The Dig for Victory Show 2017

It’s all over for another year, but what a fantastic time we’ve had! Let’s have a look at some of the Dig for Victory Show highlights…

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Dig for Victory Show 2017 – The countdown has begun!

The countdown has begun,

It is now less than 5 weeks to go until we open the gates to the number one 1940s family festival in the South West. As always our aim is to bring history alive and the generations together for a weekend of learning, remembrance and fun!Our volunteers have been working tirelessly on some exciting new additions to the show as well as spreading the word about our fantastic event! Want to help? Tell all your friends and neighbours about the Dig for Victory Show!

The tickets for the Saturday night Victory Dance are selling fast so don’t forget to buy one whilst you still can! We can’t wait to welcome Bristol Community Big Band who are headlining on the night conducted by the fantastic Jonny Bruce with the gorgeous vocals of Lucy Moon. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes as their joy for swing is bound to keep you on the dance floor all night!

Here is a video from last years dance!

If you have never been to the show and would like to know more, keep reading!For our young visitors we have a fantastic Children’s trail which takes the entire family around all the different areas of the show. Try knitting in the Home Front Marquee, repotting by the allotment and are your hands steady enough to diffuse an unexploded bomb? We’ve got lots of delicious food stalls booked for this years show with the fabulous team from Heartfelt Vintage running our vintage tea room in the Victory Marquee.

Are you a fan of classic cars? There will be many shiny examples to see! Although we are a 1940s show we accept a wide range of vehicles! You can also find military vehicles, steam engines, tractors and all sorts around the place!When you feel like taking a break you can sit down and listen to one of hour history talks or demos, why not relax to some live music in the Victory Marquee or bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the view!

Re-enactors help to set the scene. Walking around the show you may feel like you have traveled back in time or that you might be at a film set!There will be lots of indoor and outdoor stalls selling everything from pies, books, antiques, handmade bags and dresses so don’t forget to bring some spending money! We do recommend bringing cash as the closest cash-machine is in Nailsea.We’ve got performers and live music playing all throughout the day with our Dj UXB keeping you on your toes in between! All this and more will be waiting for you in June. Please watch our highlights video from 2016 to get even more of a feel for the show!

Don’t forget that we’ve got weekend tickets on sale and that you can camp for the whole weekend in our camping field. If you are not so keen on bringing your own tent or camper van there is also our glamping option, book with The enchanted little bell tent through our website and you won’t have to worry about tent pegs and guy ropes!

What are you waiting for, put the 10th and 11th of June in your diary and we’ll see you at the

Dig for Victory Show!

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 – Sew La Di Da Sewing patterns

Something that I can never get enough of on a Monday is inspiration! This week I’m going to search through my fabric bundles to see if I can find some material to try one out of these gorgeous sewing patterns from Sew La Di Da!

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Here we have Blitz: a lovely 1940’s inspired dress with a really pretty collar and a short sleeve. The pattern comes in sizes 6-18, with instructions for fabric requirements and clear step by step guides.

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The second pattern is Margo: an elegant playsuit which can easily be altered to fit a 50’s, 60’s or 70’s style! I love the pocket detail and this patterns versatility. Margo also comes in sizes 6-18 and can be made with a sweet heart neckline or a little collar.

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The little booklet inside features a lay out plan and clear images as a step by step guide for how to put your project together. The Blitz dress looks like a really good beginners project! Sew La Di Da also have a lot of other fabulous vintage and retro inspired sewing patterns on the website. They come in a neat card envelope with inspiring photos of what you will make, perfect for getting rid of that Monday blues!

Now I need help choosing, which one to I try first? Have you got a Sew La Di Da pattern favourite?

 

 

 

Disclaimer: these patterns were sent to us to review, Thank you Caroline!

A Date That Will Live in Infamy

December 7th, 1941 is remembered as the day the Japanese military launched a surprise attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor.

This was the inciting incident for the USA declaring war on Japan. Germany, Japan’s ally, then declared war on the USA.

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Photograph of Battleship Row taken from a Japanese plane at the beginning of the attack. The explosion in the center is a torpedo strike on the USS West Virginia. Two attacking Japanese planes can be seen: one over the USS Neosho and one over the Naval Yard. (Source: Wikipedia)