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Veterans and Armed Forces Day

Ration bookDorchester will show its support for past and present servicemen and women at the Veterans and Armed Forces Day on Saturday 2nd July.

The event includes units of armed forces, service veterans, cadets, Ex-Ghurkas, police, ambulance and fire services, World War Two vehicles and the Wessex Military Band who will parade through the town concluding celebrations with music and entertainment in the Borough Gardens.

There are stalls and displays from the forces and if the weather is fine it seems a great vintage event for a traditional picnic.

Committee chairman George Osborne, from the Royal Naval Association, said: “We are hoping the town will come and support us, last year it was very successful and we hope it will be the same.”

The event is supported by Dorchester Town Council and the Dorchester branch of the Royal British Legion.


Parade leaves North Square at 1.25pm

March down South Street, across Trinity Street and along Bowling Alley Walk

Arrive Borough Gardens

Civic service in the Borough Gardens at 2pm, followed by musical entertainment from the Wessex Military Band and Dorchester Big Band.

old radio and union jack flagsA beer tent and café are also available with veterans also on hand to answer questions from members of the public.

Bill Harper, secretary of the Dorchester branch of the Royal British Legion, said:

“It’s an important day for all service and ex-service personnel as well as the reserve forces and cadet forces”

More news of this event on the Dorset Echo website

Published by vdorset, on 30th June 2011 at 3:46 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Veterans and Armed Forces Day

1/2 Term Vintage Adventure

Enid Blyton Country

Bottles of ginger beer and famous five novelsThe spring bank holiday is the perfect time for vintage excursions in Dorset. So if you want a good way of letting your children run about like mad things, eat huge Famous Five style picnics and find out more about the author of all those awfully good and wholesome stories then now is the the perfect opportunity!

This half term (2nd June) the National Trust at Corfe Castle (aka Kirrin Castle) along with the famous Ginger Pop shop in Corfe village are hosting a day of Enid Blyton during WW2.

The events celebrate Enid Blyton’s most creative writings which started during the war and included a wide range of special stories written especially for evacuees. Viv Endecott who is a Blyton expert (and proprietor of the Ginger Pop shop) will be sharing Enid’s stories about of wartime and how readers were encouraged by Enid through her magazine Sunny Stories. Starts 10am to 5.30 normal admission charges to Corfe Castle (but free stuff in the village)

I remember reading these stories as a little girl in the 60’s. So when I picked up a boxful at a flea market a few years back I had a good wallow in nostalgia!
The books are incredibly wholesome but re-reading in 2010 really brought home the complete lack of political correctness that pervaded at the time. Who would dare call a kid “fatty”today (well the government might but they try to dress it up with words like childhood obesity now!)

If you want to find out more about Enid Blyton at War  telephone the National Trust curator for this event; Lawrence Roots, 01929 481294, corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk. Even better – just turn up via steam train! The Swanage Railway is a vintage experience in itself so if you want something to do this is ideal!

Published by annie, on 30th May 2011 at 7:55 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on 1/2 Term Vintage Adventure