How to get that 1940s look!

Happy Monday everyone,

Have you been practicing victory rolls all weekend like I have? The wonderful illustrator Lara Lockwood made this poster for the Dig for Victory Show programme a couple of years ago but it’s still a handy guide!

1940s hair and make-up by Lara Lockwood

If you’ve tried but can’t make your rolls stay up, Poppy’s Hair Salon will be back at this years show!

The lovely Poppy’s ladies will pin your hair up 40s style, whether it is to go to the Victory Dance on the Saturday night or just to get into the Forties fun!

Poppy’s run on an appointment system both days – so make sure you book a spot as soon as you arrive, they are always very popular and book up quickly!

Don’t forget that you can buy tickets to the show online today! The Saturday Night Dance tickets are flying off the shelf so book now to avoid missing out!

Make Do Monday – Christmas Dance

I know it’s only Monday but the week will surely fly by as I remind you all that this Saturday the Dig for Victory Show Christmas Dance is on!mollyandthekingsIt’s time to get the shoe polish out, practice those victory rolls and get ready for a festive and fun filled night with a free beginners dance lesson and Live music from Molly and the Kings!dancedfvsIf you haven’t got a ticket yet, what are you waiting for? Click here to BOOK ONLINE. To give you a taste of the fun here is a video of the Summer Victory Dance from earlier this year:

Look out for the searchlights and I’ll see you on the dance floor!

Make Do Monday – Knitting in October

At the beginning of October I started working on a scarf and was curious if anyone else had some knitting projects in progress. I’ve had a couple of ladies share their wonderful work, scroll down for inspiration!intarLindsay is knitting on this beautiful piece, amazing work and lovely colours!dianajsijDiana has been very busy knitting squares and making a scarf. dianaknitShe also knitted the cardigan above for her WVS dress and now she’s knitting doll’s sleeping bags for her two granddaughters for Christmas!scarfThank you so much for sharing your knitting projects! I am still working on my scarf but hope to have it off the needles by the end of the week!

Next I’m making a dress for the Dig for Victory Show Christmas dance on the 19th of November! Are you going? Get your tickets here—-> TICKETS!

Make Do Monday – Knitting

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer! As we are now entering October and I’ve got my knitting needles out from hibernation, I thought it would be nice to inspire each other with some making and mending!

I would love to know what is on your needles? Have you recently repurposed something? Are you working with a vintage sewing pattern?
14569059_10157583744835323_739897155_nI have just cast on 55 stitches and am planning to knit and purl until I’ve got a decent sized scarf. I am not much of a knitter but I’m hoping this is a good place to start.

Email a photo with the subject bar reading Make do Monday or you send us a pic or tell us what you are making on The Dig for Victory Show Facebook page! I’ll make a compilation before the end of the month and hopefully we can inspire each other to get crafty this autumn.

What is on your “I want to make this” wish list?


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10 Things You Might Not Know About The Dig For Victory Show

As we have finally reached the last Monday before the show, I thought we’d share some facts about The Dig for Victory Show that you might not know!DSCN0190.jpg1. There is Camping available if you’d like to make a weekend of the event! Learn more about the camping area here and get your weekend+camping tickets here.13055029_10156699786995391_4725639344937210993_o2. We will have two working 3.7 inch heavy anti aircraft guns in action at the show!DSCN03113. Every year the Dig for Victory Show raise funds for a chosen Charity. This year we are proud to support Walking With The Wounded and Weston Hospicecare.

4.The French army reenactment group will be doing a demonstration of battle tactics in the arena, both Saturday and Sunday.DSCN02305. On our children’s wartime activity trail you can try your hand at defusing our UXB , look at a landing craft through a periscope, check the tyres and water on a jeep , type your name using an old typewriter and enjoy a week’s sweet ration for all your hard work!DSCN02686. We’ve got some lovely music lined up for the whole weekend in the Victory marquee so bring your dancing shoes!DSCN01987. How do you cook with rations? The Ministry of food cooking demonstrations in the Home Front Marquee might help.DSCN01868. There will be a special celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday in the Victory Marquee on Saturday 11th at 15.15.fly9. Weather permitting we’ve got a Spitfire flypast on Saturday and a Spitfire and Hurricane flypast on Sunday! See program on website for timings.

10. The Dig for Victory Show is an event run entirely by volunteers! We are very fortunate to be surrounded by such hardworking and enthusiastic people whom put a lot of time and effort into making the show a success!dancing

See you at the show!

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!

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!

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!

Make Do Monday – Morrison shelter

Following last weeks post about the Anderson Shelter, this week we are looking at the Morrison shelter!

The Morrison shelter’s official name is the “Table (Morrison) indoor shelter”, it was designed by John Baker and named after Herbert Morrison who was the Minister of Home Security at the time. The idea for the Morrison shelter was fed from the realisation that there was a lack of indoor shelters as not enough homes had cellars.

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The Morrison shelter measured approximately 6 ft 6 inches long, 4 ft wide and 2 ft 6 inches high. With a steel plate “table” top, welded wire mesh sides, and a metal lath floor. Three tools were supplied with the pack that you built up inside your home and it had 359 parts altogether. A lot of people used the shelter as a table and had bedding inside of it.


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Half a million Morrison shelters had been distributed by the end of 1941, with a further 100,000 being added in 1943 to prepare the population for the expected German V-1 flying bomb.

At the Dig For Victory Show in previous years, we have had half a genuine Morrison shelter on display. This was salvaged from a garage, where it had been used as a work bench, and restored once again by members of the IMPS.
Another chance find has brought the remains of another one. This had been quite heavily modified and effectively turned upside down. Volunteers of the Shopland Collection have been cutting it apart and preparing to reassemble it the right way around!


Make Do Monday – Anderson Shelters

The Anderson shelter is one of the most recognisable reminders of the Blitz. Around one and a half million shelters were distributed between February 1938 and the outbreak of the war. Over 2.1 million were raised during the war.

Designed in 1938 by William Paterson and Oscar Carl Kerrison in a response to a request from the home office to develop a shelter for air-raids. Sir John Anderson who set the task was convinced that the problem of providing air-raid shelter for the civil population could never be fully solved without finding some way of bringing the shelter to the people, instead of trying to bring all the people to communal shelter. The Anderson shelters were built around homes for up to six people per shelter and could protect against blasts and ground shocks.

Here is a video showing how a well constructed shelter could save lives:

After the war many Anderson shelters found a new use as garden sheds.

Long time supporters of the Show, the Invicta Military vehicle Preservation Society (IMPS) salvaged the remains of three Anderson shelters and one caravan chassis, combining all of them into a mobile display. Here it is in the Victory Gardena the show.


Volunteers of the show, Dave and Lindsay, restored an Anderson shelter for their back garden and it took pride of place outside the Victory marquee at the Dig for Victory Show!


Sources: Air-raid shelter, prototype, Gordano Homefront.