This will be the tenth year that the JOC has had a presence at the show. £5 per car and driver and £3 for passenger. All monies to the Chiltern Air Ambulance.
Please let Shaun Winfield know if you are interested.
Please note that for those attending in a classic car the entry point on to the airfield will be at Honeybottom Lane, Dry Sandford, Abingdon, OX13 6BX...this is their dedicated Classic Car entrance so you should not encounter Public visitors
There will be staff onsite from about 0700hrs and you MUST be onsite and parked up by 0915hrs (this is to comply with H&S requirements against having moving vehicles in the Showground when it's open to the public).
If you do arrive after 0915hrs you will not be allowed entry at this gate, but be directed to the Southern Airfield gate/Public Access point in Barrow Road, Shippon, Abingdon,where you will need to leave your vehicle in the public carpark and pay to enter the showground(albeit less the £5 classic car entry). Please note new time of 0915, previous years it has been 0945.
About the show – from the organisers
The Abingdon Air and Country Show began in 2000 as a local fete organised by Neil Porter, a landscape gardener by trade. Created with the desire to put something back into the community and to provide a family day out at an affordable price.
The 2000 event barely broke even, but through perseverance, the show has steadily grown into one of the area’s largest annual events and established itself as a highlight on the airshow calendar.
Unlike the majority of the UK’s airshows, everyone involved in the show’s organisation is a volunteer. This has meant that, over the past 19 years, we have been able to donate over £94,500 to charity, including £77,595.70 to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, £14,000 to Douglas House Respite Centre, and a further £3,000 to other local charities.
By 2001, the cost of organising the show was £4,000 and only around one fifth the size of the event of today. Fast forward to 2018 and it costs over £80,000 to stage the event. Undeterred, every year we hold the event and pay the bills that go with it - some of which you can see below - and then make a donation to charity, being mindful that we need to keep some money in reserve in case we have to cancel a show because of the weather.
Air displays, fuel, and accommodation
Defence Infrastructure Organisation airfield license
Public liability insurance (£25m cover)
Toilets, radio hire, communications equipment and air traffic control, etc.
Fire cover for the airfield and showground
Medical cover for the airfield and showground
As you can see, there's a lot of bills to pay, and the above list isn't exhaustive, but we're proud that every year we are able to make a donation to very worthy charities, and we wouldn't be able to do so without your help and continued support, thank you.