06 January 2017
Militaria show is moving from Damyns Hall to Chigborough Road in Maldon in 2017.
The military heritage preservation charity, Essex HMVA, has announced that its flagship event, the Military and Flying Machines show is to move to a new venue at Chigborough Road, Maldon, Essex for 2017. Following 10 years of successful events at Damyns Hall, the organisers have taken this decision to allow the show to build on its continued success. Due to the limited number of event setup days available and changes to legislation, it had become increasingly difficult at Damyns Hall. Colin Tebb for the Essex HMVA said, “This is an exciting period for one of the biggest and best military themed events in the south east. Our new venue provides huge opportunities to make the show even better in a truly picturesque setting. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us in the past and sincerely hope that this support will continue as we work to make the Military and Flying Machines Show better than ever before.”
The show will, as previously, be a two-day event, taking place on Saturday & Sunday, 12 and 13 of August 2017. Colin added, “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the owner of Damyns Hall, Timothy Lyons, and his Team for working with us to make the Military & Flying Machines show the undoubted success it has been.”
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 on Osea Island - the connecting causeway of which is near our new location. During WW2, the area around Maldon saw many small ships used to assist in the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, and later boats used in the D-Day invasion. Maldon and the surrounding area is also home to several military museums as well as WW1 and WW2 airfields and is an excellent and appropriate location for the show.
The Essex HMVA aims to promote an understanding of military preservation as well as military history, providing a source of education and information to support similar minded individuals and organisations. Associate memberships are available (and ownership of a military vehicle is not a requirement) as many of our members have collections of varying military objects.