I could describe 2017 as a bit of a rollercoaster year. The year started well and things started to look up after finding what we hoped would be the permanent home for the Military & Flying Machines show in Maldon. A new site seemed to reinvigorate our show team and they really pulled out all the stops to put on what I believe to be our best ever event, with a wide array of exhibits that culminated with a spectacular fly past with the Spitfire display pilot. It was with great sadness, however that we have not been able to secure the site for further events and as a result, we are seeking a new venue again.
Both Maldon Council and the local MP, the Rt. Hon. John Whittingdale have been of great help in not only moving the show to Maldon but also trying to find a long-term space. But there is more to the Essex HMVA than just the MFM show, and we have been busy with lots of other events through the area, culminating with the Christmas gathering of members that took place in the Combined Services Museum in Maldon. The trustees would like to thank everyone for their help and support during 2017 and we hope you will continue to do so.
Essex HMVA Website
Russell and David have been busy since the end of Military and Flying Machines 2017 updating the Essex HMVA website and including pictures of members vehicles and collections - if you would like to appear here, please contact them at: Essex HMVA website editors, sending them pictures of your collections and a description where appropriate. This is a chance to let others see about your passion, and I would encourage everyone to do so.
Olive Drab Magazine
We are several issues into our quarterly magazine and the feedback from our members has been very good. We have a range of articles and as one of our members said: - its not just full of green things. Thanks to all those who have submitted articles so far and also to those who plan to do so. For non-members, you can have a glimpse of what you're missing at: www.olivedrab.co.uk
A general note to vehicle owners, I often get requests for vehicles to take part in film work. When I am asked if we, can supply vehicles it's usually at short notice. So, if I do approach you with regards to film work I would appreciate a speedy answer in order that we can either supply a vehicle or I can ask someone else. Doing film work can be a great experience and you never know who you are going to meet!
(This also goes for other requests we often get for vehicles for weddings, school leaving days, 40's parties and even funerals.)
To those people who request a vehicle for these types of activity, can I ask you to bear with us and we will do our best to fulfil your request if we can. However, please consider this is our hobby and the vehicles are the owners pride and joy, valuable, not cheap to run and if you want something like a tank it's expensive!
Currently the Barn is full, however there may be some movement soon, so if you have an interest in storing your vehicle there, please let us know.