I found a medal for 'throwing the hammer' at church fenton in 1953 the winner came in second. I would like to know more about this medal, did church fenton have regular sports day? With who and who won the medal. It was an interesting find at tynemouth market.
I belong to local history group researching the above area. We hope to site an information board in the area detailing how the former RAF houses here were used as an overspill for Church Fenton. We are sad also that Dickson Road was deleted when the new development was built and hope to bring that back in some form. We are seeking any information and photos fore this area which was very active in the early 1970's and would be grateful for any contact. Thank you
What tremendous news. Church Fenton is to be used for what it was meant to be used for. It will be interesting to see how it will be utilised. You don't buy 260 acres of prime airfield without some idea of waht you are going to do with it.
Let's revel in the good news and see what the future brings.
I have heard nothing on the aviation grapevine about CF's further usage or sale so was just wondering if you and your wonderful web site were in receipt of any further information.
I am still hopeful that it will remain a airfield .
Hello there, I just thought I'd say what I thought of (the now closed) RAF Church Fenton. I have lived right near the base most of my life where the planes have flown night and day until this year which is so sad. I was privileged to have been given a tour of the base back in May 2013 which was so amazing and it just made me want to have been alive 50 years earlier so that I could have experienced at least a tiny shred of its hay day. I remember when I was like 3 years old, a concord set off from Church Fenton or at least I thought it was one but all I know it that it was insanely loud and I had ringing ears for hours that day. I also remember on numerous occasions sitting watching TV then suddenly I hear a massive whoosh or a bang and so I'd look outside and see these awesome machines like the Vulcan Bomber and the red arrows racing around in the skies. Finally I'd like to say thank you Ian for answering some of my questions and creating a fantastic website so I can bask in the old history of this amazing air base, I hope that the air field is kept as air field rather than houses and I hope the best for all those who have worked there and its memory lives long.
"With Speed to the Mark"