To all involved in the AFS display,
Mike Phelps says he is posting out the passes and wristbands in the next day or so. If you do not get what you are expecting, please let me know ASAP, as Mike will be away sometime soon for a few days.
Dan tells me that he has just done a deal to purchase the ex-Elsecar 6″ pipes – probably around 2 dozen of the plastic pipes with ali ends. Given enough bends and T pieces, we could build a pipe bridge, but we can’t run water through it, as we don’t have any blanking plates! It is possible that Dan’s Yellow Goddess may not make it – that would be a pity.
So it may be that we use James Burton’s Bridging Parts Carrier RL as the hose layer, as Dan’s Pipe Carrier may be carrying pipes! Note that James Burton is NOT on email, so won’t be aware of background discussions we have had on RSOLES. Please make hime welcome. Also, Roger Turpin is here for the first time. Jonathan Choksey, who was one of the crew who drove the Genghis Goddess to Mongolia will be with us, and we hope to see some of his photos in the evenings. (I will bring a laptop and screen. If anyone has any photos to show, bring them on a memory stick).
It would be nice to camp all together, so if you are first to arrive, make sure you stake out a large area for us all. Also, if you are first to arrive, please give send me a text on 07718 077584 to let me know you have arrived.
John Sutcliffe and I are hoping to leave Lowdham early on the Wednesday morning (27th) to get there for around lunchtime. I hope to have a couple of large green flags with ‘AFS’ on them to mark out the camping pitch, so look out for them. The vehicle display area will be in the same place as last year – between the log sawing area and the beer tent, in fact, right next to the dancing girls’ stage.
Due to problems beyond his control, sadly Rhys and his family may not make it this year. As you can imagine, he is gutted.
We have been told by the steam crowd that we cannot use the central stream after Thursday evening, in the interests of getting good clean (?) stream water to the steam engines, so we have to use hydrants, so we can spray drinking-quality water over the field. I am told that there is some logic to this but…
So over to Plan B. There is another stream near Gate M, but it is slightly overgrown. However, its banks are stable, and we shoul be able to dam it a but with sandbags and/or a tarp to make a sump. We can then leave a FWP there for the duration, if we want. So Wed afternoon is gardening time, so bring gloves, boots, shears, loppers, machettes, spades, etc. This means that if we need to damp down the dustbowl near Gate M, we will be able to spray directly from the pump. We will also be able to fill GGs from this stream for fire cover, etc.
We really need to focus on practising on the Thursday morning, both for the main display, and for the pumping competition. Just a reminder – have a look at www.nfs-afs.org.uk for the rules in the Welland pages.
We are hoping to improve on last year’s communal catering. Jan Sutcliffe and Carol Henwood will be running this. The plan is: you are responsible for your own breakfast; We will try to have a communal bacon butty at lunchtime, probably immediately after we have done the main arena display, and a communal meal in the evening, except for Saturday, when we plan to do the road run to a pub, allowing long enough for everyone to eat there if we wish, before getting back to the rally for the fireworks.
We will ask everyone to contribute to the cost of the food. If you want to do your own thing, then you need to opt out BEFORE the rally starts, but I hope everyone will join in.
Please make sure that each day you are at Welland, you come to the AFS area at 9:30am for a team briefing for the day. I will try to remember a blackboard or small noticeboard for any changes of plan.
If you cannot get to Welland before Thursday lunchtime, please let me know. That’s all for now – see you at Welland.