Greenpeace polar bear comes to life

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Members of Greenpeace have recently used the Hanger 6 Apron at North Weald Airfield to build an animated polar bear, which featured in one of the Mayor’s Thames Festival events.

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This giant construction was designed and the parts built in east London, but when the team began to put it together they realised there wasn’t sufficient room on the site. One of the team members had recently learned to drive and had come past the airfield on one of her lessons. A quick phone call to Weald Aviation gave them the all the space they needed.

The polar bear has moving legs, head, and jaws, and is steered from a platform at the back. Each leg is moved by 2 people and the whole float is attached to ropes which are pulled from the front. Once the bear was complete, the team spent 2 days getting used to operating it, as the whole process had to be choreographed to move the legs in the right order. Other people manipulated the head and jaws from a cabin inside the body.

It will make a fine sight at the Thames Festival, and is intended to highlight the issue of global warming.

 

Park Homes event for residents on 2 October

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‘LEASE’ will be presenting at a Park Homes event for residents on 2 October at Epping Forest District Council. Please note that attendance at the event is by invitation only. However, the event will also be webcast live, and the recording will be available after the event.

The presentation will cover the Mobile Homes Act 2013, explaining the new legislation and how it affects park homes residents.

The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) funded by government to provide free advice on the law relating to Park Homes in England.

Click on this link for more information about the event

D-Day veteran visits North Weald Airfield

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This historic transport aircraft flew paratroopers to Normandy on 6 June 1944

North Weald Airfield had a special visitor on Tuesday 3 September when a World War 2 American C47 transport aircraft ‘Drag-em-oot’ arrived from East Kirkby in Lincolnshire. It dropped in to refuel before going on to Cherbourg in France.

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This C47 (known as the Dakota in RAF service) had served with the 87th Troop Carrier Squadron based at Greenham Common, and flew paratroopers of the 101st Airborne over to Normandy on D-Day. When it came over from the USA in 2005, it was in a rather tatty metal finish. It is now resplendent in its original markings again.

‘Drag-em-oot’ first visited North Weald on 13 November 2005 for its annual maintenance after its ferry flight. The Aces High team realised that their C47, G-DAX, which was also on the airfield for maintenance, had been the next but one on the production line and held consecutive RAF serial numbers when the aircraft were both transferred from the USAAF. It was the first time they had been together for 60 years!

The aircraft performed some low passes on its latest visit, including a spectacular take off on departure. We posted images on our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/northwealdairfield) and one of these  attracted the largest number of page hits to date – over 3,500 and still rising! We also got 27 new page likes, which shows the power of an image. The aircraft has flown in to North Weald several times and is always very welcome.

 

Help for young athletes

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If you are a county or national standard athlete and need a helping hand why not apply for our young sports award. You could win a prize of up to £1,500 to help you progress further in your sport.

Young sports award

To apply you must be

  • Be aged between 13 and 25 years on theapplication closing date of 6 September 2013
  • Live in the Epping Forest district (or if at collage or university return ‘home’ to the Epping Forest district during the holidays)
  • Competing at county, regional or national level in a nationally governed sport

Deadline for applications is 6 September 2013, so get your applications in now.

Winners will be announced in October and all winners will be automaticly nominated for the regional awards taking place in November.

Apply now

To request an application form, contact Fabrizio Ferrari by telephone on 01992 564567 or by email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Sports award deadline looming

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Want to reward your club, coach or volunteer for the great work they do in the community? If you do, get your nominations to us by 6 September 2013 as the deadline for the Epping Forest District Council sports award is fast approaching.

Community sports awards categories

  • Club of the year
    £1,000 for a local club that is able to demonstrate that is has made a significant contribution to community sport over the previous year
  • Community coach of the year
    £500 to use for continuing professional development (CPD) for a local coach (they must coach in the Epping Forest district) who has made a significant and positive contribution to their club or to sport, health and fitness in the district
  • Volunteer of the year
    £500 for CPD to a local volunteer whose contribution helps make a positive impact to sport health and fitness in the district

Nominate now

To request a nomination form or for information on the categories, contact Fabrizio Ferrari by telephone on 01992 564567 or by email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Three Billy Goats Gruff visit District Museum

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This Saturday (3rd August) the Three Billy Goats Gruff will be trip-trapping their way to the District Museum in Waltham Abbey for the Family Fun Day!  Come along too and enjoy the puppet show version of this great story, with lots more entertainment for all the family. 

Out in the garden, local artist Georgia Wisbey will be helping you weave a willow herb crown, and if the sun shines we’ll also have sandcastles and shrimping. 

Activities take place between 11am and 4pm, with the puppet show taking place three times during the day at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm.

Entry is free of charge, but donations are very much appreciated.

Summer Family Fun at District Museum

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Summer Family Activities

Summer Family Activities

On Tuesday afternoons between 12noon and 3pm throughout the Summer holidays, fun family art and crafts activities are taking place at the District Museum in Waltham Abbey.  Many of the activities have a Tudor theme, to go with our latest exhibition.

On Tuesday 30th July you can design and make your own Tudor knight’s shield.  On Tuesday 6th August the shield might be useful to go with the hobby horse you can make for the Tudor joust.  We will be modelling Tudor clay pots on  Tuesday 13th August, then print making on Tuesday 20th August.  Bringing the holidays to a close, the last activity on Tuesday 27th August will be making a bookmark, using a Tudor quill pen to write your name and a lucet fork to weave a tassel to hang from it.

There’s no need to book, you can just drop in.  Most activities take about 20 minutes to complete.

Children need to be accompanied by adults as it is a family activity.  Cost £1.25 per child.

Harley Rocks at North Weald Airfield

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A rock concert in aid of the Little Havens Children’s Hospice.

Harley Davidson is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year. The local dealership at Lakeside sponsored a special rock concert to raise money for the Little Havens Children’s Hospice in association with Weald Aviation. The gig was held at Hangar 6 on the Airfield during the evening of Saturday 20 July.

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There was a comprehensive display of the latest motorbike models by this classic marquee, including the special limited edition Screechin’ Eagle 110. Harley Davidson branded merchandise was also on sale.

The concert began with Midnight Messiah, a band which uses one of the rooms alongside Hangar 6 for rehearsals. Its singer, Paul Taylor, has long been a Squadron member at the Airfield. They were followed by singer Stewart Mac, who was performing at his first gig.

The next group on stage was Governor’s Luck – a local Essex band formed in 2011, whose EP The Rumour Mill is on current release. Then it was time for the main act – the Rick and Buckers, featuring David ‘Bucket’ Colwell, Harry James, Rick Wills and Ronan Kavanagh.

The backdrop to the stage was formed by our Hunter T7 Fox 1 and two Jet Provosts. The stage was flanked by two Goblin jet engines. TV celebrity Jodie Marsh also attended to assist with the fundraising, which included a charity auction.

Over 500 people attended the gig. Many had arrived in suitable style on Harley Davidsons!

 

The Beagle Pup & Bulldog Club holds its 30th Anniversary celebration at North Weald

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The Airfield is a centre for these classic British aircraft.

The Beagle Pup & Bulldog Club (BP&BC) held its second major celebration at North Weald Airfield with its 30th Anniversary Beagle Birthday Bash at The Squadron over the weekend of 20-21 July. Previously it had organised its 21st Birthday Garden Party at the Airfield in August 2004, which included a record 18-ship flypast.

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Saturday afternoon heralded some early arrivals, including a Bulldog from France, F-AZTF. In the evening there was a 40s-style dinner dance featuring the close-harmony singing group the Marjorie Belles, Lindy Hopper dancers and a Cold War cabaret.

On Sunday more aircraft arrived for the Club’s fly-in from as far away as Thirsk in North Yorkshire. A total of ten Pup 150s and six Bulldogs attended, in addition to our home-based aircraft. The Metropolitan Police EC145 helicopter Police 251 also flew in to take part in the event, and Club members were able to have a guided tour of the helicopter and sit in it. The North Weald Ground Crew were on hand for marshalling.

The highlight of the day was an eleven-ship flypast organised by the SkyHawks Formation Team and led by Derek Long from Gamston, Nottinghamshire. The SkyHawks liaised with the Airfield Ops Team so that everyone was familiar with the formation’s intentions and routing in our locally complex airspace. The pilots taking part then had a comprehensive briefing from the formation leader.

After start-up and check-in on the radio, the mixed formation of five Pups and six Bulldogs lined up on the runway for a stream departure before departing to the east to form into three vics of three aircraft and a trailing pair. A Yak 52 was used as an air-to-air camera ship by Keith Wilson the well-known aviation photographer.

The formation looked an impressive sight as it flew back down Runway 30 before returning for run and breaks and a stream landing. Once back in their parking spots the formation did a simultaneous engine shut-down to great effect.

The Club’s Commodore, Roger Hayes, was delighted with how the Birthday Bash had gone. A huge amount of work had been done behind the scenes by many people to bring the event to fruition. After a cloudy start the weather also improved, and the activities proceeded as planned.

The Airfield has long been a centre for these classic British aircraft, and North Weald Flying Services maintains a number of Pups and Bulldogs, not only from North Weald, but other places as well. We were pleased to welcome back the BP&BC for another significant anniversary in the Club’s history.

 

Epping Forest Countrycare Volunteer Walk 2013

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As a thank-you to all our hardworking volunteers we organised a circular six mile guided walk last month. Led by Kevin Mason, an interesting and diverse route took the volunteers through woodlands, grasslands and green lanes.

 

Taking a break in Norton Heath

We were blessed with a fine sunny day, and set off from the Chipping Ongar heading east through the fields alongside Cripsey Brook. After crossing the River Roding we headed across the old landfill site at the former LECA works. The volunteers noticed the spread of the invasive plant Goats Rue (Galega officinalis) across the site, which they work hard to control on the EFDC’s nature reserve and former landfill site at Bobbingworth.  The walk next followed  St Peter’s Way besides arable fields and through overgrown field margins.

Volunteers identifying wildflowers found along the way

Several stops were made along the way to look at the flora and for anecdotes about the sites we were passing. The walk made its way to Norton Heath for lunch supplied by the Norton Heath Café.  The heath is formed on one of the smallest Essex outliers of gravel and in the early part of the 20th Century was heavily excavated to provide gravel for the Chelmsford to Ongar road A414.  Norton Heath was designated a Local Wildlife Site in 2010.

The return trip was made through the fields and along Norton Lane in a westerly direction to reach Norton Mandeville. A stop was made at All Saint’s church and Norton Hall to admire the church and learn a little of its history. After the church we followed the farm track down to High Ongar.

We crossed the River Roding again at the footbridge and made our way back to

Heading home

Chipping Ongar passing the castle on route.  Fortunately we were back at the start before the rain came.

Despite the nettles the walk was thoroughly enjoyed by all and everyone is looking forward to next year’s volunteer treat.

The volunteers said:

“Very many thanks for such a lovely day today.  The walk was varied and interesting.”

“It was very interesting to hear some of the local history and to appreciate the splendid views.”