How times have changed since my last update!
The world has turned on its head. Unprecedented, the Pandemic has shaken the world to the core.
What about Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, then?
As you can imagine, as a small charity, we have had to take some pretty serious decisions. The present government restrictions do not allow us to open. Of course, we are all following the government guidelines very carefully. I am sure you are too. If you need to be reminded (which I doubt!) they can be found at Gov/Coronavirus
This has had a huge impact on us. We are able to take advantage of Government support, in some cases, and we are talking to all the funders we can about how we could work together to ride out this tough time.
We are still on site daily, just not all of us. There are some things we can’t do over a laptop from home!
Our wildlife is taking advantage of the much quieter site. Those of you that follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram will see we are getting some brilliant footage of our Raptors. We take our role in safeguarding them as seriously as we do our work in caring for our collections, buildings and aircraft. Make sure you follow us to stay up to date.
Our Wings & Wheels event, now scheduled for 6th September, is looking really impressive and our sponsors are very keen for it to continue. So are we! We are also looking at the Stow at War event, presently scheduled for July. It’s vital that we do all we can to drive income for the Trust, and participation in or visiting these events generates income that keeps the Trust going. Its that simple. We need the income! We need to also keep the site going, so it can leap into action when we are allowed.
When the dust is settled, when we’ve beaten this thing and when we are returning to a life with fewer risks or restrictions, we need to make sure that we are ready.
Places that offer fresh air, memory-making, engagement with our culture and heritage and - most of all - somewhere to take our family and friends, are going to be vital. We’ll need them, and we’ll never take them for granted again. We can’t be ready without your support. Stow Maries won’t be ready without us.
So we are bracing ourselves.
We’re rolling up sleeves.
We’re buckling up our tin helmets, straightening our backs and digging our heels in.
We’re in it for the long haul.
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is under our protection and yours, and we will be here for it. Just like it was here for us in 1916.
Keep safe, stay home.
Ian Flint, CEO