DFVS on Instagram!

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for pics of what we are up to, and highlights from the show.

Here’s a few photos we’ve posted:

Workshop Wednesday – Action Stations!

It’s the last Wednesday before the show, and the lorries are lined up and ready to head down to the North Somerset Showground with the first few convoys tonight!

The old AEC fire engine has been given a dust down, wash and polish.

The Jeep has gone green at last, and the chassis has returned to be reunited with the tub.

The LP2A carrier has been converted to electronic ignition – it now starts on the button!

Show infrastructure build is still under way, with more of Ken’s marvellous signs and contraptions getting ready to go. The thing that looks like a gallows is to hold the giant ‘Please ring for attention’ bell at the ops room, supplied by Tim!

Some wine boxes have been adapted to house speakers, and Sam’s camping field now has a guard post! The RL was brought up to the yard to be loaded with canvas and sandbags, and the first lot of set has been loaded on to the Scania, now with a fresh MOT.


Stay tuned for more updates over the next few days!

Make Do Monday – Ewe knit 20

Bunting AdriafilToday is the last monday before the show, we are now counting down the days until the weekend and there are so many things to be excited about! If you have missed the previous posts about some of our line up in the home front marquee, have a look here and here for more information.

Emily and her helpers of Ewe Knit 20. are coming to the show and you will probably be able to find them in the home front marquee surrounded by yarn!

ewe_knit_business_card_v4_backFor those of you that would like to try knitting we’ve got a knitting circle in the make do and mend area in the home front marquee, why not come by and give it a go?

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Workshop Wednesday – Wings, Wood and Wings

So many jobs to do, so little time… Here’s a round-up of what’s been going on in the Shopland Collection workshops.

The Spitfire wing trailer/DJ booth has had new bracing added, and the wings have finally been given a coat of paint on the backs.

Show equipment and signage (Including bus stop signs for our new buggy service) – lots of painting involved.

The ‘Little Lady’ Jeep moves forward as the wings and tub have been rubbed down and put into primer.

One of the new ‘sets’ for 2015 is the Kitchen area, where Seren will be doing cooking demonstrations. The worktop for this has been given a spruce up, with some sanding and coat of Danish Oil.


What would a 1940s show without a few hundred sandbags be? We’ve been filling plenty of them up, luckily we have an almost unlimited supply of sawdust thanks to our headquarters being in a sawmill!

Another new feature for 2015 is the photo booth – Dave is kindly lending us his restored Anderson Shelter for this – we did a test assembly on the driveway.

Lastly, Mark’s Bedford CF pick up truck has been given a new coat of paint, just in time to be pressed into service for the show!


Make Do Monday – Spreading the word about the show

Today Monday is the 1st of June and we have now entered the month of the show. Over the past few months the volunteers of the show have handed out flyers and popped up at various events to spread the word about the show on the 13th and 14th of June 2015! IMG_9597

You could see us at the North Somerset Show!

DSCN0131The Blitz Buddies danced at Cribbs Causeway.


The Beach Master outside Waitrose in Nailsea.

DSCN0166We brought an Anderson shelter with us to Cabot Circus yesterday!


We really hope to see you at the show and would be very grateful if you wanted to help us spread the word about this fantastic 1940s festival! Please have a look at our website for more photos, videos, information about live music acts and the charity’s that we are supporting this year. See you at the show!