Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Dee Dees Vintage and Handmade Fairs remembers the 70th Anniversary VE Day Event

Hi Everyone,

thank you for the comments and the visits on my last post. I cant believe its Wednesday already this week is flying by. I thought I would share my next event with you. As some of you know I have been running Vintage and Handmade Fairs in Taunton, Somerset for the past 3 years. They always have a theme and are small, personal and very friendly.  Our next one is this Saturday 9th May at West Monkton Village Hall, Monkton Heathfield, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8NE.  This is a special fair to help mark the 70th Anniversary of VE Day ( the end of WW11 in Europe ) Doors open at 10.30am-4pm. Entry fee is £1 adults and children Free.

We have a wonderful collection of Vintage and Handmade Sellers all cherry picked to bring you top Vintage goodies and high class handmade items from local artisan sellers. Each one unique and different from one another. To bring a good class of items and lovely variety to.

Bona boo Vintage is just one of our fabulous sellers

As well as our lovely vintage and handmade sellers this time we are really pleased to have the Upottery Living History Group joining us. from the Upottery Airfield Living History and Heritage Centre.

RAF Upottery is a WWII airfield located near Honiton in Smeatharpe, Devon, United Kingdom. Built in 1943 and opened in 1944 played a vital role in operation Overlord, D-Day 6th June 1944. The airfield launched over 80 C47 aircraft and gliders headed for Normandy, France, spearheading the invasion carrying U.S. Airborne troops of the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions including E Company 506th PIR, made famous in Steven Speilberg's 'Band of Brothers' Miniseries.

The airfield was also the base for the 9th US Air Force as well as the 439th Troop carrier Group.
The South West Airfields Heritage Trust preserve the history of this fascinating airfield today with a heritage centre and living history group. Our Heritage centre, located half a mile east of the runway inside a restored WWII Nissen hut showcases original artefacts, stories and photographs making it a must visit attraction in the area.
 Their Living history group, SWAHT Re-enactment attends many events across the UK portraying the 9th USAAF, and 101st Airborne 506PIR 2nd Battalion who flew to Normandy from Upottery and 3rd Battalion 506 who flew from Exeter airfield, preserving the history and memories and stories of those who flew from our airfields and those who would never return home.
Also joining us is Kevin Drake he is a fabulous Home Guard re-enactor and his display is amazing we were lucky to have him join us last year at our D Day event.
We also have a few military vehicles and classic cars attending including this 1943 Austin Light Utility vehicle.
We have Elizabeth bringing her collection of Land Army Girl Memorabilia and representing the Land Army Girls at Large group.
Live walk about music from the fabulous Arthur Cook from Blitz and Peaces
Arthur will be singing original WW11 songs and playing his collection of original instruments he is such a fabulous Chap.
We have some lovely handmade work shops taking place to from Hatty's Attic this is her time table for the day.
11am - How to make a 30cm drum lampshade
12.30pm - 2.30pm - Using the fantastic Autentico Paint products you can transform a picture frame to take home, FREE!
3pm - 3.30pm Advanced painting techniques
Find me outside in the marquee.
I look forward to seeing you there

Also joining us  Is Lyn from Lots of Love and her friend Samantha from Reloved.  Lyn will be offering free demonstrations on basic upholstery by teaching you to make a fabric Noticeboard. They will both also be running... a children's workshop where for a small fee they will be able to make items using new & recycled items from the Taunton Community Scrapstore.

We have also the fabulous Rainbow Gecko - Face Painting and Bubbles Beautiful Lucy will be ready to paint your face with some wonderful designs and her partner Mike will be ready to entertain you with his giant size bubbles. They are an amazing team and just before Christmas they travelled over to India to take part in an international Bubble Carnival the size of those bubbles will astound you.

Beautiful Sally Light with her unique bicycling button museum will also be there. As this special Fair will be remembering VE day, she would like to invite visitors to help her identify some of the buttons from her WWII collection. She is also inviting 'uniform' memories/anecdotes from individuals who have worn uniform buttons of any description, to add to the button stories that she is collecting.

Gorgeous Zoe-ann from Cybels Vintage Hire is very kindly donating some of her beautiful vintage china and is decorating and using her styling skills to transform our tea room for the day. She is also helping to run our lovely tea room on the day along side the wonderful brainwave ladies.  Serving scrummy home made cakes and refreshments all the funds from our Tea room will again be going to Brainwave

And if its something warm you would like to eat Phil from the Red Tricycle will be running a lovely BBQ and serving his lovely Artisan Icecream

And lots more. 

 Please pop over to my events page to keep up to date with all the details

 And At 3pm when Sir Winston Church Hill addressed the nation to inform them that War in Europe was at an end there will be 70 red, white and blue balloons released by a special couple who celebrated their 62 wedding anniversary this year and who also had jobs in their teens to help the war effort. There will also be a little sing a long from Arthur to help mark this occasion and for us to say thank you to those that gave their lives to give us the freedom we have today.

If you are local and would like to join us in celebrating this special event it will be great to see you.

Fingers are crossed that its a dry day :-)

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone,

Best wishes

Dee xx



  1. I'm getting rather excited ... looking forward to joining you! M x

  2. I am so looking forward to Saturday :) xx

  3. It looks absolutely brilliant. I bet you're exhausted from all that organising.
    Hope you have a wonderful day and please take loads of photos! xxx

  4. It looks fab and is going to be! Have a terrific day. See you very soon!! xxxx

  5. Lots of luck for the fair, Dee, I'm sure after all your hard work it will be another successful event! xxx