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the various opportunities offered for walking, cycling, riding, orienteering and other activities in some of the finest rural landscapes in the UK. This booklet can be obtained through: www. defence-estates.mod.uk, or by calling 0121 311 3850/2043.


THE MINISTRY of Defence has launched a handbook to help MOD planners identify the potential environmental, social and economic impact of pro- posed programmes, plans or projects. At the launch of the 'Appraisal Handbook for Sustainability and the Environment', Defence Minister Dr Lewis Moonie said: "We are constantly striv- ing to meet and maintain the highest standards, both for the environment and the chal- lenges of sustainable develop- ment." The launch took place at a conference organised by Defence Estates, an agency of the MOD responsible for strategic issues for the 242,900 hectares of defence land in the UK. The MOD has actively encouraged access to its land through the publication of 'Walks on Ministry of Defence Land'. This free booklet illustrates


Flagwaving spectacular promised


THE ORGANISERS of Chatham Navy


Days


promise one of the largest and most spectacular cele- brations of the Queen's Jubilee Bank Holiday. Navies from throughout


holiday weekend, June 2-4. Admiral Sir Nicholas Hunt, chairman of Chatham Historic


Europe have promised their support to the KM Chatham Navy Days being held over the


Dockyard Trust, said: "We are delighted that the international naval community are supporting us for this unique occasion. "With the assistance of the


armed forces from the UK and overseas as well as many civilian organisations and government agencies, KM Chatham Navy Days will bring together all the tradition- al pomp, circumstance and flag waving that a Queen's Golden Jubilee deserves and that the pub- lic expects." Warships from six nations will


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at Chatham


form part of the military and civil- ian displays at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham. The Royal Navy will be there in


force with the Type 42 destroyer, HMS Exeter, and the two minecountermeasure vessels HMS Chiddingfold and HMS Inverness. The nations of Belgium, Ireland, Denmark and Poland will also have their navies represented at the event. In addition, organisers promise


• A Royal Navy ship with flags flying at an earlier celebration


the largest fleet of heritage vessels ever to attend Chatham Navy Days - including The Matthew, a full size replica of John Cabot's ship that crossed the Atlantic in the 16th century. Admiral Sir Nicholas summed


up the organisers' ambitions for the event: "The deepwater basins and historic setting of Chatham will provide a special setting for a


spectacular jubilee celebration that is within easy reach of everyone in London and the South East of England. "We want KM Chatham Navy


of honour at the celebrations on the Bank Holiday Monday. The Navy will not be the only


Days to be a focal point for people to come and be part of what will be a wonderful event." The Princess Royal will be guest


Service on view at these Chatham celebrations. The British Army will also be playing a key role at the event.


Band of the Royal Marines and the Massed Band of the Sea Cadet Corps will be involved in a major music programme throughout the weekend. For further information, tele- phone: 01634 823800.


Military bands including the


• A Fairey Gannet AEW.3 of 849 Naval Air Squadron about to launch from HMS Ark Royal in 1978


Newark aims to safeguard future for rare aircraft


AN URGENT appeal has been launched by Newark Air Museum to guarantee the future of four rare aircraft kept on display at the museum's Winthorpe Showground site in


eastern Nottinghamshire. Trustees from the museum need


to raise a total of £125,000 to build a new massive Aircraft Display Hall, in co-ordination with a lot- tery bid for funding. One of the four aircraft is a


built, including the prototype, which operated as part of 849 Naval Air Squadron. The Gannet was the last of the


Forty-four AEW.3 aircraft were


Fairey Gannet AEW.3, an exten- sive redesign of the early Gannet that was used for Airborne Early Warning. These aircraft first entered ser-


vice in 1960, and are distinctive through their large 'guppy' radome.


Fairey aircraft to serve in frontline duties with the Royal Navy. The three other aircraft to be preserved are: an English Electric Canberra B.2 mod; an Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF.12; and a De Havilland Heron IB. All four are owned by Mich Stevenson, a long-standing sup- porter of the museum. He has agreed to hand the air-


craft over to the museum's perma- nent ownership if the appeal and bid for lottery money prove suc- cessful. The museum has already gar- nered £50,000 towards the overall


of special event days and activities over the summer months to bring in visitors. Museum trustee Howard


target through fund-raising efforts, but more is needed. The museum is planning a series


Heeley said: "The museum mem- bers and trustees are very excited that Mich Stevenson has made such a generous offer to gift these rare and in two cases unique air- craft to the museum if we are suc- cessful in our Heritage Lottery Fund bid. "We now need the public to play


707170 or visit their website at: www.newarkairmuseum.co.uk.


their part in the project by visiting the museum, or by participating in one of our special events." Contact the museum on 01636


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