Exciting plans have been taking place over the last two years
to celebrate 100 years of Martlesham Heath …
with a major event over the weekend of 8/9 July 2017.
The story starts on 17 January 1917 – when the Royal Flying Corps founded a base on the Heath to develop and test fighter aircraft, during World War 1.
This work continued, with many fascinating chapters, particularly in World War 2, through to the last RAF aircraft departing in 1963. The legacy of this part of the story is held in the Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum.
The arrival of the Post Office Research Centre from Dollis Hill in London in 1968 continued the history of development and testing, this time in telecommunications. The PORC evolved into BT Adastral Park. It’s still the home of BT technology and development, but now also to many innovative technology companies under the Innovation Martlesham banner.
Around 150 other businesses, large and small, local and national, have set up on the thriving Martlesham Heath business park and retail areas.
MH100 will also tell the story of the unique Martlesham Heath village, from early plans to today’s vibrant community.
Martlesham Heath is probably the one of the most distinctive places in East Anglia.
Local Business, BT, Martlesham Heath Aviation Society, Martlesham Parish Council and Martlesham Heath Householders Ltd are all getting involved in this major event.
MH100 is delighted by the interest shown by local Primary Schools and Kesgrave High School and also to have the active support of University Campus Suffolk (University of Suffolk from 1 August 2016), all in conjunction with our charity status.
The event will use the Main Green area in the middle of the Village, and surrounding areas…. and will be a special “Village Fete” type event, celebrating the ‘groundbreaking’ Martlesham Heath story over the last 100 years.
We are also planning a small number of specialised events to lead up
to the weekend itself.
We aim to tell the whole story … and warmly welcome any Martlesham Heath Businesses, Groups and individuals to get involved.
The steering Committee has been working away since 2014. It’s now in need of more help and support, in the build up to the event.
If you think you can help … Please contact us via the link below.
Do you have stories and picture we could use? … Please contact us via the link below
This website will now develop rapidly – check back regularly!
Chairman MH100 Committee