9th October 2011

This weekend has been the Big Build all over the station. First up was the dismantling and packing away of the Beer Tent, now it is dry following a week under the main marquee. Next was the Stage which also went into store. This allowed the main marquee in the paddock to be taken down and the usual sheets put away. Unfortunately the side sheets were wet and the damp weekend has prevented them drying out so we have left them out to dry on the fence for the week. With the canvas down, all the posts, ropes and ground spikes could be taken over to the yard for re-erected with the old marquee sheets, which we had just taken out of store. All that then remained was to move the picnic tables over and then the paddock was empty! However, the marquee then had to be re-erected in the station yard; the picnic tables moved in; further trestle tables brought over for the catering team; the bar and barrel rack for the drinks area and small tables and chairs for the ‘pavement seating’ outside the marquee. Lights and water supplies had to be installed, plus a gas cooker. All the inside has been ‘dressed’ in branches and bracken placed around the base. This sounds easy until you realise all the branches have to be found, cut down and transported to site, along with the bracken. We have been very lucky to have a lot of help from the railway’s Junior Volunteers, who came on both days, to assist us and they did a sterling job ferrying everything all over our station. Their help was very welcome.
Our ‘German’ colleagues have also been down again to stencil various words and instructions on the secret weapon, and very good it looks too.
Weighbridge Teas have kept everyone well satiated with drinks and food whilst preparing for next weekend. Remember they are open all 3 days of the event and will be using both outlets. There is also the Café Allée du Bois on Saturday and Sunday to cater for those who want a sit down meal or an alcoholic beverage.
During the War Weekend there is ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING any where near Levisham Station and the forest drive is now closed so if you want to see us, come by train!!

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