January 26th (Sunday) - SMVG Annual General Meeting at the Institute Hall, Bridge of Earn. Usual bring and buy from 1pm with start of business at 2pm. Refreshments served mid meeting. The ever popular club raffle will follow the meeting so bringing along a donation for the prize list would be greatly appreciated. See news page.
IMPORTANT! As always, if the weather looks at all doubtful contact any member of the committee for advice before setting out on a long journey.
March 15th. SMVG Annual Swap Meet. Held at the Institute Hall, Bridge of Earn. 2 mins off junction 9 M90. Sale of militaria, military vehicle parts and collectables. Military vehicles and other exhibits on display. Refreshments available on site in the NAAFI. Admission 10am-4pm. Adults £1, accompanied under 16's free. Contact Al Smith for table reservations and all other enquiries on 07704 187739 or eml email@example.com
Table Space now fully booked!
April 5th. Knockhill Racing Circuit. Knockhill are holding their 5th Armed Forces Appreciation Day, and have asked if we could supply some vehicles for a static display. Contact Brian Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org
April 26th. Drive it Day. This is the annual FBHVC take your classic vehicle out and do what it says...Drive it! A wee bit of history about the event and the reason behind it can be found on https://www.fbhvc.co.uk/drive-it-day
The West Area will be having their usual excursion to some exotic destination as yet to be decided, but other areas are also organising a run, so contact your ALO for details.
May 8th. VE day bank holiday. There are a number of local events organised for the bank holiday, but the British Legion have invited us to take part in a parade / display in Edinburgh. This would be WW2 vehicles and details are still at the planing stage, but it's got the makings of a good event. Contact John Webster email@example.com or Roddy Brown firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in attending.
Contact Nigel Bodiam for more information email@example.com or 01340 820794
May 9th. VE Day Celebration at Giffordtown by Cupar. WW11 vehicles and living history participants required. VE day celebration concert to follow at Kinross Campus in the evening. For further information contact Brian Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 9th & 10th. East Fortune Museum of Flight VE themed event. This is the usual East Fortune military vehicle show, but this year with a VE Day theme, but not restricted to WW2 period. If attending as part of SMVG display contact John Webster email@example.com
16th May. Arctic Convoy Commemorative Event. Loch Ewe
During World War II, Royal Navy and merchant mariners served on the Russian Arctic convoys, which sailed from Loch Ewe in Scotland to the Arctic ports of Murmansk and Archangel in northern Russia.
They provided Russia with much-needed materials and armaments to help them continue the fight against the Germans on the Eastern Front, providing the Allies with the opportunity to launch D-Day.
Sir Winston Churchill, described the Russian Arctic convoys as ‘the worst journey in the world’. In total, 104 Allied merchant ships with the Arctic convoys were sunk, along with 18 warships; 829 merchant mariners and 1,944 Navy personnel were killed. Russia lost 30 merchant ships and an unknown number of personnel.
At 11am on Saturday 16 May 2020, there will be a 75th anniversary memorial event to mark the end of the Russian Arctic convoys and the end of World War II.This will be held at Inverasdale, by the shores of Loch Ewe.
A UK-wide initiative has been launched to trace surviving veterans of the Russian Arctic convoys, who will be invited to attend, some have already intimated that they will be attending. The event is an opportunity to recognise their sacrifice and that of their comrades.
Special guests will be Joanie Whiteford, Lord Lieutenant of Ross Shire and Cromarty, representing Her Majesty the Queen and Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. They will be joined by Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls representing those nations whose nationals served on the Russian Arctic convoys, together with other dignitaries and representatives from our own armed forces and armed forces associations. Family members of surviving veterans and those who sadly are no longer with us, together with members of the public will also be there.
This memorial event is not for profit, an opportunity to make sure that these brave men are not forgotten.
The SMVG has been asked by the Russian Arctic Convoy Project and Museum if it would be feasible to have a number of period vehicles in attendance at the event, and where possible personnel in period uniform.
Our participation is very much in the planning stage, but it on the understanding that there would be recompense for fuel costs, and there would be provision of meals and possibly accommodation.
The main event is on Saturday 16th May, and given the distance involved I would think anyone taking part would need to travel to Loch Ewe on Friday 15th.
At this stage, what I need to know is who would be interested in taking part in this event. I know, given the distance involved, it will not be everyone's cup of tea, but it might be an opportunity to see this remarkable location and support a worthwhile cause in the process.
The Arctic convoys must have been one of the most dangerous duties of the war and the men who endured the hardships are indeed worthy of recognition and remembrance.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in taking part. Reply to me, John Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a ring on 07712576932
May 16th & 17th. B.A. Vintage Country Fair, Lyne of Skene, Aberdeenshire, AB32 7DA. Vicky Ligertwood 07766 783752. BA.email@example.com
May 17th. Borders Vintage Agricultural Show, Kelso. Military vehicle section. Contact Alistair Smith. firstname.lastname@example.org
June 7th. Borders Classic Vehicle Show, Thirlestane Castle. Usual Vintage Vehicle Show at Lauder, always a good military section with a trophy to be won. Fill in the on line entry form (entries close 19th April) https://bvac.org.uk/p/individual-entrants or contact Alistair Smith email@example.com
June 13th&14th. Fife Vintage Agricultural Machinery Club. Farming Heritage Show & Vintage Rally. Kilmaron, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4PE. HOSTING CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS. Contact Carol Jack 07969 120709 firstname.lastname@example.org
June 14th. Tayside Classic Car Club. Tayside Classic Motor Show. Errol Airfield, Perthsire, PH2 7TB. Jim & Mary MacLeod 01307 465838 / 07729 690877. email@example.com www.taysideclassiccarclub.co.uk
June 20 & 21st. Keith & Dufftown Railway. 1940s weekend. See website https://keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk/1940s-weekend/ or contact Nigel Bodiam 01340 820794.
July 11th & 12th. Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club. 46th Scottish Transport Extravaganza.
Glamis Castle, Glamis, DD8 1RJ. Contact Lesley Munro: 01307 840311. firstname.lastname@example.org
July 18th & 19th. Dumfries Aviation Museum MV weekend. Usual format for this regular event, camping from the Friday evening and food supplied on the Saturday evening. Main public day is the Sunday for anyone who wants to just come for the day.
Contact John Webster email@example.com
July 25th & 26th. Defend Fife 2020. Similar format to previous years. Details TBA. Contact Rodger Pickering firstname.lastname@example.org or Brian Morgan, email@example.com
July 25th & 26th. Devils Porridge Museum, Eastriggs. MV Weekend. This interesting wee museum deals with the history of what was for a time, the largest munitions works in the world, as well as the wider social implications for the local area. see https://www.devilsporridge.org.uk/ We are always well looked after and there is a little fuel money available too, however, space is limited so let me know early if you are interested in going. John Webster firstname.lastname@example.org
August 2nd. Glenisla Classic Vehicle Club. Glenisla Hall, PH11 8PH. BBQ picnic with excellent cross country run for 4x4 vehicles. Nick Morrocco 01575 560207. email@example.com www.gcvc.co.uk
August 15th & 16th. Garlieston Military Weekend. Now in it's forth year this event is going from strength to strength, and raises money for military charities in the process. Open to all periods, WW1 to the Cold War. There is a convoy road run on the Saturday and a 40's dance on the Saturday evening. Food supplied over the weekend. Contact Steve Hanna on "Garlieston's Military Weekend" facebook page, or John Webster firstname.lastname@example.org
September 6th. Keith and Dufftown Military Vehicle Day.
New military vehicle event. Contact Nigel Bodiam on 01340 820794 for more info.
September 12th & 13th. Scone SMVG Annual Gathering at Farming Yesteryear.
Details in due course
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