Moths drawn to new venue

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Af­ter sev­eral years hold­ing its an­nual Gath­er­ing of Moths at the Shut­tle­worth Trust, Old War­den, the de Hav­il­land Moth Club (DHMC) has had to find a new venue for the 2018 event. “The club had reached agree­ment with the Shut­tle­worth Col­lec­tion for the 2018 Gath­er­ing to be held again at Old War­den on 29 July,” says DHMC Founder and Sec­re­tary Stu­art Mckay, “but late in 2017 a ma­jor air­show changed the pub­lished date of its 2018 event to that day, and as Old War­den Air Traf­fic Ser­vices were con­tracted to that show, a new date was ne­go­ti­ated, con­firmed with Shut­tle­worth, and widely cir­cu­lated.

“How­ever, in Fe­bru­ary Shut­tle­worth un­ex­pect­edly ad­vised the DHMC that there was a ma­jor event tak­ing place in Old War­den Park on the same day and although this would not im­pinge on ac­tiv­i­ties on the aero­drome, from past ex­pe­ri­ence the lo­cal traf­fic sit­u­a­tion was likely to be­come grid­locked. Ad­di­tional traf­fic gen­er­ated by the Gath­er­ing would be most un­wel­come by all con­cerned and, to save frayed tem­pers and much be­sides, there was lit­tle al­ter­na­tive to a change of date. Hav­ing changed the date once al­ready, the club was not will­ing to change again, in ad­di­tion to which none of the dates of­fered by Old War­den as an al­ter­na­tive were suit­able.

“Thus… it was prefer­able to move lo­ca­tion rather than date, (so) we shall be Gath­er­ing the Moths at RAF Hen­low on Sun­day 12 Au­gust. The new venue is an ac­tive RAF sta­tion, a mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity with all that that im­plies, in­clud­ing se­cu­rity checks on all move­ments of vis­it­ing per­son­nel, so it will not be open to the pub­lic, but re­stricted to DHMC mem­bers and their guests, and in­vited friends from the vin­tage car world. Any­body ar­riv­ing by sur­face who does not have a Hen­low se­cu­rity pass al­ready will need to ap­ply to the club in ad­vance for an en­try per­mit. A DHMC mem­ber­ship card will not be suf­fi­cient on the day.” For more de­tails visit: dhmoth­club.co.uk

The 2018 Moth Gath­er­ing has moved from Old War­den to RAF Hen­low

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