June and early July will be a very busy time for the group, with a number of great events coming up.
9th / 10th June is the wartime event at Quorn Station on the Great Central Railway. (www.gcrailway.co.uk) They also do a preview day on the Friday (8th) for schools. Last year, this was the first public event we raised the escape off the Fordson (in the rain!), but it will be much better now, as they have installed a turntable with a protecting fence at the far end of the yard, behind the signalbox. There is mains electricity available, and we have been told that a wagon will be on the turntable, and we can fill it with smoke, and spray it with water. There will also be a clear ‘run’ the length of the station, so we can drive to the ‘fire’, bells ringing. So we can do drill demonstrations during the morning, and a ‘shout’ in the afternoon. I haven’t promised anything on the Friday, but is anyone interested?
16th/17th June is Derby Fire Show, (derbyfireshow.co.uk) and we have the opportunity of doing a wartime NFS display, probably involving K2, Dennis TP, Fordson and the TL, spraying water from the top of the ladder onto a burning shed. Also will be an AFS display with Green Goddesses and a Pipe Bridge. (We are practising for this at Mercia Marina this Sunday [20th May]). As I work about halfway between home and Derby, the plan is to go to work each day that week in a different appliance, and then on to Derby in the evening. But I will need some drivers to get them all home again on Sunday evening!
23rd/24th June is Clumber at War, (www.eventplan.co.uk/page190.html) in the grounds of Clumber Park (National Trust). Always a good event, and a big lake to pump water from. This is organised by Eventplan. A good 1940s turnout.
30th June/1st July is Operation Malt Shovel at the Museum of Brewing, in Burton-on-Trent. Opportunity to get the escape up against a tall building, or pump and use the TL, depending on who is available.
7th/8th July is the Staveley Armed Forces and Veterans Association event (www.safva.co.uk/what-s-on/2012event) at Staveley (S43 3WL), near Chesterfield. It happens in a country park about a mile from the town, where there is a big lake. We have been invited to join a procession from the town to the park each morning, and to do whatever demonstrations we like.
As usual, I need to know who is available for which events. I hope we will have sufficient crew to do a viable demonstration each weekend, although static display is a fallback option. firstname.lastname@example.org, or 07718 077584.