Down Ampney News


Use of "Giant Voice" tanoy at RAF Fairford


21st June 2018

Dear Councillors,

You may be aware that RAF Fairford has a tanoy system (called the "Giant Voice") which is used to relay messages across the base during times of emergency.

To ensure the system is working correctly, the base is introducing a monthly test of the Giant Voice system. The first test will take place on Thursday 12th July, and will then take place routinely on the first Thursday of each month. The test will take place around 10:30 to 11:00am and will start with the words "Test Test Test" before going on to make a number of noises with different tones, and will finish with the words "test concluded'.

Air Tattoo


31st May 2018

We have been notified by the RAF Fairford Liaison Branch that the Air Tattoo is to be held on the 13/14/15 July celebrating the 100th anniversary of the forming of the RAF.

As such it will be a much bigger event, involving far more aircraft and demonstrations than in a normal year.

Event practise will mean many more flights in the preceding days leading up to the actual show and the run down of the event will take much longer also.

Castle Hill Farm - Update


25th April 2018

We are doing some work to tidy the place up and are proceeding with the refurbishment of the listed cottages this year.

The remaining development site though, to be candid has just created issue after issue. Following our planning application judgement, we have done some extensive work on the site and invested time and money into quantity surveying and a supplier tender to find that the cost of the work is hugely prohibitive, to the extent where we would lose circa £1m as a result of undertaking such work.

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