Dewsbury’s Festival of Flight Ambassador

May 28, 2010
Akeel with Cessna C-172

Akeel with the Cessna C-172

Our photo shows Akeel Javed, Dewsbury’s Festival of Flight Ambassador during his training learning to fly a Cessna aeroplane near Inverness in the North of Scotland. Beautiful scenery! Akeel is going to be leading two future Festival of Flight exhibitions and events for other young people in Dewsbury which have been organised by Young Dewsbury.

The first one runs from Monday, July 26 to Friday, July 30, at 10am – 2pm at Young Dewsbury, in Dewsbury Town Hall.

The second one runs from Monday, August 9 to Friday, August 13, at 10 am – 2pm at Dewsbury Arena Youth Centre.

If you’re aged 13-19 and live near Dewsbury, put the dates in your diary!

Dewsbury Town Hall

Dewsbury Town Hall


Festival of Flight Dewsbury Ambassador appointed

April 3, 2010

A topic which follows on from my post on February 24th:  I have heard that a teenage Festival of Flight Ambassador for Dewsbury has now been selected. The young man will have training on a glider at the Fleet Air Arm base at Yeovilton in Somerset next week. I hope to have a photo for this blog quite soon.


Free music clips for 13-19 year old teens?

February 24, 2010

I’m looking for advice to help solve a community information problem. It’s difficult to get hold of short instrumental music clips we need to link useful audio information for an audience of special UK teenagers. The teens live in homes for disabled and looked after children and young people.

Many of the young people have difficulties with reading for one reason or another. So attractive audio information is crucial to help keep them safe, healthy and happy.

We provide them with the audio information on CD and sometimes online.  I edit the music clips in Adobe Audition or Audacity.

We need to find clips that are both free/cheap and legal in copyright terms. Such sites as istockphoto have inexpensive instrumental audio clips for sale but few of the clips are teen-attractive. Teens are a real niche market. Some local bands have kindly offered us free clips but they aren’t really the type of music that the UK teenager community listens to.

What can you suggest? We’ll be very grateful for any usable advice.


Festival of Flight in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

February 24, 2010

A recent event was held at Earlsheaton Technology College to launch the Festival of Flight, involving young people at 15 locations in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Festival of Flight is organised by the Heartstone social enterprise whose mission is ‘challenging racism, prejudice and intolerance.” The highlight was a live phone linkup to two of the living black pioneers of flying in Tuskegee, Alabama. The linkup featured Mildred Carter, the first black woman to gain a pilot’s licence in the southern USA, fighting both gender as well as race prejudice, who went on to become part of the Civil Rights Movement marching alongside Martin Luther King and also Herbert Carter, one of the black Tuskegee Airmen who fought in the Second Word War. They linked up in several conversations with the Rt. Hon. Shahid Malik,  Under Secretary of State for Communities and MP for Dewsbury and several young people including Ambassadors of Flight, young people with a special role in promoting the Festival of Flight nation-wide.

The Festival of Flight involves an    exhibition whose main purpose is to provide a vehicle to bring together groups who would otherwise not meet from different backgrounds, nationalities, races and cultures. Our photo here shows Councillor Masood Ahmed, Chair of the Dewsbury Area Committee, with young people and airmen from the modern UK Armed Forces at Earlsheaton Technology College.