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Biggest ever event for 75th Anniversary of Auxiliary Units Stand-Down at Coleshill, Sunday 22nd September, 10am to 4pmAugust 24th, 2019
So much going on, please see the flier. This will be a double celebration as this year also marks the 10th anniversary of CART. We will be displaying the largest collection of Auxiliary Unit equipment ever assembled.
Re-enactors, military vehicles, tours of an underground base, live music, Auxiliary Unit talks & plenty of fun activities for the kids. A great family day out !
Coleshill, nr. Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 7PT. The village is on the B4019 between Faringdon and Highworth.
Saturday the 24th August at 7pm at Pelynt Village Hall, near Looe, (Cornwall).
John Jolliffe will be giving a talk about the local Auxiliary Units. John is hugely passionate and knowledgable about the local units and is well worth listening to if you are in the area.
This may be your last opportunity to hear John as he is threatening that this maybe his last talk!
CART will be present with a small display and some pictures. The village is also preparing a memorial garden with a commemorative stone remembering the local Aux Units.
Saturday 24th August at 7pm at Pelynt Village Hall, nr Looe, Cornwall. PL13 2LP
The very creative John Wareham (CART-Purbeck), has been busy making this wonderful mobile Auxiliary Units display.
John has researched and helped write a booklet about the Creech Barrow Patrol in the Purbecks, Dorset.
He has a lot of information on this patrol, and Aux in general. Maybe he should do a road trip, what do you think ?!
We are looking forward to returning to this cracking family-friendly show with an Aux Units display and info. See you there !
CART’s Somerset researcher recently laid a wreath for Major Ian Fenwick on the War Memorial and at the church in Bruton, Somerset.
Major Fenwick, a former Somerset Intelligence Officer who organised and trained Somerset Auxiliers (part of 203 Reserve Battalion GHQ), went on to join 1st SAS.
On 16th / 17th June 1944, he was dropped into Normandy a hundred miles behind enemy lines and successfully led sabotage missions against German communications. He was killed in an ambush on 7th August 1944 trying to assist his team who had been attacked. You can read a full account on the Para-Data website here: https://www.paradata.org.uk/people/ian-fenwick
Before the war Ian Fenwick was a professional cartoonist for magazines such as Punch. He had family connections and lived for a while in Bruton, Somerset.
Learn more about the Somerset Auxiliary Unit Patrols here: https://www.coleshillhouse.com/somerset-auxiliary-units-and-obs.php
C.A.R.T. enjoyed another warm welcome and warm weather at the Steam & Vintage Show near Weymouth last weekend.
In between cups of tea and home made cake, we met plenty of great people with stories to share and some good leads for us to follow.
We met the land owner of a known Operational Patrol bunker in East Devon, and have been given permission to investigate the site further.
We chatted with one lady who, as a school girl was involved with a local history project. She was expecting a Home Guard interview from a Chickerell resident. He promptly told her that he wasn’t in the Home Guard and was an Auxilier in the local patrol, and what he was up to during the war ! He wife (who was apparently making tea in the kitchen) listened agog as it turned out she did not know, and in fact it was the first time the Auxilier had told anyone !
Local community radio station (https://keep106.com/) based in Dorchester invited us for a ‘Don’t tell them your name Pike’ interview about Auxiliary Units. The interview is scheduled to go out on the 17th of July.
We were delighted to be able to exhibit an item from Auxilier, the late ‘Bob Millard’ who did so much for C.A.R.T.
A couple of good leads also came up for possible bunkers, especially for an SD bunker that as far as we know, has not been previously recorded – watch this space…
All in all, a thoroughly good weekend.
It’s 10 years ago this weekend that CART was set up and what amazing progress the organisation has made since then!
Much thanks to Tom Sykes – Cameraman & Accredited Drone Pilot who set up CART and made such a huge contribution to the organisation. And a huge thank you to all our volunteers and supporters who continue to commit so many hours of their own time to researching and honouring the remarkable members of the Auxiliary Units!
CART was at two events this weekend. One in Somerset and the other in Colchester, Essex. Busy times.
Next event is at the Chickerell Steam & Vintage show in Weymouth, Dorset, next weekend. Come and say hi !
CART Auxiliary Unit display at the Chickerell Steam & Vintage Show, Weymouth, Dorset. 6th / 7th JulyJune 30th, 2019
CART will be returning to this fantastic event with our ‘multi-award-winning’ display, relaxed chat and plenty of info about Churchill’s Auxiliary Units and what they would have done if Hitler had invaded in 1940. Some members of the Auxiliary Units went on to join the SAS and were dropped into France for D-Day…
CART will be attending the ‘Historic Military Vehicle Event’ at Haselbury Mill, Somerset on Sunday 30th June.June 18th, 2019
CART will have our ‘multi-award winning display’ at Haselbury Mill on Sunday June 30th. Come along for a family fun day out and discover what Churchill’s Auxiliary Units would have done if Britain was invaded in WW2.
CART will be at Colchester Garrison, Essex as part of Armed Forces Day, hosted by the 16th Air Assault Brigade on Saturday 29th June. If you’re around. Drop by for a chat..
Researchers will be on hand complete with a display of equipment & information about local Auxiliary Units. Find out what they would have done if Hitler had invaded in 1940. Some members of the Auxiliary Units went on to join the SAS and were dropped into France for D-Day in 1944.