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Wisbech Society announces a special presentation by Red Arrows pilot Squadron Leader Mike Ling, Red 10, at Wisbech Grammar School on 27 March.
Squadron Leader Mike Ling, Team Supervisor and display commentator of the world famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team The Red Arrows, will be presenting an illustrated talk in Wisbech Grammar School’s Russell Hall from 7.30pm on Monday, 27 March 2017.
Entering his ninth and final season with the Reds in 2017, ‘Lingy’ joined the team in 2007 as its youngest ever pilot. He will leave at the end of 2017 as the longest- serving Red Arrows pilot yet.
Mike flew as a display pilot from 2008, leaving after the standard three-year tour of duty the majority of Red Arrows pilots serve. But he was called back almost immediately as Red 10 and has remained so since late 2011.
Lingy’s time as both display pilot and Team Supervisor gives him a unique perspective. His primary duty is to ensure safety in every aspect of the display, and while the Reds fly their gruelling pre-season work-up, Mike flies in the back seat of a different formation jet at least once every day.
He also observes from the ground, critiquing the display while ensuring safety, as well as writing and delivering the commentary that accompanies the team’s performances at airshows in the UK and abroad.
Lingy is one of only two Reds cleared to fly photographers and visitors in the back of his jet and many spectacular photographs and videos of the Red Arrows in action were shot from Mike Ling’s Hawk. And on the unusual occasion that a visitor – usually military aircrew or, very rarely, a celebrity – is invited to fly with the team, they usually ride with Lingy.
His presentation promises to be informative and exciting, revealing much about the team and its display, as well as the wider Royal Air Force.
Admission is free for Society members. Non-members are invited to attend the lecture at an admission cost of £3.00, while under-18s are invited to come along for free.
For further information regarding the event or the Society, contact Paul E Eden, Wisbech Society Press Of officer, on firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.wisbech-society.co.uk
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Keep up to date with the latest exciting news about the Wisbech Society's current project. With support from the Heritage Lottery fund, we're planning to restore the chapel. Join us as we work to maintain Wisbech's Heritage.
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Now in its 77th year, Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust is working harder than ever to safeguard the history and heritage of Wisbech, Capital of the Fens and Birthplace to Octavia Hill and Thomas Clarkson. The town's history has positively contributed to our modern society, having been the birthplace of the man who abolished the Slave Trade and the woman who founded the National Trust.
The preservation of the town’s stunning architecture is always very high on the Society's agenda and Fenland District Council consults the Society on planning matters affecting the town’s Listed buildings and conservation areas. Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust keeps a close eye on renovation projects as well as providing funding where appropriate. Through 2014 it worked closely with Fenland District Council on a Town-scape bid for funding to regenerate the High Street, and continues with plans to restore the chapel of rest in the town’s historically significant General Cemetery. Working hand-in-hand with the Friends of Wisbech General Cemetery, the Society has ensured the site’s future.
An active and effective civic society, the Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust takes great pride in the commemoration and celebration of the town’s cultural past, including its many eminent citizens – the Society has installed blue plaques on several relevant buildings around the town.
Membership is open to all, with the annual fee not only helping fund the Society’s many and varied activities, but also allowing access to a programme of fascinating winter lectures and a series of exclusive trips in the spring and summer months. And thanks to the Society’s association with Civic Voice, members also receive one free entry to a National Trust property and one free admission to an English Heritage site per year.
The Wisbech Society & Preservation Trust is proud to be associated with the launch of a new biography, released in October 2015 by Martin Gibson. Charting the life of Captain Neil Primrose MP, the biography covers the life of this Wisbech Resident and MP until his death in the First World War. For more information on the Publication and how to purchase it, please visit our Publications page.
FIRST STAGE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDING FOR WISBECH HIGH STREET
In September 2014, we included details of a first round Heritage lottery bid that had been submitted with a view to regenerating Wisbech High Street (Original text here). Fenland District Council have now received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the £2 million Town-scape Heritage bid that will potentially assist in the regeneration of the High Street. As reported by Fenland District Council, "The project aims to deliver the restoration of a number of buildings and facades on Wisbech High Street and turn the former Cook’s Butchers site into an exciting new area of public space." Most notably, the statement highlights the fact that only 13 of the 30 applicants from all over the UK were successful. ( Click here to read more)
However, achieving first round approval with the HLF does not guarantee that full funding will be forthcoming, only that it monies have been set aside. As highlighted by FDC, "Development funding of around £108,000 is included in the initial award to help the council progress its plans to apply for a full grant at a later date." In order to secure full funding, it will be necessary for everyone involved in the potential project to work together in progressing a more detailed application.
A press release has been made by the Heritage Lottery fund, further detailing the potential allocation of funding.
As demonstrated by the comments made by Chairman of the Society Ray Johnson, all parties involved in the draughting and submission of the initial bid remain enthusiastic. In a statement included in the Councils press release, he was cited as saying that “As a local heritage society, we have worked on this scheme for the past two years and have demonstrated our wholehearted commitment to it by pledging £25,000. Now, as we move on to the second stage of the bid, we will continue to do all we can to deliver a project that will truly revive the heritage of Wisbech.”
Significant capital has been set aside for this potential project by its various supporters and in addition to the funds being made available through the Society, further capital will be injected into the scheme by Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Wisbech town Council. In total, pledged funds set aside in support of the bid total £500,000.
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Wisbech's classical Georgian North Brink