Due to the Pandemic / Lockdown we are now not able to post the Newsletter to members in February.
However the 2021 Newsletter is now published in full on this web site.
Our booking for the next Reunion on Saturday 18th September 2021, at Pontlands Park has now been confirmed.
A hard copy of this newsletter will be posted later in the year to all members who responded to our 2020 Reunion invitation. This will include the invitation letter for the September 2021 Reunion.
- Click here for the web version of the 2021 Newsletter (Note you can change the order of the articles by clicking on 'Title' at the top of the article list).
- Click here to read the pdf version (which can be printed if required).
Members may have heard rumours that Chelmsford City Museum is planning some changes that may impact Marconi equipment and the facilities at Sandford Mill.
We are in contact with Chelmsford City Council to make our views known and to explore the way forward.
As soon as we are able to provide further information, we will update this announcement accordingly.
Brian Izzard, Chairman
NOTE: The TV program "A Great British Railway Journey" has recently visited Sandford Mill - click here for the link to the story
Controversial plans have been submitted to demolish The Haven Hotel at Poole Harbour, Dorset, where Guglielmo Marconi set up a Wireless station in 1898.
The station operated from 1898 until 1926, transmitting across the channel to France.
This 141 year old historic hotel still has a Marconi lounge.
The developer wants to demolish the hotel and build a £250m block of 119 luxury flats on the site. The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council will decide on the planning application.
The Marconi mast in the early 1900's, The Haven Hotel is on the right.
Well over 3,000 letters of objection to the plans have been lodged by residents of the local Sandbanks area.
The MVA have now also lodged an objection:-
Subject: APP/17/00379/P - Haven Hotel
On behalf of our 3870 Veterans, who are former employees of the various Marconi companies, the Marconi Veterans Association wishes to lodge an objection to this planning application.
The Haven Hotel was home to Guglielmo Marconi and the site of many of his early experiments in the development of Wireless. As such it remains a valuable and historic building that gives Poole a position as one of the foundations of the worldwide communications and broadcasting industries. We believe that it should not be lost to the nation or to future generations.
The blue plaque outside the Haven Hotel.