North Weald Fly-in: Veterans and Presentations

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Photographs of the veterans and presentations for the veterans of the Royal Norwegian Air Force over the weekend of the Spirit of North Weald Fly-in and Community Day on Sunday 13 September 2009.

Friday 11 September 2009

Arthur Moreton greets Lieutenant General Mohr as he steps off the Falcon Jet

Pictured above: Arthur Moreton greets Lieutenant General Mohr as he steps off the Falcon Jet

Norwegian veterans were met on the tarmac

Pictured above: Norwegian veterans were met on the tarmac

Chairman Penny Smith greeting an F16 pilot

Pictured above: Chairman Penny Smith greeting an F16 pilot

Veterans greeted at the Squadron

Pictured above: Veterans greeted at the Squadron

Flag bearers from the Royal British Legion enjoying the day

Pictured above: Flag bearers from the Royal British Legion enjoying the day

Saturday 12 September 2009

Chairman Penny Smith greeting guests outside the civic offices

Pictured above: Chairman Penny Smith greeting guests outside the civic offices

Visitors outside the Civic Offices in Epping

Pictured above: Visitors outside the Civic Offices in Epping

North Weald Fly-in: Aircraft

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Photographs of aircraft over the weekend of the Spirit of North Weald Fly-in and Community Day on Sunday 13 September 2009.

Friday 11 September 2009

An F16 landing at North Weald Airfield

Pictured above: An F16 landing at North Weald Airfield

Sunday 13 September 2009

Engineers get the Royal Norwegian Air Force F16 ready for take off

Pictured above: Engineers get the Royal Norwegian Air Force F16 ready for take off

Mayor Odd Tore Fygle was one of a number of people to try out the seat of an RAF Tucano

Pictured above: Mayor Odd Tore Fygle was one of a number of people to try out the RAF Tucano

Essex Police helicopter

Pictured above: Essex Police helicopter

The Hurribomber prepares for take off

Pictured above: The Hurribomber prepares for take off

The only flying Hurribomber in flight

Pictured above: The only flying Hurribomber in flight

The Vampire jet

Pictured above: The Vampire jet

North Weald Fly-in: Aircraft 2

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Photographs of aircraft over the weekend of the Spirit of North Weald Fly-in and Community Day on Sunday 13 September 2009.

Sunday 13 September 2009

The Royal Norwegian Air Force Fan Jet Falcon Executive Jet

Pictured above: The Royal Norwegian Air Force Fan Jet Falcon Executive Jet

F16 warming up before take off

Pictured above: F16 warming up before take off

F16s on the runway before take off

Pictured above: F16s on the runway before take off

Hurricane and Spitfire from the RAF Memorial Flight

Pictured above: Hurricane and Spitfire from the RAF Memorial Flight

The first F16 taking off

Pictured above: The first F16 taking off

The second F16 taking off

Pictured above: The second F16 taking off

The Fan Jet Falcon Executive Jet escorted by F16 Jet Fighters and a Vampire Jet

Pictured above: The Fan Jet Falcon Executive Jet escorted by F16 Jet Fighters and a Vampire Jet

Museum Awarded Quality Badge

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Quality Badge awarded by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey has shown itself to be at the top of the class for educational visits by being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

The Quality Badge scheme combines for the first time learning and safety into one easily-recognisable badge for all organisations providing learning outside the classroom experiences.

Museum spokesperson Catherine Hammond said: Being awarded the Quality Badge is a real coup for all the staff here as it shows that we offer young people the type of high quality learning experiences they really benefit from. We’re thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and we look forward to welcoming even more children and young people from the local area to our Museum.

The Quality Badge was developed as part of the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto, a national initiative to ensure young people are given more opportunities to have these experiences as part of the curriculum. The Quality Badge scheme is part of the Government`s £4.5m Out and About package which, along with the badges, provides guidance and information for teachers on how to plan and organise high quality activities. The badge is designed to make it easier for teachers to identify providers of quality educational visits. Organisations will display the badge as a signal to schools that their venue has met required standards, so teachers do not need to carry out their own risk or quality assessments.

Ed Balls Secretary of State Children, Schools and Families said: Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child`s school life. Quality Badges offer teachers a guarantee that not only is a venue providing the sort of educational value that they can build on in class long after the visit but they also have the appropriate risk management structures in place.”

It is a significant victory in our battle to move away from the misguided perception that learning outside the classroom is a potential minefield for teachers. I want to see teachers using Quality Badges as practical decision-making tools. It should ensure that many more young people have memorable, exciting and valuable learning outside the classroom experiences. I congratulate Epping Forest District Museum on being awarded the badge.

The Quality Badge is available to large and small organisations providing quality learning outside the classroom experiences and managing risk effectively. Organisations already awarded the badge include museums, adventurous activity and field study centres, places of worship, art galleries, visitor attractions and farms, with many more starting to apply.

The Quality Badge was developed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in conjunction with a wide range of partners. Badges are awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

Theydon Bois Local History Report

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Tony OConnor, Penny Smith, Trevor Roberts and Susan Jones view the reports

Every year Trevor Roberts the Local History Recorder for Theydon Bois produces a Chronicle of events and stories which have taken place in the village in the preceding year. These form a valuable local history record and Theydon Bois Parish Council has presented a set to the Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey for inclusion in the Museum`s Local History Archive.

The Local History Reports were presented to Councillor Penny Smith, the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council by Theydon Bois Parish Chairman, Councillor Susan Jones.

Trevor Roberts has lived in Theydon Bois since 1995 and is a long standing member of many of the Community and Heritage organisations in the District.

Tony OConnor, Penny Smith, Trevor Roberts and Susan Jones with the latest report

Pictured from left to right in both pictures are Epping Forest District Museum Officer Tony O’Connor, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Penny Smith, Local History Recorder Trevor Roberts, Theydon Bois Parish Chairman Councillor Susan Jones

The volumes cover the period from 1996 to the present and further volumes will be presented to the Museum on an annual basis. The Essex Local History Recording scheme has been in existence since 1981, the aim being to capture contemporary historical data at a local level and so create a record for future generations.

The Museum`s local history records can be viewed by appointment, you can contact the Museum by telephone on 01992 716882 or by email to museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Olympic Airfield Plans

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Local business could benefit from thousands of visitors to London 2012 travelling to the Olympic Games via North Weald Airfield according to its owner, Epping Forest District Council. The 380-acre site close to the M11 and public transport could provide camping facilities and a transport hub for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Among the options are Park and Ride to local rail services, temporary upgrade of the Airfield status to allow passenger flights and an approach from the Caravan Club of Great Britain for its members to stay at North Weald during the Games.

Councillor Chris Whitbread Deputy Council Leader, Chairman of North Weald Airfield Strategy Cabinet Committee and the Council`s new Business Champion is very excited by the possibilities. He said: London 2012 is a great business and cultural opportunity for Epping Forest district. The Airfield is a well-located site with a good track record of hosting and holding events.

One of the major selling points to the International Olympic Committee was to make London 2012 the Public Transport Games. Epping Forest district has eight Central Line Underground Stations. However, people will need to get to the stations and the Council is concerned about parking congestion if no extra local parking facilities are available. A well-planned Park and Ride scheme would benefit everyone by smoothing the journey for visitors and reducing parking at the stations.

Councillor Whitbread continued: North Weald also offers a potentially fast air route to the Games. Aviation tenants are asking the Council to look at temporarily licensing the Airfield for passenger flights to take some of the pressure off other Airfields.

Businesses in London have not been slow to see the opportunities. Epping Forest district is also ideally placed for the main events in Stratford and the White Water Canoeing on the River Lee at Waltham Abbey. Most London hotels are already fully booked for the duration of the Games. The Caravan Club of Great Britain holds a national rally each year and would like to hold their 2012 event close to the Olympic venues and North Weald Airfield could be the perfect place.

Councillor David Stallan voiced some concerns about the temporary nature of any Park and Ride. Councillor Whitbread assured him should a Park and Ride scheme go ahead, it would be temporary and not permanent. Councillor Di Collins Leader of the Council said she could see the benefit of Park and Ride with camping and caravanning. Councillor Jon Whitehouse was concerned to ensure very careful traffic planning would be necessary but supported the ideas in principle.

Councillor Anne Grigg Vice-Chairman of the Council felt that temporary licensing of the Airfield for passenger flights would give residents and the Council a good idea of the impact of more sustained aviation expansion. Like Councillor Stallan, her fellow North Weald Member, she had some concerns about the local impact of Park and Ride.

Councillor Chris Whitbread emphasised that agreement in principle was subject to much further investigation and consultation with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). He added: There is much detail to be discussed. Any plans would have to dovetail with the wider Olympic transport plans. We would need the go-ahead of the ODA. However, this is a potentially fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of North Weald and the district. It would earn income for Council services and create great opportunities for local business.

Veterans Return For Airfield Gate Guardian Dedication

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RAF veterans returned to North Weald on Sunday 19 April 2009 for the dedication of the Hawker Hurricane replica aeroplane that now stands as a permanent guardian at the gates of the former Battle of Britain Airfield.

Serving officers and men of 56 Squadron from RAF Waddington, who were based at RAF North Weald for more than 13 years, joined Wing Commander Tom F `Ginger` Neil, DFC who flew the actual Hurricane depicted by the Gate Guardian.

 

North Weald Airfield Gate Guardian Dedication webcast (opens in a new window)

Veterans by North Weald Airfield gate guardian

Other veterans from World War II and the Cold War joined Rev Rayner Harries MBE in the dedication and unveiling of plaques, one of which lists the 50 squadrons that flew from North Weald and another which lists the supporters who made the community partnership project possible, supported by Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor John Knapman and airfield historian Arthur Moreton.

  • Arthur Moreton received a Special Award from Chairman John Knapman at the Civic Awards 2009.

A Vampire jet-fighter of the type flown by the RAF at North Weald in the 1950s performed a flypast. A flight of four ex-RAF Bulldog Trainers then flew a `missing man` formation as guests remembered those who did not return.

RAF Vampire jet-fighter

Guests were treated to further flypasts and an aerobatic display as North Weald proved that its flying heritage remains as strong as ever.

North Weald Airfield Gate Guardian

Rev Rayner Harries explained to guests that the Hurricane replica was not to commemorate war. They were gathered to celebrate the `Spirit of North Weald` which `continues to live on in friendship, fellowship and mutual support`. North Weald today enjoys a peaceful legacy, playing its part in the World Scout Jamboree and expecting to become involved in the London 2012 Olympics.

Dedication to the new North Weald Airfield gate guardian

The last RAF fighter squadron left North Weald Airfield in 1958 and it closed as an RAF base in 1964. Today it is owned by Epping Forest District Council. Aviation still plays a major role along with various business and leisure activities. North Weald Airfield also hosts the largest outdoor market in Europe on Saturday each week and Bank Holidays.

Council staffed filmed the dedication service, extracts of which can be viewed from the link at the top of the page.

Hurricane Gate Guardian Mounted at Airfield

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After 18 months of hard work and fundraising, the Spirit of North Weald Gate Guardian was mounted at the entrance to North Weald Airfield on Wednesday 25 March 2009.

The replica Hurricane being mountedThe Gate Guardian being mounted at the entrance to the airfield

The Gate Guardian was first unveiled to the public on 18 May 2008 at the Spirit of North Weald Airfield Open day and Fly-in, an event commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the birth of the RAF. The full size fibreglass replica Hurricane was lifted into position with the help of UK Lift and Haul Ltd, Airfield tenant Dave Young and the North Weald Airfield Operations Team.

The Gate Guardian in position at sunset

Arthur Moreton, airfield Historian and a major driving force behind the project said: “The Hurricane looks magnificent and is a fantastic achievement for everyone who has been involved. It truly reflects the spirit of North Weald. It is not only a fitting tribute to everyone who served at RAF North Weald but also something the whole community can be very proud of.”

Arthor Moreton received a Special Award at the Civic Awards this year for his work at North Weald Airfield, click on the link below for news, pictures and a webcast of the event.

Civic Awards 2009 Special Awards

The replica Hurricane was first unveiled at the Spirit of North Weald Airfield Open day and Fly-in, click on the link below for news and pictures of the event.

Hurricane Returns to Guard Airfield

Black History Month

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James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw an African Prince

As part of Black History Month, the Epping Forest District Museum website is showing a film it commissoned for last year`s commemoration of the the Abolition of Slavery. The film is a narrative of the most remarkable particulars in the life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw an African prince, written by himself.

James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw was captured into slavery when he was a child. Many years later, when he was living in England, he recorded his life story. His memories of Africa, New York, London, Colchester and Norwich were published in 1774. The book is believed to be the first slave narrative to be published in Britain.

Watch the webcastWebcast of James Akawsaw Gronniosaw – an African Prince (opens in a new window)

This film shows extracts from the book and is part of the touring exhibition `The Longest Journey: from Slavery to Abolition`, by Epping Forest District Museum, which looks at Essex links with the slave trade and its abolition.