Living Military History – Wartime in The Cotswolds at Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Pitsford Home Guard

Pitsford Home Guard

This weekend Pitsford Home Guard  will be at The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Honeybourne Line for their Wartime in the Cotswolds event.  The Home Guard will be setting up camp at Gotherington and look forward to seeing you there!

Pitsford Home Guard

Pitsford Home Guard

During the wartime weekend there’ll be plenty of opportunity to travel the line between Cheltenham Race Course and Toddington (air raids permitting) when they’ll be operating an intensive steam-hauled timetable.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Toddington

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

There’ll be lots of other things to keep the whole family entertained with wartime music,  soldiers on leave and on duty;  the auxiliary fire service and displays of military and civilian vehicles from the period. The extensive model railway will also be up and running.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota will be visiting the railway on Sunday 28th April, subject to weather and operational considerations. The low-altitude flypast is expected between 2pm and 3pm.

Free parking is available at Toddington and Cheltenham Race Course stations. Please note Winchcombe Station will be closed.

Gates open at 0930 on both days.

Fares for this event:

Adult £20, senior £18, child (aged 5 – 15) £10, family ticket (2 adults and up to three children) £55.

Tickets can now only be purchased on the day at Toddington or Cheltenham Racecourse stations.

A copy of the timetable for the event can be downloaded here.

 

A Weekend of Medieval Fun for Living Military History!

This weekend sees Living Military History making a first furtive excursion into the land of the medieval and the life of a Benedictine monk.

Graham Bandy Benedictine Monk

Benedictine Monk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event is at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham, Kent for The English Festival with Black Knight Historical.

Riverside Country Park is a large coastal public park in Kent, situated alongside the River Medway estuary between Gillingham and Rainham.

Riverside Country Park Map

Riverside Country Park Map

 

There is limited parking on site but there are park and ride buses from Chatham Historic Dockyard and Rainham Mark Gramar School from 10am to 6pm. More details here.

 

 

 

And on Sunday, Medieval Living History will be at the National Trust’s Bodiam Castle in Sussex.

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Bodium Castle  East Sussex

Bodiam Castle – East Sussex

 

 

 

 

 

 

The National Trust are giving away Free Entry for up to four people this weekend (20th and 21st April) to a number of places – and Bodiam Castle is on the list!

 

All you have to do is register on their website http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1355774281951/ and download a voucher (valid for up to four people).

Remember – the offer is for this weekend only!  

 

 

Reminiscence Therapy: Living Military History Working with Age UK

Age UK

Today was spent in discussions with Age UK (formerly Age Concern and Help The Aged) Oxfordshire,planning Reminiscence Therapy  for Veterans in Oxfordshire. We are putting together a unique project which will fill a gap in current service provision and create a much needed resource for ex-service men and women.

Group activities such as listening to period music and handling authentic uniforms or military items from my collections, will help participants by triggering memories and encouraging interaction. The scheme will also help to combat the loneliness many elderly people and particularly veterans can feel.

We are aiming for an initial pilot project of 6 consecutive weeks with a bid to the local Civilian Military Partnership Forum for funding in order to roll it out county wide.  This is an exciting project which has the potential to provide a valuable service not currently available elsewhere.

Graham Bandy sits on the Surrey Civilian Military Partnership Forum and is experienced in handling bids from local projects wishing to access Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme Funds. Please visit the Living Military History website for more information.