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Thanks for looking at our page, please have a look around. If you click the “about” tab above it will tell you a little about what we’re doing, the other tabs give you access to other pages. Please forgive the brevity of the pages, I’ll add more as things progress. The Post is on private land, there is no right of access, we are very fortunate to have the permission of Mssrs Lamb to hold our Open Days, please don’t jeapordise this by trespassing.
Due to having to source (and fund) public liability insurance for visitors to the Post, to appease our landlords land agent, we cannot say when we will next be holding an open day. This insurance is being arranged but as you can imagine is a specialised area and is not happening quickly. Please watch this page for updates, we are treating this as a priority.
Sorry for the lack of updates here recently, life seems to have got in the way! Our Open Days this year have been quiet but I think the weather has had a big part in that, however we’ve had some really great visitors and even managed to recruit some members for the Royal Observer Corps Association.
Among our visitors was Dr Sam Christie an independent film maker who is making a documentary so spent two days filming with us. More recently we’ve had Penrith and Keswick Fire Brigade crews practicing a casualty evacuation.
There have also been one or two additions this year including a new shelter to replace our wrecked gazebo and a present from John Gedge of a set of used Mk1 maroons and a home made trainer set of the later type maroons (non functioning).
Our, new to us, van helped greatly with getting ready for the day (would have been even better if I’d loaded the BPI and clock!). With the help of 37 Post restorer John George Little we were set up in record time, not that we needed to be as the only 4 visitors we had before lunch decided they didn’t want to go down into the Post?
After lunch was a different thing with many of the 22Grp faithful appearing along with a steady flow of new visitors, many local but some not so, our farthest travelled were from Vancouver. Small world syndrome struck, the first two visitors we had came from Chester-le-Street inspired to visit by a visit to the trashed Sacriston Post in 23 Group, later in the day we had a visit by the former L/Obs of Sacriston Post and her family.
Dates for future Open Days are being worked out this week, watch this space (or Facebook, or our Twitter feed).
Quick trip to the Post today, everything found in good order although the field is quite muddy. Not much to do before April 23rd other than charge the lighting batteries. Saw our landlords as we usually do, busy farming as always!
As the year comes to a close and we start to look at possible dates for 2017 Open Days, we also look back at what 2016 has brought. The weather hasn’t been particularly kind this year but we can’t arrange that and unfortunately our new Gazebo was destroyed by the wind.
This year has seen the introduction of talks on the ROC, its history and heritage given to various groups, there are already four talks booked for 2017.
I must mention two highlights of the year, firstly the amazing commemoration of the Stand Down of ROC Posts weekend with several Posts open over the weekend and in contact over the Teletalk system, we were joined by several ex Observers from their homes and also the restored 28Grp Sector Control in Dundee.
The second highlight was the first Open Day at Carlisle 37 Post Brampton which is under restoration by former L/Obs John George Little by kind permission of Paul and Sarah Crabtree.
In closing, we must thank our helpers, supporters and our visitors and express our wish to see you all again in the New Year.
Regards and Best Wishes
C/Obs David Atkinson – (Acker)
L/Obs David Shaw – (Boots)
Two of the 51 Post Team, L/Obs D Shaw and L/Obs JG Little have had a couple of busy weekends. 51 Post was open for the weekend of the 25th anniversary of the Stand Down of Posts and Controls. The evening of 30th September was incredible with people chatting on the Teletalk from all over the country, very reminiscent of through the night on exercise in years past. This weekend we manned Carlisle 37 Post which is undergoing restoration under the control of JG for it’s very first Open Day. JG’s landlords Paul and Sarah provided food and drink for the visitors and as the Post has a weather station attached, there was a representative from the Met Office there too.
What a wonderful couple of days at the post, some great visitors who asked lots of relevant questions. The amazing Sylvia Ramshaw produced a stunning cake and the weather wasn’t too bad. Early communications problems were solved and conversation was had with people countywide. All in all the 25th anniversary of Stand Down was commemorated in good style. Thank you everyone including John George Little, restorer of 37 Post Brampton, Malcolm Cannings, Yvonne Thomas, Mike Scott, Gavin Saxby, Al McCann, Cheryl Stewart, Frank Alexander, Harold Archer, Anne Farries and the many others who have helped, donated items, offered advice and visited. I can’t possibly name everyone but a huge THANK YOU. Our 2015/16 Open Days have been wonderful and we hope to carry this on in 2017. Please call in to see us on an Open day in 2017 we’ll be very pleased to see you. The post is now stripped for the winter and will only be getting maintenance visits for a while, this doesn’t mean we’re doing nothing as we give talks and demonstrations to many different groups. Look out for dates for our 2017 openings will be published here or on our Facebook page as soon as we have got our heads together with our shift details.
Thanks once again C/Obs Atkinson & L/Obs Shaw 22/51 Post.