Winning Through Innovation – Agincourt 600th Anniversary

We had a great day at Moor Park, celebrating Winning through Innovation on the 600th Anniversary of Agincourt, at Moor Park where General Montgomery planned Operation Market Garden. We were delighted to welcome Lady Arabella Stuart-Smith Monty’s Granddaughter to speak about how he turned the tide in North Africa giving Churchill the victory he needed to bring the Americans into the War.

As you will see from the pictures below, we had a true meeting of minds contributions from ABF The Soldiers Charity, Sport from the GB Olympians and The Olympic Committee to Celtic Harmony Archery Club, Veterans from D-Day and The Royal Tank Regiment, Education represented by the wonderful staff at Oaklands College and their Fashion team, Industry represented by the Chambers across Hertfordshire and Santander and Lloyds Banks. And last but not least Jonathan Trower and his wife Gini, our High Sheriff and Stan Tunstall our local Councillor. We talk about Joining up Resources and Demystifying Public sector help for business, so we are making progress!!

Thank you to everybody who helped make this such an enjoyable day.

Click on the pictures to see Full Size (Pictures were taken by Harish of PhotonImaging)

The Team at Moor Park

The Catwalk
The Catwalk

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Luca of Celtic Harmony providing the longbows and Archery Exhibition

Luca demonstrates the propper technique
Luca demonstrates the proper technique
Nick has a go
Nick has a go
Bella takes Aim
Bella takes Aim
Luca from Celtic Harmony and John Cavanagh Olympic Archer
Luca from Celtic Harmony and John Cavanagh Olympic Archer
Longbow exhibition
Longbow exhibition

Our Olympians and Veterans of The Royal Tank Regiment (Monty was Colonel Commandant)

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Archery Group

Lady Arabella Stuart-Smith gave us a very personal insight into the friendly engaging and amusing man she knew as her Grandfather. Bella recalled the General’s occasional voice of authority that caused her to sit up straight at the dinner table. We were shown how his engagement with the troops in the Eighth Army moved them from a state of poor morale into that of a fighting force capable of pushing Romel out of Africa. This was achieved, not through more equipment but, through an engaging personality who fought with the soldiers, and wore the cap badge of the Royal Tank regiment throughout his career. Winning through Innovation is about the right Equipment and the right skills in the team.

Listening to Bella
Listening to Bella
Listening to Lady Arabella Stuart-Smith talking about Monty, Her Grandfather
Listening to Lady Arabella Stuart-Smith talking about Monty, Her Grandfather
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Thank you
Two old and two not so old Soldiers
Two old and two not so old Soldiers
A Modern Flack Jacket
A Modern Flack Jacket
A Para's Kit - Its Heavy
A Para’s Kit – Its Heavy

The Students from Oaklands College, thank you to all of you for all your hard work and magnificent show of cutting edge fashion

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Music From Oaklands College
Music From Oaklands College
The Models say Goodbye
The Models say Goodbye

Our Thanks to St Albans and Watford Chambers of Commerce for their help, along with Rickmansworth, Bishops Stortford and Stevenage.

Lee Julie and FGay from Watford Chamber
Lee Julie and FGay from Watford Chamber

Tony and Peter Batkin

Support from Stan Tunstall local Councillor
Support from Stan Tunstall local Councillor
Support from Peter O'Gorman - Santander
Support from Peter O’Gorman – Santander
Julie and Lee
Julie and Lee
Krishan Editor of India Link Magazine meets Bella
Krishan Editor of India Link Magazine meets Bella
Craig from Longmores
Craig from Longmores

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At Lunch we heard from Nick Skellon about the Battle of Agincourt, an enjoyable mix of humour and history.

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Alex Lewios Business Editor Welwyn Hatfield Times
Alex Lewis Business Editor Welwyn Hatfield Times

Finishing off the day with singing “Land of Hope and Glory”

All profits were donated to ABF The Soldiers Charity. My personal thanks to Jonathan Trower High Sheriff of Hertfordshire for his help and support.

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