About the Essex Historic Military Vehicle Association

About the Essex HMVA
Formed by historic military vehicle enthusiasts in 2014, the Essex Historic Military Vehicle Association (EHMVA or Essex HMVA),
Charity number: 1155705
was born from members of the Essex MVT who wanted to expand on what we did as a group and to secure the future of our annual show .This led us to believe the only long term solution was to set up an organisation which would focus on its local members foremost and which gave us the chance to offer more to them with a better level of support. We had overwhelming agreement at our club meetings for this change, so a new organisation was born. We intend to increase member activities as we get fully established.

The Essex HMVA has a membership whose vehicles range from push bikes, jeeps, land rovers, lorries, artillery and tanks. Historic Military Vehicles are in demand for fetes, shows, living history displays and film work. Members vehicles and equipment date from WW1 and WW2 through to relatively modern examples such as Chieftain tanks.We also welcome non vehicle owning members who may take part in living history or are military collectors. See our membership page for more details on how to join.

The Essex HMVA supports the areas British Legion fund raising activities, supplying vehicles as a backdrop for their fund raising collections and for the local Normandy Veterans association. Particular attention is paid to ensuring the authenticity of vehicles, equipment and displays to ensure that all our events are of educational value for members of the public and to ensure that the younger generations are aware of our heritage. We also attend visists to schools to assist in education by reinforcing the concepts taught in keystage 2 of the National Schools History Curriculum.

Our member's historic military vehicles have appeared in many films, TV series and documentaries including The Monuments Men, Danger UXB, The Dirty Dozen, Patton, Full Metal Jacket and Band of Brothers. In addition to taking part in many shows and displays over the South of England every year Branch members have participated in the D Day Normandy Anniversary and VE Day commemoration events taking part in parades in England and France.

Ex-military vehicles are obtained from various sources including military surplus auctions, scrap yards and farms where they have been abandoned after their useful days were over. Having acquired the vehicle the process of restoring it to its former glory begins, this is no easy task, when years of wear and weather have taken their toll. Most military vehicle restorations are undertaken after stripping the vehicle to its component parts, each piece repaired or replaced if original parts can be tracked down. This process takes many months or even years of hard work and research to ensure the restoration is as complete and authentic as possible.

The association holds its own annual show, (which is our main fundraising event) - 'The Essex HMVA Military and Flying Machines Show', at Chigborough Road, Maldon CM9 4RE.

The maritime town of Maldon and the surrounding area is a picturesque and historic area, with a rich and important military history, it has seen more than its fair share of conflict throughout the ages, including the Roman, Viking and Dane eras. Famously, the Battle of Maldon in 991 CE occurred during the reign of Æthelred the Unready. In WW1, motor torpedo boats were based at Osea Island - the connecting causeway of which is near our show ground. During WW2, the area around Maldon saw many small ships used to assist in the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, and later on these boats were also used in the D-Day invasion. Maldon and the surrounding area is also home to serveral military museums as well as WW1 and WW2 airfields.

This rural setting adds to our displays, with the woods, grass and lakes enhancing scenes from D-Day holding camps through to Operation Goodwood. The show attracts ex-military vehicles and aircraft from all over the UK as well as from Europe. This is all organised by members and trustees, and we always welcome new volunteers.

For more information on this years' show, please see the show's website at: Military & Flying Machines

We also hold the winter gathering for members in January, nicknamed the "Bum Freezer". You can come along with or without your vehicle. As well as this, we attend many events throughout the year.

The Essex Historic Military Vehicle Association holds regular meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month at the Bell Public House, Woodham Ferrers, Essex CM3 8RG at 8pm. Anyone interested in membership is more than welcome to attend. Ownership of a historic military vehicle is not required. See our membership page for more details

A copy of the Essex HMVA's aims can be viewed here as well as our rules and show terms.

Fundraising Policy

Our main fund raising is achieved by running the Military and Flying Machines Show event every year. Monies earnt from this are spilt into an annual budget to run the following years show and anything outside of this is used to fund the charities running costs and aims. Membership monies collected are used to self-fund the membership operating costs and any surplus is retained in the main account for charity use.

The Trustees have agreed to set a policy in place that we will not cold call either our members or outside individuals to ask for donations. We may call, write or email to remind members their membership has lapsed or in cases where we need to grant either reduced / free membership in order to comply with our policy on access for those on limited means. We will also mailshot organisations or companies where we feel there would be mutual interest in supporting us through advertising or sponsorship. Should in the future , we wish to fund raise for a project we will ensure this is done in such a way that does not put any pressure on those individuals contacted to contribute and without the use of any "cold call" listing either purchased or otherwise. The trustees note the adverse publicity and damage that can be attached to charities as a whole should we act contrary to the statement above.

Dontating to the Essex HMVA

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