2014

Wiltshire Home Guard

Living History Group

2014 EVENTS

26-27 April: Toddington

16-17 August: Lacock

21-22 June: Portland

23-25 August: Cranmore

28-29 June: Trowbridge

13-14 September: Blunsdon

5-6 July: Wraxall

20-21 September: Bratton at War

12 July: Walton-in-Gordano

27-28 September: Bitton

19 July: Fordingbridge

6-7 December: Bovington

1-2 August: Whitehall Garden Centre

 

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Bratton at War - Step Back in Time (Operation Omega): 20-21 September

 

This was the first major event that Wiltshire Home Guard has organised and was to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Market Garden which departed for Europe from Keevil Airfield in September 1944.

 

There were plenty of activities for visitors to see. In addition to the historical & military exhibits and trading stands, they were treated to arena events consisting of a demonstration from the Cass Dog Team, the music of the Trowbridge Youth Marching Band, a parade of vintage vehicles, the Wiltshire Home Guard UXB disposal display and a parade of re-enactors in uniform who met the guest of honour, Normandy veteran Bob Conway. Sunday also included the Royal British Legion Jump for Heroes team and Morris Dancers, and a commemoration to those who took part in Market Garden.

 

In the marquee, the WWI recruitment station had lots of interest while the main entertainment was provided by the fantastic Dickie Lines, who had a myriad of personas for his songs. The 1960’s rock and rollers were also on hand to provide dance tuition.

 

For the younger visitor, the WWI recruitment station provided uniforms for dressing up, while elsewhere on site they could have their faces painted and burn off energy on the bouncy castle.

 

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to our event, and to all the groups and individuals who took part or provided assistance. We hope you had a great time and look forward to seeing you all (and more) next year.

Day 1: Saturday 20 September

Day 2: Sunday 21 September

Youtube video from Devizesco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yd7P426cU4

APRIL TO JULY

Toddington Steam Railway: 26-27 April

 

9 members of the Group travelled between the four stations as walking re-enactors. There were different displays at each station, including a troop inspection by Montgomery and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother).

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Portland Castle: 21-22 June

 

During the Armed Forces & Veterans Weekend, we took over Portland Castle and its grounds. In addition to our static displays and walking re-enactors, we performed our first UXB disposal demonstration. We had a fabulous time at a fantastic venue and hope to be back next year.

Trowbridge: 28-29 June

 

Most of the Group were in attendance so we were able to deploy our Blitz Street display, supported by a few sole re-enactors. Trowbridge is a large event and our main fundraiser for Help for Heroes; this year we raised over £200.

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Dig for Victory, Wraxall: 5-6 July

 

A few members of the Group attended this event where we deployed the Police Home, Toy Shop and Sentry.

Walton-in-Gordano: 12 July

 

6 members of the Group attended the 1940's themed village fete. The 1940s Home and Sentry Box were deployed and did our UXB disposal. Although not our usual type of event, we had a fun-filled afternoon. Thank you to the Village Committee for inviting us and making us so welcome.

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Fordingbridge: 19 July

 

6 of the Group attended the Summer Festival where we set up the 1940s Home and did two UXB disposal demonstrations. It was a hot, dry day with plenty of activites and displays to entertain. The most popular activity of the day was the firemen demonstrating their hose at the end of the day when a few adults and most of the kids decided to get wet to cool down!

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AUGUST TO DECEMBER

Whitehall Garden Centre: 1-2 August

 

After a rather damp start, the weekend overall turned out to be warm and sunny. The Dig for Victory event at Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock is a Blitz Buddies event. Our displays consisted of the Police Home, Toy Shop & Memorabilia, Derek's kit, walking Home Guardsmen and War Correspondent.

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Operation Bolero, Lacock: 16-17 August

 

Sited in the picturesque village of Lacock, Operation Balero is one of the established re-enactments events in Wiltshire. The village location gives the Home Guard the perfect opportunity to go out on patrol, with the occasional capture of a German! This year each patrol increased in number as we were joined by other allied soldiers. Our UXB disposal display was unusual in that it took place in the German camp (causing a moment of amusement when they offered their assistance when the charge didn't initially detonate!) The Police Home, 1940s Home, Toy Shop, and Derek's kit were on display.

The Way We Were, Cranmore: 23-25 August

 

In addition to walking re-enactors, we deployed our 1940s Home and Bombed Out Home, took a junior drill session ending in the capture of a German soldier, and demonstrated UXB disposal.

Blunsdon at War: 13-14 September

 

Blunsdon is another re-enactment event held at a steam railway station, with battles being re-enacted at both stations on this line. Our 1940's Home, Toy Shop, Police Home, Sentry Box, UXB and Derek's kit were on display. For our three new members, this was their first event. They undertook crowd control at the UXB display, and were then faced with their first ever drill lesson ... in public, before going on patrol to capture any stray Germans.

Wartime Weekend, Bitton: 27-28 September

 

11 members of the Group attended this event over the weekend. On display were the police station, a small toy shop and homefront food display, with Lady She's hair & beauty salon present on Sunday. Two of the group attended as press correspondents.

Bovington: 6-7 December

 

Our final event of the year was at Bovington Tank Museum. This year we were positioned within the tank display area. Claire's toy display consisted of items that might have been found at Christmas during the 1940's, while Bob's police house showed the items vital to the police operation at that time. On Sunday Julie & Connor, along with their grandchildren, set up a wartime home front display which included a bottlebrush christmas tree.

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