Schools science competition launch for 2017

The project founder and manager Jane Priston was delighted to be at Discovery Park, Sandwich, Kent for the launch of the next KM Bright Sparks school science competition last week. Jane is the first KM Bright Sparks ambassador and invited the 2016 winners, Tonbridge grammar school, to the unveiling of the Amy Johnson bronze statue in September. The girls were thrilled to meet HRH Prince Michael of Kent and engineers and pilots and were so inspired by the day they are all committed to a career in STEM. So let’s get sharing for next years competition. Selective and non selective schools and primary too. The next generation may be young but their minds are full of fantastic ideas! Science students to take on dragons.

Amy Johnson statue unveiling – ITV news video clip

View the ITV news clip of the unveiling of the Amy Johnson statue in Herne Bay on Saturday 17 September 2016.

Herne Bay Amy Johnson Bronze Unveiling details

Amy bronze maquette

Amy Johnson bronze maquette

Our special day is nearly here and this silhouette picture of the maquette will soon be a reality as the sun sets on Herne Bay seafront on Saturday evening.  The bronze statue will be unveiled at midday between the bandstand and the pier (bandstand end).   We are very proud to have HRH Prince Michael of Kent and modern day aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor in attendance along with over 100 invited guests and sponsors.  We are also delighted to announce an exciting last minute addition to the event.  Champion aerobatics pilot and regular to Herne Bay skies, Lauren Richardson will be flying her stunning Pitts Special biplane in a breath taking solo display to honour the woman who inspired her to fly.  This is scheduled to take place at 12.15pm and Lauren will return to the seafront and be in the bandstand Makcaris for a ‘meet the pilot’ session at around 4pm.  A real treat for everyone and the icing on the cake for what looks to be a truly memorable day for the town and for Amy’s memory.

Herne Bay commemorates Amy Johnson

Today we saw Herne Bay come together again to make another very memorable event. Thank you to Makcaris Herne Bay for sponsoring the event and providing refreshments for our guests. Thank you Wild Daisy Florist for the beautiful wreath. Thank you to everyone who attended the service, some of whom came a very long way to be with us. Thank you to MHWcreative for capturing the event on film. And thank you to Mike McLaughlin Photography for taking the lovely pictures which you can access through the Facebook link: Facebook

Tracey Curtis-Taylor lands in Darwin

Wonderful news – Tracey has landed in Darwin, Australia, safe and sound. Throughout her journey so far she has been doing incredible work inspiring young women in aviation and engineering and bringing Amy’s memory back to life. She flies on across Australia and is due to complete this part of the trip in Sydney. Well done Tracey! Read more

STEM Ambassador

Project manager Jane Priston has joined the 30,000 volunteers who give their time illuminating futures by becoming a STEM Ambassador through STEMNET. She will be working with more schools in 2016 inspriring young people into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) through Amy’s story.

STEMNET

Tracey Curtis-Taylor commences epic solo flight to Australia

It was a privilege and honour to be present as Tracey Curtis-Taylor began her solo flight to Australia, following in Amy Johnson’s footsteps. Project Manager Jane Priston (left), Pauline Vahey, Chair of the British Women Pilot’s Association (right), Angela Riddle, friend and the only one of the group who has flown with Tracey, and Candy Adkins, daughter of Jackie Moggridge who flew with Amy in the ATA, commissioned a bracelet for Tracey to mark the occasion. The bracelet was designed and made by Daniel Wilds of Herne BayFacebook

Film – Amy Johnson Herne Bay Information Board

Here is the film we made of the unveiling of the information board on 20 April 2014. A very big thank you to our loyal and very talented film maker Mitch Weaver for all his work recording the special day that really set the ball rolling for Amy! Watch the film

Film – Amy Johnson Memorial Airshow

A big thank you to the very talented Mitch Weaver for recording our special day. Mitch has been there from the start with the project filming meetings, dives and events. Relive Herne Bay’s most historic day here and see the images of the bronze, the man who will make it, Amy’s family, Amy’s car and of course lots of flying.

Mitch is now working on filming the making of the bronze statue for a film about how art and engineering can work in parallel. We will be taking the finished piece out to schools as part of our outreach work to inspire the next generation.

Amy Johnson Memorial Airshow, Herne Bay, 15 August 2015 from Ian Priston on Vimeo.

Amy Johnson Memorial Airshow, 15 August 2015

Here’s a link to our hastily put together film of the day from the perspective of the Amy Johnson Herne Bay Project. We hope you enjoy it – we had a fantastic day and there were many special moments.