Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019
2018 was always going to be a quieter year for our group, with personal, work and health issues affecting us and our availability, however this did not stop us totally and we managed to raise lots of money for both Children in Need and The Royal British Legion.
The year started for us at Seal Hayne History in Action event, our first WW1 event.
Next was a small display at a new event, Westonzoyland War Ag, at Westonzoyland Airfield, Somerset. One of our group got to fire his 3 inch mortar for the first time, not for the faint hearted.
This was followed by a small indoor display at the museum of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Lyneham.
Next up was Torbay Steam Fair, Brixham, Devon. Under very hot conditions we dug in to show an impression of a WW1 trench.
Another yearly staple for the group is the South Devon Railway 1940’s weekend, Buckfastleigh.
Followed closely by CarFest 2018, Laverstoke farm, Hampshire. This was our 3rd year of attending and is always our favourite event. We had a great weekend, even though the weather tried to spoil our fun. We even managaed to get a picture with the organiser, Chris Evans.
Then as we approached the 100th anniversary of the WW1 armistice we got rather busy. First was helping the British Legion out, at a small event in the town hall of Ashburton.
This was followed by a day at Exeter Cathedral, where we put on a small WW1 display outside during the day and then attended the Devon Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance.
Then the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Next we were asked by the Shepton Mallet (Somerset) branch of the Royal British Legion, if we would attend their event, as they were planting a tree of remembrance and unveiling a bench to commemorate the people of Shepton Mallet that sacrificed their lives during WW1. This ended with a quick trip to Wells and a visit to the memorial for the last Tommy, Harry Patch.
And then the culmination of much of what we had been doing over the year, Remembrance Sunday, where the group each attended their local memorial service in each others respective towns and villages. Some of our group attended 2 services and were then later invited to the lighting of the coastal warning beacons to mark the armistice.
Some firsts for the group this year were:
- WW1 display and uniforms.
- Malayan Conflict display and uniforms.
- Multi period display, WW1, WW2, Malaya conflict and Falklands War.
- First wet weather event (we had been lucky so far)
- Group drinking hats
In the end it turned into quite a year, with some very emotional moments.
We made some great new friends this year who we are looking forward to working with closely again next year.
Thanks go out to Mike Ford, Steve Spencer, Tim Bickerdike, Somerset Tommy, Justin Blundell, Nicholas Davies, Joseph Chisholm, Ricky Hunter, Sarah Rees, Barry Nurse, Kevin Jeffries, Rich Martin and anyone else we sadly forgot mention, all your help and support is appreciated.
We are planning to attend some new shows next year and will be presenting our new display for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
Last but not least one of our group left us this year, we said farewell to Tina Hewlett, but then welcomed a new member to our group, Tina Collins.
Massive congratulations to both Mr and Mrs Collins and wish you a long a healthy life together.