North Weald Airfield Fun Day

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Local people remembered the sacrifice of the fallen and enjoyed a festival of aeroplanes at North Weald on Sunday 12 September 2010.

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Local dignitaries, councillors and representatives of the armed forces held a moving tribute at St Andrews Church. Wreaths were laid and names of the fallen were read out as the last post was played. Veterans and families gazed skywards as a Seafire performed a flypast. Prayers were led by Rev Raynor Harries MBE.

Vintage and modern aircraft lined the tarmac at North Weald Airfield along with historic vehicles while re-enactment societies added additional colour. In the spirit of a community event pilots and members of the public mingled. Barriers were kept to a minimum as people touched the aeroplanes. The airfields venerable Catalina flying boat was even open for those adventurous enough to climb the access ladder.

Bouncy castles, merry-go-rounds and stalls added to the festival feel while demonstrations of samurai skills, dog obedience and children’s shows featured in the central arena.

The aircraft displays were not only static. Aerobatics and flypasts vied for peoples attention on a memorable day.

The event was organised jointly by Epping Forest District Council which owns the airfield and Weald Aviation.

Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Fun Day

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This year is the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and North Weald Airfield is commemorating this historic event, and the airfield’s part in it, with a special Fun Day organised by Weald Aviation in association with Epping Forest District Council on Sunday 12 September 2010.

We are expecting up to 30 aircraft on static display including Hawker Hurricanes, the Kent Spitfire, Seafire, RNHF Seahawk and visitors from the Air Atlantique Historic Flight. A selection of military vehicles will also be on view with British and German re-enactors.

North Weald Airfield Community Fun Day leaflet (pdf 4.7 MB)

North Weald Airfield Battle of Britain Day

There will also be community stalls and displays including the North Weald Airfield Museum. It promises to be a great day out for the whole family! Youngsters will be well catered for with rides, a bouncy castle, face painting and their very own entertainer “ Mr Tickles!

    Admission and times:

  • Gates open at 10am and the airfield closes at 7pm
  • Between 10am to 12 noon admission is £10 per person
  • From 12 noon admission will be £5 person
  • Over 65s and under 12s can get in for free
  • The Fun Day runs from 12 noon to 4:30pm

There will be a free shuttle bus service for pedestrians from the North Weald Airfield Museum in Hurricane Way, CM16 6AA. The Fun day is supporting the RAFA 2010 Battle of Britain Wings Appeal and the Herts and Essex Air Ambulances.

Flypast at North Weald Airfield

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To mark the 70th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchills famous speech regarding the “few”, commemorative flypasts of the Hurricane and Spitfire recently took place and North Weald Airfield was used as the staging post.

Two Hurricanes and two Spitfires announced their arrival at the Airfield with a fantastic flypast. They were given hangarage at the Squadron and then took off from North Weald to start their flypasts of the Cabinet War Rooms in the City and the BOB RAF stations.

Below are a selection of photographs taken by Trevor Jago:

Two Hurricanes and two Spitfires in formation

A Hurricane prepares to take off

A Spitfire being given a little TLC

A Hurricane landing

Power cut in North Weald

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An electric light

Flying suspended at North Weald Airfield

Some homes and businesses in North Weald are without electricity after a developer cut a power cable earlier today.

The developer, Crest Nicolson was carrying out excavation work this afternoon when they damaged the high voltage cable that serves the airfield. The incident appears to have also tripped out the power supply to some nearby residential properties supplied by EDF. Epping Forest District Council has arranged for a specialist contractor to attend and repair the cable as quickly as possible. EDF will then need to test and reset its systems before the power supply can be fully restored. The supply is not expected to be reconnected until late this evening.

“Norway House and other local properties still have power but we understand a small number of people have reported problems.” said Derek Macnab, Deputy Chief Executive of Epping Forest District Council. He continued: “The cable supplies business tenants on our airfield. Although not on the same cable, we understand that some residential properties may also have lost their supply after the automatic safety systems tripped out the power at the local sub-station. Repairs to high voltage cables require very special skills and we have stepped in to bring a specialist contractor down from Felixstowe. They should be able to make the physical repairs fairly quickly and EDF will then need to restore the supply. At the moment EDF are telling us that may not be until 10pm this evening.”

    You can find out more information:

  • on the EDF Energy website
  • or telephone EDF Energy on 0800 783 8838

North Weald Airfield Incident

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The pilot of a light aircraft was taken to hospital after an incident at North Weald Airfield on Sunday 9 May 2010. The AT-3 twin seat aeroplane collided with a car on the perimeter track near The Squadron flying club just before 2.30pm. The occupants of the car helped the pilot from the plane before volunteers of North Weald Fire and Rescue Services arrived on the scene to put out a fire. Emergency Services were called by airfield operations staff within moments of the accident and arrived within a few minutes.

Wreckage from the crash

The occupants of the car sustained no major injuries. Both the car and plane were badly damaged but it is believed that no life-threatening injuries were sustained by the pilot in the accident.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will carry out an investigation into the cause of the accident and have given permission for the aircraft to be moved from the scene of the incident. They are expected to visit the scene as part of the investigation in the next few days.

North Weald Airfield is owned by Epping Forest District Council. A range of light and vintage aircraft is operated by various aviation businesses and flying clubs.

The damaged aircraft and car

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Deputy Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: I would like to wish the pilot well. I would also like to thank the Council staff, the volunteers of North Weald Fire and Rescue Services and the regular emergency services. Most of all, I would like to congratulate the two occupants of the car involved who acted with great presence of mind and courage in dramatic circumstances.

Councillor Whitbread added: We will have to wait for the AAIB to establish the cause and we will then take a look at our own procedures to see if there is anything we can learn. Right now it does appear that the airfield coped very well with the accident.

Waltham Abbey Bible in Top 10

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The Waltham Abbey Bible, on display at Epping Forest District Museum, has been selected as one of the top ten most important museum objects to reflect Essex`s history.

BBC Essex has joined up with museums across the county to choose a number of objects the people involved feel best reflect its unique place and past in the world. This is part of the BBC`s Nationwide history of the world project. A series of television and radio programmes will be broadcast on the BBC throughout 2010 with a vision to tell the history of the world through man-made objects.

Epping Forest District Museum Officer Tony O`Connor was interviewed about the significance of the Waltham Abbey bible by BBC Essex radio on Thursday 28 January. He said: The bible is one of our star items on display at the Museum. It dates back to about 1200 AD and is all that survived from the library in the Abbey Church, the last in the country to be dissolved by King Henry VIII in 1540.

A BBC reporter interviews District Museum Officer Tony O'Connor about the Waltham Abbey Bible

Inscriptions inside the Bible tell us it was the property of the Prior (the second most important official in the Abbey). The lack of rich decoration suggests this book was used for private study and not for display within the church. Both the Old and New Testaments are written in tightly-packed Latin script on 238 pages of Vellum (Parchment), the standard writing material in medieval England, made from treated animal skins.

Tony O`Connor added: It is a real privilege for the Bible to be chosen as one of the most important objects in Essex`s history. The Bible does not just belong to the Museum but to all the residents of the Epping Forest district and represents an important part of local and national history.

The Waltham Abbey Bible, which was acquired with support form the Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Fund can be viewed at Epping Forest District Museum. For opening times, please call 01992 716882 or visit the Epping Forest Museum Website. More information about A history of the world can be found at the BBC Essex Website.

Cashback Success for Ninefields

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Ninefields Estate in Waltham Abbey has successfully been awarded funding from the Community Cashback Scheme. The Community Development Team at Epping Forest District Council submitted a bid back in August and asked local people to pledge their support.

Community Cashback is a new scheme launched by the National Criminal Justice Board to enable local people to have a say in how £4 million of recovered criminal assets, for example, confiscated cash or property, should be spent in their communities.

Members of the local community were encouraged to vote for the project online and various television and radio interviews were undertaken. Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Wellbeing Councillor Brian Rolfe said: It is a direct result of the fantastic amount of support registered by members of the local community that we were able to secure this funding. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to vote as the projects being planned will benefit the whole of the Ninefields community.

The funding secured will be used to improve the entrance to Ninefields Community Hall and facilitate a young people`s community art project, culminating in the production of a 3D sculpture for the front wall. Local young people will work with an artist to develop, design and consult publicly on the piece of artwork.

Grange Hill Election Result of Poll

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Result of Poll for election of a District Councillor for Grange Hill on Thursday 8 October 2009.

I, Ian Willett being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each candidate at the said election is as follows:

Name of Candidate: Chambers, Gavin
Description: Liberal Democrats
Number of Votes: 411

Name of Candidate: Lion, Alan Barry
Description: Conservatives
Number of Votes: 453 Elected

    The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows:

  • A want of an official mark: 0
  • B voting for more candidates than voter was entitled to: 0
  • C writing or mark by which voter could be identified: 0
  • D being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty: 1
  • E rejected in part: 0
  • Total: 1

Vacant seats: 1

Electorate: 5,043

Ballot papers issued: 866

Turnout: 17.17%

And I do hereby declare that Alan Barry Lion is duly elected.

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

Limes Farm Multi Use Games Area Launched

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Young people celebrated the opening of the refurbished multi-use games area on Thursday 24 September 2009 at the Limes Farm Estate in Chigwell.

Chairman Penny Smith, Councillor Brian Rolfe with young people and staff at the new games area

Epping Forest District Council`s Community Development Team had secured funding of £40K from the BIG Lottery Children`s Play Programme to undertake the improvement project. State of the art rebound fencing, new basketball ends, football goals and tennis nets, along with a bright new playing surface have all been provided as part of the scheme.

The new games area provides the perfect location from which to deliver the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Social Inclusion Project, which has been developed by the Council`s Sports Development Team, with multi-sport sessions running during the evenings for local young people. During the day the community games area is used by Limes Farm Junior School ensuring that the facility is well used at all times.

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Brian Rolfe said: By securing Lottery funding the Council has been able to provide a first class facility for Limes Farm, in particular, local children and young people. Following the success of the new playground installed last year, we were delighted to support further investment as part of our commitment to the local community.

A visit by Penny Smith, Chairman of the Council, marked the launch event, which involved young people being treated to a football free-style display from the legendary Billy Wingrove from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Youngsters then tried their hand at a variety of sports on offer, including tennis tuition provided by Chigwell Tennis Club.

Museum Wins Visitor Attraction Award

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Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey has won a coveted visitor attraction award. The National Tourism body `Visit Britain` gave the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) award after one of their inspectors conducted an assessment.

The Assessor from Visit Britain looked at the whole experience of visiting the Museum from telephone and Internet enquiries through to on site staff and the visit itself, judging it against nationally set standards. They described various features of the Museum`s exhibitions as `Excellent`.

This prestigious quality assurance award means that the Museum can now display the `Enjoy England` Quality logo outside the building and on all the Museum`s promotional literature.

The Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) was established in 2001 by the then English Tourist Board to provide a quality standard for visitor attractions, similar to that for hotels and other forms of accommodation. Under the VAQAS scheme, attractions are assessed on their merits using objective quality benchmarks provided by the industry. All areas that impact on the quality of the visitor experience are included in the assessment, ranging from the initial enquiry through to departure.

Tony O`Connor, the District Museum Officer for Epping Forest District Council said: “We’re delighted to have received this prestigious award recognising the quality experience that we offer to Museum visitors. We aim to ensure that visitors of all ages enjoy a fascinating, informative and fun experience when they come to see us.”