The Royal Dirigible Corps

RDC Mess dinner 14th of January 1883

January 16, 2012
Greetings fellow members,
Well after a most fantastic evening of chair swapping, stranger in the messing and general frivoloity I can honestly say, with my hand on my heart that the evening was a truely splendid one. I would like to firstly thank all of the people who have given their time and energy to create a truely enjoyable evening.
When unwinding with a few glasses of wine after the first mess dinner, back in Feb 1882 we were thinking that it would be a great idea to increase the size of the dinner so as to allow more people to attend. Well it soon became a labour of love, with many people juggling their real lives to get things organised. Soon the date was set and the hall booked and the word soon got out. (there was no going back now) I don't think it could have been done without the help of the attendees who each contributed something to the night. unusually everyone who said they would do something did what they said they would do, which to me was amazing and that shows what a great bunch of people we have in the RDC. From setting up the hall, to clearing down there were always people there ready to help, so thank you.

(The setup)

(Stranger in the Mess Urn and Mess Port)

(Some of the Ladies of the RDC Showing off their New Tropical Whites (Huzzah! ) )

(RDC Award presentation)

Also as part of the event, we hoped to raise enough money to pay for our public liability insurance to allow us to put on more events this year. I would like to say, that with the raffle and money left over from the food we have done this. Huzzah!
And finally, If this is the start of the year, we are going to have a fantastic time, if you think you know someone who would enjoy being a part of a fun organisation like the RDC get them to enlist. Its free and the only requirement is that you are willing to have fun.

Until the next event (Showzam in Blackpool - Feb)

(Link to the Video kindly done by Adrian Appleyard -


HMD Baden Powell Launches

December 12, 2011

I would like to welcome the gallant new crew of the HMD Baden Powell (Capatain Vorpal Blade and Leiutenant Reynard Fffox) to the ranks of the RDC. I wish them all the best and good hunting Huzzah!

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The Second Fake Fete - Harrogate

November 1, 2011
Greetings, fellow RDC members. Firstly
With many stalls from the Tombola of Tat, to the Marcus Island Mermaid, the fete was opened by non other than the world famous photographer Kevin Lockey (Who also gave the prize - A signed photo - for the Dirigible drive) Kevin was also responsible for judging the cake competition (won by Lady Jen Foss) with the winning cake being auctioned off to raise money for the church and combat stress. A total of over £380.00 was raised from all of the stalls.

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First New Zealand Get together

September 20, 2011
.....NEWS JUST IN.....

Early this month the Crew of the HMD Beowulf II had their first encounter with fellow Steampunks at the Grand Victorian Picnic.  It was good to see a good tunrout with a few games being played (Sack races and Tug of war) I am sure the RDC played their part with honour.

(Above : Lt. Sixsmith and crew chat to other attendees during the picnic)

(Above: Lt Sixsmith making friends with this fine Prussian Aviator)

Keep up the good work and I hope you have many more fun Picnics/ga...
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The Asylum Convivial September 1882

September 13, 2011
Greetings my fellow members of the of the RDC. Firstly I would like to take the opurtunity of thanking everyone who made it to the photoshoot, you all looked splendid and your pictures are already in the gallery and on the home page.

Well the weekend was a brilliant success with with a brilliant night on Friday in the Victoria pub, having drinkies until silly oclock in the morning. Meeting up with the crew of the HMD Wallenstein was also good fun, with cake and tea taken on the castle lawn. We...
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Claymills Pumping Station Visit

August 31, 2011
Greetings one and all

Onother great mission was had over the August Bank holiday, with members of the RDC arriving at the Claymills Victorian Pumping Station. With its two working beam engines (the second pair awaiting restoration) we were delighted by the very warm welcome we recieved, with even her Majesty Empress of India, Queen Victoria, cutting our cake and congratulating us on a fabulous Punknic. The punknic was delivered by the newly named 'Punknic express' and was enjoyed by all, incl...
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Captain Oxley Seen in Wales

August 17, 2011
Captain Oxley of the HMD Wallenstein was spotted in local press attending a gathering at Erddig hall in Wrexham. The gent was seen in 'Civilian' attire.

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New Dirigible to Join the Corps

August 17, 2011
Greetings one and all,

I would like to welcome the RD Susurrus to the ranks of the RDC. The Susurrus is a Panther class fast transport, with a crew of Captain JCM Rob and A.Needle (Navigator, Mechanic and cake engineer) They are specialists in extreme climates and can be found in various locations around the world.

Welcome to the corps and happy flying and God save the Queen.

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New recruits

July 7, 2011
Hello One and all,

Just to let you all know that we have many new members to the ranks of the RDC. we have new branches to the organisation, these include :-

The Barrage Balloons
The Art Rifles
The Medical Corps
The Assault squads

I would also like to congratulate David Oxley who has had the field promotion to the Captaincy of the HMD Wallenstein due to Captain Polly Sykes temporary transfer to the Australian command. Congratulations Captain Oxley!

Thanks you for reading and "God Save the Queen"

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Embsay Railway July 1882

July 4, 2011
Greetings one and all
Firstly I would like to thank all who attended the Embsay railway/campout. With wonderful weather and excellent company a truely fabulous time was had. Not only content with travelling in our wonderful period carriage, pulled by the wonderful Norman, we had the most amazing Punknic at our very own railway station. The huge quantities of baked delights on display caused two of the picnic tables to colapse under their combined weight.

MAny of our valient band went on to enjo...
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