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The South Hampshire Area meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month:
8.00pm Salon bar at the Golden Lion PO17 6EB in the village of Southwick (Pronounced Suthwyk)
(Unless ordered otherwise by General Mayhem)
We really are a friendly bunch and welcome guests.
THE NORMANDY D-DAY FESTIVAL JUNE 2019
5th Weds Creully Camp opens. Vehicles and re-enactors. Until 10th June
5th Daks over Normandy. Main Dakota and C47 fly out from Duxford.
Latest information seems to confirm 40 plus planes, to be based at Caen.(Carpiquet airfield). At Caen until 9th June
At some stage Round Canopy planes arrive from Ottery St Mary, Devon.
To be based at Cherbourg Airfield. 3-6 Daks expected, plus jumpers.
6thThursday D Day commemorations at many locations
6th Airborne School ‘Neptune 2019’ Parachute event based at Carpiquet
Parachute drop at 08.00 hours DZ LE HOLDY
6th ‘Gliderbourne’ 75th Anniversary Location TBC
6th Camp Arizona opens at Carentan. Until 10th June.
7th Friday Bourse Militairia. The Cattle Market, Carentan. 08.00 until 16.00
Stalls almost fully booked. Over the road from camp Arizona.
7th Round Canopy drops at Ranville and Pegasus Bridge. Times and flight
routes from Cherbourg (Maupertus airfield) to be confirmed.
8th Saturday Airborne School Drops 08.00 DZ to be confirmed
8th Saturday Parade. Isigny-sur-Mere. 20.00 til 21.30
10 tanks, 350 vehicles and armour already entered.
Longer parade route than Ste Mere Eglise, and a large town square
display usually after parade.
9th Sunday Parachutage at La Fiere. Round Canopy lead, assume 12.00 TBC
Nato contingent from Ramstein Germany TBC
10th Monday Hilaire Petitville. Commemorations 10.00 til 12.00
THE MANSION SARISBURY GREEN
Stacy Page has invited WW2 period vehicles to attend the relaunch of ‘The Mansion’ in Sarisbury Green, formerly known as Coldeast Mansion on Saturday 30th May.
The event will be in aid of Alzheimers Research UK and 1940s theme. It will give people the chance to look around the venue; there will be live music, afternoon tea and vehicles displayed outside along with drinks and garden games hopefully too. Time’s are to be confirmed exactly, however it is currently 12-6pm
Limited spaces, Details Paul Edwards
LEE VE75 8-9th May 2020
This is the vision of Lee on the Solent Business and Residents Associations to bring together those veterans, men & women from 1945 who experienced VE Day first hand and give them the platform to share those experiences with the younger generations of Lee on the Solent so their memories and the relationship of Lee and its role in the war can be captured, shared and celebrated through an array of elements to create a remarkable and rememberable event.
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Contact: Jonathan Moore
Tel no: 07710 107231
[email protected] leeve75.co.uk
Ubique are having a 1940 weekend at fort nelson and need vehicles to attend on the 25-26th April.
Contact: Cameron Kinnear 07796 426362.
SOUTHSEA BOWLES CLUB
The pompey pals are celabrating VE75 at Southsea Bowles club and would like a jeep and motorbike to park out side the hall.
Contact: Chris Pennycook 07982402229
SOUTH HAMPSHIRE MVT FACEBOOK PAGE
Tom Kempster has now set up our very own FaceBook page, why not search us out and follow us.
LATEST COVID 19 LOCKDOWN POLICY
as from September 14th 2020
As a charity and responsible public organisation, we have a duty to ensure our members abide by Government advice and we keep the safety of our members and the public paramount. Although lockdown restrictions are changing regularly, the core guidance has not changed the MVT‘s existing policy regarding the organisation of Area Meetings and public events; they continue to be suspended until further notice.
However, in the light of recent changes to the law, in particular the “Rule of 6”, we request that members also adhere to this guidance and do not meet up and/or attend events in groups, in the name of the MVT. This also applies to organised road runs, as these can be seen as a means of transmitting the virus between areas.
As a direct result of these new restrictions, we will continue to suspend the Vehicle Verification service for the safety of our volunteer inspectors.
Members are also requested to follow additional local or international restrictions.
We all know our vehicles draw immediate attention where ever they go, so let’s be vigilant and follow the MVT’s Code of Conduct and behave in a thoughtful and responsible way.
Please stay ‘Stay Alert’, not just for yourself but for everyone else.
The arrangements for local area lockdown and the related Government guidance are being updated regularly.
Please check for the current Government guidance and any local arrangements at all times.
Today the distinctive 'A' layout of Beaulieu airfield is clearly visible from the air, If you take a de tour of the main perimeter track at Beaulieu Airfield you might stumble across a large concrete BL set into the ground. This is located in front of where the airfield control tower once stood. It is still possible to see various building platform earthworks and areas of concrete surviving.
BL was the airfield pundit code, often laid in or by the signal square in front of the control tower. It helped airborne aircraft identify the airfield. All the airfields had one, rather like a postcode.
'BL' Airfield Pundit Code
At night there were light beacons that flashed the pundit code letters in Morse. During war, pundit light was mobile and set up offset from the field. Allied crews would be pre briefed on range and bearing of light from field, this prevented the Germans navigating straight to the airfield when on bombing sorties.
The concrete code would have been laid down before the airfield opened, part of the technical site along with the tower and signal square. It was probably covered over when the code was changed at the war's end and thus has survived this long.
Behind the concrete letters is a metal socket, which is possibly the base of the (visual) signal mast which would have also been part of the airfield signal square. The square showed information for airborne crews and the tower uses light signals, runway indicator boards and the signal mast for aircrew on the ground. It might have also been a windsock mast or it may have been the support for some met office weather equipment (the met measuring instrument enclosure was also traditionally located nearby).
BEAULIEU Airfield runway plan.
(Air Ministry 1945)
Airfield identifier systems changed a lot in the years following the war. Current codes are 4 letter, e.g The concrete code would have been laid EGHH (Bournemouth) EGHI (Southampton) and they are used as flight plan and communications identifiers now, effectively international standard data addresses for airfields.