We Continue to Battle On! - Ian Flint, Chief Executive
Hello everyone. I need to apologise. I have been remiss in the writing of my blog. I post regularly on Twitter, LinkedIn and all that, but this task has escaped me. So, big apologies for that. Of course, a lot has happened since April!
As, I hope, most of you know, we came out of Lockdown#1 in August, fighting fit. We had a number of sold-out events, and thanks to our Good-to-Go certificate, issued by Visit England, ticket-only entry went ahead. We welcomed hundreds of visitors to enjoy the open air, the exhibitions and the Airmen’s Mess range of food – including some brilliant new Specials.
All the time, we were driving fund-raising hard, and we had some great support from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, The Swire’s Charitable Foundations, Fowler Smith Jones Trust and the Essex Community Foundation. When you add to that some great event sponsorship from Imperial War Museum and R&D Advisors, I am happy to say we managed to plug most of the income gap that closing the site produced.
When Essex hit Tier 2 and then Lockdown#2 happened, you can imagine we were gutted. As I have said previously, work does not stop – our buildings and collections are unaware of the Pandemic; they carry on as usual. To them, its all about trying to collapse or deteriorate! It's our job to stop that!
We have a very small team, battling hard. We have nearly two hundred other volunteers that want to get back, too – we have plenty to do. Let’s hope it will be soon.
In the meantime, how can you help? Well – there is some easy ways. Firstly – follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Most importantly, though – what about buying a Propeller Club membership? Income from this goes DIRECTLY to the project, helping it survive. Now, more than ever, we need you help. Interestingly, in November there is a chance to have a look behind the scenes – something usually reserved for the Propeller Club members. Have a look for more information. Its online, its free and you’re gonna love it. Register Here
I think that will do for now. Let’s hope I can see you in person, soon.
Stay safe, stay healthy, stay in touch.
Hello everyone. I need to apologise. I have been remiss in the writing of my blog. I post regularly on Twitter, LinkedIn and all that, but this task has escaped me. So, big apologies for that....