Week beginning March 15th 2004

Hedon Navigation Trust : this week sees the start of a technical assessment to establish the viability of the project to restore the navigation to the ancient Haven at Hedon.
Funded by private donations, grants from DEFRA and the EU, under the auspices of the ERYC 'Leader + ' scheme, a full scale Project Forwarding Scheme is to establish how the water will be restored and how any archaeological remains will be incorporated into the scheme. The Hedon Haven Navigation Trust has commissioned the study, by Ove Arup and Partners and the results are expected in early summer.
Because Hedon was once the eleventh largest port in England and a medieval 'new town', an Archaeological Desk-Top Survey had to be commissioned and is now complete. There is still a long way to go, but as soon as the scheme is proved feasible a public presentation and exhibition will be mounted, featuring all the details of the scheme and thereby enabling the public to share in this exciting project for Hedon and Holderness.

Fort Paull and the Blackburn Beverley : I have just (10/03/04) finished reading a “letter to the editor” in the Mail about the recent purchase of the Blackburn Beverley aircraft by Mr. Brian Rushworth, owner of Fort Paull. It’s not the first item I’ve read on the subject and most seem to think that the plane has nothing to do with the village and ask the question – why Paull? So I am about to put the record straight.
On March 30th 1974, half the village (or so it seemed) went along to Paull Airfield to witness the landing of the last flying Beverley aircraft. Most, it must be admitted, expected it to sink up to its axles (or even deeper!) when it touched down on the grass airstrip but surprisingly it didn’t and trundled to an uneventful halt, never to fly again. I know this to be a fact because I was there.
The Beverley was subsequently gutted and converted into a clubhouse for Paull Aero Club (complete with bar) and there it remained until 1983, when the airfield and aero club closed and the Beverley was sold on to the military museum in its namesake town.

The letter in this week’s Mail questioned the motives of its current purchaser and so, intrigued, I contacted him for his statement on the matter. “Our motives,” said Mr. Rushworth, “are very simple. We wish to display and preserve the Blackburn Beverley for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment at Paull, where it made its last landing. It remained there until 1983 without suffering any major corrosion. At the time the only other Beverley was in the custody of the National Aviation Musem at Hendon, who sadly allowed this aircraft to deteriorate and (to use a phrase from the letter) return to nature.” The demise of the Hendon aircraft has been to the current Beverley’s benefit, as salvaged parts have enabled it to be fully restored.
I was also intrugued with the implication of political interference so put this to Mr. Rushworth too : “The enormous expense involved in the purchase, dismantling, relocating and reassembling this aircraft will take most of the museum’s reserves for the next few years, so we would be very grateful to know how a short-term profit is to be made. As for politics, I find it hard to understand how even the most astute politician could influence the outcome of a sealed tender.”
Fort Paull museum is a registered Not-For-Profit organisation and they are in the process of setting up the Blackburn Beverley Charitable Trust. They are already welcoming many school, parties as well as family groups and individuals, and there is much to interest all ages. For details of the Fort (including opening times and displays) you can either visit the website on http://www.fortpaull.com or telephone 01482 882655.

Art exhibition in Hedon : Wyvern Arts are a group of artists all living and working in Holderness and they are holding an exhibition to mark the launch of their new website, http://www.wyvernarts.com . This is being held in the Council Chamber in Hedon Town Hall, St. Augustine’s Gate, and will be open from Tuesday March 16th to Friday March 19th betweeen 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. each day, admission free.

Police Band Concert in Hedon : tickets are now on sale for a concert being held in St. Augustine’s Church, Hedon, with the kind permission of the Vicar and members of the Church Council. In it the Humberside Police Band will be presenting their springtime programme at the invitation of the Mayor of Hedon, Councillor Mrs. Ann Suggit. The concert will be eheld on Friday, April 16th commencing at 7.30 p.m. and tickets, available from the Town Hall (telephone 01482 898428) Bamford Digital (896166) and Frames of Hedon (890214), cost £5 each. Light refreshments will be served during the interval, and all proceeds will be shared between the Mayor’s Charity and St. Augustine’s Church.

The following church services will take place on Sunday March 21st (Mothering Sunday)
Hedon : St. Augustine’s Parish Church : Sung Eucharist at 9.30 a.m.
Hedon Methodist Church, Church Lane : communion service at 9.30 a.m., morning service at 10.30 a.m., evening service at 6.30 p.m.
Saints Mary & Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Baxtergate, Hedon : Daily Mass times : Sunday 10.30 a.m., Monday 9.15 a.m., Tuesday 9.15 a.m., Wednesday 7.30 p.m., Thursday 9.15 a.m., Friday 7.30 p.m., Saturday 6 p.m.
Hedon Pentecostal Church meets every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. in the Jubilee Room of the Alexandra Hall, St. Augustine’s Gate; a Sunday School is also held at 10.30 a.m. every Sunday.
Paull : St Andrew’s Parish Church : Family Service for Mothering Sunday at 11.15 a.m.
Paull Methodist Church, Main Street : no service this week – next service will be on Sunday March 28th at 3.00 p.m.
Preston: All Saint’s Parish Church : (third Sunday in the month) - service of Holy Communion at 11.00 a.m.
Preston Methodist Church : morning service at 10.30 a.m.

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