Report on WW2016 by Royal British Legion Barry Poppy Appeal
Barry War Museum
A fabulous two days at the Wartime Weekend, thank you to the Barry at War group for having us. Our Veteran Stan Smith has lost his voice after telling his war memories to so many people....thank you for looking after him with tea, sandwiches and toasted teacakes !! He had a great time, and was still singing wartime songs on Sunday evening. On the Poppy Appeal fundraising stand, Annabel and I met lots of lovely people....thank you to everyone who generously donated as every penny we raise makes a huge difference to our service veterans and their families through the work we do. The Cadet units who work with us through the year were a real credit to their units 372 Air Training Corps Barry and TS Cossack Barry Sea Cadets, and the flag raising and lowering ceremonies under the expert leadership of Parade Marshall David Green were supremely executed - well done all. Fabulous also to get interest from other Youth groups asking about affiliation with The Royal British Legion......we will be in touch this week with St Johns Ambulance Service Cadets !!!Feet up day today !!!!!!Best Wishes to all at the museum,Royal British Legion Barry Poppy Appeal.
Below are a selection of pictures and videos taken at the 2015 Wartime Weekend at Barry War Museum. All the below images can be found on the Barry Wartime Weekend 2016 album page on Facebook (click the Facebook logo to be redirected to the page!)
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Report on Day Two of Wartime Weekend 2016 by Ian Phillips
Day two of "Wartime Weekend" got off to a much better start as the band of torrential rain which had so blighted the previous day had passed over us...at last! Sunday was cloudy and a wee bit blustery at times...but thankfully dry! Thus, the flag-raising ceremony which began the day was conducted in much more favourable conditions with the breeze immediately catching the flags so they flew proudly rather than hanging wet and slightly limply as they did on Saturday!( thanks are due to Alun Salisbury, the group's "flagman"..without whom etc!) The fine weather palpably lifted the spirits of hosts and exhibitors alike. By mid-morning our Sunday guests began to arrive including the splendid "Only Menopause Allowed" ladies' choir, our fashion show models and some additional military vehicles! The various motor-cycles, Jeeps and trucks parked outside the station building, plus the sight of the flags, alerted to public to the fact that there was something going on inside! Thus as the day progressed, footfall noticeably increased as more and more people began to enter the building. They were treated to some fine musical entertainment provided by our "resident" 40s chanteuse, Angela Incledon, plus the massed voices of "Only Menopause Allowed" ( great name!) Then there was the splendid multi-period fashion show(s) presented by our very own Rosemary Chaloner and her team of charming young models. Not only were the original period outfits lovely to look at, but also the running commentary provided by Rosemary which accompanied each one was very informative. Our guest exhibitors set up some fine displays of miltaria and related historical artefacts. The scale-model R/C tank group supported as as always, along with the RNLI, RBL, British Heart Foundation, cadets representing the various armed forces and some local crafts people. These were the high-profile events, but behind the scenes our group members were beavering away as guides in our museum, presenting historical talks in the "Ops Room", selling books to raise funds or just generally busying themselves making sure that things were going as smoothly as possible! The event concluded with fag-lowering ceremony for which we thank our Flag Marshal, cadets and bugler.
So, that's it for another year! Time now to relax for a while then to pause and reflect upon what went well, or perhaps not so well, and to use this to inform our planning for any future events.
Once again, the Barry At War Museum group thank you all for your continued support. Do come and visit us Wednesdays 1400-1600hrs, the second Sunday of every month, 1100hrs-1500hrs...and on any weekend throughout the year when the Heritage Railway trains are running!