NFS display at Rufford 1940s Home Front weekend 10-11 Sept

This weekend is the 1940s Home Front weekend at Rufford Abbey organised by Eventplan – details are at

So far, I have heard from:

Richard Townsley – both days. Bringing trailer of equipment? Meet at Rufford.
Peter Townsley – expected back from France, and meeting at Rofford.
Otty – meet at Rufford.
Dave Madden and Tony Markham – meet Lowdham 9:30 Sat to help drive vehicles.
David Moore, John Sutcliffe, Michael Sutcliffe – meet Lowdham 9:30.
Dave Needham trying to get to Rufford after lunch.
Paul (Police) and Ryan Clarke meet Rufford Sunday Only.
Frances Moore Saturday only (WVS)
Dan (ARP) and Heather (Fire Guard) Yates.

We are planning to bring all three vehicles – K2 + Dennis, K4 TL and Fordson Escape.

We have three slots each day (however, there is nothing stopping us doing further drill, vehicle maintenance, painting, etc, as well as drinking tea!):

  • 11:30am Display
  • 1pm Gas talk (Richard)
  • 3pm Display

The displays are booked for the Abbey Green (where we usually squirt water from a dam towards the big tree at the back of the lawn)

However, with agreement from Howard, I am sure we could do something in the Turning Circle, or the Long Meadow (which is roped off from the public).

  • At the Turning Circle, we can raise the Turntable Ladder, and do a spray towards the gardens and building from the top.
  • We could also get the wheeled escape off, and brought up to the building.
  • We could do this in the morning as ‘drill’ and in the afternoon as a ‘shout’ (depending on how well we do in the morning).
  • We could fill the dam before the public arrive, to have water to squirt on the Abbey Green.
  • We can use the Fordson as a 300-gal mobile dam, so we can have water wherever we like.

There is a free dance/entertainment in the evening for re-enactors. Options are: camp overnight, go home after 5pm, or go home after the entertainment. I am sure there will be people doing all three options.

About lowdhamstation

I am a director of a small (and very technical) business, a committed Christian, a Reader (and preacher) in my local village church, husband to my dear Frances, am interested in heritage railways, and heritage fire engines. I currently run a group that displays wartime and early post-war fire engines at 1940s re-enacting events and steam engine rallies. O yes, and vintage cars and motorbikes, and we live in a Victorian railway station.
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