Waltham Abbey Minis help to save lives

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The Abbey Mini Owners club from Waltham Abbey held a rally to raise money for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulances on Sunday 12 May. The owners first of all gathered at North Weald Airfield, home of the Herts Air Ambulance.

There were 24 Minis and Wolseley Hornets parked at The Squadron, where they posed for photographs with their owners. David Kerr-Sheppard, the Air Ambulance’s Chief Pilot, also owns a Mini, which joined our visitors.

They then departed later in the morning to visit Earls Colne, the Essex Air Ambulance’s base. The event raised around £250 for the two Air Ambulances, which rely on public donations to fund their life-saving operations.

RAF veterans reunited at their former base

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Air and groundcrew veterans from the 72 Squadron Association once again visited North Weald Airfield for their annual reunion on Saturday 11 May. The previous day a Tucano trainer from the current Squadron had flown in from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire. This was painted in a special desert colour scheme commemorating the unit’s wartime service in the Mediterranean. One of the Squadron’s Spitfire pilots from that time attended the reunion.
The veterans began their day with a trip on the Epping Ongar Railway, followed by a visit to the Airfield Museum on Hurricane Way. Their next stop was at the Control Tower. They started on the ground floor with an introduction by Arthur Moreton in the newly-named Hunter Room, which has our Cold War era jet squadrons as its theme.
Moving upstairs, they were able to look over the Airfield and see the Squadron’s former dispersal area from the Hurricane Room. They completed their tour with a visit to the Visual Control Room at the top of the Tower.
Then it was back on the coach to The Squadron for lunch and their annual meeting. Old friends were able to meet up again and enjoy a chat during the party which followed. We always are pleased to welcome back the Association, which still has a great affection for North Weald.
The Tucano flew back to its base on Monday morning. Enhanced fire cover for its arrival and departure was provided by the Airfield’s duty fire crew and the North Weald Fire Rescue Volunteers.

Couch to 5k in 6 weeks!

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Couch to 5k in 6 Weeks!

We are starting up our running group in Epping so if you are entering this years North Weald Race For Life why not come along! And guys, there is a local park run for you to work towards!

This years group is called ‘Couch to 5 k’ and is for everybody!

We start on Monday 20th May 7pm – 8pm and meet in Stonards Hill Car Park, Tidy’s Lane, Epping, CM16 6SP

The course ‘runs’ for 6 weeks and costs just £15.00! Please book your place on 01992 564 226

Beginner and intermediate runners are all welcome but please ensure you wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a drink!

Your coach is a fully qualified Run England Leader with a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide you all the way

Why not come along, get fit and have a giggle.

The Royal Aero Club awards medal to a North Weald Airfield pilot

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The Royal Aero Club recently presented its Bronze Medal to Joan Walsh, Chief Flying Instructor of Saxon Microlights at North Weald Airfield. This prestigious award was for her services to the microlight community through the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA). The gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded annually for outstanding achievement in aviation during the preceding year or over a number of years, principally, but not necessarily, as a pilot.

Joan with her Bronze Medal and Thruster microlight

Joan has been instructing for 10 years, and has pioneered the use of flight simulation to enhance training, which has proved to be very effective. She has recently added a large side screen to her Thruster simulator, which gives the student pilot a greater degree of realism and situational awareness in training.
Her students have already benefitted from being able to carry out exercises such as crosswind landings on the simulator before repeating them in the air. This saves the students money and means that the airborne training time has maximum practical value. The visuals give a great view of the Airfield and the local training area out to the East. Joan can programme in different winds and other factors to add to the challenge.

The Thruster simulator has been a great training aid

Joan has also served on the BMAA Council, where her calm, no nonsense approach (and experience as a magistrate) proved to be of significant value. The Airfield Operations Team would like to congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition.


Spirit of North Weald – April 2013

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The latest issue of the Spirit of North Weald news magazine is now available to download from our website

As always the articles in the magazine will appeal to pilots, enthusiasts, visitors and local residents. As well as articles about Airfield History, events and operations, features this issue include:

  • Control Tower becoming a listed building
  • Stansted Airport TMZ
  • Extreme Stunt Show

Previous issues are still available to download from the archive on our website

Chances for young people to get into golf

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Chance for young people to get into golf

Theydon Bois Golf Club and Epping Golf Course are offering young people aged 10 and above the possibility to learn to play golf coached by PGA Golf Pros.

The six week courses both begin on Sunday 5 May and offer young people the possibility to learn the basics of the sport and the opportunity to have a go on the courses.

The six weeks cost just  £10 @ Epping and £30 @ Theydon Bois and all equipment will be provided.

If you would like more information or to book on to the courses please contact the following people:

Epping Golf Course;

Warren Tel; 07888 828 760 Email; wozthepro@gmail.com

Theydon Bois

Richard Tel; 01992 812460 Email; Richard@proshopnews.co.uk

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North Weald Airfield Control Tower is now officially ‘historic’

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It is now a Grade II Listed Building

Last year an English Heritage Assessment Team visited North Weald Airfield. They took a close look at the Control Tower, which is a Type 5223a/51 tower dating from 1952. On the basis of their recommendations, it is now a Grade II Listed Building:

  • Architectural interest: one of only seven of this type of post-war control tower to be constructed, the tower, which is larger than its predecessors, has an imposing presence and is illustrative of the development of the design of control towers in the face of increased reliance on electronic navigational aids in the post-war period;
  • Degree of survival: an intact plan, with sympathetic replacement windows, it is the best surviving example of its type on a fighter station, and amongst the best surviving overall;
  • Historic interest: a rare physical reminder of the role of RAF Fighter Command in the early years of the Cold War and its re-equipment with jet interceptors;
  • Group value: sited on a fighter station with an illustrious record during World War II, it has group value with the Grade II listed former Officers’ Mess.

Other similar towers were at heavy bomber bases: Upper Heyford, Brize Norton, Fairford, Mildenhall, and Greenham Common, plus Biggin Hill, which was a fighter base. Upper Heyford and Greenham Common are also listed. Mildenhall was demolished in 2004.

The Tower and Gate Guardian

We are delighted that our Tower has received this recognition as a historically significant building. Only last week we hosted a visit by 48 members of the Thornwood Seniors, a local community group, who spent time in the Tower before their tour of the Airfield and hangars.

The two large rooms are frequently used by the Air Ambulance and other organisations for meetings, training courses and functions. They are available for hire. Our Tower Facilities Hire leaflet can be downloaded from the Information for Event Organisers section of the Airfield website at www.northwealdairfield.info.

The Thornwood Seniors recently visited the Tower during their tour of the Airfield

Essential Living Fund and changes to the social fund

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The Essential Living Fund or ELF is a new scheme for awarding emergency grants and loans for vulnerable groups.

Launched on 1 April 2013, it replaces 2 parts of the social fund from The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

  1. Crisis Loans
  2. Community Care Grants

Essex County Council is responsible for the Essential Living Fund in Essex with individual applications being administered by Southend On Sea Borough Council.

What is the ELF?

The Essential Living Fund is operated as a grant system (and not as a loan as the crisis loans), and if awarded, it will be paid by goods or vouchers.

It can provide you with essential items in an emergency such as

  • Furniture and furnishings
  • White goods
  • Household equipment
  • Fuel connection or re-connection charges
  • Clothing and footwear
  • General living expenses

Who can get the ELF?

To be considered for support you must be

  • Aged 16 or over
  • In receipt of state benefits or on a low income
  • Permanently live in Essex

How to apply for the ELF

To apply for general living expenses (such as groceries, nappies, toiletries, hygiene products and fuel), phone the ELF team on 0300 7900124 between 8.45am and 5.15pm (this number is charged at local rates from any number including mobiles).

To apply for furniture / white goods / clothing and footwear / household equipment use the online application form.

You will be asked questions about your income, earnings and savings. You will also be required to provide proof of your financial situation.

Home Energy Conservation Act Further Report 2013

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As part of the amended Home Energy Conservation Act, Local Authorities are required to submit a further report on planned energy efficiency measures in their area.

Read the Epping Forest District Council HECA further report 2013

Find out more about energy efficiency


Countrycare Easter Scavenger Hunt

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Looking for something fun to do with the  kids Wednesday 3rd April? Why not Join Epping Forest Countrycare for an Easter Scavenger hunt!

10am until 12pm. No need to book just turn up. £4 per child. Starting point Reserve Entrance at the end of Pike Way, North Weald, CM16 6BL.

For more Countrycare events download our Coutnrycare Events List 2013