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05.04.19

Its been a Manic Spring, with so much on the go we have barely had time to catch our breath!

Now, 101 years after the formation of the RAF, we are about to embark on Summer opening, and a hugely important year for Stow Maries.

We have had some great successes in the last 12 months – grants, reviews and profile raising visits. Now, we need to drive forward.

On the site itself we are about to bring another of the buildings back into use – the previous Non-Commissioned Officers accommodation will find a new lease of life thanks to a brilliant grant from the European LEADER fund, and a HUGE amount of work from our volunteers.

Our shop and Mess have been redecorated, and the event season is already bursting with pre-bookings. Our membership scheme – The Propeller Club – will be on the website soon but is already available on-site, and proving very successful.

The exhibitions are back in full swing, and we are pushing hard for our museum accreditation application.

Did you know you can use the Mess and Shop without paying admission fee? Pop into the Shop and see us, grab a wristband and you’re away – Cakes are great, and the sandwiches will fill many a hungry Tum. Come and see us soon....

Ian Flint - Chief Executive

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13.02.19

As usual, it’s a really busy time at Stow Maries. One would think that we would be quiet, as we don’t open to the public until 15th February – but actually, its quite the opposite! We are working on so many things!

Our Mess and Shop have both been redecorated, the floors polished (by hand, in some cases!) and thoroughly cleaned. We’ve done some essential DIY in the Mess kitchens, and completely moved the shop around. Our retail team has found some great new suppliers, and even stocked some volunteer-made creations – wooden tool-trays based on the Great War era!

The Air Ops team has been digging deep to fill the display cards for our two major flying events. Lots of great things to report there, and if the weather holds we’re going to see some amazing stuff!

What about the Curatorial team though? Well, we have a new Curator – Mr Steve Morley. He’s doing great work, and as he is fresh from running our team of very popular guides, he is ideally suited to take us forward. Steve is working on a raft of things, from our overall strategy to the planning for our Collections care. Poor chap hasn’t had a chance to take a breath. Alongside this, we’re growing closer and closer to getting Building 30 – the ex-Senior NCO’s accommodation building – back into use. Funded largely by the excellent LEADER program, administered by the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE), we’ll be moving in soon. When I say move in, for the first time, all of our management team – Curatorial, Finance, Events, Marketing, Volunteering – will be in one place. This will be a brilliant step and make life much easier for everyone.

The Events team, incidentally, have already launched a number of the events. Have a look at link for more information. What's On!

Anyway. Time is getting on – we open on Friday, and there is still lots to be done. If you want to help, contact us at Volunteers See you soon!

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09.01.19

2019 is upon us! 2018 was a successful year.

We have made great steps to saving more buildings on the Aerodrome – the major driver of our project. We have successfully increased our volunteer numbers. We have won awards from major funding bodies and are working on more. We now have three permanent exhibitions, and we’re working on two more. The visitor numbers are shooting up, and our events are more popular than ever. Take a look at YouTube and it will give you a snap shot of what they are like. We have welcomed thousands of new visitors, as well as thousands of friends. How can we top that?!?!?

It s not going to be easy – but with your help we can! Have a look at Stow Marie's Website Fancy coming to an event? Keep an eye on there! If you would like to take part in an event, as a volunteer or as an exhibitor, please do get in touch! Contact Events as soon as you can!

In 2018 we were overjoyed that Maldon District Council agreed to increase the numbers of aircraft we can welcome to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. This is a brilliant step in securing the long term sustainability of the Aerodrome. If any pilots of single engine, fixed wing light aircraft would like to visit, please contact us! Check  How to find us for information. I regret to confirm that we cannot welcome Twins, Microlights, Gyros or Rotary aircraft.

Our supporters are growing. With Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Essex Mrs Jenny Tolhurst, Dr Saul David and Dan Snow as Patrons, the word is going out: Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is a place of importance that you need to know! We want to work with local businesses and authorities to make 2019 as successful as 2018! Can your business support us?

Anyway – I better get on. I’ll be updating this blog monthly from now on – so keep watching!!

 

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Category: General 17.05.17

It was wonderful to welcome The Duke of Gloucester to our World War 1 Aerodrome near Maldon last week. He was genuinely interested in the work of our fantastic volunteers – who toiled almost around the clock to get our new museum ready for His Royal Highness to open!  

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04.04.17

It’s Springtime at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, the birds are singing, our dedicated team of volunteers is in great spirits, and the site is looking shipshape after the hard graft of winter.

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08.08.16

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome CEO Ian Flint shares what he has been up to since joining the team three months ago.

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24.05.16

Iain Standen, CEO of Bletchley Park, the home of military intelligence for over a century, kindly wrote this piece about Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome for his Historic Musings blog. One hundred years ago a new threat to the United Kingdom was forcing the Government to introduce new measures to defend the country.

From early 1915 German airships had been attacking and, whilst the casualties were very low compared to those that would be experienced in the ‘Blitz’ of the Second World War, this new form of warfare was causing alarm and fear amongst the population.

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18.03.16

The team at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome are pleased to reveal our brand new website. We hope you enjoy the new look and feel! Keep checking back for regular updates on our conservation, news and events.

We worked with the multi-discipline team at Mosaic PR & Digital based in Colchester to design and develop the site designed to drive visitors firstly to the website, and then to the Aerodrome for special events and general visits

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