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23 Aug 2016

Khaos Family Volunteers Support Local Events in Grantham


Everyone in the Khaos Control Team is proud of the company’s roots. We’ve been based in Grantham since the company was founded in 2000 and look to support the local community when we can. Two such opportunities have arisen this Summer, with volunteers from the Khaos Family helping out at the Dysart Park Fun Day and the Wyndham Park Live History Event.

Dysart Park has been an integral part of Grantham since it was created in 1908 and their annual Fun Day is one of the local highlights of the Summer. Held on the first Sunday in July, the event was an enormous success, pulling in hundreds of families on a sweltering day.

The Fun Dog Show and the Reptile Tent were the most popular attractions, but with a wide variety of stalls and activities, from pony rides through to falconry displays, this was definitely a day for the whole family to enjoy.


As well as sponsoring one of the main attractions at the event, six volunteers from the Khaos Control Team gave up their Sunday to run the bucket collection. More than £180 was raised by the Khaos Control Team alone, who also provided help and support to visitors by handing out event programmes and directing families to the various attractions on offer.

Stormtrooper Selfie
Our Training Manager, Lindy Lodge, even managed to grab a selfie with a visiting Stormtrooper!

Our second volunteering spot of the summer came last weekend at Wyndham Park, where a Living History event was held to commemorate Grantham’s important role in World War One.

Members of the Great War Society take their water bowser for a spin
A platoon of 1916-era British soldiers from The Great War Society camped in the park for the weekend and ran kit and weaponry demonstrations for all. In between formal demonstrations, visitors were able to interact with the men, their kit and their camp, even seeing how British soldiers would have brewed up and kept themselves fed in 1916.

There was also a WW1 Field Hospital set up that offered people an insight into what medical care was like behind the front line.

Additionally, there were interactive trails for kids, as well as remote-controlled model tanks.

1916 Era British Troops at Wyndham Park
Grantham grew tenfold in size during the First World War, as the Machine Gun Training barracks played host to up to 200,000 military personnel at a time. This was marked by displays and stalls on the Machine Gun Regiments, other ways in which Grantham was impacted by the war and also the role that Wyndham Park played.

Members of the Khaos family helped throughout the weekend, giving up their time to help with displays, stalls, traffic and crowd control, maintenance and a range of other tasks.

Whilst the weather was a little changeable, Liz and the whole team of volunteers did a fantastic job and more than 1,000 people attended the event over the course of the weekend.

Thanks must go to Carl Swann and Dean Baker on the Values Team for organising us at these events and making sure that we were able to be a help and not a hindrance!

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