Welwick 2011 & 2012

Welwick Heritage Weekend 2011 & 2012 Photos

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Welwick Heritage Weekend 2012

The Welwick Heritage Weekend was a resounding success. Many thanks are due to Syd M1COV, Steve 2E0 Not So Quick, Andy Gee 7 Long Range Radio, and Kevin 2E0 Old and Helpful for attending early and setting the station up.

The weekend was well attended, with John Baines, Steve and Pat Walsh, Charlie, Steve NSQ, Kev, Andy, Andrew, Linda, Syd, Pete, Simon and Tracy. Frank was also made an appearance (looking for new toys) as well as visits from various family members on the Sunday.

Some members were successful in bidding on items in the auction on the Saturday Pat got a rental agreement on a box of tools, and Syd got some more items for his collection. Andy got all sorts for his new caravan, while Steve got a nice gas BBQ.

There was plenty to see around the various field’s, vintage motorcycles, cars, tractors and farm machinery, not to mention fire engines, stationary engines and steam engines, so there was no shortage of exhibits to admire.

A few contacts on the radio were made during the day on Saturday, but night time operations were cancelled due to entertainment in the form of a barn dance and a few beers.

Two members were involved in the entertainment. A big hand to Andy ‘Van Morrison’ for a fine rendition of ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ and to Steve ‘three wheels on his wagon’ Walsh, who gave us some classics including his signature tune ‘Fields of Athenry’.

We all left the dancing to the experts (we did not want to show anyone up after all). As you may have gathered it was very much a social event, as well as having the radio to operate. Kevin got carried away in the bidding on the auction for his ‘Duck’ with John bidding against him; this was funny. Kev won and his wife is happy with the latest family member, the Duck.

Sunday got off to a slow start, breakfast being top priority after the Arctic conditions during the night. By the way, Steve and I can recommend Chicken casserole and breakfast-in-a-tin in the same pan a very wholesome start to the day.

Sunday saw family visits and the car boot sale where various purchases were made. A few contacts were also made on 40 meters again.

I think everyone who attended would support me when I thank Syd, who worked hard to make the event the success, and his willing assistants Steve and Pete.

Thank You!

Write up by Charlie 2E0CIK

Welwick Heritage Weekend 2011

Well, I’ve seen the film many times and even traced his footsteps along the coast of Spain.
But I’ve never actually met the man himself.
Until now that is.
He lives about 24 miles from my adopted home of Kingston upon Hull.
Yes, it`s the small Village of Welwick in East Yorkshire and “El Cid” is one of the many locals who helps and supports the local church and charities. One of the ways he does this is to help organize the local Welwick Heritage weekend.

The event at the local farm this year has been no different to the past 24 years, attracting huge crowds from Far and wide. (This is only the introduction what more do you want).

It all started when “El Cid” asked Andy G7LRR if we would like to play radio at the event.
Well, it didn’t take much for him to say yes. We all know that if you’ve got food in your hands you have a great bargaining tool. (I told you it would work El Cid.)

The only trouble was… we had disposed of the thing on two wheels (the caravan). El Cid’s reply? “Don’t worry about a thing, I’ll get it all sorted.”

EL CID and Steve 2e0nsq erected a full size G5RV antenna and, instead of a PL259 soldered onto the end of the coax, he fitted a caravan to it.

I’ll tell you all now that it works fantastically! We rang out all over the uk and Europe with great reports.
Don`t tell M0VEY, but I have a full set of photos complete with all details. E-mail me if you want to M0VEY, but it’s going to cost you!
All joking apart; all we had to do was install radio equipment and erect our new club banner, and we were on the air.

A little bit more about the event; it was amazing to see the crowds and all of the many attractions.

It offered steam vehicles of all sizes, some very old lorries and cars, motorbikes and farm equipment to name but a few.

Plus, many working displays of old farm machinery. It was indeed a pleasure to see and hear some of this rare equipment working.

Sunday saw much more of the same, with the inclusion of a car boot and various other bits and pieces.

Andy G7LRR and Bob M0RWL were invited to assist in a bit of wheelwright repairing (replacement of the steel band around the rim of a wooden carriage wheel). Well, neither of us had undertaken anything like this before, so it was a good challenge (eat your heart out John M1ESA). We placed and fitted a tyre in less than 1 min! Just don’t ask about the forth wheel John.

We also got lots of photographs to prove it.

Both days have been excellent on the radio, with many of the club members paying a visit.

Big thanks to John M0JBA who came down on Saturday, stayed overnight and until the finish on Sunday!
Charlie M6ABY Sean M6DBY Kevin M6OZY Mr. Trevor G1TDN Steve 2E0NSQ
Andy G7LRR Bob M0RWL Mr. EL CID and No 1 son Peter.

Well Mr. EL CID, many thanks for looking after us during the event and after.
With Mr. Andy’s permission (Chairman – Just making sure I don’t get told off) the members would like to say a very hearty thanks to you for all that you have done and what you organized for us over this weekend. We hope we get an invite next year.

P.S CID – I’ve nicked the towel from the en-suite bathroom in the caravan. Hope you don’t mind.

Write up by Mr Bob M0RWL