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MOD Celebrates Family Day at Cotswold Airport

MOD civilians and military colleagues recently hosted a family day at Cotswold Airport, their 3rd such annual event raising £14,000 for service related charities.

With the support of Cotswold Airport, local businesses, Gloucestershire police and voluntary groups, roughly 1000 enjoyed a day which offered something for probably just about everyone. Flypast and static displays of classic / vintage aircraft, vintage and super-cars, demonstrations by Glospol armed response and traffic, classic music, historical re-enactment by Gloucester Community Networking, and history displays included genuine artefacts from Stalag Luft III Prison Camp (The Great Escape) and from the MI9 the Special Operations Executive (SOE), Dowty aerospace technologies and award winning Cotswold Ales.

The formalities of cheque presentations were conducted Monday 2nd October at GCHQ Cheltenham with two presentations of £7,000 each to representatives from Soldiers Sailors Airman Family Association SSAFA https://www.ssafa.org.uk/gloucestershire and Combat Stress https://combatstress.org.uk

One of the cheques presented (photo in Image link) was by the GCHQ historian Dr Dave Abrutat to Sir Francis Richards; former Director GCHQ and Commander in Chief Governor of Gibraltar, now president of the SSAFA Gloucestershire branch. Apart from the obvious connection to Sir Francis, it was fitting that GCHQ was chosen as they proudly work to support the military. Particularly in the last 30 years, wherever and whenever British forces have deployed GCHQ has increasingly supported through the forward deployment of its own staff.

The MOD and fundraisers would like to go on record to express their gratitude to Cotswold Airport and staff for their support and generosity over the years, to enable the raising of many thousands of pounds and deliver a great day for all.

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Cotswold Airport announces historic sponsorship deal with Cirencester Park Polo Club

Cirencester Polo Club LogoCotswold Airport announces sponsorship deal with iconic Cirencester Park Polo Club

Cotswold Airport, Europe’s largest privately owned airport, announces 3-year sponsorship deal with eminent Cirencester Park Polo Club for the principal polo tournament on the UK circuit, The Warwickshire Cup.

Cirencester Park, one of the oldest polo clubs in the world, is a regular haunt of royals and celebrities and has an action-packed schedule of events lined up this summer under the new command of polo club Director Mark Hayden-Kellard.

The Warwickshire Cup is the most historic tournament of the UK polo calendar and the afterparty, well, is the pinnacle of the summer party season and the UK’s “be seen at” event. It will be a day of world-class polo with public enjoying summer cocktails, ice cold beers and cool tunes long into the evening.

“We’re very excited about the new partnership with Cotswold Airport. Many of our visitors and players utilise the facilities at the airport which is only a few miles away. Their infrastructure and service delivery is world leading. We have an international DJ booked and a guest list of the UK’s premier “jet-set” says Hayden-Kellard.

The event will be raising money for The NFRSA (National Foundation for Retired Service Animals), a charity recently established by Countess Bathurst and visitors will be treated to a demonstration by our furry friends.

Attendees flying into Cotswold Airport are offered free general entry to the tournament on the Saturday 18th June with corporate VIP hospitality and picnic spots available at additional (discounted) cost by contacting +44 (0)1285 653225
info@cirencesterpolo.co.uk

Cotswold Airport will be offering a free pre-booked shuttle service to and from the polo club.

And to top it off, if you come away chomping at the bit, you can even book your own polo lesson at the park too…Neigh!