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Welcome to the website of the MVT's South East Midlands Area. Our members look after and restore the whole range of ex-military vehicles with both UK and overseas origins. Vehicles include the well known Jeep through to tanks, transporters, lorries, Land Rovers, motor bikes, the humble folding bicycle and range from pre-First World War to the present day. Local areas hold informal monthly meetings that provide a forum for members to discuss just about any topic they want. Wherever you are, you can be sure there is another member who can help or who knows someone who can. The club's main website is at www.mvt.org.uk
Last site update: 20-09-16


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Ian, our area secretary, has been in contact with Holmewood Hall near Peter- borough and they are very happy for us to visit them on Saturday, October 1, for the Holme Front show.
Chris Cardell has asked for numbers as he will designate an area for us to park in so visitors can see our vehicles.
This does not hold us to any times as Ian has explained that we will turn up late morning and leave as and when we feel free to do so.
If you would like to attend our road run to Holmewood Hall, would you please email Ian on workshop@igracing.co.uk before Wednesday September 21 so he can inform Chris on numbers. Any military vehicle is welcome.
Meeting times for the run to Holmewood Hall on Saturday, October 1, will be 9.15am at Kettering main Tesco’s car park (near junction 9, A14) to aim to leave by 9.30am.
We will head towards Thrapston and will have meeting point two at the Thrapston services on the A14. We will leave there at 10.30am.

From there we will move on to Holmewood Hall.
For more information on the Holme Front event, see www.holmewoodhall.co.uk/holmewood-hall/holmefront

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John Underwood has organised a road run for Remembrance Sunday on November 13. Vehicles will meet at his house (3 East Carlton Park, LE16 8YD, near Corby, for coffee and bacon butties on arrival at 0930. After breakfast it's on to Weldon memorial then a scenic drive back to his house for lunch and a look at his private museum. Then  it's off to a wreath-laying ceremony at Deenethorpe at 1500 before departing for home at around 1530.

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Wicksteed At War 2016 was a great success and we hope a large selection of SEM MVT members attended and enjoyed it?
Wicksteed At War 2017 is going to be even bigger and better than this year but, to make it work and run to the high standards we all expect, takes team work and effort.
This year we were down on numbers regarding help from MVT members and, as we all know, many hands make light work.
We are asking for any members that would be interested in attending and helping us run the event please can you contact Ian Gardiner, our Area Secretary, so he can get an idea of how many people we will have.
In March we will be having another marshalling and first aid course day, where everyone will be trained for the first time or refreshed so that we can all work together like a well-oiled gearbox!
It would also be great to meet new members of our aArea or just people that don’t get the time to attend our monthly meetings at Sywell Aerodrome (8pm, first Thursday of the month.
We would also welcome family and friends who would be interested in helping to make it that perfect family day out.
Ian looks forward to hearing from you on workshop@igracing.co.uk

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Our first airfields road run was a great success and a report and pictures are on the August 2016 Road Run section (see left).
Another road run to Holme 40s weekend near Peter- borough is on Saturday, October 1. Trips are also being planned for next year and don 't forget the famous Roger's Road Run in January!
The speaker at the October monthly meeting will be a surprise but not to be missed; December, Christmas buffet and Arthur Jones, D-day Sherman tank driver.

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By Heather Bailey

Left: Heather's Standard Flying Ten and Brian Rive's Jeep at Old Warden Aero- drome. Next to the Standard is a 1938 Hillman Minx once owned by webmaster Peter Clarke and now part of the Shuttleworth Collection


After an early meet at Thrapston and a slightly faster than the Standard would have liked convoy over to The Shuttleworth Collection, we arrived and with very little fuss considering the work Ian had done for us to be allowed in and parked in the greens section.
Being on the whole a warm and sunny day, sunscreen was liberally applied (no burnt nose for a change), jackets and hats arranged back into a semblance of order, wheelchairs grabbed from the backs of vehicles (just mine) and all 21st century gubbins hidden in boots/foot wells/under camo tarpaulins.
We set out to look at everyone else’s vehicles, mostly belonging to the collection. There were a fair few WW1 vehicles in attendance including two traction engines, troop transporter (I think – it was big and green) and a nurse hitching a ride on an ammo wagon. 
Most of the day was dedicated to flight displays and so a fun afternoon of trying to take pictures of triplanes, biplanes, monoplanes, three different Spitfires, a Messerschmitt and pretty much anything that could still get airborne.
The vehicle parade at lunch time was a lovely break!
Having checked we had insurance to drive air-side, Brian and I picked up guides and  merrily pootled off into the parade trying to miss the aeroplanes yet still be near enough the crowds to hear the cheers over the engine noise!
Departing at around five-ish to head back, we had a nice run (all I can wish for in a car that drinks equal parts fuel to water) and after the convoy of two split to head home during a quick driver change we learnt an important lesson . . . if you’ve swapped your reg plate to your display one (as pictured) ALWAYS CHANGE IT BACK BEFORE YOU LEAVE!
Thankfully we didn’t get stopped, despite several police staring at the Jeep and Standard while we were rolling. I will learn for next time, always put the road plate on the driver’s seat, especially if you’ve done the convoy run on private land.

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Wicksteed at War was another resounding success for the Military Vehicle Trust’s South East Midlands Area and its supporters.  A gloriously sunny Saturday and damp Sunday saw thousands of people enjoy the free show at Wicksteed Park, Kettering.
With eight tanks, hundreds of MVs and more stalls, our sixth annual show was bigger and better than ever. The enlarged arena saw plenty of action with a highlight of pitched battles between Axis and Allied groups.
A new feature this year was the recreation of Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie, complete with Russian and American tanks and period civvy vehicles. The checkpoint hut was faithfully recreated as it was when Russian and American tanks faced each other in the tense early 1960s.
Friday was an education day for local schools and included talks on vehicles and equipment, grenade throwing and wartime food!
Show director Tim Hawkes said: “This year’s Wicksteed at War has been the best yet in terms of visitor numbers and great feedback.
"When I started the show six years ago, I wanted to change the way people experience a military vehicle show and to make it friendly, fun and great for the whole family.  This year proved we are going in the right direction.
“It was an excellent weekend and all the volunteers and staff did a great job in putting on our most successful show yet.  Visitor numbers went through the roof and the feedback from all visitors and exhibitors at the show had been amazing.  We will really have to work hard to make next year as good or better.
“The Checkpoint Charlie re-enactment was a highlight for me. The hut, signs and sandbags brought the scene to life and all the period cars, Jeeps and tanks made it a total one-off in terms of show displays.”
With hundreds of vehicles to choose from, the judging panel for the Best in Show Rose Bowl, sponsored by Adrian Flux Insurance, had a tough job.  The judges bore in mind the MVT's status as an educational charity and chose vehicles and displays which they thought engaged the public and were both informative and entertaining.
The worthy winner was Mike Fincher, from Horncastle, Lincolnshire, with his 1952 Minerva Land Rover. Mike was to be found talking to members of the public on all three show days and his Belgium Army display was, thought the judges, unique and fascinating.
Runners-up were Mark Parsons' 1987 Mercedes ambulance and a 1979 VW Iltis, also owned by Mark, from Coventry. Both vehicles had displays with them.

Best in Show winner Mike Fincher receives the MVT South East Midlands Area Rose Bowl from show director and MVT CoM member Tim Hawkes (picture: Kevin Lamberth)


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The Royal British Legion asked for a few vehicles for Armed Forces Day on North- ampton Market Square on June 25 and, as in other years, we were happy to oblige. Jim Poole’s 1944 Bedford MW radio truck was joined by Tim Cross’s 1945 Ford GPW and Peter Clarke’s 1996 Harley-Davidson MT350E. All were much admired by a sizeable crowd who watched a march past by Reservists and Cadets and were addressed by the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire and the Northampton Mayor.

Making use of our smart new area flag

Mayor of North- ampton Councillor Christ- opher Malpas and the Mayoress with Jim Poole’s 1944 Bedford MW

Jim Poole with the mayoral party

Army Cadets take the salute from the Lord Lieutenant

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We want to know what South East Midlands Area members have lurking in their garages and sheds, so please send us a picture and short write-up of your green machine. We'll put them on the Members' Vehicles section. Email the webmaster at petegerry@btinternet.com and attach a jpeg picture. Or you could bring along a photograph and description to a monthly meeting. The webmaster has kicked off this section with his own Harley-Davidson MT350E.

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Congratulations to area member Tim Hawkes who received the chairman’s award for the person who has contributed most to the MVT during the year. It was awarded by chairman Terry Till at the club's AGM on Sunday, April 24. The award was in recognition for his work in his new role of Organised Events Co-ordinator. Former area member, treasurer and Wicksteed at War co-organiser Peter Hamblin, who has moved to Somerset, was elected vice-chairman of the MVT. Tim is pictured by Neill Elliott receiving his cup from Terry (right)

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A strong wind meant there were no warbirds at Sywell Aviation Museum's Easter Saturday opening. But there were plenty of MVs. See Sywell Opening 2016 section, left.

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It is sad to report the death in February of Brian Shoebridge, one of the earliest members of our area and its former secretary. Peter Clarke, MVTSEM webmaster, said: "Brian owned a fabrication business, so was well placed to restore old MVs. He was a former Airborne REME soldier and proudly displayed the REME badge on his Champ. He also restored and showed a Bedford MW, Fordson WOT 1/1A and Morris Quad, complete with limber and 25 pounder gun. Brian was always ready to help out other members and was particularly helpful to me when I was restoring my first Jeep." Steve Gascoigne, MVT vice-president and founder of the SEM Area added:  “I’d not seen Brian for a while, but knew him well as he and I worked opposite each other in St James Mill Road, Northampton, for about 10years.  I remember moving his 25 pounder on the back of my plant transporter on several occasions, once to Mereway Police Station to be inspected by Northants finest!”
Brian's funeral, with an escort of military vehicles, was on Thursday, February 25, at Weston Favell Church, Northampton.

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A new Army surplus and military clothing and equipment store has opened in North- ampton and we have been offered a 10 per cent discount for MVT members on production of your membership card.
Combat Cellar is in The Maltings, St James Road, which is part of the Westbridge filling station and taxi compound, just down the hill from Northampton Station. There is parking right outside.
Opening times are pictured.
A website, www.combatcellar.co.uk , will be operating soon.

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If you consider yourself in the South East Midlands Area, it is vital that you affiliate yourself to the area, for the reasons announced by the CoM recently. It's easy to do, just go onto the main MVT website (www.mvt.org.uk) and click on the "Affiliate to an Area" tab on the left. Fill in the form and submit it. It only takes a few minutes. You will receive an acknowledgement via email later.

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MEETINGS

Our meetings are held at the Aviator pub, Sywell Aerodrome, near Northampton, at 8pm on the first Thursday of the month (but not January). Just go into the bar and ask for directions to the MVT meeting room.

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Opinions expressed on this website are those of the authors and not necessarily of the Military Vehicle Trust or the MVT South East Midlands Area.