A new Aviation Observation and Interpretation Area was opened at the Museum of Army Flying in Middle Wallop. The Chairman of the Trustees, Marion Paviour thanked the Rural Development Charity, Plain Action for its funding of the new balcony, which would enable people to observe movements of the nearby Army Aviation Centre, and also enjoy a cup of tea in the open air during the summer.
The formal opening was carried out by Geraldine Wimble, one of the members of the Programme Management Group at Plain Action.
Plain Action is a rural development programme running until December 2013. It operates across the Salisbury Plain area and into part of Hampshire, and has a budget of £2.5m. It is a ‘Local Action Group’ directed by the Programme Management Group which is made up of local people. It aims to make the area a better place for all people to live and work in. It seeks to address issues and opportunities associated with the area’s significant military presence and with those of climate change. Its funding will go to projects and activities which address issues within three main areas: skills development through learning and training, promotion and support of small businesses and employment, and strengthening communities.
Sir George said he was enormously impressed by this new facility. “Marion Paviour and her fellow trustees have done enormously well to fund the expansion of this very popular museum, and to do so when the economy has been in a recession. The museum gives enormous pleasure to a wide range of people, and I was interested to hear of their plans for somewhere to display the archives and, more ambitiously, a new hangar to house some of the aircraft used in more recent conflicts".