Recognising RAF heritage at Flying Fields
A former RAF airbase which played an important role in the training of new pilots during the Second World War is being transformed into a new community through our work in Southam.
Once known as RAF Southam, the site to the east of the Warwickshire town is now Flying Fields, a development of one to five-bedroom homes that is already proving popular with buyers. Our team was keen to ensure the former use of the land was not forgotten, paying tribute through the development name in order to give new residents an idea of the site’s history.
The first recorded use of RAF Southam was in the summer of 1940 when the site was used as part of the Elementary Flying Training School (ETS). The purpose of the ETS was to ensure new pilots were up to scratch before they were sent to complete their training overseas with the Commonwealth Air Training Scheme, finally being dispatched into active service.
RAF Southam was used as a training ground for prospective pilots until 1944, when flying ceased following a decline in the demand for new personnel. Following closure, the site was used a storage base for equipment needed after the D-Day landings, before being transferred to the Ministry of Works. The site remained largely out of use after this time, save for a former RAF Squadron Leader living on the site for a few years in the 1950s.
The buildings that were once a part of RAF Southam were demolished in the late 1990s. Planning permission for Taylor Wimpey’s Flying Fields development was granted in January 2018.The site’s heritage is further reflected in the decor of one of the showhome bedrooms, which has an aviation theme.
Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, said: “When we build on a heritage site it’s always important that we recognise the history of the area. We hope that by remembering RAF Southam in the Flying Fields name we can help our residents quickly feel like they are part of the local community.”
Taylor Wimpey proud to support Southam Christmas lights
Every winter, the residents of Southam celebrate the beginning of the festive season together at the lights switch-on and Christmas market. As we are building new homes in the town at our Flying Fields development, and as part of our ongoing commitment to working with local communities, we donated £185 towards the 2018 event, held on Sunday 25th November.
Dave Thomas, Chairman of Southam Christmas Lights Association, said: “We are grateful for the support that we have received from Taylor Wimpey and we can’t thank them enough for their donation. The lights switch-on has always been a popular event in Southam, and it’s really great to see companies such as Taylor Wimpey show interest in the communities in which they build. Not only has the donation supported the community in running this event, it’s also helped to bring residents together to enjoy the festivities that this time of year brings.”