Lyn Peet writes to tell us about it :
On Saturday, 11th September,
Crux Easton skies were a-buzz with
moths – no, not the kind that eat
clothes – but members of the de
Havilland Moth Club who flew their
planes in to celebrate the centenary
(to the day) of Sir Geoffrey de
Havilland’s first successful flight
in 1910, of an aeroplane he had
designed and built himself.
Some 25 – 30 planes landed on a field
known as de Havilland’s and when
lined up were an impressive sight.
Nearby, in the Wind Engine field,
marquees and a hog roast welcomed
the aviators and enthralled visitors.
The Crux Easton Wind Engine had
over 122 people to view the well and
look at the display of model
aeroplanes together with press
cuttings about Geoffrey de Havilland
and his family.
The church had standing room only for
a talk about him and his father who
was Rector here in the early 20th
A local band played during the lunch
break and there was a further talk on de
Havilland’s various factories and the
development of his aircraft.
It was a very special day.
sketch by Andrew Rutter