8th, 9th October 2016

Well it’s been the weekend of the big erections – the extra-large marquee, the kitchen tent and the green tent have all been erected in the Station Yard, ready for next weekend’s Wartime Event. With the tents up we could then fit them out; all the kitchen pallets and flooring; trestles and worktops; the major cleaning of a new (to us) oven and gas hob; lighting for all three marquees; moving 21 picnic tables into the main marquee; dressing the marquee with trees and leaves; installing a raised stage and backdrop; installing a bar and barrel stands; and finally café signs fitted to the walls (which had been made as a homework project by Stephen).
Elsewhere, the observation tower has been put together; the ‘rifle range’, paddock and viewing areas cut and strimmed; one of the key exhibits erected and painted.
All this was only possible with help from some of our German Re-enactors, lots of Junior Volunteers and a large turnout of Wombles – the station was a sea of orange!
Amongst all these preparations, David continued his major tidying up of the gardens – it never ends.
With all these volunteers around, Weighbridge Teas were kept busy with teas, coffees and ice creams, let alone serving their usual customers.

Don’t forget we will be back in 1943, Occupied France, from Friday morning, so please come and visit us in suitable civilian attire. As usual, there is NO PARKING anywhere near the station. You are strongly recommended to come visit us by train.

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