Exhibitors and Groups information
WHO AND WHAT WILL BE AT THIS YEARS WILTSHIRE ARMED FORCES AND VETERANS CELEBRATIONS?
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
The Royal AirForce Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAFBBMF) operates from RAF Coningsby, a Typhoon and fighter base, in Lincolnshire.
The mission of the RAF BBMF:
To maintain the priceless artefacts of our national heritage in airworthy condition in order to commemorate those who have fallen in the service of this country, to promote the modern day Air Force and to inspire the future generations
Flown by regular serving RAF Aircrew, the Flight operates six Spitfires, two Hurricane Mk 2Cs, a Lancaster as well as a C47 Dakota and two Chipmunk aircraft (primarily used for training).
The unit is commanded by Squadron Leader Andy Millikin.
From May to September each year, these aircraft can be regularly seen in the skies over the UK celebrating and commemorating public and military events from State occasions such as Trooping the Colour to major air displays and simple flypasts for public events. We are proud to have HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as our Patron.
The motto of the RAF BBMF reflects our mission and honours the thousands of men and women, in the air and on the ground, that gave their lives for this country in the noble pursuit of freedom.
“Lest We Forget”
The Douglas C-47 Dakota is without doubt one of the most successful aircraft designs in history. It became one of the world's most famous military transport aircraft and saw widespread use by the Allies during World War Two and subsequently by Air Forces and civilian operators worldwide.
Produced in greater numbers than any other British combat aircraft before or since the War, 20,341 Spitfires were built in 22 different variants (excluding the navalised Seafire) and the aircraft remained in production for 12 years.
Please Note: BBMF Fly past days and times are subject to change beyond our control.
Wiltshire Soldiers on the web allows you to search the records of over 12,000 servicemen who lost their lives during or just after the end of the Great War 1914 to 1919. Registration is free and once you have logged on you will be able to search by name by town, Village or memorial.
Held within the database are service records, letters, newspaper reports, war diaries and in some cases photographs of the men and their graves. All service men are covered from the Army, Navy and Air Force and from all the Countries from whom men contributed to the allied cause from Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, Canadians, South Africans and Russians. These men either died and are buried in Wiltshire or have evidenced connections with the County.
The information is available in such a way that enables soldiers to be cross referenced by war memorial, village, town, city, county or even country.
Historian and author Richard Broadhead has, for number of years, been researching casualties of the Great War With the aid of his research Richard has written a number of books focused on Wiltshire towns providing detailed information on each casualty; this includes next of kin information and details of how and where the men lived and died.
The research also includes details of over 60 Wiltshire men who at this time are not remembered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but I hope one day this will change. The vast majority of our readily available research is related to those from, or related to, the County of Wiltshire.
C Company rolling history ( the Couldrake family)
We cover WW1 with our 60' walk through trench with field hospital and relic display
WW2 airborne with small arms ,tents and equipment.
WW2 desert with a 1942 c15 Chevrolet
WW2 RAF dispersal
WW2 home front/ home guard / land army
WW2 navy display ( small)
WW2 American display
1950s display of a Bedford RL and 40/70 bofors anti aircraft gun
Golf Operation desert storm with a series 3 109 FFR Landrover and small arms / equipment
A mobile museum, and more
We attend lots of event throughout the year covering many conflicts. We attend primary and secondary schools for history lessons and talks on all conflicts with many different artefacts and equipment, allowing children of all ages to get closer to the history. We also visit old people's homes, village events, and more.
Web address: http://www.ccompanyrollinghistory.co.uk/
Trowbridge & District White Ensign Association
Trowbridge & District White Ensign Association was founded in 1936 by a group of
ex Royal Naval ratings living in Trowbridge and the villages to provide welfare support
for serving and retired members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the WRNS
and their dependents. It became a registered charity in 1980. Trowbridge White Ensign
is an independent local charity run entirely by unpaid volunteers and with no expensive
overheads. Full Membership is open to all who served in the Royal Navy & Royal Marines.
Associate membership is open to those who share our aims but did not serve in the Royal
Navy or Royal Marines. Trowbridge White Ensign Association provides:-
§ Care and support for the ex Royal Navy community in Trowbridge & District.
§ A link to the national maritime charities for those who need extra funding and assistance.
§ Visits from our members for the sick and disabled members of the Naval community.
§ Advice on housing and respite care.
§ Regular meetings and outings so that members can meet together socially.
§ Regular support for community events in Trowbridge.
§ Financial Support for TS ACHILLES the Trowbridge Sea Cadet Unit.
We regularly hold collections at supermarkets and shopping malls to fund our activities and also so that we can give support to national bodies such as SSAFA, Blind Veterans UK, Combat Stress,RN Benevolent Trust, Royal Star and Garter Home, Seafarers UK and the RNLI amongst others.
§ During the last year we have raised and donated£2448 . We have raised over £25,000 since 1999.
§ We were the lead organisation in the Restoration and Refurbishment of the Holy Trinity War Memorial to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Meetings are held at the Lovemead House Conservative Club on the 3rd Wednesday of every month (except December) commencing at 8pm. From time time we have Guest Speakers, the most recent being on “A history of Trowbridge Pubs” and “The Battle of Jutland”.
Please contact Graham Payne (Hon Secretary) as above or email - email@example.com
Royal Naval Association Frome
The Frome branch of the Royal Naval Association is over 60 years old and has managed to increase its membership against the current trend of declining service associations. Although a fair distance from the sea and naval ports, Frome has supported the Royal Navy over a long period this was demonstrated by its adoption of HMS/M Thunderbolt, formerly HMS/M Thetis in February 1942.
During the last 22 years the branch has organised and sponsored hugely popular annual Royal Marines Band concerts held in the Frome Memorial Theatre. Funds that are raised, by this event and others, help us to donate monies to local and national service charities and allow us to support sponsorship. The Trowbridge based Sea Cadets unit, TS Achilles, has been sponsored for many years by the branch and received donations towards their purchase of a pair of pulling boats for training and various other items of equipment. Many of the members are also very active in Frome's community and charity organisations from the Frome Memorial Theatre to Frome Hospital.
You are invited to come along to a branch night and meet us; the venue for our meetings is the Frome Rugby Club, Gypsy Lane and commences at 7.30pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month followed by "Up Spirits" and tea or coffee.
Frome Rugby Club
We meet on the third Thursday of every month.
Meeting times: 1930
Our Branch has been in continuous existence for 70 years in September 2016, the first meeting being held at the Garrick Club in Trowbridge on 24 September 1946. The first elected Chairman was Mr C Northcote and the first AGM for Trowbridge Branch was held on 22nd January 1948 and the President elected at that time was Air Cdr A C H Sharp DSO AFC (Later Air Vice Marshal).
This year (2016) the Branch will celebrate its 70th anniversary. A celebratory dinner will be held in October at the Farmhouse Inn Southwick. We will also have dedicated our new Trowbridge & West Wiltshire Standard, coincident with the laying up of the Trowbridge Standard, at St James Church on Battle of Britain Sunday -18 September 2016.
A programme of activities takes place throughout the year, which is detailed in a Branch Calendar produced annually, including lunches, coffee mornings, outings, an annual dinner and a very popular Christmas draw.
The Branch meetings are regularly held on the third Tuesday of the month at Lovemead House (Trowbridge Conservative Club) , 25 Roundstone St. Trowbridge at 19:30
New members and associate members are always cordially welcomed.
Cadets in Trowbridge can trace their history back 105 years to the 20th April 1912 when the St Thomas Church Detachment of the Church Lads Brigade joined the Cadet Scheme becoming the first Cadet Detachment in the town.
Between the wars it is currently believed that there were no Cadets units in Trowbridge, but a presence was established again in 1942 when the force was for the first time organised on a regional basis and the Wiltshire Army Cadet Force was formed.
The ACF presence in the town has remained ever since although currently broken for the first time in 75 years by the need to relocate to Westbury during the current rebuild of the From Road site. Transport is being provided for cadets who cannot get lifts to Westbury during the rebuild.
The detachment is always looking for any photographs or other items from its past. Please speak to us on your stand if you have any pictures we can copy or items you may wish to donate.
Wiltshire Army Cadet Force today
Wiltshire ACF is home to 21 Detachments with 131 adults and 461 cadets. Cadets can join at 12 (year 8 in School) and serve up until their 18 birthday. Cadets follow the Army Proficiency Certificate syllabus which is divided into 5 Star Levels becoming progressively more detailed as they progress. Core subjects are :-
* Drill and Turnout
* Military Knowledge
* Skill at Arms
* Expedition Training
* First Aid
* Physical Training
* Cadet in the Community
Cadets also get the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and various BTEC Qualifications.
Further information on joining can be obtained from our county web site.
Trowbridge Sea Cadets
Since 1960 Trowbridge Sea Cadets has offered young people amazing opportunities for personal development - by learning new skills and using teamwork. We offer an environment where young people find new confidence and inspiration.
Trowbridge Sea Cadets meet on Monday and Thursday evenings, 7pm to 9pm, throughout the year. Young people between the ages of 10 and 18 are eligible to join with the Junior Section specifically being for 10 to 12 year-olds (which only meet on a Thursday).
Our cadets frequently take part in courses, camps, sporting activities and competitions run by the Sea Cadet national and district organisations. At these events, cadets can earn a wide range of Seamanship, Engineering, Communication & Information Systems, First Aid and many other practical qualifications.
Our cadets, smartly turned out in their uniforms, help to raise money for the unit by selling programmes at concerts, directing car parking at events, packing bags at supermarkets, and other similar community activities. This has led to two cadets recently gaining a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills & Citizenship.
The warmer days of summer bring the opportunity for cadets to get out in boats on the river, learning power boating, rowing and kayaking skills, and earning nationally recognised qualifications.
We are currently meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Stallard Street, Trowbridge. For any queries please contact TrowbridgeSC@gmail.com
Warminster Military Wives Choir
as just celebrated its 5th Birthday.
It was formed following the success of ‘The Choir: Military Wives’
television programme in which Gareth Malone arrived at bases in
Plymouth and Chivenor while the UK Forces stationed there were
deployed in Afghanistan. There are now 75 choirs worldwide that
provide a community for the Wives, Mothers and Daughters. Our
ethos ‘Stronger Together’ is shown through the friendships and
support that we show to each other.
Warminster Military Wives Choir has been afforded some great
opportunities. We performed at the Closing Ceremony of the Invictus
Games in 2014. During 2016, as well as supporting our local
community we were fortunate enough to perform with Lulu during
her tour, we sang at the Welsh Proms at St David’s Hall in Cardiff. We
also recorded 2 tracks on our recent Christmas Album, ‘Home For
Christmas’ which reached No2 in the Classical Charts. We are looking
forward to 2017 and especially Armed Forces Day, which we love to
support and are thrilled to have been asked to sing at again.
THE ARMED FORCES CHARITY, IN WILTSHIRE & SWINDON help around 1,000 veterans and their families in the local community each year, and rely on public donations to continue ther work. Their commitment is to provide support with experienced, non-judgemental and friendly advice, as well as a variety of practical services which cover a range of social, family and financial issues.
Anyone who has served in the Forces for at least one day, and their dependants, qualify for help (details on website).
Since 1932, we have been the only Armed Forces charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. We help all wounded servicemen and women who have lost limbs, the use of limbs or eyes, to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support.
Blesma campaigns for our veteran’s rights and looks after individuals and their families by offering a comprehensive grants and welfare system. Rehabilitation, support, counselling and care are the four principle foundations of our organisation.
The First World War led to the birth of nearly 18,000 charities, of which around 10 exist today. Blesma is one.
Forty thousand Service men lost limbs or eyes during the First World War – and lived to return to a “land fit for heroes”. They were swiftly disillusioned. Amputation techniques were in their infancy, artificial limbs primitive and, with mass unemployment the order of the day, 90% of the nation’s war limbless could not find work.
During this period the limbless gathered together in groups determined if society would not help them, they would help themselves. So the Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association was born and grew, finally achieving national status in 1932 as the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association – Blesma.
Since it's creation Blesma has lobbied successive governments to achieve improvements in pensions, in standards of artificial limbs and in the provision of suitable motor transport and employment opportunities. Residential homes have been opened, wide ranging health and well-being services initiated, sporting activities undertaken and innovative research commissioned, all helped by the ceaseless fund-raising activities of devoted members and supporters.
Since 1932, we have been the only national Armed Forces Charity<https://blesma.org/> that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. Modern medicine transforms the physical injury, but it is a complicated process to treat the emotional trauma and related lifelong health problems.
Enabling limbless veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans aims to:
· Be relevant to every limbless veteran<https://blesma.org/about-us/those-we-have-helped/> and their family
· Be a strong advocate<https://blesma.org/about-us/representation/> on behalf of Members
· Ensure Members’ needs<https://blesma.org/how-we-help/> are met
· Draw on our history<https://blesma.org/about-us/our-history/> and heritage to build a successful future for our Members
· Be supported and cherished by Members
· Retain its position as the expert armed forces charity<https://blesma.org/> on living with limb loss
The Association has a legacy of campaigning for improved rights for military personnel - often represented by the Chief Executive.
Our Blesma Support Officers (BSOs) represent the interests of the individual Members they support. They will ensure local statutory services are delivered. They will deal with local authorities on behalf of Members. They will help a Member get the best out of prosthetic limb services - they will sort out benefits and pensions.
Our Headquarters team will represent the collective interests of the Membership at large. We have a long and proud track record in seeking and achieving improvements in the War Pension, in the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, in improvements in prosthetic services so that our Members are able to be as mobile as possible - thus able to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Representation has always been a vital part of Blesma's work.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance
Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a charity that has been saving lives for 27 years. We provide an essential helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) to anyone who lives, works or travels in Wiltshire and surrounding counties.
We operate up to 19 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We rely almost entirely on public donations and it costs £3.25 million a year to keep Wiltshire Air Ambulance flying, that’s £8,904 per day.
We have launched our Airbase Appeal to raise the remaining £1.25 million needed to complete the building and equipping of our new airbase at Semington, near Melksham.
Armed Forces Bikers
The Armed Forces Bikers was founded on 25 May 2011 by former members of Army Bikers. The AFB are Side Patched Riders who gained charity status on 5 July 2012. UK Registered Charity Number 1147967 and Scottish Charity Number SC043586. All proceeds donated to the AFB are used for the benefit of veterans in charitable need. The AFB employs no staff and is run entirely by volunteers. The charity's activities are funded by AFB Trading Ltd, a non-profit online shop whose only share holder is the charity.
The Armed Forces Bikers (AFB) is a United Kingdom based motorcycle charity which aims to assist former serving members of the armed forces in charitable need as a result of injury or other harmful experience suffered during their service, to resettle and rehabilitate into civilian life, also to relieve the needs of former members of the armed forces and their families.
If anyone is interested in joining the Armed Forces Bikers (AFB) please log onto the forum at http://www.armedforcesbikers.co.uk<http://www.armedforcesbikers.co.uk/> for further details.
The Orders of St John Care Trust
The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is one of the UK’s largest not for profit care providers for older people. There are 18 OSJCT care homes across Wiltshire, offering a wider range of care services, including specialist residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as respite and day care.
OSJCT is dedicated to delivering the highest quality, person centred care. Our underpinning Values focus on dedication to caring, empowering individuals and promoting communities. Our overriding aim is to provide care homes where people love to live and work – appreciating and respecting individuals’ dignity, need for privacy and freedom of choice.
To find out more about our homes, the services we offer and the career opportunities available, visit our website: www.osjct.co.uk
4th Wiltshires Living History Group
The Period of history - WW2 - 1944/45 - NW Europe campaign.
Our Portrayal - WW2 British Infantry Soldier - 4th Battalion The Wiltshire Regt, 129 Brigade, 43rd Wessex Infantry Division.
Our aim - To recreate as closely as possible, the day to day life of the average British infantry soldier living in the field, both in and out of action and in doing so, honour the memory of those who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.
The scenario for our display is a composite representation of a British position just behind the front line during the battle for Hill 112, south west of Caen, Normandy.
The Group - We are a group of 12, primarily drawn from the Swindon/Devizes and Cirencester areas. All of us have a long standing interest in the period of History we portray and all of us are keen Militaria and WW2 vehicle enthusiasts and owners who came together to form the group under our Leader Kev Smart.
Our approach is a combination of Accuracy of our displays/engagement with the public/Fun and enjoyment of our Hobby.
Why do we do it? To keep alive the memory of our Countrymen who gave everything in the cause of freedom.
The 101st Pathfinders and friends
he 101st Pathfinders and friends only really started about 2 years ago .
We depict the U.S 101st Airborne pathfinders and our partners are U.S nurses.
Our display contains a 1940 Dodge truck named “Ella-may” .
We have a 50 Calibre heavy machine gun emplacement .
We have an area of various replica and deactivated weapons along with other items that
People can pose with for photographs .
There is also our military tented area in which we sleep and live in while we attend shows.
Wessex Military Band
The Wessex Military Band started life as a youth band in 1981 in Bridport, Dorset. In 1990 the British Army invited the band to form as the voluntary band of the Army Air Corps. The band accepted and recruited experienced musicians from all over the South of England. As part of national defence cuts in 1993 the Army rationalised its regiments and disbanded the volunteer band in order to create a full time regimental band that combined several serving regimental bands. Undeterred by this, the band set out to continue its music making and reformed as the Wessex Military Band. The Ministry of Defence repaid its gratitude to the band by allowing the band to use the then recently decommissioned ‘Wessex’ regiment emblem with its distinctive Wyvern. The band has continued to flourish under Bandmaster Mr Philip Bond, who was a serving musician in the Devon and Dorset Regiment. The band and corps of drums perform at over 30 engagements each year across the South West of England as well as at international music festivals all over Europe including Germany and France in 2017 and recently made its third appearance at the Malta Military Tattoo. There is a strong base of members of all ages and abilities, ranging from absolute beginners to ex-military musicians and music professionals. If you are interested in joining the band or would like us to perform at an event e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or see our website www.wessexmilitaryband.co.uk for further details.
French Army Reenactment Group
This group represents the French army from the end of world war 2 until the early 80's. It is a multi period group that alters its displays to keep fresh and engaging. This year they are celebrating Frances involvement in NATO and are exhibiting both vehicles and original kit from this period (1960 - 1980)
The group was initially set up as a club to exhibit original period kit from a few collectors, but it has now grown into a group that has many members, many vehicles and covers many different periods in Frances military history. They are always looking for new members, and can join for free, they will even issue you with a uniform and associated field equipment! why not go along and introduce your selves.
You will recognise them by the French flags and the armoured car - a very rare vehicle and is the only one in private hands in the UK, so wander down to the bottom field for a look.
You don't have to speak French to them, they do speak English!, so go and have a chat.
The 25th BD Company Royal Engineers Living History Group
We portray the work the RE Bomb Disposal Coy's did during WW2 up to present day EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal).
We do it to highlight the very dangerous work they do especially WW2 in the UK, where they defused over 66.000 UXB's (Unexploded bombs) in and around London, where an estimated 3/4 million tonnes of bomb were dropped during the blitz. Even today there are still finding 2-3 a month!
For more on this come and see our live demonstration (not to be missed) and have a chat to us.
BJ Big Band
Our aim is to provide enjoyable music for our listeners and our players.
BJ Big Band was established by Bren Jones in September 2009 and is based in Christian Malford, Wiltshire, consisting of players who have a wealth of experience playing in other musical groups from saxophone ensemble, through miltary bands and rock combos to symphony orchestra.
We are a swing band with Saxes, Trumpets, Trombones and Rhythm section, which is the same formation as Count Basie, Duke Ellington or Glenn Miller, not to mention more recent bands such as the Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, playing a variety of jazz and swing style music in the big band style.
Currently, we have almost a full band, but potential players are always encouraged to contact us as we do sometimes need to cover a part due to holidays, illness, etc. We welcome contact from players who would like to come along and have a go and can then be considered for a permanent position in the band when a vacancy arises. BJ Big Band rehearses on a Tuesday evening. To see current vacancies please look at our vacancies page.
BJ Big Band is available for charity work and special events throughout the area. If you would like to find out if we can play for your event, please see our enquiry form.
The Ninth Company
We are the Ninth Company. Under orders to serve all who are interested in the cold war era, most especially from the viewpoints of the Soviets and the Warsaw Pact Countries, we welcome new members from the ranks of historic military vehicle owners, collectors, re-enactors (living history), enthusiasts, historians and traders.
Whilst not setting out to compete with any of the excellent and commendable forums that exist to serve specific interest groups such as, for example, military vehicle owners or living history enthusiasts, we aim instead to complement them. Our approach is unique in that we bring together all of the different specialisations of interest that co-exist within the overall Cold War theme, by use of the internet, and also through meeting up at shows, events and gatherings throughout the Country.
Southern Jacobites Pipe Band History
The Band was formed locally in April 2010 by a group of 7 pipers and 1 drummer. Since then the band has grown steadily; more established pipers and drummers have joined the ranks and we have other members undergoing training. Our practices are now accommodated at the Wellington Academy in Ludgershall on Tuesdays between 1930-2200.
There is a wide geographical spread within the band with current members travelling from as far afield as Salisbury, Pewsey, Westbury, Trowbridge, Amesbury, Pirbright, as well as Ludgershall, Barton Stacey and Andover.
In the time that the band has been formed it has equipped itself with a set of drums and a common day dress uniform, our chosen tartan being the Hunting Robertson (Modern). All of this has been self-funded and has required a good deal of effort to achieve. We pride ourselves on our friendly, yet professional, nature.
The Band aims are to:
- Promote Scottish and Celtic music
- Improve our individual playing and are ensemble
- Have fun whilst doing the above
Notable Performances have been :
- Massed bands with the Salisbury Royal British Legion and the Southampton Concert Wind Band to perform for a Diamond Jubilee concert
- Performance with the Chieftains at the Colston Hall in Bristol
- Performing for the Royal Irish Rangers Association Warminster Branch for St Patricks day
- Massed Pipe Band with the Scottish Gunners at The Tidworth Tattoo 2013
- Performance at Beziers in the South of France 2013
- Participation in the Malta Military Tattoo 2013
- Various local events and Carnivals
- Military Dining Out Dinners
- Supported Carlos Nunez at the Wickham festival 2015
GI 44/45 Living History Group
GI 44-45 are a group of friends who celebrate a shared interest in WW2. We aim to organize and attend various WW2 re-enactments, engage in high quality living history, educate the public and keep alive the memory of those who made sacrifices during WW2.
We will be portraying the US 27th Infantry Division during Aug-Sept 1942 whilst taking part in the Louisiana manoeuvres in the US.
The display will consist of a number of men in an overnight encampment “in the field”.
The Spitfire Experiance 2017
The Spitfire experience offers you the opportunity to experience the sight, smell and sound of the iconic RAF Spitfire.
The Spitfire experience means you will sit in the cockpit and start the Rolls Royce 27 litre engine which will run for approximately one minute and be taken up to full power.
One of our experienced and knowledgeable crew will give you a briefing and you will be able to take pictures or video of your experience.
This is a unique experience in our Spitfire EN 398 which is the only full scale replica Spitfire in the world, with a full original cockpit, working engine and can be transported by road to events.
We have been together as a group over the past year touring with the spitfire at the events she attends, we are mostly from the south west of England but a couple of our members are from further afield.
Pre-book you experience for the weekend below:
Spitfire Mk IX EN398 took its maiden flight without problems on 13th February, 1943. On 18th February the aircraft was delivered to No 402 (Canadian) Squadron at RAF Kenley. There Ian Keltie took possession of it and used EN398 (then coded AE*I) exclusively until mid March (by now coded AE*B), when 402 moved. Keltie's last mission in EN398 occurred on March 13. When 402 moved however, EN398 was left for their replacement squadron, also Canadian, No 416 Squadron.
AF Kenley housed four RCAF squadrons - Nos 403 and 416 with Spitfire Mk IXs, and 411and 421 with Spitfire Mk Vs. On 16 March the then Wg Cdr 'Johnnie' Johnson arrived to lead the wing. Surprisingly, it seems EN398 was still undergoing acceptance checks (26 days after delivery? - and several operations!) when it caught the eye of the new Wing Leader. ok "Wing Leader":
During his six months flying EN398, Johnson has shot down 12 enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of five more. Also, he had inflicted damage on a further six enemy aircraft, plus a share in one more. During that time EN398 had also destroyed a FW 190 whilst being flown by Robert McNair. Remarkably, EN398 never broke off a mission early through technical failure, and never suffered a scratch due to enemy action.
After Johnson moved on to No 11 Group Headquarters, EN398 went to No. 421 Squadron for a couple of weeks before sustaining damage necessitating its return to Hamble for repairs. The aircraft never returned to operations (new aircraft were being delivered to units faster than they could be repaired by that time). EN398 remained in store for the remainder of the war in Europe.
EN398 was retrieved in May 1946 to go to No. 80 Operational Training Unit, RAF Morpeth and Ouston, in Northumberland. There, it was used in the training of young French pilots. That unit was disbanded in March 1949, and EN398 took off for the final time to go to No. 29 Maintenance Unit, High Ercal, in Shropshire. There she remained in long-term storage for three-and-a-half years. In October, 1952Spitfire Mk IXc, serial number EN398, was sold to H. Bath & Son Ltd for scrap and was cut up soon thereafter.
We are a new small group, in previous years we have covered both modern US and 80's and 90's British army.
Needing a change, we are now 11 Bravo. We will be covering the Vietnam war from 1968 onwards, from both the US 1st battalion 7th Cavalry and an Aussie digger from the RAR.
We are aways open to suggestions and ideals and we look forward to welcoming you to our little slice of the Nam.
Tommy Und Jerry 1940
Tommy Und Jerry 1940 is a Living History Group that was set up in 2012 and we portray the British and German infantry as they were during the battles in France and Belgium leading to the Dunkirk evacuation in May/June 1940. The aim of the group is to show the uniforms, kit and weapons of both sides during this period so the public has an understanding of what the British forces were facing and why the Germans were so successful during the early phases of the war. The group is based in and around Wiltshire although we have members from London and Dover and occasionally we attend events at that end of the country.
Wessex Historic Household.
We are a group who do a “Homefront House”, a “Landgirl”, War Reserve Policeman and his Police House/ station.
Plus Wessex Tommies (1940s soldiers), Women’s Voluntary Service and a small display of ATS uniforms .
PROSEC Consultancy Ltd
PROSEC Consultancy Ltd management team comprises of Ex Military personnel who have developed their security, surveillance and training knowledge through years of ‘in the field’ experience, and are constantly updating their skills and knowledge to ensure you are provided with the most up to date SIA Security Services.
Our reputation is built on the joint successes of the management team.
PROSEC is a well-established, innovative SIA security services, surveillance/ investigation and training provider with a long history of exemplary success within their industry. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest standards of service while providing bespoke services to cater for every client’s needs.
We combine a resolute work ethic with meticulous planning to ensure the success of every project from beginning to end. We believe trust and professionalism underpins all our business, and we recognise the importance of providing an excellent service whilst never forgetting the importance of customer care.
PROSEC operatives are fully licensed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and are also trained in First Aid. PROSEC are a diverse company within the industry providing SIA Security Services nationwide, SIA Security Training and Private Investigation services across the South West.
Stagecoach Performing Arts
At Stagecoach Performing Arts we teach children and teenagers how to sing, dance and act, not only to perform on stage but also, more importantly, to perform better in life.
Suitable for a range of abilities, Stagecoach offers the chance for kids to pursue a career in the performing arts or simply learn some new skills to share with family and friends.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust was set up in 1962 to campaign and take action to protect the natural environment. Since then the Trust has grown to become one of the UK’s leading environmental charities, working to create a sustainable future for wildlife and people. We are, moreover, the only organisation in Wiltshire which is concerned with all aspects of the environment. As a membership organisation, the Trust is committed to working with its supporters and volunteers and a full range of different partners. Our work covers the unitary authority boundaries of Swindon and Wiltshire. We are part of the UK Wildlife Trusts movement (a network of 47 local Trusts, which in total manage 2300 nature reserves and have a combined membership of over 800,000) and we also work closely with the other South West Wildlife Trusts.
The best way to become a member is to speak to one of our representatives at the Wiltshire Armed Forces event in June, or at other venues and events throughout the county. Otherwise you can sign up online here:
Mr & Mrs 1940's
Our house has been badly damaged in an air raid, and is partially demolished.
We only have this one room that is safe to live in, and are now waiting to be rehoused.
We think ourselves lucky though, as some of our neighbours have lost so much more.
At first we thought it was another false alarm, but we didn't take the risk and got into
the shelter before the siren had stopped.
Then the first bomb fell, sending shock waves through the earth.
The Anderson shelter rattled, the planes were directly overhead.
The air raid seemed to last such along time, then after the sound of the last plane had
faded, we heard the note of the the Raiders Passed Signal.
The bombing would have been a lot worse without the R.A.F. to look after us.
Our boys are fighting them off day after day.
Surely the war will be all over by Christmas?
True Care Medical Services
At True Care Medical Services we pride ourselves on offering a first class service. Our event team will come up with a proposal and once agreed, we will complete a medical operations plan in order to meet your legal obligations. If you have any events coming up soon or in the future that we may be able to assist you with or tender for, then we would very much like the opportunity to show you our standard of care. Therefore I very much look forward to hearing from you and hope we can work together in the near future.
Kennet Furniture Refurbiz’ service provides people with an affordable way to buy household furniture and appliances in the knowledge that they are safe and fit for purpose. We specifically aim to provide for low income households by offering discounted prices to those that qualify.
Items are received through our collection service which is offered to the whole county including Swindon. Many clients make a donation for this service to dispose of items that are no longer of use to them but are of great quality.
To achieve all our work we rely on a number of volunteers in a broad range of roles from cleaners to drivers, carpenters to engineers. For those volunteers seeking paid employment we support them during their time with us by providing experience, skills, knowledge and job seeking advice.
We are always keen to hear from people whether to BUY, DONATE or VOLUNTEER. You can contact us on 01380 720722 or via email: email@example.com.
Don’t forget to check us out on our Website or on Facebook too.
We’ll Meet Again 1940’s Tea Room
We'll Meet Again Tea Room is a mobile unit set in the 1940's offers Pots of Tea (Traditional Tea Leaf) and Coffee, Cream Teas, Various Home Made Cakes etc.,
All served on China Tea Plates, China Tea Pots with China Cups & Saucers.
We are available for all types of events and private hires - for more information:
www.wellmeetagain1940stearoom.co.uk or telephone: 07727472284
The Berkeley Bluebirds
This popular piano and vocal duo are in their element playing anything from the wartime classics of Vera Lynn through to 1940s upbeat swinging jazz.
They are regulars at 1940s Vintage Fairs and Events such as those at Somerset & Dorset Railway, Bratton at War or Avon Valley Railway and frequently visit retirement homes where they lead sing-a-long sessions of the old classic numbers.
Noticing how audiences at Vintage events love to swing, The Berkeley Bluebirds have formed a full swing band playing popular 1930s and 40s tunes to accompany the fantastic dancers they meet at these events.
This month they are performing as a duo at Midsomer Norton a duo/trio and at Dig for Victory and as a four-piece on Saturday 24th June at The Armed Forces Day.