The military heritage preservation charity, Essex HMVA, regrets to announce their flagship event, Military and Flying Machines will unfortunately not take place in 2018.
The Essex HMVA were unable to comply with the terms and conditions that had been imposed upon us by the landowner at Blackwater, and as a result were regrettably unable to secure the site used for last year's show in 2017. In addition, negotiations to use a nearby site have also not been successful. Given these delays, the trustees have agreed the best course of action would be not to hold Military and Flying Machines in 2018 and instead rest the show for one year, with a view to return in 2019, the proposed dates for the show will be the 10th and 11th of August 2019.
We realise this will be a great disappointment for those who have continued to support the event over the past 10 years, however the trustees are committed to returning in 2019 with a show. We intend to use the year as an opportunity to review and improve the organisation and planning processes for the show and more importantly to find a suitable permanent location and would welcome any suggestions from interested parties who feel they could support us with suitable venues.
We would like to thank all those who have supported us so far and continue to help us - in particular, we would like to thank Maldon District Council for their ongoing assistance in trying to find a suitable alternative site so that the 2018 show could go ahead.
The Essex HMVA is committed to its 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.