Buckfastleigh; a few last-minute reminders
If you’ve booked a place at this year’s Buckfastleigh 1940s Festival, please take note of the following:
- The earliest arrival time on site is 13.00 Friday please; we need the morning to get set up.
- On arrival, BOOK IN WITH ROD at the checkpoint by the front of the station. This is essential; the Railway will be operating a ‘closed site’ this year, and charging the public for admission, so you will need a pass to get in.
- We’ve made major changes to the site layout this year, moving the mess tent to the Rose Garden near the footbridge to create more camping space by the workshops, so DON’T EXPECT TO GO WHERE YOU WERE LAST YEAR. Please follow the instructions of the marshals and we’ll get everyone settled.
- BREAKFAST (where booked) will be served to ticket-holders between 08.00 and 08.30. After that we’ll operate a first-come-first-served system for anyone with late-booking ‘stand-by’ meal tickets. Remember to bring your own cups, plates and eating irons!
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, come to enjoy yourselves! We’ll do our utmost to keep bureaucracy to a minimum, so sit back and enjoy the weekend.
Look forward to seeing you all,Rod
307 Squadron Project invites you to Exeter’s Guildhall, on 15 November 2015, to remember the Polish 307 Squadron that defended the South West of England during the Second World War. This
special event is being attended by The Polish Ambassador Witold Sobków.
307 Squadron, part of the RAF, were nightfighters who fought the Luftwaffe over the skies of Britain and prevented Exeter from being totally destroyed during the blitz on the city in
On Sunday 15 November ‘307 Squadron Day’ at 10:00 the Polish flag will be raised over the Guildhall in the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland. This event has been organised
by 307 Squadron Project in conjunction with Exeter City Council.
307 Squadron Project a British Polish nonprofit organisation established to promote the role and carry out further research on the squadron that were known as
the ‘Lwów Eagle Owls’.
The project also promotes cooperation between our nations.
The free exhibition at the Guildhall, which is in both English and Polish, is open from:
Friday 13th November 10:00 – 16:00
Saturday 14th November 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday 15th November 11:00 – 15:30
A number of relatives of squadron members will be attending in addition to the Lord Mayor of Exeter, the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, the Polish Defence Attache, The Earl of Devon, and the
Chairman of the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee, and many more.
Artur Bildziuk, President of the Polish Airmen’s Association, will give a lecture on the role of 307 Squadron during the Second World War. The lecture will start at 14:00 on 15th November.
Admission is free and spaces are limited.
At 16:00 on Sunday there will a special Evensong Service at Exeter Cathedral to remember the 307 Squadron.
For more information on the event please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrzej Michalski, Michael Parrott, Marcin Piórkowski
307 Squadron Project
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Devon MVT intend to take part in this annual event.
We are planning a two pronged approach with assembly points at Ley Arms, Kenn and Buckfastleigh Railway Station. The two groups will then converge on Bovey Tracy where they will travel in convoy to Castle Drogo to arrive there for lunch.
Further details will be provided by Rod in due course.
If you haven't yet done so, please follow the link below to the main MVT website so that you can enter your details as an Affiliated Member of Devon MVT.
We are delighted to confirm that Rodney Rushton has won the MVT Wilkinson Sword.
It is one of only six made by Wilkinsons for presentation to clubs of sporting or recreational interest, this magnificent sword was donated to the MVT in 1988. It is presented at the AGM to the owner/driver, who is a member of the MVT, of the best restored Second World War British, Canadian or American built military vehicle that has travelled the greatest distance under its own power to shows, rallies and other events in the UK.
Here are Rodney's comments:
"I am pleased to say I have been advised that I am the winner for 2013. I attended 21 Shows and events, covering 2192 miles in my Jeep. The most distance in one day was 176 miles to Tyntesfield House, near Bristol.
This is the first Jeep I ever rode in and drove back in 1967, subsequently becoming the custodian in 1989. It resided in my barn until 2011 when I retired and restored it to its original condition."
Congratulations on a wonderful achievement.