So now that 2012’s events are over, we are starting to think about this year.
We have really felt last year that the air raid scenarios have worked very well, and would really like to build on that. After all, 1940s events have had a ‘battle scenario’ for years, even at ‘Home Front’ events! We are convinced that the ideal scenario for Home Front events is a realistic air raid. And that really needs an urban landscape, rather than an open field.
So the focus this year will be events in locations with suitable space around suitable buildings. And we are now getting sufficiently well-known amongst 1940s organisers to be in a position to choose the events that will work best.
So railway/tramway settings work well, villages/towns/cities, and places with buildings such as Rufford and Papplewick, and Woodhall Spa. Wimpole might work, but it is a long way away. Bearing in mind that our vehicles average about 9mpg, or a litre per mile away from home per vehicle, it means that three vehicles going to an event 50 miles away will cost about 150 times the price of petrol, or rather more than £200!
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Anyway, events being planned are:
2nd / 3rd March – Chesterfield by www.eventplan.co.uk
Annual 1940s event with Friday evening dance, with Saturday & Sunday daytime indoor entertainments & market, plus vehicles outside. (25 miles)
31st March / 1st April – Crich at Easter www.tramway.co.uk
Traditionally difficult to get crew for this, so it usually ends up being a smaller NFS display on the Monday as a day trip. (27 miles)
4th-6th May GCR Ruddington Steam Gala www.gcrn.co.uk
This is expected to be the biggest steam gala the Northern Section of the Great Central has ever seen, and steam locos, traction engines and miniatures all need water. We could take a dam, trailer pump or the 7V to test it’s new pump, or the Goddess. A nice bit of pumping in a relaxed environment. (14 miles).
9th May (Thurs) – St Peter’s Church, High Pavement, Nottingham
The new memorial to Notts Firefighters killed in action is unveiled. A guard of honour, and a static display of three appliances: Wartime, 60’s and 90’s, representing appliances of the times when firefighters died in service. We will be taking the K4 TL. See www.nottsfirefightermemorial.org
7th – 9th June – GCR at Quorn Station, www.gcrailway.co.uk
This is always a good event. We now have a major Air Raid on the Quorn goods yard, centred on the new turntable, and prevent a group of wagons catching fire. Expect some civilians to get caught by the shrapnel. (25 miles)
15th – 16th June – Derby Fire Show, derbyfireshow.co.uk
This is a major show of all fire-related appliances in Derby. Could do a wartime display and an AFS display. Using the TL is a bit contrived without any tall buildings, but would be great to get an impressive gathering. Would like to get an AFS display with 3-4 Goddesses, wrecker, pipe carrier, GP, control unit, motorbikes. (25 miles).
23rd June – Castle Bytham Midsummer Fair
A one-day event at a village fair with a 1940s theme and a possible Air Raid scenario. (33 miles)
6th July – Lowdham School
A small summer parade to help the children understand a bit about the 1940s.
20th – 21st July – Kelham Island 1940s Weekend
A bit far to take much kit – perhaps a modern car and light trailer pump? This is an industrial setting, so a Works Fire Brigade scenario would work. Plenty of water from the River Don, but not a lot of space. We could have air raid sounds, smoke, ARPs, evacuation of a small area of the museum, and 3-4 firemen setting the TP into the river with 2 branchmen. (40 miles)
3rd – 4th August – Woodhall Spa www.woodhall-spa-40s-festival.com
This has the makings of being truly spectacular, with a turnout through the village to attend a fire caused by a major air raid on a hotel, with all the trimmings. What about an evening air raid as well? (44 miles)
10th – 11th August Crich www.tramway.co.uk
The Town End is a great location for a scenario. (27 miles)
31st August – 1st September ‘On the Home Front’ at Rufford Abbey by www.eventplan.co.uk
Fairly local, and a superb event, with loads of space for an Air Raid. (13 miles)
September – Chatham Historic Dockyard (without appliances!) ?
This is a long way to go, but it would be great to join up with the ‘Heroes With Grimy Faces’ (157 miles!)
September – Goodwood Revival?
19th – 20th October – Papplewick 1940s www.papplewickpumpingstation.co.uk
This is a lovely location for an event, but a bit short of space. At least it is very local, with a plentiful supply of water! (8 miles)