Plans are now in hand for OVERLORD 2013, 24th to 27th May.
When I go to the SOE Vehicle Compound on Thorney I sometimes see visitors. Quite often Captain Evans will be there, last night I met Mark the gamekeeper (and aren’t those cocky pheasants strutting around in for a surprise shortly!) and from time to time one of the guys on guard duty.
Today however …
Just checked the stats and found a lot of visitors to the site between 20:40 and 22:00 on Sunday night (24/07/11). All searching for one thing – “Wickham military vehicle sales” …
We hope to see you at Overlord 2013 but, even with our new,enlarged showground, spaces will be limited so apply in plenty of time to ensure we can fit you in.
The last day for applications is Wednesday May 1st
With an idea of numbers we can make sure that our on site facilities – toilets, showers, security, catering and emergency cover are fully sufficient for your needs.
The show is open to the public from Saturday 25th to Monday the 27th, please let us know if you wish to arrive earlier or pack up later.
And a personal plea from the webwright who also moonlights as a show commentator – could you provide full information about your vehicle – you have spent a great deal of time and money on it and no doubt want me to do justice to it. A full description makes it simpler for me to talk knowledgeably about your beast for your two or three laps of glory around the arena !
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Please read the Show Code of Conduct that comes with your application
First – if you have any questions or requests ask one of the marshalls; they are the harassed looking people wandering around site in hi-viz vests. Your query can either be answered there and then or they can radio through to the right person to help
No one wants an accident marring their enjoyment or worse, nor do they want to be the cause of an accident. We don’t like complicating things or making a whole host of rules and restrictions; fortunately safety is mostly a matter of plain common sense.
Because there are a lot of vehicles, generators and gas appliances the risk of fire is high, simple precautions will help reduce that risk:
If you discover a fire only attempt to put it out if there is no risk to you otherwise alert the on-site fire service or one of the marshalls. It is now part of our code of conduct that vehicles and tents contain a fire extinguisher suitable to task
The ONLY type of extinguisher to use on oil and fat fires is the wet chemical type the others are either ineffective or, in the case of a water extinguisher will cause the fire to explode. USE ONLY THE WET CHEMICAL EXTINGUISHER ON OIL OR FAT FIRES or use a fire blanket
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Overlord 2013 is, as always, held over the Spring Bank Holiday. This year it will be Saturday 25th of May to Monday 27th. – with three days of full arena events, battles and vehicle displays there is excitement for all the family – see you there!
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From 0930 on Saturday 25th to 1700 Bank Holiday Monday 27th of May. There is a lot to see and do – over 300 vehicles, many of which will be in motion through the hollows and humps of our display area, a complete field dedicated to living history – over 500 re-enactors making the military scenes of the last 100 years come to life and over 100 trade stalls to visit.
We have tried to keep the cost reasonable for a full family day out. Admission is £10 per adult and £5 per child under 16. Family tickets at £25 allow access for two adults and up to three children. Concessions are £5.
If you have a current HM Forces i.d. or are a forces veteran then admission will be waived, veterans can also enjoy the hospitality of our new veterans’ tent.
There is plenty of on-site parking which is FREE with a level walk over grass to the show entrance. Marshalls in the car park will guide you to a parking space. Disabled parking is reserved close to the show entrance.
There is plenty to see and do. Most exhibitors and re-enactors are happy to answer questions about their kit and enjoy the surprises that lively young minds can spring on them. The only cautions are that vehicles tend to be hard, unforgiving lumps of metal so climbing on them is discouraged and that the battle re-enactments in the arena can be noisy with plenty of gunfire and explosions. Most children love it!
It’s the last week of May, typically warmish days with sunshine, big cumulus clouds and the possibility of the occasional shower. Stallholders have waterproofs and sunhats, jerseys or T shirts for those caught out by the weather. The ground is short, level grass so wear shoes suitable for a walk in the country, you will probably walk further than you think so comfort should take precedence over style. Some warm and waterproof clothes in the car should the weather realise it is a Bank Holiday would be sensible.
There are plenty of toilets, serviced twice daily by our on-site cleaner who is also available to deal with any emergency. A variety of good quality foods, soft drinks and ice creams are available from our vendors and the beer tent is open throughout the day.
Litter can be placed in one of the many large plastic bins on site, additionally there are large recycling containers for paper and card alongside many of the bins, we hope to expand our recycling activities following previous years successful trial
The show is open 0900 to 1700 each day, arena events start at 1030 and run till 1600 (times may vary). It is quite easy to spend the whole day there without seeing everything the show has to offer – there are three fields of traders, vehicles and living history to see.
Well behaved dogs are welcome, we request that they are kept on a lead and that you clean up after them. Please do not leave them in the car!
On Sunday 26th May we encourage everyone to dress in clothes from the 40′s – whether as civilians toiling on the home front, Home Guard, ARP, WVS and others serving the community or as members of the fighting forces – all are welcome. Start planning now!
We run the show according to the strict guidelines of the NTET and our safety plan is approved by Winchester City Council. There are vehicles moving about the site at various times of the day, marshalls will advise you of safe places to stand. In the unlikely event of a problem many of our marshalls have first aid training; our main paramedic services and fire cover are provided by the three on site vehicles staffed by members of Fire, Flood and Salvage.
The Lawns, Forest Road, Denmead, Hampshire.
Make your way to Junction 3 of the A3M, the turnoff for Waterlooville and follow the yellow and black signs
Alternatively put PO7 6TZ in your sat nav. Although it isn’t quite the exact location (fields don’t have postcodes!) it is close enough to get you there.
The Daimler Ferret is an ideal “starter” armoured vehicle. Why? Because it is easy(ish) to drive, very satisfying when driven well, is comfortable on the road and cross country (better than my Discovery) has a good road performance, is a capable off road performer, has a good spares supply, will fit most garages, can cope with the Tesco shopping run and, if you are used to big American cars, fuel consumption is not too bad.
And women think it is cute!
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