1940s
Commemorative Weekends
Friday 17th May 2019
Standing Orders (Running Order of Events)

Wartime Memorabilia Displays


The Guildhall & "WWII Special" in the Tea Room


Lavenham Blue Vintage Teas
Dogs & well behaved owners are welcome.
                                               

The Swan Airmen’s Bar - Collection of WWII memorabilia

Sing-a-long 1940s Vintage Afternoon Tea  - The Swan
Entertained by professional pianist Peter Durrent.If you’d like to dress in 1940s vintage attire, please do so, but this is of course not compulsory

Little Hall
- Evacuee centre during WWII.  .

Talk & Presentation 'Service and Sacrifice with the 487th Lavenham Village Hall
The story of 2nd Lt. Robert 'Bob' Wasson as told by his cousin Charles Joesten.  This is the time when the 487th BG first came to Lavenham  flying B-24s.
Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door - subject to availability.
Doors open (along with the bar): 7.00.  Presentation begins: 7.30
Tickets can be purchased by cash or cheque through the booking office (open Mon-Fri 9.30-3.00) Lavenham Village Hall,
Church Street, Lavenham  CO10 9QT. Telephone 01787 248599


Saturday 18th May 2019
Standing Orders (Running Order of Events)

Car Parking at First Meadow.
The meadow will be open at 0900 and close 1600

‘Wartime Lavenham’ guided walk

Guided walk of ‘Wartime Lavenham’ £5 per person. Walk starts from The Swan at 1030hrs (please meet there by 1015hrs).
It will last for approxiamately 60 mins and end
approx 1130hrs in the Airmen’s Bar.  Numbers are limited, so please call
01787 247477 quoting “Wartime Walk” to book in advance.


Wartime Memorabilia Displays +Airmen’s Bar +

East Anglia Books will be selling aviation books

The Guildhall & "WWII Special" in the Tea Room

Lavenham Blue Vintage Teas
Dogs & well behaved owners are welcome.

Vintage WWII Vehicles now in Market Place

Come and see the vintage vehicle display in the Market Place. WWII vehicles with their proud owners and vintage cars.
good photo opportunities.


1940s Competition to find the 1940s style best dressed
window / best dressed building and best dressed employee’s.


Vintage Fair + Arts and Crafts - Lavenham Village Hall.


1940s Swing Music
Played by Peter Durrent on the piano in The Swan Lounge .


Vintage Afternoon Tea - The Swan


Little Hall - Evacuee centre during WWII..

Car Parking at First Meadow closed at 1600

Commemorative Concert - Lavenham Church

Featuring Wattisham Military Wives’ Choir,
BellaDonna
Mattson reading
Hand Bell Ringers

A special joint performance from Wattisham Military Wives’ Choir with Bella Donna, a trio of female professional singers who met while singing with English National Opera. They perform a variety of music from the post war period in the style of The Andrews Sisters. This evening they will also sing operatic extracts and numbers from the American Songbook. BellaDonna are Lyn Davis, Judith Douglas and Rebecca Stockland. Tonight they are delighted to be accompanied by D.B. di Blasio on piano.
There will be an interval and light refreshments.

Tickets £10 each available from
Lavenham Village Hall 01787 248599


Little Hall - Evacuee centre during WWII
Sunday 19th May 2019

Car Parking at First Meadow.

The meadow will be open at 0900 and close 1600

‘Wartime Lavenham’ guided walk

Guided walk of ‘Wartime Lavenham’ £5 per person. Walk starts from The Swan at 1030hrs (please meet there by 1015hrs).
It will last for approximately 60 mins and end
approx 1130hrs in the Airmen’s Bar.  Numbers are limited, so please call
01787 247477 quoting “Wartime Walk” to book in advance.


Wartime Memorabilia Displays +Airmen’s Bar +

East Anglia Books will be selling aviation books

The Guildhall & "WWII Special" in the Tea Room

Lavenham Blue Vintage Teas
Dogs & well behaved owners are welcome.

Vintage Vehicles - Market Place leaving in convoy at 1200 for the airfield

Little Hall
- Evacuee centre during WWII..
Sunday 19th May
Parade - Service - Bus - Airfield Events
Guard of Honour Parade -
The Swan Hotel

US Military will assembly outside the Swan Hotel in the High Street, together with some members of visiting veteran family’s. The Parade will proceed up the High Street and arrive on the Market Square by 11.00hrs

In gratitude Service - Market Square

The Service will be taken by Lt.Col. Ronlad R. Ragon, Ch, USAF Wing Chaplin, from RAF Mildenhall, proceeded by a short statement by FOLA Chairmen John Pawsey. During the service, the Honour Guard from RAF Lakenheath, will lower and raise the standard. A short address will be given, followed by the laying of a wreath by Mike Warner.

Vintage Vehicle Convoy to LV Lavenham Airfield

Watch the Vintage Vehicles leave Market Square and make their way out of the village to Lavenham Airfield. Marshals will stop traffic in the High Street to enable the vehicles to travel in true convoy. You will be able to view the convoy from Market Lane junction of the High Street and going north towards the Airfield.

Vintage Bus Trips with Felix Coaches of Long Melford.  Travel to and from  Lavenham Airfield on a vintage bus (places limited but there are two trips in each direction).
VINTAGE BUS TIMETABLE - TO AIRFIELD
Tickets cost £5 return and will go on sale on 17th May

To Airfield
Blue tickets - -  departure 1230 landing 1245
Red tickets - -  departure 1315 landing 1330
Return to Lavenham
Blue tickets - - departure 1530 arriving 1545
Red tickets - -  departure 1615 arriving 1630

Operation Yellow Flare - Airfield Vistors

‘Operation Yellow Flare’ was the call sign for the 487th on D-Day
The airfield will be open at 1230hrs till 1600 hrs for this day only.
If you wish to visit the airfield please obtain a FOLA directions map as there is only one entrance to the site.
Everyone to meet up at the Control Tower.

Maps are available from Lavenham Information Point and
The Swan Hotel - Lavenham

Plaque Rededication Ceremony - Control Tower

Flypast - Lavenham Airfield


From Beet to Bombers


Informal Airfield Walk


Please bring a picnic. Refreshments and snacks will also be available to purchase from Paul Jolly of the Good Food Army & Sweetmeats of Lavenham. Paul will be serenading us with his saxophone!
LAVENHAM AIRFIELD IS PRIVATE PROPERTY.  ALL VISITORS MUST REMAIN IN DESIGNATED AREAS AND TAKE INSTRUCTION FROM FOLA MARSHALS. PLEASE DO NOT DROP LITTER. DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED - THANK YOU
Paths and roads at Lavenham airfield are unmade or date back to World War II, so visits to the airfield are conducted at your own risk.
No charge for coming to the airfield today, but donations to the

"Friends of Lavenham  Airfield (FOLA)" Memorial Project will be much appreciated.