Redbridge clubs news: Snappers and sound mirrors

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 July 2015

Woodford & Wanstead Photographic Society members in front of a sound mirror on a visit to Dungeness, Kent. Picture: David Tyrrell

Woodford & Wanstead Photographic Society members in front of a sound mirror on a visit to Dungeness, Kent. Picture: David Tyrrell


The latest news from Redbridge’s clubs and societies.

Woodford & Wanstead Photographic Society

Members went on an outing to a former Royal Air Force site in Denge near Dungeness, Kent, for a photo shoot.

They visited acoustic mirrors, often referred to as sound mirrors, which were used for detecting enemy planes.

David Tyrrell, from the Woodford & Wanstead Photographic Society said: “These large concrete saucer shape structures were an early form of enemy plane detection.

“The saucer was designed to reflect the sound of enemy planes to a microphone from which their direction and distance could be measured.”

There is no public access to the sound mirrors and visitors have to go on a guided walk run by the Romney Marsh Country project to access the site.

A forerunner of radar, the sound mirrors worked well detecting airships and aeroplanes approaching from the English Channel.

However, due to the development of faster air crafts, aeroplanes could be spotted visually before the sound mirrors had announced their location.

Increasing ambient noise also made the sound mirrors less effective.

These remnants of dead-end technology can been seen on multiple stretches of Britain’s coastline, although the examples at Denge are well preserved.

David added: “Unfortunately the sound mirrors were built after the First World War.

“With radar being invented by the Second World War, they were never used.”

The group is inviting new members to come along to their meetings.

Members meet regularly at Wanstead House, The Green, Wanstead, and the group is open to anyone with an interest in photography, regardless of ability.

The first three sessions are free.

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Forest Twins and Triplets Club (FTCC)

The group held a party to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The event at The Railway Tavern, Queen’s Road, Buckhurst Hill, was attended by FFTC members past and present and guest of honour June Tatch, who founded the group.

Over the past 40 years, the FTTC, which meets at Wanstead Youth Centre, Elmcroft Avenue, Wanstead, has become a lifeline for families struggling to cope with the daily demands of bringing up twins and triplets. The club provides a weekly playgroup and social outings for families.

Chairwoman Kate Turner said: “This is such a momentous milestone for us.”

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