Unveiling of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome embroideries
Unveiled by Lieutenant Claude Ridley’s daughter and grandson are two embroideries of scenes from the history of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome.
One embroidery depicts Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome at war and includes a portrait of Lt. Claude Ridley, the first Flight Commander at the Aerodrome.
The second shows scenes of present-day Stow Maries, emphasising the importance of remembrance and conservation to the Aerodrome restoration project.
The unveiling of the embroideries was the culmination of a three year project by members of local branches of the University of The Third Age (U3A) who designed and embroidered the two panels, and was undertaken as a U3A Shared Leaning Project (SLP) in conjunction with Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome.
The embroideries are currently on show in the Aerodrome’s museum, until their permanent home becomes available.
Whilst the scenes were being embroidered, a further SLP, undertaken by U3A members, was the writing of a walking guide for walks either starting at the Aerodrome, or including the Aerodrome as a good coffee stop part way round.
Five separate walks have been written up and the guide will be available later this year.