Mar 132011

The event that CART held at Tottington Manor yesterday went without a hitch.

Tottington Manor was the regional headquarters for the Sussex Auxiliary Units.

The staff at the Manor were great hosts and provided a filling meal for the 50 guests.

Main guest of honor was Capt Ian Benson, a former Sussex Intelligence Officer and commander of the Manor during the War. Capt Benson, see image left, flew over from Ireland for the event.

CART is considering holding another larger event at the Manor next year.

You can see images from the day and more info here

Mar 102011

CART is getting ready for a very special weekend at Tottington Manor in West Sussex.

Tottington Manor was the Sussex headquarters of the Auxiliary Units. During World War II, Tottington played a role in the training of the Sussex Auxiliary Units. One large secret bunker exists under the Manor, with an escape route into the fields.  The tunnel network and bunker remain unchanged since the War ended, complete with plumbing and Bakelite light-switches.

Local historian and author Stewart Angell will be leading a series of talks on the Auxiliary Units and showing a film of the inside of the tunnels.  The event also sees Capt. Ian Benson return to the Manor after more than 70 years.

Mr. Benson is flying over from Ireland just for the event and he ran the activities at Tottington for part of the War as well as training Auxiliers all over the UK.

The event is ticket only and sold out within 3 days of the tickets going on sale.

Jan 082011

Today tickets have gone on sale for our event at Tottington Manor in March this year.

There are only 50 tickets and some of these have already sold so please buy quickly if you want to come along.

The day will include at least three talks by experts, a book signing by Sussex Auxiliary author Stewart Angell, a single course lunch, a small aux shop, a virtual tour of the site and underground tunnels and demonstrations from Auxiliary Unit re-enactors ‘Behind Enemy Lines‘. More info on the day can be seen below. Whilst the day is open to all we would advise children under the age of twelve do not attend due to the nature of the talks and the fact people will be seated for some time.

The food at Tottington Manor is amazing andery filling.  We only had a small portion but we very full.

We look forward to seeing you on March 12th.

Nov 052010

Come and learn all about Winston Churchill’s Secret Army at Tottington Manor.

During WW2 Tottington Manor in West Sussex was used an important part of Churchill’s secret Auxiliary Units. The Auxiliary Units were set up to hamper a successful invasion by the German army. Seven secret bunkers exist under the manor, with tunnels and escape routes into the fields.

The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) will be holding an open day at the Manor with talks and tours throughout the day.

Why not come along and learn more about this most secret of army?

More info can be seen here and here