The village of Imber lies within Salisbury Plain in the middle of the Imber Ranges, the NW fringe of which can been seen a short walk away from the event co-ordinates.
Imber is one of the deserted villages in the UK. It has a story dating back into the mists of time but coming to an abrupt end during World War II. This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the abandonment of the village on the instructions of the Ministry of Defence. It's now a Military training zone, out of bounds for all but a few days each year. The focal point of Imber village is the Anglican Church of St Giles. The Baptist cemetery and a few other buildings are untouched by modern Military manoeuvers. The Church in Imber should be open from 10 am. There is an interesting museum collection, within the church, telling the story of some of the former residents of Imber.
There will probably be tea/coffee available to purchase. After the 2013 event the Church felt they were overwhelmed by the number of cachers who gathered and felt unable to offer the Church again to such large numbers in addition to the general public. We are very grateful to the Church for allowing us to be there and for waiving any donation offered to them. If you do visit the Church please bear this generosity in mind.
Surrounding the church are regularly changing buildings which simulate those to be found in the field of conflict.
The Imber Trig point is unavailable as it is 'Out of Bounds'!! Nearby are former tanks, used for target practice. As long as you do not leave the carriageways you are able to take photos, etc.
Have you been meaning to visit Imber? Do you want to walk off some of the excesses of Christmas? Here is your opportunity!
Three years after our first Imbibing Imber Twixmas gathering, we are returning to Westbury White Horse where last years event was held. We plan to gather this year at the former ancient battlefield nearby.
The area abutts the Imber Ranges.
Meet up at around 12:00 hrs, at the co-ordinates, where you'll log the event and perhaps take a few photos, eat your picnic lunches, exchange Seasonal Greetings, etc. Bring a chair, your camera and binoculars. Food will be available close by at a small charge. The event will end at around 14:00 hrs, so you'll have time to visit Imber either before or after meeting up for the event.
TB/GC Swapping and spotting: As is normal for events, there will be time for trackable swapping and spotting, why not drop your TBs in the box for another cacher to pick up and move on?
Whereigo craziness: As we're able to use a wide open space during the event... here's a bit of fun... Whack-a-Viking whereigo! You can download the cartridge here You'll need shoes you can run about in. Contact us for further details if you need help. Please do not expect to grab the co-ordinates from doing this game at home... it just doesn't work that way. Nothing to stop you trying though, to get the idea on what to do on the battlefield!
PUNCH: as in previous years, our famous hot Imber punch will be available
NEW... Refreshments and grub available this year at small extra cost. Details to follow. The caterers are happy to support us at the event. The general public will also be able to take advantage of this facility also.
There are NO TOILETS at Westbury White Horse. There are some portaloos in Imber village.
Please let us know in your log how many of you will be attending.
++++BREAKING NEWS++++We are pleased to announce the arrival of some specially produced event trackables. If anyone would like to order one, or more, please contact us. £6.00 each + p&p. We will post out or you can collect in person. Limited availability.
Link to ... TB Race