Dorset village recreates the 1940s for Maiden Newton at War this weekend
By Peevo | Monday, June 18, 2012, 13:27
A Dorset village will travel back in time this weekend when it plays host to the
Maiden Newton at War which takes place this weekend
Maiden Newton at War, which takes place this weekend
Maiden Newton at War event.
It is the third time the biennial event has been held and organisers are hoping
for another bumper crowd after thousands from across the region attended the
event in both 2010 and 2008.
The historical weekend – which runs from Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 June –
commemorates the part played by the village and surrounding area in the Second
World War and invites visitors to step back in time.
Attractions over the two-day event will include military and vintage vehicle
displays, demonstrations, exhibits of 1940s and Second World War memorabilia,
and a display by a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
There will also be a number of re-enactor groups from around the UK as well as
the continent attending the event. The groups, who represent a number of
different units that fought in the Second World War, will take part in a battle
re-enactment on both Saturday and Sunday.
In addition there will be other stalls and refreshment stands as well as a
1940s style dance on Saturday evening.
The event will be started by Armour and Embarkation, an event that is held just
off the nearby A37 over the same weekend and which features the largest array
of tanks and military vehicles to gather in the area since the Second World
War. Their parade of historic vehicles will set off from Maiden Newton at War
during Saturday morning.
Ian Hambidge, one of the organisers, said: "The event has something for
everyone and attracts enthusiasts as well as families and people looking for
something a bit different.
"We are really proud that it has been described as the premier 1940s
re-enactment event in the South West and one of the best in the country.
"The committee that organises the event is made up of local residents and
representatives, including the headteacher of the local school, so it is a real
"We want to encourage as many people as possible to come along, get dressed up
if they like, and really get into the spirit of the event.
"Last time we had some visitors who came from hundreds of miles away to attend
which was fantastic."
Maiden Newton has close links to the Second World War as it was seen as a
strategic pinch point if the German army succeeded in invading the south coast
of England. The village lay at the junction of two key rail routes and was
heavily fortified as a result.
A number of concrete Pill Boxes are still in evidence in the area which, along
with anti tank obstacles and other defensive measures, were designed to slow
the progress of the invading army through Maiden Newton.
A number of American troops were also stationed in the area while they waited
to take part in the D-Day landings and the area had an active Home Guard.
Ian said: "There was a rich history in the village so when we were looking for
a fundraising event for the village it seemed an obvious choice.
"It also worked really well for the local primary school as it complemented the
history curriculum so the school has given a lot of support to the event as
Tickets for the Maiden Newton at War event are on sale from Greenford School
and No 64 the Newsagents in Maiden Newton or on the gate. More details about
the event are available at www.maidennewtonatwar.co.uk