Blackdown Air Disaster 50th Anniversary – Fernhurst – 4-5 November

Blackdown air crash 1967All 37 passengers and crew lost their lives when an Iberia Airlines Caravelle, heading for Heathrow, crashed into the hillside at an isolated spot close to Upper Blackdown House at 10.02pm on 4 November 1967.

The police report from 1967 gives a harrowing account of the event:

“About 10.02 p.m. on Saturday, 4th November, 1967, a Caravelle Airliner No. EC-BDD, owned by Iberia Airlines of Spain, crashed at Black Down Hill, Sussex (map reference 919289).  This Hill at its highest point is 902 ft. above sea level.  The aircraft was on a scheduled flight from Malaga, Spain, to Heathrow Airport, and was piloted by Captain Harnando Maura [Pieres], 37 years, an experienced Pilot.  It left Malaga at 7.30 p.m. G.M.T. and the estimated time of arrival at Heathrow Airport was 10.10 p.m. G.M.T.  The weather at the time was slightly misty with intermittent drizzle but there was reasonable visibility.”

Now, the Fernhurst community has come together to organise three commemorative public events:

  • Exhibition – telling the story of the accident and its aftermath – Sat. 4th and Sun. 5th November 2017, 10.30am – 4pm, Fernhurst Village Hall
  • Memorial ServiceSat. 4th November, 12 noon, St Margaret’s Church, Fernhurst
  • Unveiling of Commemorative Plaque – Sat. 4th November, 2pm, Fernhurst Village Hall

For more information, please go to Fernhurst Society

Meeting about Village Shop – Thurs. 26 October


To discuss the future of the Village Shop, a MEETING will be held in Lurgashall Village Hall on Thursday, 26th October 2017 at 7pm.

The new freeholders are very keen to keep the Shop going, but they are looking for practical ideas and help in order to do so.

We need people who live locally and use the Shop to come to the meeting.  We also need local people who use it very little at present, but who would like to see it updated and upgraded in order to use it more.



New Village Hall website is launched!

Lurgashall Village Hall is pleased and proud to launch its new website!

This is very much a work-in-progress, but our aims are to:

  • keep you up-to-date with what’s on at the Village Hall
  • attract hirers, users and visitors from the village and further afield
  • link in with social media via Facebook’s Lurgashall Page
  • develop the Village Hall as a vibrant hub for our community

We’re not website experts (yet!) so please bear with us, but we welcome any comments for improving what we’ve done so far or adding new things.