This year's Great Dorset Steam Fair, the 46th, was held as usual at Tarrant Hinton near Blandford Forum from Wednesday 27 to Sunday 31 August.

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Mike Rogers and I arrived on site on the Sunday before the fair opened to give us plenty of time to set up the display and have a good look around the auto jumble. Lots of craft and tool books for sale this year. I found two old lawnmower catalogues which I had not seen before. We had to search for our pitch as they had changed it all around this year, then changed it again after they printed the map. We had our pitch in the middle of the Vintage Collections; a lot of TATHS members managed to find us, and stopped for a chat. Bob Burgess came on the Wednesday to help man the display and again on the Sunday to help pack up. We had perfect weather on our arrival, then had four days with rain turning the dusty paths into deep mud, luckily all dried out for when we had to leave.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair attracts visitors from all over Europe plus others from America, Canada and Australia. This year we were able to recruit a new member from the Republic of Ireland, a country with a growing interest in tools and trades.

This year, to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, a special display was staged, recreating a battlefield scene featuring a series of trenches, said to be better than anything that exists in France or Belgium, complete with bomb craters, a shelled building, and a forge set up to support the troops.

This year some of our usual helpers were unable to lend a hand to man the display, and I did not know who else to ask for help, so if anyone is interested in helping at next year's show please send me an email at Ralph.Griffin@hotmail.co.uk (different to what's in the old members list)

Ralph Griffin