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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In haste ...

A lovely weekend in some beautiful places with some wonderful people.

Many thanks to all those involved, particularly the organizers. Much appreciated! Smile

All the best

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Thanks Andrew, that means a lot. Again, I'm sorry we didn't get to chat for longer but it's difficult trying to juggle so many organisational balls over the weekend. Hopefully you'll be back next year Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to echo Mr. Pixley's thanks.

Taking part in the treasure hunt was the fulfilment of a long held ambition for me and it was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. The attention to detail was incredible, surely the organisers must spend all year preparing it?

Here are a handful of my snaps from a lovely weekend...





Thanks to all involved and commiserations to the team who somehow managed to beat ~ww and I to last place.

~iw
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Thanks Andrew, that means a lot. Again, I'm sorry we didn't get to chat for longer but it's difficult trying to juggle so many organisational balls over the weekend. Hopefully you'll be back next year Smile


Hey! Don't worry! Quite understand! You know the very high regard I have for you and your work ... and with the things you currently have to look forward to well, WOW, they're even more exciting than the Treasure Hunt, and I wish you guys all the very best as always! Smile

Julie and I hope to be back next year ... but we certainly need to look into ways of being very careful about having ways to drop out of sections of the weekend to allow proper time for us to rest, eat and drink ... The event was a lovely blend of places, events and people ... but, sadly, what I could do without batting an eyelid when I was 22 is something which 30 years later I'm now struggling with at times.

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Just returned home from three days in Avengerland today after attending the 30th Dead Man’s Treasure event, which was based in Borehamwood/Elstree. On Friday, I met up with Jason Whiton, who had travelled all the way from San Francisco, plus Andy Shaw, Joseph Lloyd and Mark Gratton and we proceeded to tour Avengerland and look at several filming locations that had been used in The Avengers. The tour was as follows…

Friday: Unofficial Tour

01. Rosary Prior High School/Caldecote Towers/Immanuel College, Bushey: The Master Minds, They Keep Killing Steed.

02. Caldecote Lane, Bushey: Dead Man’s Treasure.

03. Hillfield Lane South, Bushey: Dead Man’s Treasure.

04. International University: The Avenue, Bushey: A Sense of History, Death’s Door, Return of the Cybernauts.

05. The Battleaxes pub, Elstree: Too Many Christmas Trees, Legacy of Death.

06. Dagger Lane, Elstree: Death at Bargain Prices, The Murder Market, The Master Minds, Dead Man’s Treasure, Have Guns – Will Haggle, Killer.

07. North Mymms Park (Houses adjacent to the Church): The Hidden Tiger, Something Nasty in the Nursery, Mission Highly Improbable.

08. North Mymms Park (House): The Hidden Tiger

09. North Mymms Park (Gateway): The Hidden Tiger, Never Never Say Die.

10. Trotters Bottom, Dancers Hill: The Girl from Auntie, The 13th Hole.

The Caldecott Lane location was one that I had never been to before and it was interesting to see that the adjoining garden wall and the house beside it (seen in the episode) have both been demolished since the sixties. The Hillfield Lane South location is another interesting one, because shortly after filming the southern extension to the M1 Motorway was built and split the road into two parts, hence the addition of South to the name. This road is now a dead end, although the electric box and two gateways still exist to pinpoint exactly where Steed almost lost control of his vintage Bentley, while avoiding the spiked blocks that Alex has thrown from the red E-Type Jaguar.

A trip to what I always call the International University followed, where in recent years the building have been converted into apartments and several new buildings have been constructed. Much to my surprise, this has become a gated community since my last visit and so we were unable to drive in like on previous occasions. However, the security guard was very understanding and allowed us in minus vehicles to look around and take photographs. Lunch was taken at The Battleaxes pub, which is situated on the junctions of Butterfly Lane, with Elstree and Aldenham Roads, before we ventured the short distance to Dagger Lane, which might not be too impressive to look at, but it has been used as a location in various episodes.

Driving across the Hertsmere District, we then arrived at the North Mymms Park estate, where we first looked at the two houses beside the church and marvelled at how the crew had managed to film material for Something Nasty in the Nursery, without getting any of the church or the surrounding churchyard in the shots. We then went up to main house and having not ventured here for over ten years I received another surprise as a security gate prevented us from getting close to the property. Previously you could approach the house from behind and get right up to it and previously I and various other people have done this. However, we encountered another security guard who was not as understanding as the one at the International University and he would not allow us access, although he was aware that The Avengers had been shot there in the past.

Retracing our wheel tracks, we returned to the locked gates of the main entrance to take a look at the place where Steed witnessed the various Mini Moke milk floats delivering milk in the episode The Hidden Tiger. Following Joseph Lloyd to the nearby bridge over the A1M Motorway, he pointed out the house that was the little known location Budgie’s Café in an episode of ITC’s Return of the Saint. After this we departed to our final location visit of the day and the disused back gateway to the Dyrham Park Golf Club, which although no longer used is easily identifiable as the place where Mrs Peel leaves an all night party at the beginning of The Girl from Auntie. Returning to the Ibis Hotel in Borehamwood, we later ventured out for a meal that evening at the local all you can eat Chinese Buffet together with Andy’s wife Amy who had joined us and Mark Gratton ate Chinese food for the first time and liked it!

Retuning to the Ibis, the attendees had begun to gather and there were plenty of familiar faces and several new ones. Later Chris Gabb arrived from one of the pubs in Borehamwood where he had been watching the European Championship and he was quick to inform us at every opportunity, “Wales have won!”

To be continued…

PS: We also visited the village of Letchmore Heath, but we returned there the following day and so I'll list which Avengers episodes had footage filmed there in my next posting.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Wegg wrote:
I would like to echo Mr. Pixley's thanks.

Taking part in the treasure hunt was the fulfilment of a long held ambition for me and it was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. The attention to detail was incredible, surely the organisers must spend all year preparing it?

Here are a handful of my snaps from a lovely weekend...





Thanks to all involved and commiserations to the team who somehow managed to beat ~ww and I to last place.

~iw


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Nor did I! A shame!

A great weekend. Hugely enjoyable - and I was delighted to finally get inside the grounds of Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (seen in The Grave-Diggers and several other Avengers episodes) - it didn't disappoint.

It was also magical to approach Tyke's Water Bridge from the North West (from the school grounds) rather than the South East which I am much more familiar with. Another first.

A special mention also for our guest, the actress Caron Gardner, who made an Avengers appearance in Death Dispatch as a bikini girl, but who is better known as one of Pussy Galore's pilots. Entertaining and interesting speaker.

Many thanks to all involved in this event, which marked 30 years of Dead Man Treasure Hunt weekends in fine style. The efforts to which people like Chris, Annette, Geoff, Ian, Jackie and Andrew go to is hugely appreciated.
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Saturday: Treasure Hunt

00. Shenley Hall, Shenley: The Bird Who Knew Too Much, Something Nasty in the Nursery, Dead Man’s Treasure, You’ll Catch Your Death.

01. Village of Ridge: Dead Man’s Treasure, Thingumajig.

02. Mill Hill Golf Club, Mill Hill: The 13th Hole.

03. Borehamwood: Various episodes.

04. Elstree Aerodrome: No Avengers episodes have footage filmed here, but most of the other TV series filmed at Elstree/Borehamwood in the sixties, such as The Champions and The Saint did.

05. Village of Letchmore Heath: Man-Eater of Surrey Green, A Sense of History, Death’s Door, Dead Man’s Treasure, Requiem.

06. Village of Aldenham: The Gravediggers, Split!

The actual Treasure Hunt began from the usual place, exactly where it started in the episode Dead Man’s Treasure, outside Shenley Hall. Reading the instructions we discovered what items were required to be found and photographed as the treasure, plus that we needed to locate nine small cards containing parts of various quotes, which we later found out, were the opening of three James Bond novels. Last year we all received different cards at the beginning of the treasure hunt and so we could swop with other teams, but this year everybody started out with same quotation on their card and after swopping it four times, I suddenly realised that we all had the same one. We departed to the village of Ridge, where as in previous years we were quickly checking the names found on gravestones in the churchyard there.

After exhausting all possibilities in Ridge, we went to Borehamwood and then southbound on the A1 to the Mill Hill Golf Club as seen in The 13th Hole, which is a location that has hardly changed since the swinging sixties. Most teams contained four people, but I was joined only by Andrew Pixley and Julie Rogers and although we were not mega competitive we proceeded at a steady pace. We needed to take a photograph of an orange coloured sock and the guy in the golf shop thought he was getting a sale when we asked him if he stocked such items, but he then attempted to sell us some yellow ones, stating, “Well it’s almost orange.”

Continuing to Borehamwood, I parked the car in Sainsbury’s’ car park and we searched the surrounding area to answer the cryptic questions devised by hunt organiser Chris Bentley, but failed to locate the director’s chair sign that we could all remember seeing somewhere around Elstree Studios. Driving along Shenley Road, we planned to park in the Railway Station car park, but recent permit parking rules prevented that and improvising I simply drove around the block for 15 minutes while Andrew and Julie went and found the answers to more cryptic questions. However, I failed to consider that mileage was an equation in the results and this actually put us a mile over and caused us a deduction in points during the final marking.

Feeling we had done all we could, we departed to Elstree Aerodrome and began searching for a whole new selection of teasers, although we did come across the obvious flying pigs. One of the questions asked what the fine was for entering the taxiing and plane parking areas, which was easily seen… £5000.00 no less. How times have changed, I can remember visiting the aerodrome many years ago and freely walking around various groups of aircraft complete with a camera when I was tracking down locations for various TV series and although many people saw me, not one asked who I was or what I was doing there. All I can say is don’t try this today!

From here we travelled to an old favourite location, the village of Letchmore Heath, where for once we were not required to count the horseshoes on The Three Horseshoes pub there. The final location was the nearby village of Aldenham, where we were in for shock as there was a major event being held at the Cricket Club, but we arrived just in time to get a parking place, as the road that runs through this small community was solid with cars parked on both sides of the road. This caused problems for people arriving by car to the event and eventually the local bus arrived and could get through, which resulted in things getting very heated before a uniformed police officer showed up to resolve the situation. Doing a three-point turn I departed Aldenham the same way we had entered and then proceeded to The Three Compasses pub in Patchetts Green, where we handed in our paperwork to the organisers for marking. However, during this process we actually forgot to give them the notepad back, which they then requested, but I don’t know if this meant we were deducted further points, but whatever their decision we still managed to finish in a respectable fifth place.

The evening event saw us returning to the Mill Hill Golf Club to indulge in several games and a quiz, which the team I was with actually managed to win. Actress/extra Caron Gardner, who had appeared in the videotaped episode Death Dispatch, appeared as a guest and she talked about working with such luminaries as Patrick Macnee, Patrick McGoohan, Roger Moore, Peter Wyngarde and Peter Sellers. Proceedings concluded around midnight and I then returned to where most of us were staying, the Ibis Hotel in Borehamwood.

To be continued…
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It occurred to me when we returned home (yes I was there really!) that as the treasure hunt material had to be handed back I had no record of the actual day. So thanks very much Mike for the comprehensive write-up, it's much appreciated. I will print off a copy and keep it with my other mementos.

I also realised that during the hunt I had concentrated on taking picture evidence for the clues and taken very few "general" shots of the people and places. So, for instance, my only photographic record of Elstree aerodrome are a flying pig logo, a Piper Cherokee and an orange wind-sock!

I did get the director's chair, though, outside Elstree station...



Looking forward to the continued report for Sunday.

~iw
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Yes, thank you Mike for the detailed description and all who took pics of the day.
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Sunday: Official Tour

01. Iver Grove, Wood Lane, Shreding Green: The New Avengers: Trap.

02. Edge Grove School, Aldenham: Two’s a Crowd, What the Butler Saw, The See-Through Man, You’ll Catch Your Death.

03. The Haberdashers Aske’s School, Elstree: The Cybernauts, The Gravediggers, Legacy of Death.

04. The Bridge over Tykes Water Lake, Aldenham Estate, Elstree: Two’s a Crowd, Silent Dust, The Hour That Never was, Small Game for Big Hunters, Honey for the Prince, Never Never Say Die, You have Just Been Murdered, The Positive Negative Man, Tara King Title Sequence, Look – (stop me if you’ve heard this one) But There Were These Two Fellers..., They Keep Killing Steed, Thingumajig.

05. Camfield Place (Gateway), Essendon: Requiem, Bizarre.

06. Camfield Place (House), Essendon: Split!

07. Shenley Lodge/Manor Lodge School, Shenley: The House That Jack Built, The See-Through Man.

08. Village of Aldbury: Dead Man’s Treasure, Murdersville

Boarding two motor coaches, we departed Borehamwood on what I think must be the longest location tour that has ever been organised for the event, which initially took us very close to Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, where we visited Iver Grove, a red brick property that stands in its own grounds. This had been used as Soo Choy’s residence in The New Avengers episode Trap, though since this time the original drive and gateway in Wood Lane had been discarded and we entered the grounds by a footpath that went through an area thick with foliage and shrubbery. Several of those in attendance commented on how the building looked small when compared to how it looked on TV and we surmised that television crews must have used film cameras sporting wide-angled lenses when filming here.

Returning to the Hertsmere district of Hertfordshire the motor coaches travelled along the A40, passing several locations on route including RAF Northolt, used as a filming location in House of Cards and Sleeper, plus the Bond movies Goldfinger and Octopussy. Further along in Perivale we passed the art deco designed Hoover Building, which featured in the Poirot episode Dreams, then shortly after I spied the American Diner that featured in the New Tricks episode The Wolf of Wallbrook. Arriving in the grounds of Edge Grove School, at Aldenham, that provided the exterior of the Russian Embassy in The Avengers episodes Two’s a Crowd and The See-Through Man, we temporarily lost the second coach, who appeared to have missed the turning before arriving from another direction.

From here we ventured to The Haberdashers Aske’s School at Elstree, where not only did we look around the front of the main building there called Aldenham House, but we were also allowed to survey the courtyard where footage for The Gravediggers was shot and the back of the large property as well. From here, our Haberdashers contact Roger (who was extremely interested in what television product had been filmed at the school) led us through the site to a muddy track, which went through the woods to what is possibly the most popular Avengers location. Although I have been to the red brick bridge over Tyke Water Lake (as seen in the Tara King opening titles) on several occasions I have never approached it from the west until then. As this was the 30th Dead Man’s Treasure Hunt event it was decided that there should be a couple of photographs taken of “The Superlative Seven” who attended the very first event on the bridge. Thus, Andrew Pixley, Annette Hill, Neil and Sue Alsop, Chris Gabb, Julie Cartwright and yours truly posed on the bridge and stated the obvious… that none of us had ever considered for a moment that we would still be visiting Avengers locations three decades on.

After stopping at the M25 Motorway services for a break, I managed to get on the wrong bus, not for the first time that day. In fact when I returned to the proper coach after viewing later locations the driver greeted me with, “You got on the right bus this time chief.” Next stop was the large property known as Camfield Place in the village of Essendon, which had once been the home of romance writer the late Barbara Cartland. After out first visit here a couple of years ago, Cartland’s son Ian McCorquodale who now owns the estate had invited us back.

The motor coaches departed again and headed south-west to what I call Shenley Lodge, but these days this building and the various new structures here are known as Manor Lodge School. Last year on the Friday before the event, I ventured here with Alan and Alys Hayes, Jason Whiton and Margo Gordon, but hit major problems when we found that it was the school sports day and we quickly found out that entering the area was not a good idea as the place was crowded with both people on foot and other people looking for parking spaces that did not exist. Thus, this visit compensated for that failed location excursion as we were allowed to enter the grounds and surveyed the building from front, side and back.

However, this was not the final location as both coaches then proceeded west along the M25 Motorway for the long trip out to Aldbury (aka Murdersville), where creamed tea had been arranged in the Memorial Hall there. This building had in fact provided the exterior for the village library in the episode Murdersville. Then after a group photo taken in the village, both coaches returned to the Ibis Hotel in Borehamwood and we said our goodbyes to some attendees who were departing. Most of us who were staying overnight in the hotel, later went for a meal at The Battleaxes Pub and discussed the event and various aspects of both British and American TV series, including The Avengers and The New Avengers.

To be continued…


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Ian Wegg wrote:
It occurred to me when we returned home (yes I was there really!) that as the treasure hunt material had to be handed back I had no record of the actual day. So thanks very much Mike for the comprehensive write-up, it's much appreciated. I will print off a copy and keep it with my other mementos.

I also realised that during the hunt I had concentrated on taking picture evidence for the clues and taken very few "general" shots of the people and places. So, for instance, my only photographic record of Elstree aerodrome are a flying pig logo, a Piper Cherokee and an orange wind-sock!

I did get the director's chair, though, outside Elstree station...





Looking forward to the continued report for Sunday.

~iw


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I drove past this sign twice and it just never registered about the director's chair.
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Yes, thank you Mike for the detailed description and all who took pics of the day.


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Yes, thank you Mike for the detailed description and all who took pics of the day.


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I feel the same Mike! But your meticulous descriptions help quite a bit. So glad you had a great time.
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Monday: Reflection

Overall the event was very enjoyable, not just being the 30th anniversary of the actual Dean Man’s Treasure Hunt event, but also celebrating the 40th anniversary of The New Avengers. As always attendees packs included several limited pieces of merchandise associated with both the Avengers and The New Avengers, which are unique to the event. This year was no exception as the team behind the event presented us with a key ring, fridge magnet, bookmarks and a large shopping bag complete with New Avengers rampant lion motif.

After their absence last year it was extremely good to see Neil and Sue Alsop and after what must be five years, Nick Williams returned sporting a beard that initially prevented me from recognising him.

It was also encouraging to see some new attendees, including Oliver who started out doing the actual Treasure Hunt on Saturday morning dressed in a three-piece suit and bowler hat. Oliver’s female companions (of which one was called Jessica) also entered into the spirit, dressing as Emma Peel and Tara King. It was only later that I was informed that one of the ladies was in fact a location scout for the BBC’s medical drama Holby City and that while at the Haberdashers, she had spoken with Roger there about shooting material for that series at the school.

A big thank you needs to be said to the team who put this year’s event together… Geoff Dodd, Annette Hill, Chris Bentley, plus Ian Fryer, Jackie Dear and Gary Whittaker.
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This time last week the Treasure Hunt was underway, hard to believe it is already a week ago. Thanks again Mike for the summary.

A couple more pictures from the weekend, the wall inside the Mill Hill club house where Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg are still remembered...



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Finally ... a chance to sit down and write some proper responses rather than all the "in haste" rubbish that time has forced me to resort to over the last week ...

Hi Ian Smile

Ian Wegg wrote:
Taking part in the treasure hunt was the fulfilment of a long held ambition for me and it was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. The attention to detail was incredible, surely the organisers must spend all year preparing it?


So sorry not have got to chat to you properly! I've enjoyed your postings in the electronic ether for years and it'd have been lovely to have said hello and everything. What I do miss a bit from the very earliest days of the event was where there was a sort of "introduction" for everyone at the start of the Saturday, and more chance for people to assemble to chat TV and swap notes/tapes and catch up on the Friday evening. In the ones for the late 1980s, before we set off for the convoy on the Saturday morning, because 70% of the attendees knew each other or were active on fanzines (in the pre-internet days), there'd be a chance to go around each person in turn to say things like "This is Mike Richardson who's down from Yorkshire. He's written for TimeScreen and PrimeTime, loves British film series, originated the hunt in 1987 ... and so if you have any questions, go over and have a chat to him" or "Now this is X and Y from Wherever, it's their first hunt, they're really into This Series and That Series and have a fanzine called Fanzine Name, so please make them welcome and have a catch up over the next couple of days". And so we all sort of knew each other. And now, I lose track because my memory isn't that sharp ...

Love the photos! Some happy memories from a couple of very enjoyable days!

And - yes - the organisers did cram a lot in didn't they. Some terrific places to visit (notably Tykes Water ... which I always adore) on both the hunt and the tour. Caron Gardner was a charming and engaging guest on the Saturday evening and it was lovely hearing her reminiscences. In fact, the whole weekend left me really regretting that when these events started 29 years ago, I was 22 and had the stamina to drink in all this for a solid 48 hours. And now, I need to take time out ... to eat and drink and rest and re-orientate. Indeed, at one point on the Sunday when I was with some of the lovely friends who were there back at the first hunt in 1987, I did find myself humming Ronnie Hazelhurst's Last of the Summer Wine ... and being so envious of those, particularly the first timers, who were just getting such a buzz from being at these amazing places and talking about these wonderful shows ... Smile

So lovely to read about Mike's mini-location tour which he Jason, Andy, Jason and Mark undertook on the Friday. And so brilliant to hear that new locations from episodes like "Dead Man's Treasure" itself (a show I still adore) are being confirmed and identified.

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It was also magical to approach Tyke's Water Bridge from the North West (from the school grounds) rather than the South East which I am much more familiar with. Another first.


That was a real highpoint for me as well Alan. And I have to say, being silent at the lakeside this time really added such a sense of beauty and tranquility to this special venue ... almost a feeling of reverence. That was a lovely point of the tour and I'm so glad this was possible.

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The efforts to which people like Chris, Annette, Geoff, Ian, Jackie and Andrew go to is hugely appreciated.


Absolutely. Just want to echo this again. It's a very, very special event and to know that people who understand the shows so well put in so much time and effort is deeply appreciated.

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Most teams contained four people, but I was joined only by Andrew Pixley and Julie Rogers and although we were not mega competitive we proceeded at a steady pace.


... and thanks for agreeing to do the hunt with us on that basis Mike. For me, it was just a fantastic opportunity to be with some nice people at some brilliant places. I'm afraid answering questions - if any - was an added bonus if it happened. Which I feel kind of bad about because Chris puts so much effort into constructing these hunts ... just as I did years ago. Again, seeing the really keen teams at work was a real tonic and delight!

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After their absence last year it was extremely good to see Neil and Sue Alsop and after what must be five years, Nick Williams returned sporting a beard that initially prevented me from recognising him.


Very much so. Neil and Sue have been wonderful people who have helped me at times in my life when things have been bad, and Neil's work in "PrimeTime" was a massive inspiration for me in the 1980s. Similarly, Nick has been very missed; a clever, talented man who has done some amazing stuff during his tenure with Fanderson. Seeing Nick again really put a smile on my face!

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It was also encouraging to see some new attendees, including Oliver who started out doing the actual Treasure Hunt on Saturday morning dressed in a three-piece suit and bowler hat. Oliver’s female companions (of which one was called Jessica) also entered into the spirit, dressing as Emma Peel and Tara King. It was only later that I was informed that one of the ladies was in fact a location scout for the BBC’s medical drama Holby City and that while at the Haberdashers, she had spoken with Roger there about shooting material for that series at the school.


Seeing these four attendees bringing a new style, imagination and enthusiasm to the event was wonderful - a true highlight of the weekend. It was lovely to speak to these guys during the hunt and on the Saturday night. It's seeing new people coming along, clearly enjoying so much of the event, and relating their stories of what the shows mean to them and how special they are that really, really warms my heart and reminds that these series are amazing and continue to find new devotees who fuel the fires of fandom in new and very important ways.

A terrific time. Thanks for sharing in all the fun guys. Thanks for giving me happy memories. Wonderful to see you all!

All the best

Andrew
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Wegg wrote:
This time last week the Treasure Hunt was underway, hard to believe it is already a week ago. Thanks again Mike for the summary.

A couple more pictures from the weekend, the wall inside the Mill Hill club house where Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg are still remembered...



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Yes, one of the questions at Mill Hill Golf Club on the hunt was, "Which Avengers are hanging around the bar." With the answer being Steed and Emma, as Patrick and Diana were captured on several large black and white stills when they were on location filming there and these still hang on the wall in the entrance hall outside the bar, as seen in your posting.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't got time to reply to all the points raised but I can say that it was an enjoyable weekend and so nice to see the regular faces, some we haven't seen for a while and some new ones.

I can't deny that it is extremely stressful organising this and I've been enjoying going to bed before midnight each night this week, something I haven't managed to do for the last 3 months. It's getting harder and harder to arrange visits each year as people, quite rightly, become more security conscious and so places that we've been able to visit previously, like North Mymms Park, are no longer viable options for us. I always want wherever possible to go to places that are normally off-limits to the public which creates a big workload but I think it's worth it and I hope others feel the same.

I wanted to visit some of the 'big hitters' this time around like Haberdashers', Manor Lodge and Tykes Lake and so that was my starting point. I was also keen to return to Camfield Place as I'd kept in contact with Ian, the owner, after our last visit and he was such a great host that I didn't think people would mind returning so soon.

I'd visited Iver Grove myself a few years ago and had always had it in mind to visit during the Hunt weekend and after discovering that it was up for sale, I thought that we'd best try to include it this time while I still had a line of communication with the owners. It meant that there would be a long trip to get there but I felt that we might never get another opportunity if we didn't 'strike while the iron was hot', as it were. Rachel, the owner there, was a joy to deal with and it was such a shame that she was taken ill on the day and couldn't come down to meet us. It's people like her and Ian at Camfield Place that make the event possible and I'm extremely grateful to them.

Roger at Haberdashers' was another who really went the extra mile to facilitate our visit. Thanks to him we were able to approach the lake from the school, something we'd never done before. It shouldn't go unnoticed that he was giving up his day off to allow us to visit. That brings me to the one thing that spoilt the day for me - despite it being made clear that we would be leaving at 9am we were unable to do so and that had repercussions throughout the day as we were late to every venue after that and I had a very difficult conversation with someone I'd been liaising with for weeks about us visiting one venue, regarding our late arrival. Bearing in mind that people are giving up days off for us it's not something I'll allow to happen again. It also meant that I and the other co-ordinators were having to hurry people up at the locations because we were so far behind schedule, something that we didn't enjoy but I hope people understood the reasons why.

Anyway, that aside, it was a good weekend from my point of view and I'll certainly be organising at least some of the locations next year. In fact, I've already started.....
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