The Thorney Island Solent Overlord Executive Military Collectors Club Under 10s Football Club Boot Camp was extremely hard work – for the footballers and their dads. For the rest of us it was a fun, relaxing weekend with plenty of good company, conversation and food – marred only for some of us by a break in to our vehicle compound, mindless vandalism of caravans and theft from parked vehicles.
Here is a mail I received from Jerome after the event:
Thank you once again for all your support for our weekend which was an absolute success. I hope you enjoyed the Field Gun run we certainly enjoyed doing it. Thanks again to everyone at SOE and again a big thanks for you starting the ball off with raising £125 for the RNLI, I know Kara was very grateful.
A special thanks too for helping us out getting the truck started.
If you have any pictures or any SOE members have any pictures it would be great to get hold of them as we will be putting together a DVD of the whle weekend and like to capture everything.
So we achieved something even though we spent the days sauntering around the island and the evenings sitting around with our hooves toward the fire as dusk deepened chatting and laughing. Kara is one of the instructors for the boot camp and she and the rest of the team did a brilliant job of keeping both boys and dads in check, teaching them new skills, running them ragged physically and ensuring that everyone had a fantastic weekend.
Kara is also a crew member of the Hayling lifeboats, hence the header picture. It seemed appropriate to extract camping fees from the indolent ones to be passed on to the RNLI.
Starting the truck? If you have a modern 7.5 tonne box van with a dead battery what more obvious vehicle to start it than a 1954 Daimler Ferret …
SOE members take note of the last para in Jerome’s mail – please send me pictures both for the blog and for the DVD!
While browsing the RNLI press pages for a photo of the Hayling boats I came across this picture taken at Dungeness:
Is it just me or can anyone else see a Whippet ?
The history of the RNLI – Britain’s lifeboat service – and how it has saved more than 150,000 lives from stricken ships and the sea around Britain’s coasts.