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101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment
(Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
Regimental Association

Carver Barracks Open Day

27th July 2013

On Saturday 27th July 2013, 33 and 101 Engineers Regiments held a Carver Barracks, Wimbish open day.

Wimbish Station (Carver Barracks) is the regimental home of both Regiments, together with the other Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal, central and support assets.

The weather was fine and sunny hitting temperatures of 28 deg C. The thunder storms forecast for that day held off until later in the evening.

The Association had a stand at the event which was approximately 20ft wide, by 10ft deep, and utilised two gazebos side by side. Within the stand two sets of display boards were erected; one display stand consisted of 6 boards, the other consisted of four boards.

On the six board stand, were three display of two boards each; display 1 was a brief history of the regiment, display 2 consisted of information about the associated, and display 3 marked the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq mobilisation. On the other display stand a number of interesting pictures and historical regimental artefacts were displayed. Phil Webb (Chairman) provided the display stands and gazebos. Brian Green (Publicity) provided the main display stand content. Nigel Clark (Hon Secretary) Provided a number of the historical artefacts with Phil.

A table was used to sell Regimental and Association Mercandise at the side of the stand. A set of Association Flyers were also produced, printed and distributed providing information about the association and it's purpose. 150 flyers were given out on the day,
The Associations Feather Flag also had it's first public outing and was clearly visable across the show ground area, clearly identifying our stand.

We had a prime location, co-located next to the REA (BD Branch), and adjacent to the food, bar and live band.

The open day had many military and charitable stands, including working dogs, commando, para, diving, top roping tower, mini assault course etc. A central display area featured military bands and an inter squadron 5 bay medium girder overbridge build competition.
The Barracks was open to the public from 11:30am until 4.00pm. The open day concluded with an aerobatic display aircraft (Extra 300) over the Barracks runway (bearing in mind Carver Barracks is the former RAF Debden).

Dave Inman, Debbie Wheeler (Brian's partner), Mel Jeynes, and Sandra Ingham-Hope assisted in manning the stand. A great day was had by all, The Regiment and wider public know who we are now, we picked up a number of new members, and contacts, we also sold over £150 worth of merchandise.

If you missed this years event, don't miss next years, to be held the last weekend in July 2014.