The first Whitwell Steam Fair was held in 1998, in the village of Whitwell from which it takes its name, before moving to a larger site owned by the Bowes Lyon family in nearby St. Paul’s Walden. Since 2008 it has been held in Mansell’s Farm in Codicote. The Steam Fair is held to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support and features working steam engines as well as classic cars, tractors, military vehicles & motorcycles.
Crimson Lady – a Burrell Traction Engine, built in 1927.
Stanley Steam Car – c.1911
Hogwart – half-size model based on the famous road locomotive ‘Boadicea’ which was a WW1 heavy gun towing engine.
The Gaffer – Clayton & Shuttleworth General Purpose Engine, built in 1910
Fortunately not much to do for the medic!
Dad’s Army? A display by the Hertfordshire Home Guard Living History Group
The Gaffer (again)
Keeping it clean & Shiny
Green spinning wheels.
The Little Giant
Having a chat
Foden C Type scale model
Enjoying the ride! (They’re in a carriage being pulled by a horse.)
The first of Hitchin Camera Club’s summer meetings was a “Scavenger Hunt” around the streets of Hitchin. About 20 of us took part and we had two hours to find and photograph 25 items on a list, before retiring to the Cooper’s Arms in Tilehouse Street for a pint (or two!).
The intention was to shoot the images with a view to cropping them into a square format so they could be displayed as a 5 x 5 grid. I used my Panasonic DMC-TZ70 rather than my DSLR because I could set that to shoot in square format. This was a big help in framing the shot when I took it and also saved a lot of time cropping later!
I found a bit of creativity was needed to get some of the subjects. Here are my efforts:
It was the late May bank holiday weekend which meant that it was time for the Luton Carnival. As per the last few years, the carnival procession took a circular route around Wardown Park, starting and ending on the New Bedford Road. This year I positioned myself near the start rather than half-way round as I had done in previous years. Besides meaning there was less waiting for the procession to arrive, it also meant that the various groups were a bit closer together and they hadn’t had the time to spread out along the route.
All photographs taken with a Canon EOS 60D with a Tamron 70-300 lens and processed using Adobe Lightroom.
It was the May Day Bank Holiday and we visited the Chiltern Open Air Museum for their “May Day Merriment” weekend. We attended this event last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, so we decided to go again. The Suffolk Free Company were again providing a Tudor re-enactment, with period music from Myal Pyper (pictured above). In addition, the museum has a collection of re-erected historic buildings.
The Iron-Age House
The Nissen Hut
Inside the Nissen Hut
The Shepherd’s Living Van
Barrel and Can
The Suffolk Free Company
All photographs processed in Adobe Lightroom and converted to monochrome using Nik Silver Efex Pro.
This time in 2006, Luton Town had just completed a successful season in The Championship, finishing 10th. It’s been a long 13 years since then, with three consecutive relegations in 2007, 2008 & 2009 and five seasons in non-league before the return journey finally began in 2014 with promotion back to the Football League. A second promotion from League 2 to League 1 followed 12 months ago and yesterday, a 3-1 home win against Oxford confirmed Luton as champions of League 1. Next season, we will be playing in the The Championship once again!
The promotion celebrations took place today in St George’s Square, Luton.
Club Captain, Alan Sheehan.
Harry Cornick (in the ICON hat).
Chairman David Wilkinson raises the trophy.
Top-scorer James Collins
Luton Mayor, Naseem Ayub
Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu – the only member of the side that won promotion back to the Football League in 2014 still with the club.
Danny Hylton – still on crutches following surgery on his knee.