were admiring
our various displays but including the resplendent landrovers.
So the day went by really well.
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 and it was also noticeable the weight of the
Royal British Legion donation bucket which we had out over the
Once again a very successful event with maximum
effort from Rich, Tim and Chris who contributed and attended the
event. The quality of our group display was clearly reflected in
the comments we received and we have been invited back for 2017
which speaks volume for our professionalism and manner in which
Thank you all who made the effort to attend.
Especially all at Event Plan and all the staff at Rufford Abbey
Buckminster cold war
‘Britain on the brink’ was our first show of the year and the
first show organised by a very capable and enthusiastic Jed
Jaggard. He has been instrumental in restoring the Royal
Observer corps post nearby and the show was very much Cold War.
We had been asked to attend with the full display and were
delighted to support this new venture.
After a chilly start (-3) the sun came out while we were setting
up and made for a pleasant morning.
We were joined
by Clive’s Series 3 which was a nice addition to the line-up as
well as Richards’s newly painted and hard topped Land rover 110.
Following Clive’s mid-day disappearance, it was necessary and
proportionate to flush him out with a smoke grenade that was
found loitering nearby! While the footfall was low, it was nice
to hook up after what seems like 5 months (mainly because it
was) and it forced us to locate kit that had been ‘carefully put
away’ after the end of last season!
At the end of the show, we were invited to view the ROC post
which was a first for most of us, it would have been bleak
indeed to have had to spend the last few moments of your
existence in such a place. Thankfully, it was never needed and
is now just a historical curiosity as well as a memorial to the
Royal Observer Corps.
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