Merry Christmas from all at Wyedean We close on Wednesday 23rd December and reopen on Monday 4th January
The annual Haworth 1940s weekend this year took place between Friday the 19th of May and Sunday the 21st of May. This famous annual event sees Haworth transformed into a traditional World War II version of itself with locals and visitors dressing in 1940s attire to celebrate and commemorate the war, but to also help raise money for Armed Forces and local charities. This year’s chosen charity was the Pilgrim Bandits Charity, which was formed by veterans of the Special Forces in order to inspire wounded soldiers to live life to its fullest, in spite of often dreadful injuries. To date, the 1940s weekend has raised almost £100,000 for charities. 2016’s focus was on the strategic importance of the airborne forces, while 2017’s theme was on the contribution made by Special Forces. The 1940s weekend attracts over 25,000 visitors a day but this year, however, due to the wet weather, the footfall on Saturday was significantly reduced. 2017 is the final year that Wyedean will be able to open up its carpark for the weekend due to forthcoming developments but many thanks go to Skipton Properties and Airedale Springs who allowed the use of a huge space in front and behind the mill. This year Wyedean volunteers and friends of Wyedean managed to park over 975 cars across the two days and raised £5,675 for the Pilgrim Bandits and other local charities. £800 of the total amount was from the selling of programmes, while on Sunday the carpark was full to capacity and we had to turn people away. Well done to all who helped to make this year’s 1940s Weekend a huge success. Visit our store to buy your military accessories ready for next year.
Wyedean has worked on various projects with the UK Army Cadets since 2012, and 2015 saw the release of the first Cadet helmet to be worn during training weekends, as well as at Easter, summer and autumn camps. Although the helmet is non-ballistic, they are designed to look like the Mk7 helmet worn by soldiers in the British Army. And while the helmets themselves are black, each one is issued with a disruptive, pattern camouflage helmet cover, similar to those worn in the British Army which are also manufactured by Wyedean and feature the word CADET woven in red. The helmets are supplied with waterproof bags intended to hold up to 20 helmets, which makes them easily transportable. The helmets have a lifespan of up to three years and are certified to permit the cadet to wear the helmet during field craft, FIBUA and on obstacle courses. The helmet is designed to be lightweight and comfortable and its design allows it to be worn with Amplivox ear defenders and/or the PRR radio headset. Wyedean has worked with Cadets during the development of the helmet in particular looking at how it is designed to take one major impact and as a result deliberately has a weak link built into the chin strap. The chin strap will shear at the helmet joint if the cadet were to end up trapped by his or her neck or head. The helmet has gained a CE mark, and both the helmet and chin strap are registered designs. Before the cadet helmets went into bulk production, members of the Army Cadet Force were issued with helmets for trials which allowed any changes or amendments to be carefully considered. Once the final design was approved, bulk production commenced and the helmets were issued to each ACF unit. You can see pictures of the helmet trials above. The Senior Cadre is “Training In Built Up Areas” (TIBUA), which is part of the new APC Fieldcraft Syllabus. Wyedean is working with UK Cadets on the next generation helmet which will include improvements for both comfort and suitability. The Cadet helmet will still be non-ballistic. If you have similar needs for kits such as the Cadets, contact us with your requirements.