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Welcome to the website of the MVT's South East Midlands Area. Our members look after and restore a whole range of ex-military vehicles with both UK and overseas origins. Vehicles include the well known Jeep through to tanks, transporters, lorries, Land Rovers, motor bikes, the humble folding bicycle and range from pre-First World War to the present day.
Local areas hold informal monthly meetings that provide a forum for members to discuss just about any topic they want. Wherever you are, you can be sure there is another member who can help or who knows someone who can.

Our meetings are usually held at the Aviator pub, Sywell Aerodrome, near Northampton, at 8pm on the first Thursday of the month (but not January). Just go into the bar and ask for directions to the MVT meeting room. Check first with the Diary section in case the venue or date has changed.
The MVT's main website is at www.mvt.org.uk and there is also a Facebook page: Military Vehicle Trust
Last mvtsem.com site update: 20-02-18


If you would like to be notified via email when the MVTSEM website is updated, please send an email requesting this to petegerry@btinternet.com including your name and MVT membership number. By doing this you are consenting to the webmaster keeping your name and email address on a database. Your email address will not be shared with any third party.



Our March 2018 monthly meeting will be addressed by World War Two Lancaster pilot Rusty Waugh-    man, left, of 101 special duties squadron. We are told that, although being 93, he is still as sharp as a pin.
Rusty was one of the lucky ones who returned from the infamous Nuremberg raid on March 30, 1944. More Allied aircrew died in that single night than the total RAF losses during the whole of the summer-long Battle of Britain.
The raid that evening began as a run-of-the-mill operation the RAF and United States Air Force were undertaking every week. It ended with Bomber Command’s heaviest losses of the war and in one pilot being awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. 
The meeting is at 8pm, March 1, and, depending on numbers, will be held in the meeting room or the Cirrus Room of the Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Members of Sywell Aviation Museum and other non-members are welcome at this meeting.

Lancaster of 101 Squardron RAF

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The MVT national safety day will take place on Sunday, March 11 at Armour- geddon, Southfields Farm, Husbands Bosworth, LE17 6NW. Timings will be something like 0930 – 1430.
We plan to issue all those MVT members who pass with a 2019 high-vis bib again like last year.
Learning for this year should include
• First responder first aid
• First responder fire fighting
• Marshalling vehicles through public
• Radio etiquette
• Understanding Data protection
• Running and event professionally and safely.
If you would like to attend, email Tim Hawkes at safety@mvt.org.uk or let him know at the next meeting.

Old fire extinguishers are needed for the safety training day. We are looking for full extinguishers of any type. Please bring them along.

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THE MVT's Council of Management meeting in February agreed to start a Facebook page. There were some concerns about this in terms of the reputation of the MVT but it was thought that members would do their best to ensure that the page is fun, interactive and above all useful for the members of the MVT and potential members. Please encourage other members to join!

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Sywell Aviation Museum re-opens after its winter slumber on Easter Saturday, March 31. All MVs are welcome but space might be a problem, so please let Neill know if you are attending at the March meeting or by email . . . and get their early!
Refreshments are available at the museum. More details later.

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Simon Tasker is the first winner of the MVTSEM Top Traveller Trophy, a magnificent edifice made by outgoing secretary Ian Gardiner from gear cogs off a Jordan F1 car.
It was awarded at the February meeting to the affiliated SEM member who had travelled the most miles during 2017 to and from events in an MV of any age.
Fourth was Steve Smith with 604 miles, third Peter Clarke with 936 miles, second Brian Rive with 1,203 miles and the winner was Simon Tasker with 2,096 miles in his ex-USAF Dodge Ram. Simon's year included a trip to the Netherlands. He is pictured (left) with Ian.
Fancy a shot a the TT Trophy? Just keep a record your travels this year. Journeys to and from any event where your vehicle is on display count.

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B-17s at Deene- thorpe

On Saturday, April 28, we have obtained permission for one last tour around Deenethorpe Airfield before re-development starts.
The theme is to commemorate the USAAF's 401st Bombardment Group (Heavy), the RAF's 100 anniversary and to promote Wicksteed at War.
The format would be as follows: all vehicles to meet at a place to be decided (watch this space!); a short service at the memorial with the local Royal British Legion and, hopefully members of the USAF; a tour of the field; form up on the runway in a delta formation for a mass drive along the runway filmed by drone.
The owners of the field, the Brudenell family of Deene Park, will be joining us.
The old airfield will shortly be turned into a "garden village". The plans include a village green, shops and community hall, as well as more than 1,000 homes.
More details later.

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No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy . . . unexpect- ed road closure in the middle of Roger's Road Run
Picture by Tim Hawkes

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The website for Wicksteed at War 2018 is now up and running. You can read all about the exciting line-up of activities and MV owners can send in their applications now. The theme is centred around the 100th anniversary of the RAF, so expect as great display of warplanes on the ground. Click on http://wicksteedatwar.co.uk/

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Chipmunks flying around the world

Sywell Aviation Museum has a talk on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 14.30hrs, enitled "Around The World at 90 Knots" by Squadron Leader Bill Purchase, MBE, RAF retired.
To mark the 50th anniversary of remarkable trainer, the de Havilland Chipmunk, successor to the famous Tiger Moth, the RAF mounted Exercise Northern Venture. The intention was to fly two of these rugged little aircraft and circumnavigate the Northern Hemisphere, calling at their Canadian birthplace and return to the UK.
The route took them across Europe, and included Russia, the Bering Strait, Alaska, Canada, North America, Greenland, Iceland – and the North Atlantic.
Bill covers their epic flight contending with bad weather, sometimes awkward local security, air traffic expectations and restrictions, plus the excitement of numerous challenges in flying over 16,000 miles in a 50-year-old, single-engine design.
The talk is in the Cirrus Room, The Aviator Hotel, Sywell, and admission is £5 per person on the door.

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We want to know what South East Midlands Area members have lurking in their garages and sheds, so please send us a picture and short write-up of your green machine. We'll put them on the Members' Vehicles section. Email the webmaster at petegerry@btinternet.com and attach a jpeg picture. Or you could bring along a photograph and description to a monthly meeting.

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An Army surplus and military clothing and equipment store in North- ampton is offering a 10 per cent discount for MVT members on production of your member- ship card.
Combat Cellar is in The Maltings, St James Road, which is part of the Westbridge filling station and taxi compound, just down the hill from Northampton Station. There is parking right outside.
Opening times are pictured.
The website is www.combatcellar.com

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If you consider yourself in the South East Midlands Area, it is vital that you affiliate yourself to the area. Only those who have affiliated can stand for office, vote at meetings or take part in the mileage award. It's easy to do, just go onto the main MVT website (www.mvt.org.uk) and click on the "Membership" tab. Then click on "Affiliate to an Area" tab. Fill in the form, selecting "South East Midlands" and submit it. It only takes a few minutes.

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MEETINGS

Our meetings are usually held at the Aviator pub, Sywell Aerodrome, near Northampton, at 8pm on the first Thursday of the month (but not January). Just go into the bar and ask for directions to the MVT meeting room. Check first with the Diary section in case the venue or date has changed.

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