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Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

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Russell Savory from Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome joins Southend Airshow & Military festival 2014 to make World War One a major feature of new Airshow.

2014 is the the centenary of World War One and to commemorate the start of the great war Southend Airshow & Military Festival is proud to announce its partnership with Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome.

Russell Savory from Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is joining the Southend Airshow & Miltary Festival team as WWI Operations Director and will lead World War One activities for the event. Russell brings a wealth of talent and experience and is one of the leading voices in the fight to save WW1 heritages sites.

Russell from Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome commenting on joining the Airshow team said:

“I’m very pleased to be given the opportunity to be involved with it all by looking after the Great War Section – having these aircraft visiting Stow at this special time, being the centenary of the Great War, will be a great honour. I am sure the Southend & Military Festival has a great future.”

The partnership with the historic Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome based near Maldon, Essex will provide Southend Airshow & Military Festival with airstrips, facilities and entertainment to pilots of WW1 era craft over the weekend of the show. With access to a grass airfield secured Southend Airshow and Military Festival can now feature a wider range of WW1 aircraft that are only capable of landing on grass runways.

Thomas Curtis commented:

“We are incredibly excited about Russell joining the team, his work on restoring Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome has been truly outstanding and we know that his expertise in the area will make our WW1 activities something the entire county can be proud of.”

John Delaney added:

“One of the driving forces behind our efforts to bring back the Airshow combined with a celebration of our military has been the desire to educate younger generations about our history & the bravery of our military both then & now. We wanted to showcase & commemorate the 100th anniversary of WW1 within our event so I am delighted to have forged such a close relationship with Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome enabling us to include a significant WWI tribute with air & ground displays within our event .”

Read all about it in the Echo!


The Echo, which has been a firm supporter of our activities has once again come up trumps in their coverage of our announcement that London Southend Airport back Southend Airshow & Military Festival!

The annual extravaganza is being revived by volunteers Tom Curtis and John Delaney – who are giving up their time to work on the project.

The Echo is backing them too.

And now Southend Airport has thrown its support behind the event and will be helping the show by offering a number of its services for free, or at a heavily discounted rate, so the show can go ahead.

Head over to the Echo website to read all about it!

London Southend Airport!

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Today we are incredibly excited to announce that London Southend Airport has agreed to support Southend Airshow and Military Festival. The recently developed airport, which now flies to Scotland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, Germany and Poland opens up the 2014 event to a huge new audience.

London Southend Airport is supporting the Southend Airshow and Military festival in a wide range of ways including air traffic control and overnight storage of aircraft.. London Southend Airport, which has recently been rated the number one airport in the UK by Which? magazine, joins BTMK, Goldwyn’s Chartered Accountants, Billericay IT Solutions and Candi Entertainment as businesses which are all offering a range of services free of charge or heavily discounted.

David Lister Operations Director of London Southend Airport had this to say on the announcement:

“London Southend Airport is pleased to be able to play a supporting role in bringing back the annual airshow to the town. The Southend Airshow is a hugely popular attraction, drawing large groups of visitors to our corner of Essex over many years. We are very happy to assist in what ways we are able alongside our day to day operations in getting this much loved event flying once again.”

On the announcement John Delaney had this to say:

“I am delighted with the involvement and support from London Southend Airport to see the Airshow continue. London Southend Airport (Rochford Aerodrome back then) was home to 37 Squadron “A” Flight in WWI so with 2014 being the 100th anniversary of WWI it is very fitting they should be so involved with our event in 2014 to commemorate it.“

Thomas Curtis added:

“We are looking forward to bringing both Southend Airshow & Military Festival and Southend-On-Sea to an international audience and London Southend Airport is key to that plan. We could not be more pleased to have London Southend Airport on board; they are very excited to support Southend Airshow & Military Festival with a range of discounts that will save the event thousands of pounds. ”

Candi Entertainment brings the party to Southend Airshow & Military Festival!

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Hot on the heels of the recent announcement detailing Essex Military Support Association joining the team, Southend Airshow and Military Festival is proud to announce that Candi Entertainments is to join as a Service Sponsor. Candi entertainment are a leading entertainment agency that provide a range of exciting acts that amaze attendees across the country.

The acts that Candi will be providing for free of charge to Southend Airshow & Military Festival include stilt walkers, fire performers, inflatable doorman, storm troopers, robots, and the only the UK’s only Tyrannosaurus Rex. The dinosaur stands at 9 foot high and over 12 foot in length, with animatronic movements and realistic dinosaur sounds.

Samantha Fellows from Candi Entertainment had this to say: “Candi Entertainment wanted to get involved to help support this great event and are looking forward to entertaining the thousands of attendees at the Airshow during the weekend along the seafront with all the weird and wacky types and styles of entertainment we will be providing.”

Thomas Curtis commented: “Candi Entertainment joins BTMK, Billericay IT and Goldwyns Chartered accountants as companies that recognise the importance of Southend Airshow & Military Festival. From the start we have been committed to not just bringing back the Airshow but to make it a better and more exciting event. Candi Entertainment is providing a whole range of attractions never seen before and we are sure that they will delight attendees.”

John Delaney added: “We want the Airshow event to be exciting both in the air & on the ground. The Candi entertainers are brilliant multi skilled performers who will delight the crowds plus add to the fun and atmosphere of the event so its fantastic Candi Entertainment have chosen to support us.”

Interview with Dan Rodgers from Essex Military Support Association!

Dan RodgersFollowing on from our announcement that Essex Military Support Association has joined the team we sat down with Dan Rodgers to find out more about him and the activities of Essex Military Support Association.

Hi Dan welcome aboard, tell us a little about yourself?

Hi, its great to have been offered this opportunity to be involved in such an iconic community event.  My name is Dan Rodgers, 34 from Rayleigh. I am a keen fundraiser and strong organiser.  I have been a longtime supporter of my local football team Southend United and currently work full-time for the Echo newspaper so I’m very passionate about our local communities in the south of Essex and if I am able to use my skills and experience to give a little something back to the people of Essex, I’m more than happy to do that.

You ran Armed Forces Day Rayleigh event this year, how did it go?

Yes, the event in Rayleigh was extremely successful, even more so than we have ever had hoped for.  I put together the Essex Military Support Association towards the end of 2012 made up of a number of former members of our Armed Forces, local businesses and members of the community.  The way the group worked as a team was clear to see on the day by the level of support given to us by the Armed Forces was on a level never seen before in the South of the County and the people of the local communities really turned out in force with some 12000+ coming along to see the incredible displays and performances by the military and local groups.  It is really heart warming to know that there is that many people within our communities that support what we did and I hope we can build on that again in Rayleigh next year, as well as a number of other projects we are working on, not forgetting a certain airshow in September 2014 we’re all looking forward too.

You had fantastic support from the military, how did you manage it?

The support from the military was overwhelming and of course without their support the event couldn’t have been what it was, with numerous local units showing their support and also we had a strong show of support from a number of troops from Colchester who came down on their day off to enjoy the great entertainment we provided.  We have worked very hard to build strong relationships with these units and its this combined with the success of our event in June that has put us in a very strong position to improve our event next year and to bring some very special things to the Airshow in 2014.

Why are you joining Southend Airshow & Military Festival team?

The Southend Airshow is one of the most iconic events not only in Essex but also on the international airshow calendar and this is shown in the incredible numbers that regularly attended the event previously.  We were extremely fortunate that our event was so successful and just one of the great things that came off the back of this was to get involved with the Southend Airshow and Military Festival.  I think this is an amazing and saying no was never an option.  I’m hoping to be able to use my contacts within the Forces as well as the strength of my team to put together some great ground displays for the airshow taking it back to its heyday back in the 80′s and 90′s when we used to have a strong military support on the day.

What is the best aspect of the Airshow?

For me personally, its going to an event that can capture your imagination all day no matter what your age.  Of course the planes will play a huge part in this, but between the displays you always need something going on and with a good airshow, this is never in short supply.

Anything else you’d like to mention?

The Essex Military Support Association is a fairly new group and we are growing fast, but we need your support to continue this growth and not only assist in making Southend Airshow a better airshow for the future, but also we a number of other events throughout the year.  We would love any potential volunteers to be involved and if you would like to help us or get involved, please contact us through the details on our Facebook page.

Essex Military Support Association partners with Southend Airshow & Military Festival!


Essex Military Support Association, the team behind the successful Armed Forces Day Rayleigh event this year, has today agreed to partner with Southend Airshow & Military Festival. Essex Military Support Association will bring its considerable military expertise, local partnerships and event management skills to Southend Airshow and Military Festival. Dan Rodgers will join the Southend Airshow & Military Festival as Head of Military Affairs.

Essex Military Support Association’s recent Armed Forces event was one of the largest in Essex and welcomed 12, 000 people to King George’s Park in Rayleigh. Armed Forces Day Rayleigh featured widespread support amongst local military units and was the only Armed Forces Day in the region to feature Aircraft such as the Tornado, Spitfire and a Sea King helicopter.

Dan Rodgers from Essex Military Support Association had this to say:

“I am absolutely delighted to be able to accept the offer of the Southend Airshow & Military Festival team to join them in putting together one of the counties most iconic of events. I will be working closing with both John and Tom as well as my own team at the Essex Military Support Association to bring a top level event to the people of South Essex in September 2014.”

John Delaney on todays announcement commented:

“Dan & the Essex Military Support Association team are an important addition to our event plans with Dan heading up the military aspect of our event. Dan has excellent connections within the military & I am delighted to welcome Dan & Essex Military Support Association to our team”

Thomas Curtis added: “With the incredible success of Armed Forces Day Rayleigh, we are very excited to have Dan and the Essex Military Support Association team joining Southend Airshow & Military Festival and know that they will play an invaluable role in our revitalised event.

Southend Airshow and Military Festival website now live!


Today we are happy to announce that the new Southend Airshow and military Festival is now live! The website will complement our existing Facebook page and will provide supporters, volunteers and businesses with the information they need to help the 2014 event.
The website has been created by Billericay IT Solutions who are proudly sponsoring the event by offering their expert services in website design and scalable web solutions. Billericay IT joins other local companies such as BTMK and Goldwyns Chartered Accountants in offering their expertise free of charge to the Southend Airshow and Military Festival.

Paul Alexander, Managing Director of Billericay IT Solutions, had this to say: “Billericay IT Solutions have a great empathy for the Airshow and what it brings to the community, not only in terms of a fantastic spectacle but also on a commercial basis too. These events must continue and we are so pleased to be able to support the Southend Airshow and Military Festival and long may our relationship continue.”

John Delaney commented: “The Airshow returning in 2014 will be a reality if local people & local businesses follow the fantastic lead set by Goldwyns, BTMK, Billericay IT as “Proud Sponsors” to come forward & fully support our efforts by getting involved & physically doing things to provide services for free or providing cash sponsorship.”

Thomas Curtis added “A high quality, scalable website is key for any successful enterprise, Billericay IT have created a fantastic platform for the Southend Airshow and Military Festival. We are heartened to see local companies keen to offer their expertise and guidance to make the event a reality”

Southend Airshow and Military Festival on BBC News website!


Here at HQ we are working hard to raise awareness about the event, earlier today Tom spoke with Mary-Jane Cullen from BBC News all about the event and what we are trying to achieve:

“The Southend air show, axed by a council due to budget constraints, is to be brought back next year, thanks to a group of volunteers. The borough council cancelled the air show in March as part of a bid to save £10m in order to balance its books…”

Read more on the BBC website! 

Southend Airshow and Military Festival is open for business!

Air spectacle now accepting sponsorship as Southend Airshow CIC is formed with support from local businesses

Today John Delaney, Thomas Curtis and Ex Mayor of Southend Nora Goodman MBE signed the papers to incorporate Southend Airshow Community Interest Company.  With the CIC formation completed we can begin to accept both sponsorship and donations towards the event. We are offering a wide range of sponsorship packages that will ensure that businesses large and small can benefit from the large advertising and good will opportunity presented by the first ever Southend Airshow and Military Festival.

Southend Airshow CIC was formed with the support of Goldwyns Chartered Accountants and BTMK Solicitors who are joining Southend Airshow and Military Festival as Service Sponsors. As Service Sponsors, Goldwyns and BTMK offer their extensive expertise and guidance in legal and accountancy for free. This ensures that we have the best possible platform to return this much loved event to the town.

Arthur Millman a director from Goldwyns Chartered Accountants added: “I’m delighted to assist the return of a much loved Southend event which brings pleasure to those who attend & a boost to the local economy”

John Delaney commented: “The Airshow returning in 2014 will be a reality if local people & local businesses follow the fantastic lead set by Goldwyns, BTMK & Billericay IT as Service Sponsors to come forward & fully support our efforts by getting involved & physically doing things to provide services for free or providing cash sponsorship.”

Thomas Curtis added: “Today is a historic day for the Southend Airshow and Military Festival, as we formally incorporate Southend Airshow CIC. The community interest company allows us to accept sponsorship but be able to donate proceeds to charity in keeping with our aims to create an event that benefits everyone. With formation of the CIC, we now have a great foundation for the 2014 event.”

Nora Goodman MBE: “I was very disappointed at the cancellation of this year’s Airshow, but hopefully we now can arrange this wonderful event for 2014”


Community Interest Companies (CICs)

Community interest companies (CIC) are a type of limited company designed specifically for those wishing to operate for the benefit of the community rather than for the benefit of the owners of the company. This means that a CIC cannot be formed or used solely for the personal gain of a particular person, or group of people.  CICs can be limited by shares, or by guarantee, have a statutory “asset lock” to prevent the assets and profits being distributed, except as permitted by legislation. This ensures the assets and profits are retained within the CIC for community purposes, or transferred to another asset-locked organisation, such as another CIC or charity.  A CIC cannot be formed to support political activities and a company that is a charity cannot be a CIC, unless it gives up its charitable status. However, a charity may apply to register a CIC as a subsidiary company.