THE SPEECH HOUSE VIRTUAL SHOW
As we are unable to hold the show this year, we thought we would like to put together a virtual show for you. We will take you from moving onto the Field, build-up, infrastructure for the Show, The Show day, moving out, and back to the empty Field once more.
By the time of the show, we have been working for many months on meetings for planning and making bookings. Four days before the Show we have drawn up a master Showplan which helps us to ascertain the sizes for each section’s requirement for the Show.
We will start by erecting fencing for, car park, main ring, dog-ring, working section, stationary engine and working section.
The craft tent has been erected in its allotted positions, so by this time, we have the core of the Show in place. At the end of the First day we have marked out where each Vehicle section will be by signs and posts and ropes, The Trade Section has also been marked out and roped, this has all been achieved by the Club Members and Volunteers to who we truly thank them for their help.
The Show is on the road as the saying goes, but we still have a long way to go, but we have started!
More of the infrastructure has started to arrive, Tables, Chairs, Toilet Cabins, Litter Bins, Rubbish Skip, Coal and Water Butts for the Steam engine Section, The Club Tent, and Entry Gate is erected the Theme tent is also erected in place and Chairs are placed around the Dog and Main rings, .
Now we start the Show Ground work, as we have now all sections marked out and some of the last minute jobs to be done, Boating pool has to be erected and filled, Car Park Signs and ropes put in place. And most important our team will fan out around the Forest with Direction Signs to make sure you find us when you are traveling in.
Some of the Exhibits will start arriving and will be sent to their allocated section areas. Catering Vans will start to arrive and be put in place, Large Traders stands will start to fill section allotted to them. There will be a steady flow of movements around the Ground as the Show starts to come together. Steam Engines arrive under their own Steam as well as on Lorries. We now have an especially important meeting with all staff to make sure the public have a Safe Day with us. More exhibitors arrive through the late afternoon and on, till the late evening when we close the gates at 10 30 pm.
Day Four Show Day
We reopen the main gate at 5 30 a.m. on the morning of the Show, Section Stewards are at their area ready to roster the incoming exhibitions as they are sent from the Gate Team to them. The Section Stewards line up the Vehicles and exhibits as they arrive, we close the exhibitor`s gate at 10 a.m., At which time we open the Public entrance gate. All section stewards will Marshall their section to the ring at their allotted display time, time to display in the ring and return to their Section area for the rest of the Show, other stewards will help at these movements for the Public Safety which is of paramount importance to the Club.
The Show start to wind down when the Last Display has taken place in the Main Ring, when exhibits start to leave the Showground , the public is welcome to stay if they wish as there is still plenty to see and do still on display.
When the last display leaves the Ring, we start to dismantle the Safety Barriers around ground, and open all exit gates, this will allow the public to exit the Show Ground more easily. We work on till late evening dismantling tens and loading some onto the Club Members vehicles to be taken for storage off site. This we are assisted by a large of volunteers who are a great help with this task. We soon clear all this away and the Showground starts to look empty by the time we lock the gates again.
We start this packing all Safety Barriers to be loaded, Toilet Cabins are removed from site. All Vehicles are now all gone from site except for Club Vehicles which we load with the last of the equipment, Tents, Posts, Ropes, The Sign Team retrieve all road signs, clear any litter and repair and damage to the Exit Gates and clear any residue from the working Section. By late afternoon, the Field is back to its picturesque state once more.
You may now understand what it takes to put on the Speech House Show for your entertainment and enjoyment