Workshop Wednesday – Two Weeks To Go…

….. Will the 4.5″ Gun make it to the show in time? Here’s how we are getting on with it…

One big task was to refit the recuperator. I’ll let the pics do the talking!

With that on, the next challenge was the barrel. As befits such a mammoth task, it poured down with rain all day. Undaunted, the volunteers put in a sterling effort and it looks like a gun again!

Make Do Monday – Victory Dance 11th of June

Previous weeks we’ve had a look at what is going on in the marquees in the day time, this week we are thrilled to announce the acts for the Saturday Night Dance at the Show!

For the first time ever The Dig for Victory Show will have a fabulous live swing band taking centre stage on the Saturday night 11th of June; Lucy Moon and the Bruce/Ilett 7 are a sensational new collaboration of Bristol Jazzers!Lucy Moon Publicity ShotReputed swing vocalist Lucy Moon of the Paper Moon Band has joined forces with the core players of the Bruce/Ilett Big Band to create a hard swinging, deliciously harmonic octet evoking the sound of the 40’s.

Fronted by Lucy’s rich vocals, featuring the powerhouse trumpet playing of Jonny Bruce within a 4 piece horn section and the original arrangements of swing classics from virtuoso guitarist Denny Ilett; this band swings with a force that is undeniably exhilarating.

DSCN0246For those of you getting a Saturday Night Dance ticket it also includes a complimentary dance lesson by Swing Dance Bristol and supporting act The Goodnight Sweethearts. Enjoy drinks from the bar, delicious food from the stalls around the marquee and a night of great music!


What are you waiting for? Tickets available here!

Workshop Wednesday – 3 Weeks To Go….

The 4.5″ gun restoration continues to race ahead. Mike and Rob spent a large part of Thursday getting the barrel rubbed down and into primer, also managing to reveal the markings, and free up the breech mechanism. On Saturday the barrel was flipped over so we could access the underside and spray some green on.

Paul and Alexis have been busy with the mechanicals of the gun, getting the elevation gear fitted, and the operating handle cleaned up, good as new!

Also in line for spraying was the jeep trailer (including split rim wheels), and the spades, all of which had been freshly shot blasted.

The bombed-out house has now had a few more coats of paint on the brickwork and woodwork. We’re awaiting the arrival of the wallpaper for the interior. The outside has had an initial dust coat of black to weather it.


Make Do Monday – Inside the Victory Marquee

dancingLast week we had a look at what is happening in the Home Front Marquee at the Dig for Victory Show on the 11th-12th of June. This week we’ll have a look at what will be going on during the daytime in the Victory Marquee!DSCN0316There is a fantastic line up of live music over the two day festival. Acts include the lovely Sticky Toffee JazzThe Marionettes, Emily Wright, musician Ricky Hunter, DJ UXBFifilaroux and The Prohibition Band as well as The Innsworth Military Wives Choir and The Goodnight Sweethearts!DSCN0268Make sure you bring your dance shoes, Bristol Swing Dance will help you with the steps!dfvs-2015-49For 2016 on the 75th anniversary of The Blitz; Aviation historian, broadcaster and writer Paul Beaver will be speaking in our Victory Marquee.dfvs2015-rg-s-15Local children from Stagecoach theatre arts school will be performing and The Paper Moon Band fronted by Lucy Moon will be running a free music and dance workshop for children.dfvs-2015-54Outside of the Marquee you can try your skills on an old fashioned game of skittles. Or why not relax on a picnic blanket with a drink from the bar or a bite to eat from one of the lovely food stalls?

Tickets are available now and don’t forget to get a ticket for the Saturday night dance!

Workshop Wednesday – More set building and the gun goes green

Kicking things off this Wednesday is the lovely little Austin 10, currently undergoing an overhaul at the hands of the GOG squad. It’s been treated to a fresh set of tyres, and Dennis has driven it around the yard!


In the workshop, the 4.5″ gun carriage, recoil system and legs have been rubbed down and painted, first into red primer, then a coat of green. In the process, the ID plate was rubbed down to reveal that this gun was formerly ‘E’ Sub!

The traverse gear has also been fitted. We were missing a handle for this, luckily the derelict 5.5″/105mm hybrid prototype we have in store was able to yield one, now installed.

More set building has taken place! We were donated a flat screen TV with speakers, our intention is for this to be in the Home Front Marquee to show 1940s films. We needed a suitable surround, and constructed a theatre-style box for it to sit in. Just needs some embellishments and red curtains!

The salvaged children’s wendy house has been given a lick of paint, too.

The bombed-out house has taken a big step forward, the brick cladding is fitted and painting has started (first a coat of primer, then several coats of various mortar and brick colours). The door and window frames are also being spruced up, and the polystyrene ‘rubble’ we made has been wired together to help prevent it blowing away!

Some more items have been dug out of the stores, ready to be sand blasted. On the pallet here is a wartime airborne-spec Jeep trailer, and the spades for the 4.5″ gun. The trailer has had wheel arches added post-war.

It’s all coming together, still plenty more to do!



Make Do Monday – Home front Marquee

The Dig for Victory Show is only weeks away now and it looks like spring and sunshine has come to stay!

As you can see on the website we’ve got a lot of different activities at the show to see and do, today I thought we would share some of the things happening in the Home front Marquee, one of the Dig for Victory Shows big marquees filled with fun! DSCN0340The Home front Marquee is filled with some amazing stalls selling everything from Vintage home wares, antiques, crafts, British made wool throws, fantastic make up products from Outside the box as well as Vintage fashion!DSCN0198In another end of the Home Front Marquee we’ve got the the 1940’s kitchen where there will be cooking demonstrations and talks about food rations going on through out all day both Saturday and Sunday!DSCN0344As part of the Dig for Victory Shows very popular Children’s trail there will be activities for everyone to join in on by the Make do and Mend area; make a felt poppy or RAF roundel badge, dress a peg doll or why not try a bit of knitting and crochet with the talented Emily from EweKnit20 joining us again this year!DSCN0230

On Sunday the 12th of June there will also be a bunting making and decorating workshop with Verity from Lace is more-bringing her miniature sewing machines along to the show!DSCN0186All this and even more is what you can look forward to on the 11th and 12th of June at the North Somerset Showground in the Home front Marquee, next week we’ll have a look at the Victory Marquee and the activities in there!

If you have got a ticket for the Saturday Night Dance, there will also be opportunities to book an appointment to have your hair and make up done in the day! If you haven’t already got one of the limited Dance tickets, book online now to avoid missing out!

Workshop Wednesday – North Somerset Show 2016

Just 5 weeks to go until we commence the move to the showground, eek!

We were very pleased to join members of the IMPS in promoting the DFVS at the North Somerset Show on bank holiday Monday. This, of course, meant we needed to get vehicles ready for the trip up to Flax Bourton.

New arrival ‘Avenger’ towed the 25-pounder and limber, whilst the faithful Bedford OY carried tentage and props. DFVS volunteers handed out tons of flyers, and the gun crew ran through training on the artillery piece and showed members of the public how it operates.

Back in the workshop, some very tasty parts have arrived for the 4.5-inch gun, which has been given a rub down and first coat of primer.