carlisle 51 post

Can’t say enough thank yous.

Can’t say enough thank yous.

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.

25th Anniversary of Stand Down Open Days.

It is with much regret that due to circumstances beyond our control we cannot be open on Sunday 2nd October, we will still be open on Friday 30th Sept and Saturday 1st Oct as planned. We’re hoping to tie this event in with other restored posts throughout the country. Keep checking back for updates here or on our Facebook page.

2016 – Not as kind as 2015.

Our June and July Open Days have suffered from foul weather but we’ve survived and managed to pass on our heritage to a good number of visits, including 20 Cubs from the Whalley Scout Group. We purchased a gazebo to use in inclement weather but unfortunately the weather on 9th July was just to inclement and the gazebo was destroyed, I guess you win some, you lose some.
While on a family trip to Scotland our intrepid L/Obs met up with several other Post restorers at Cheryl Stewarts BBQ at her restored Post and Museum in Arbroath. Fellow restorer of Skelmorlie Post and owner of the Largs ROC Museum Frank Alexander kindly donated some items to 51 Post including a 1pt petrol tin, something we’ve been looking for for some time.

1st Open Day 2016

What a fantastic first open day of 2016 we had yesterday, with our good fortune the weather was fine if cold. It was a great success with lots of visitors, kept me busy all day not only explaining the Post but also our heritage back to 1916 with the Metropolitan Observation Service and the London Air Defence Area. Had quite a few ex ROC visitors including Bob McIntosh from 7Grp Bedford who came up specially for the day and an Observer from Sidmouth Post in Devon. Rick Thomas the restorer of Kettering Post and Lachlan Macleod who is restoring Aberlemno also came along. Days like this really make the restoration worthwhile. Thanks to Bob McIntosh, ex C/Obs (W) Janice Colbert-Weeks of Horton-in-Ribblesdale Post and her husband Neil for their help at the end of the day, stripping the Post and loading the cars. Thanks again everybody, without our visitors it just wouldn’t be the same.

Weather! – lots of it.

Desmond and Frank have been and gone, they left devastation and lots of water in their wake. You can’t now go for a walk along the old CK&P railway path near the Post as the bridges are damaged but there are other walks mapped out in the Tearooms where you can go and peruse while sampling the amazing cakes, please say hello to Paulo and the gang. A visit to check on the Post found the field looking like a rice paddy but happily it was bone dry inside. We’ll be having a work day or two before our first 2016 open day so if you fancy wielding a paintbrush please get in touch, there’s a contact form on the “About” page. Don’t forget there’s also updates on our Facebook page, “Carlisle 51 Post -Threlkeld”.

November weather.

Well the weather hasn’t been kind with Threlkeld cricket club suffering badly from the monsoon rain, fortunately the Post is nice and dry even though the field is standing in water. Advantage of a slight easing in the downpour allowed a quick visit to the Post to do a security check and to mark the fittings with Smartwater. Of course this meant a trip to our friends at Threlkeld village hall tea room for refreshment, excellent as usual.

Preliminary 2016 dates.

UPDATED
Some dates for your diaries, the first planned open days for 2016 will be 23rd April and 11th June, we also intend to be open for the weekend 30th Sept – 2nd Oct to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the stand down of the posts. It is hoped that many of the restored posts across the country will also be open for this weekend to mark the anniversary.

Final Open Day of 2015

Thanks to all our visitors we’ve had a super day passing on our history. Post now stripped into 2 cars and ready to fill the attic! We’ll be having visits over the winter to do maintenance but that’s it until the first open day of 2016, watch this page for details. Thanks again for making the restoration worthwhile. I was asked today why we put so much effort into the Post and Open Days, the answer is our visitors. Thanks too for looking at this blog and taking an interest in 2 middle aged blokes having a nostalgia rush. Special thanks go to our helpers on the Open Days, John Little, Malcolm Cannings and Yvonne Thomas.
All that we’ve done wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our landlords, the Lamb family of Burns Farm, not only do they allow us to do what we do, they also keep an eye on the Post while we’re not there.

Open Day 5th September

Our next Open Day will take place on 5th September, 11am to 5pm, this will be the final Open Day for 2015, the Post will be open and equipped and weather permitting there will be a small display above ground too. Remember, if you wish to go underground you do so entirely at your own risk, this is as it was for Observers on duty, it has not been “sterilized” in the interests of health and safety. If time and helpers allow we will be able to provide hot drinks. We’ll be posting dates of 2016 Open Days here or on our Facebook page as soon as dates are finalised. Don’t forget we’re prepared to open especially for group visits if our work shifts allow.

July Open Day 2

Wow, first thing we must say is thank you to all who came along to see what we’re doing, every visitor we get is a welcome guest and we hope you feel welcome. Unfortunately we didn’t get chance to take any photo’s of the day (very remiss of us I know) so if anyone would care to send us any to share on here we’d be extremely grateful. You can get in touch via the form on the “About” page or alternatively via our Facebook page “Carlisle 51 Post – Threlkeld”

Secondly we really must pay thanks to C/Obs Malcolm Cannings for helping with underground “tourguide” duties in the Post, Obs(W) Yvonne Thomas for getting everyone signed in and organised upstairs and C/Obs Hugh Doran for staying back to help strip the Post and load the car at the end of the day.