Just returned, pleasantly full, from the West Meon Hut where we enjoyed an evening of good company and food. It was our annual Christmas meal, 38 strong and from all over the Solent area lured both by the event itself and the bargain price of £12.50. On arrival we found that the committee had decided to subsidise the meal by £7.50 so there we had a three course dinner for just £5!
The food? What do you expect for the price! Well, this was well presented and good quality, good value at £12.50 so obviously excellent value at a fiver! The evening, from where I was sitting, went well. Three hours swiftly passed, conversations and laughter flowed and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. In fact it was such a success we may try something similar next year …
Many thanks to Ian Colvin for researching the site and organising the event.
Just a quick heads up – pictures of Bursledon Brickworks added to the galleries tab – mouseover to select.
If you have pictures of this event (or any other) please send them to me for publishing!
Now we have our glorious new venue at the Lawns thoroughly tested it is obvious from your reaction in 2012 that dressing for the occasion is becoming increasingly popular. For the first time we were able to dedicate a field to our living history groups who were able to dig in and camp with mature hedges and trees screening them from the car park and the other show fields.
We had a great selection of visitors arriving in 1940′s styles on the Sunday of the show, wearing both civvy clothing and military and home front uniforms. For 2013 we want to encourage even more of you to join in the spirit and the fun of the event, now is the time to make your plans and to gather the clothes and accessories to your look.
The options are many and varied, for the British there are all the civilian and volunteer services such as the LDV, WVS, AFS, ARP to mention just a few acronyms. For me (and many others) ladies civilian fashions of the wartime years are elegant and flattering to the wearer and I have personal experience that the ladies go wild for men in uniform … (I used to get beaten up a lot when I worked as a traffic warden)
Apart from the admiring looks you’ll get when dressed to the nines and the new friends you will make, the warm glow of participation and the feeling of being part of the “in” crowd there is the benefit of a reduction in your show admission fee.
I’m giving you this heads up now, shortly before Christmas 2012, to give you time to plan, to give you the joy of anticipation and the fun of chasing down the various accessories to go with your chosen outfit. Of course, if you are like me ,a quick scurry round our traders on the preview Friday or Saturday of the show (Friday tickets are valid for a second visit) will garner those last minute bits or even complete outfits to ensure that you are resplendent on the Sunday. And, if you are either stuck for ideas or looking to create the authentic look, the book below may help:
So, see you at the 2013 show, in the future and back in the forties!