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Olympic Air Security. RAF Typhoons above Hughenden

You can’t fail to have heard the RAF Typhoon interceptors flying above us on Saturday.  This is all part of an Olympic air security exercise that will be taking place between now and May 10.  The flight last night was the only intended late night exercise. Below is the press release that was issued by the Ministry of Defence on April 27:


“During this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, UK Armed Forces will be playing a key role assisting the police and other Government departments to ensure these internationally important events are safe and secure. There is no specific threat to the Games, but we have to be ready.

As part of this contribution, the Ministry of Defence will bolster its existing arrangements for ensuring the security of UK airspace. RAF Typhoon interceptors are always on alert for this purpose, but during the Games a number of these aircraft will be deployed to RAF Northolt, west London, and helicopters from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will operate from several sites in and around London.

Olympic-SecurityIn preparation for their important role, a series of exercises has been taking place, bringing together all of the military assets such as helicopters, fighters, ground-based radar systems and air defence missile systems. During early May, this training will culminate with a large military exercise in London and the Home Counties. Codenamed Exercise Olympic Guardian, it will be an important opportunity before the start of the Games for Defence forces to rehearse and ensure they are operationally ready.

The exercise will commence on 2 May and complete on 10 May, spanning the May Bank Holiday weekend. During this weekend there will be a visible and audible presence of RAF Typhoon and Military helicopters operating above Greater London and the Home Counties. There will also be flights occurring throughout the exercise period, to allow pilots and other forces to become familiar with operating in the London and Home Counties airspace.

Both air and ground based elements will be involved in training exercises designed to test the Defence response to an unknown aircraft entering the restricted airspace which will be established in order to ensure that the Games are safe and secure. There will be a number of such training ‘serials’ each day, though the amount of flying has been reduced to the absolute minimum necessary to ensure that our forces are ready for their important role.

RAF Typhoon, RAF Puma, Royal Navy and Army Lynx and target aircraft, will fly between 4,000ft and 2,000ft above ground level for the majority of the Exercise to de-conflict with existing civilian air movements over London; however, military aircraft will occasionally operate at 1,000ft above ground level and, for a very brief period on three occasion, will descend to 500ft to achieve the necessary training objectives. It is recognised that military aircraft operating at this level could cause concern to the general public; therefore, time spent at the lowest levels will be minimised. However, members of the public should be reassured that safety remains are utmost priority, and our pilots and aircrew are well-trained and experienced in these sorts of operations.

We recognise that this activity may cause a disturbance. We have taken steps to ensure that flying activity takes place at times that keep this disturbance to a minimum. On current planning, one of the Typhoon training serials to be undertaken on 5 May is scheduled for the late evening, but will finish no later than 2230hrs. We regret any disturbance caused, but we hope that the public will understand why this important training has to take place.”


Hughenden Manor woodland walks

From the National Trust

Do you like a good healthy walk in one of the most picturesque parts of the English countryside? If you do you will be delighted to hear that The National Trust has just launched a brand new pocket-sized walks leaflet for the way-marked woodland walks around the Hughenden Manor Estate.

The leaflet is available free of charge and can be obtained from the Booking Office in the Stables Courtyard and also from many of the local shops and public houses in the vicinity. You can even find supplies at the Doctors’ Surgery and also the Hughenden Community Shop. Click on the image to view or download the leaflet.

This leaflet is the brainchild of a Hughenden Valley resident Paul Cawte, who you may recall was until recently the Chairman of the Residents Association and has been a Volunteer Warden at the National Trust for the past four years. “My responsibility is to patrol designated footpaths around the woods assisted by my buddy Jules Birch, to make sure that they are safe for walkers and do not become obstructed by fallen trees or other debris.” explained Paul. He continued “I always carry a small digital camera to take photographs of remarkable of interesting sights that I discover on my patrols. A number of these photographs have now been included in the new Hughenden Woodland Walks leaflet along with a comprehensive map and sets of descriptions of the four main way-marked walks.”

Paul, who is also a member of the Volunteer Council at Hughenden Manor, was asked by Jim Foy, the General Manager, to pull together a small team comprising volunteers John and Wendy Riddell and Hazel Clarke. Also part of the team was local designer Stephen Prickett, who produced the finished design for the leaflet. Together, they worked alongside Steve Kirkpatrick, the Hughenden Warden, to arrive at what is an attractive and very useful guide to one of out most treasured local amenities.

Paul and his colleagues at the Trust say that they would like to see as many Hughenden Residents as possible this year taking advantage of the opportunity to take regular healthy walk and enjoying the sights and sounds of the countryside. “It is free and there is a very good restaurant at the Stables Courtyard, and also a well as a well-stocked National Trust shop and a second-hand bookshop, so why not try it? – you can’t go wrong.” say Paul.

Valley Wives February Meeting Report

From Joan Steel

Jill opened the meeting with verses about a smile being infectious and starting an epidemic throughout the world! A happy thought to raise the spirits in these difficult times. A letter from the High Wycombe Multiple Sclerosis Society, thanking the V.W.’s for the £60 donation to their funds, was read out by Jill, and she then introduced our speaker Amanda Raynor whose subject was “The Language of the Fan”.

To set the scene, Amanda had dressed in Edwardian costume complete with chatelaine around her waist, to hold her fan and other useful items. She opened her fan in a particular way to bid us welcome to her talk. Amanda described fans as basically simple and practical items that can also be beautiful and desirable objects, often given in the 1770’s as love tokens, also presented at engagements and weddings. There were many varying styles and qualities of fans but they always followed the fashion of the day. If the costumes had large skirts like crinolines then the fans were big and in the 1920’s with short plain skirts, they were small. Fans first appeared in the 14th century, although the language of the fan was only created in the 18th century and eventually died out by the first world war, as other communications developed. They expressed the language of the heart and could show every type of emotion merely by the position in which the fan was held, e.g. over the mouth, below the chin, towards the shoulder or at the side etc., even the way the fan was fluttered had a meaning. Young ladies of quality would be chaperoned and as discretion was the order of the day, the only way of communicating with the man of their dreams was by fan. It was said in 1770 that ladies could chat without the use of the tongue! Amanda has an amazing collection of over 500 fans and showed us some beautiful slides and photographs of them to illustrate the designs, the kinds of materials used to construct fans and the decoration of hand painting and embroidery. Very much works of art. Heather proposed the vote of thanks for a most interesting talk.

Our next meeting on 2nd March is an Open meeting entitled “Portsmouth to Barcelona Cruise” by Gordon Massie.

A few tickets are available for the Dinner and Concert on 23rd March. Please telephone Doreen on 564877 as soon as possible if you would like to come.

NW Chilterns Local Area Forum

Click the link to view this bulletin from the NW Chilterns Local Area Forum which gives you the latest news from Locality Services about community projects and initiatives in the Bledlow-cum-Saunderton, Ellesborough, Longwick-cum-Ilmer, Great and Little Hampden, Great and Little Kimble, Princes Risborough Town, Lacey Green, Bradenham and Hughenden…..

November Issue of Hughenden News

The November issue of The Hughenden News has been printed and is being distributed to all members of the Residents Association.  A big thank you to all contributors and advertisers and especially to Janet and Angus Idle for their stalwart efforts during Janet’s difficult wait for a hip replacement.