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JOY LOFTHOUSE.   It was with the deepest regret that we report that Joy passed away peacefully at home in Cirencester.  Joy was married to 7 Squadron Pathfinder Pilot S/L Charles Lofthouse OBE, DFC who was for many years Secretary of 7 Squadron Association, during which time Joy established herself as an Honorary member of the Association which continued after Charles' death.   After the end of the war Joy became a teacher and it was at teacher training colledge where she met Charles.  This followied her wartime service as a Pilot with the ATA and it was this latter role which brought Joy to National attention when she featured in many documentaries about the ATA and Spitfires.  Joy was 95 when she passed away, a full Obituary will appear shortly.

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The Home & Communities Agency (HCA), who own the land on which RAF Oakington is situated have agreed to preserve 8 buildings as a Heritage core for the new development of Northstowe. Once the new town is built, space in one of the buildings (hopefully the Officer's Mess) will be allocated to the Longstanton & District Heritage Society (LDHS) as a museum for artefacts and memorabilia for Longstanton and RAF Oakington.

 

This agreement was obtained due to the lobbying by the Heritage Society and the well-supported petition they organised. This agreement by the HCA unfortunately does not guarantee that in the future of these buildings will survive once they are sold by the HCA. Representations to get legal covenants included in any sale arrangements, to ensure their protection, are being actively pursued as listed building status was refused by English Heritage.

 

You can help the cause by becoming a member of the LDHS and can do so by visiting their website or, if you are not technically capable, contact the Association secretary for information. The continued success of the intended museum could depend on membership by 7 Squadron Association members to LDHS even if you are unable to take part in any of the activities they organise. Your support in this respect will be much appreciated.

 

For further information visit http://www.ldhs.org/

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