The Men o' War Tent of the Sons of the Desert

Our current meetings have been cancelled in line with government advice on the coronavirus pandemic. 

Our intended re-launch date will not be announced here until such gatherings can be considered ‘safe’ and will depend on the prevailing health advice, being able to implement appropriate safety measures (e.g. social distancing, hand sanitation points, etc) at the venue and when infection rates are under control. Please let us know if you have any suggestions of films to include when our meetings resume.

The Men o' War Tent is a branch of the Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society - a society known as the Sons of the Desert which is named after the 1933 feature film. Our tent is based in North Essex (England) and the majority (but not all) of our meetings have taken place in the Manifest Theatre at Manningtree, near Colchester. Recently we have also been meeting at the Oakroom Hall in Mistley. Our tent was established in January 1987 and is officially listed within the
Sons of the Desert as Oasis number 70.

Men o' War tent: Members and meetings

The number of people attending meetings varies but typically would
be around 30 or so ...


Men o' War Tent: Who does the organising?

From left to right: David looks after the finances and and will usually be the one who collects entrance and raffle ticket money at the meetings; Nigel is usually busy working the projector but will often take time out to count us in for a rousing rendition of the 'Sons of the Desert' song and Paul is 'Grand Sheik' and usually does most of the talking at our meetings.

Parking for the Oakroom Hall
Ample parking is available on-site.

Parking at the Manifest Theatre
There is very limited on site parking so if you're happy with a two minute walk we'd recommend parking up on New Road and walking down Oxford Road to the Manifest. That could save a lot of frustration trying to get closer and could be easier making your getaway at the end ...

Please visit the Manifest Theatre website for some more parking advice.