Tyntesfield House 2011    Tyntesfield Lawn 2011

The past few weeks have been dominated by preparation for our WWII weekend at Tyntesfield House.  Sadly very little has been done to the vehicles but we have been busy working on the organisation and marketing of the event that is the biggest annual outing for the Collection.  We are very lucky to have the opportunity to display the vehicles in such wonderful surroundings, where the public can see them in all their full glory.

This year will be very different as we have a marquee on the lawn and the focus of the event will be moved to House itself, with a full programme of events throughout the day.  The whole ethos of the event is to bring history alive through displays and exhibits. For example, we hope to live fire some of the artillery and have interactive displays where visitors can learn about the vehicles and guns.

If you want to stay a little later into the evening, we have a Forties fashion show and dance planned in the marquee.  The event is billed the Tyntesfield Affair and promises to be a fun filled evening.  Tickets for the dance cost £10 and can be bought on the National Trust web site or from the yard office at the Clevedon Sawmills.

With less than two weeks to go we needed a big weekend on the LCVP if we are to have any hope of getting it ready for the BBC.  Sadly our efforts on Saturday were undone on Sunday when the weather turned making it impossible to work on the boat.  Below is a little picture diary of our efforts.

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Removing the engine covers, bow-ramp winch and gun decks.

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Adrian gets to grips with the pressure washer.

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Bilge after being pumped.

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Nearly ready for paint.

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Rollers are the way forward!


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One thing is for sure, there is no way we could have made so much progress with the help of Adrian Jones together with Derek and Sam Mitchell.  Their continued help and support has been much appreciated.  The restoration phase continues but with a week of wet weather on the horizon it will certainly make things a lot more difficult.

If you are interested in learning more about LCVPs check-out the following website. 

christmas at shoplands

Just a little line to thank everyone for all the wonderful messages of support for my Father who is still in hospital this Christmas time.  He is reasonably comfortable and in good spirits given his situation and is very much looking forward to escape captivity early in the New Year. 

From all of us here at the Shopland Collection we wish you a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

August has been a busy month with lots of projects edgingforward.  The 5.5 is still waiting to go into the workshop however we have been busy trying to source the missing parts. Below is the remains of another gun which has all of the elevation and traverse gearing missing on our carriage.  The plan is to strip the spare 'gun' of all the serviceable parts first and then break our gun down and shot blast the individual parts.

55 remains

5.5 elevation gear box  5.5 elvevation gear box removed

The quest for a barrel and barrel jacket is on going having followed numerous avenues but to no avail.  We have located a pair of balancing springs but we need the stirrups and castings that fit them to the cradle. We also need a breech and sight cradle.