BE2 in flight


Honouring the Past, being honoured in the present...

Publication date: 14.08.19

The great big steam train that is Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome keeps driving forward, and its gathering pace all the time. Where do I start?

Since my last post, we have had another Air event, and our popular Proms concert.

Stow Maries at War continues to grow. Now in its third year, this national-level Living History event draws in experts from all over the UK to display and talk to our visitors. The site truly steps back in time. We had fantastic historical input from 555 Service Company with their associated FANY and Red Cross Station, the Great War Society RFC and Warwickshire Regiment Infantry, the 10th Essex Infantry Regiment, the Royal Navy Bluejackets, Past History’s Padre Bond and not forgetting the 1st Norfolk Great War Guides unit. Having all of these exceptional historians on-site was wonderful.

Members of the 10th Essex under Inspection

WWH1 AHT Volunteer Starts the SE5a

Of course, the other half of the event is the Air show. Despite pressing conditions and low cloud cover, Our Flight display director, Air Operations Team, Marshalls and, of course, amazing pilots put on a show that was breath-taking. Its difficult to describe what respect we have for this team, as a whole, so I won’t try. Needless to say, they were brilliant and we’re so glad to work with them.

The wonderful Stampe Display Team

 The Stow Proms roared itself to great success, too, with our host Dave Monk leading the audience in song. The always reliable Dunmow Wind band delivered a cracking set, and everyone agreed it was a great evening.

On 7th August, we welcomed HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jenny Tolhurst, to the Aerodrome. It is always a pleasure to have Jenny on the site, but this time she was here in her official capacity as Representative of Her Majesty the Queen, to formally present us with the Queens Award for Volunteering Service (QAVS). She was joined by The Chairs of both Essex County and Maldon District Councils, as well as Charles Clark of the QAVS. It was a wonderful afternoon and it gave the team of volunteers, Trustees included, time to reflect and celebrate three years of exceptionally hard work. I’m very proud of all they have achieved, and I know they are too – quite rightly!

HM Lord Lieutenant Mrs Jenny Tolhurst

Volunteers Ian Richmond and Jackie Flower receive the Award.

So – where are we now? Well, tickets are live for our Large Model Airshow and the Heritage Open Day, so get booking. We are also launching our first ever Professional Development Workshop – a must for all of you that are working in the Historical Buildings sector. We have a number of other developments coming, but I won’t spoil the surprise – it leaves more to tell you next time!

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