Mapledurham At War 2017

Re-enactment soldiers drinking tea.
© Tony Mearman

On the weekend of the 12th and 13th August, Mapledurham was transformed once again back to a 1940s WWII scene. Brethren from Portcullis Lodge were on hand to marshall the car park. Despite copious amounts of mud prior to the event, all the re-enactors were able to get into the event and back out again after.

The fantastic show entertained lots of eager visitors. The re-enactors were able to demonstrate just how life was during the 1940s in war time conditions. Young and old enjoyed hearing the thrilling tales and learning skills for survival and how people coped under very difficult circumstances.

A 40s style venue was made available so that visitors could watch Jive demonstrations by “Now That’s Jive” with lots of people joining in. The battle re-enactments were very well received, ensuring the weekend was a huge success.

Further details of the event can be found at

Re-enactment soldiers in battle pose
© Tony Mearman

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