September unexpectedly turned out to be a busy month following the ‘Camper Calling’ event at Ragley Hall as reported last month.

Emergency Services Show

The Emergency Services Show takes place annually and is a showcase for anything concerning the blue light services and also the many voluntary groups that may work alongside them.

Purely a trade show, equipment, vehicles, clothing and all manner of related tools and apparatus are on show with sales aimed not only at the big purchasers but also the individual buying small items for themselves.

For myself (and the team) the show is mainly about networking, meeting those not seen for a while, making new contacts and catching up on news, gossip and rumours.

Response UK AGM

Next on my agenda was the Response UK AGM held at Stratford Racecourse on the weekend of The Adventure Overland Show. Any of our team members can attend the AGM as we are a member group of RUK and as it takes place in the afternoon there is time for a wander around the show beforehand.

Work continues at the Training Ground

At the end of the month we hired in plant for a few days to complete work at our training ground that, for different weather related reasons, couldn’t be done sooner, the previous work being done some 11 months beforehand.

Jim Savage, Phil Rock, myself and a new member, Andrew Hedge, spent three days working, moving soil, clay and stone; my thanks especially to Andrew who, as an experienced excavator driver, gave up his time to help at short notice. Apart from ongoing maintenance the ground is now completed.

Prior to the above work days there had been some quite strong winds and we found that a large tree had been blown down across one of the tracks in the woods. Thanks to Jon Butterworth and Marc Lawson who turned up with just a few hours notice, chainsaws in hand, and spent time cutting and removing the offending tree from the track.

We have another training day planned for Sunday 2nd December

John Kesterton