Community Supports H.A.D.s Local History Month & Garden Party Hut Celebration
The sun shone bright when Havering Association for People with Disabilities (H.A.D.) held a celebration of their local history and their premises “The Hut” – If walls could talk” after securing just over £3,000 from National Lottery players, through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
It all began last October when Tony Philpot & Terry Roberts from Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Society burst into H.A.D. and told them about H.A.D’s ‘huts’ amazing history as one off the dispersal huts during World War II at RAF Hornchurch Aerodrome (now Hornchurch Country Park). H.A.D. have always been proud of our ‘Hut’ and all were achieve with it for our members and loved hearing about its amazing history.
We were greatly excited by this information and held a month of activities throughout May
(Local History Month) for People with Disabilities, Carers and volunteers . We created a memory board, Dig for Victory themed planting of seeds in tin cans, leanrt all about morse code through balloon games, started a scrapbook and had many chats and lots and lots of discussions and sharing of memories. (with tea and cake of course)
The “Hut Day” opened with a procession of classic cars from Havering Classic Car Club, organised by Cllr. Nic Dodin (a H.A.D. Trustee) starting from the Good Intent tracing the route of “The Hut” to where it is now proudly situated in Woodhall Crescent. They were greeted by a crowd waving flags. The Mayor of Havering Cllr. Linda Van den Hende enjoyed sitting in one of the classic cars with Stuart Rose dressed in an air force uniform.
The inside of the Hut was transformed by Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Society into an exciting and informative display of memorabilia, including a photograph taken at the door of a hut. Also Havering Museum provided a box of artefacts for all to see. It is estimated that over 160 people joined in on the day.
Entertainment was provided by “Dance Hall Days” a 1940’s dance group who got everyone joining in waving flags and many dancing, followed by our popular DJ Johnny B. So many people to thank for their help including BBQ Jane who catered for 130 with a war time style picnic served in brown paper bags.
We are extremely proud of the Heritage of the H.A.D. Hut and the fact that it still provides a warm friendly place for people to gain support and companionship.
Prior to the event Havering College Students came along to our garden worked all day in the sun to power washed out paving, painted our benches in an array of colours and created the area now renamed as the dance floor. A big thank you to Brewers who donated the paint.
Havering Council Car Parking were also a great support arriving at 5 am to carry out a litter pick of our car park for the event to ensure it looked lovely for our visits and cordoning of an area in the car park for the classic cars.