Pillaton WI Goes ‘Airside’

Pillaton WI’s June cream tea raised a whopping £589 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Heli Appeal and, as a result, the members were offered a visit to the helicopter site in Newquay. The WI decided to combine the trip with a visit to Davidstow Airfield and War Museum.

The women were greeted at the Air Ambulance HQ by Barbara Corbett, an Appeal Board member. They saw one Air Ambulance leave on a ‘shout’ as they listened to a moving presentation by David, one of the Air Ambulance staff. After tucking into homemade cakes with coffee, they had a viewing of the second helicopter in the hangar where they posed for a photo shoot.

Continuing the “flying” theme, the members’ visit to Davidstow amazed them all. The various hangars contained memorabilia staged to give a full picture of what life must have been like for the armed forces – and ordinary folk – in the early 1940s. Anyone for one of the 27 Exciting Recipes with Tinned Herrings?! (the title of an old cookery book on display). This little gem of a museum is run by a host of volunteers, and is not the typical tourist attraction.

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