About us

Greenham Control Tower is the focal point for a series of exciting things to do both within the tower itself and with activities involving Greenham Common. Greenham Parish Council bought the control tower in 2014 after it had laid empty after RAF Greenham Common closed in September 1992 with a goal of saving and ultimately restoring this exceptional historical military building for the future.

Restoration work
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The tower is under the stewardship of a group of trustees whose vision is to maintain the historic legacy of the building by opening it as a community space with a cafe for visitors to the common alongside a trip back in time experience on the second and third floors.

Opening in September 2018, you will be able to explore the fascinating past of Greenham Common as a military base, airfield and Cold War site upstairs in the museum area. Come to the top floor observation area and survey the amazing view across the common and examine how it looked as an airfield in decades past. This project has been enabled by Heritage Lottery Funding which the scheme was awarded in Spring 2018.

We will also be developing a series of events based around aspects of the history of Greenham Common which will include public lectures and other related themed displays. The Control Tower will also be available for use by local community groups subject to availability and room. Please contact us for further details. The Control Tower is also available for private hire and filming subject to availability with further details available on request. We have plenty of free parking available as well as bicycle racks for your bikes.

Come and see us soon!

Meet the Team

A list of key people involved in the Control Tower project

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Director

Steve has lived in the area for over 20 years and runs a high-level negotiation consultancy. He is also a local councillor. Having driven past the Control Tower for the last 10 years wondering why it was being allowed to just deteriorate, he became involved with the renovation project. He is also a Director of the West Berkshire Therapy Centre - which last year won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Meg Thomas

Meg Thomas

Director

Meg has a lifelong interest in the Arts and following retirement from medicine as a GP, she worked as a volunteer in the heritage sector at Sandham Memorial Chapel and West Berkshire Museum. She was a parish councillor in Greenham and a member of the Control Tower Committee. She rapidly becoming fascinated by the opportunity presented by the Control Tower restoration. She believes everyone who was involved with the tower and base in those times believed they were doing the right thing in terms of keeping the peace of our nation and feels it is vital that we tell their story. Meg is one of our founding directors.

Jonathan Sayers

Jonathan Sayers

Director

Jonathan grew up in Berkshire and always remembers the events at Greenham Common in the 1980s. After the Cold War ended and the base closed, he was inspired to investigate what the base had been from the start of its life in World War Two. This led to the launch, in 2001, of his website on the history of the base. This led to him being contacted by a huge number of personnel who had been involved with the base; from a four-star General to British civilians who had worked there. He has welcomed back many former personnel and their dependants and at the suggestion of one of them, he was prompted to write a more in-depth account, which in 2006 became the book 'In Defence of Freedom; a History of RAF Greenham Common'. He has spoken to a series of audiences about the history of Greenham Common including the Newbury Society, BBC Radio Berkshire. Jonathan is one of our founding directors.

Steven Marwick

Steven Marwick

Director

Steve served in the Royal Air Force in the Air Traffic Control and Operations branches, and has held a passion for military history ever since. After serving 10 years with the RAF he has worked in IT for over 20 years and is currently a Global IT Manager in the oil and gas sector. Over the years Steve has volunteered with a variety of organisations, most recently with the National Autistic Society. He is also a STEM ambassador and works with schools and other children's organisations throughout the south to encourage children into STEM related careers. Steve is thrilled to be involved in a community project that allowed him to indulge his own interests and bring the story of such an iconic location to new generations.

Andy Kempe

Andy Kempe

Director

Andy is Emeritus Professor of Drama Education. He taught in comprehensive schools for ten years before moving to the University of Reading where his primary responsibility was to train drama teachers. He is internationally recognised in his field and despite retiring from full time lecturing in 2016, he still writes and contributes to conferences in the UK and abroad and has become increasingly involved in local community drama projects. His association with the Tower stems from his involvement in 'Greenham: One Hundred Years of War and Peace'. His aim is to bring young people into the tower and introduce them to the rich history and environment of the common. To this end he has already prepared two short guide booklets.

Lucy Crompton-Reid

Lucy Crompton-Reid

Director

Lucy has worked in the cultural, voluntary and public sectors for more than 20 years, with a strong emphasis on access and learning. She is currently Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK, the national charity for the global Wikimedia movement responsible for Wikipedia, amongst other open knowledge initiatives. Prior to this, Lucy was Director and Chief Executive of the literature organisation Apples and Snakes, where she led an extensive national programme including live events, artist development and participation projects. Her previous professional experience includes roles at the House of Lords, Arts Council England, British Refugee Council and the National Theatre.

Tom Davies

Tom Davies

Project Manager

Tom’s previous roles have revolved around outdoor education, and in particular alternative teaching methods, with a focus around Experiential Learning. Tom’s last position was as Deputy Manager for a Council run Outside Education Centre. Whilst there he was instrumental in modernising and expanding the activity and learning provision, working alongside a wide range of people and with a variety of experiences.

Mandy Heisig

Mandy Heisig

Volunteer Support Worker

Mandy came to Newbury in 1986 from Birmingham, when the base was very much in the news. She trained as a teacher of Rural and Environmental Sciences and went on to teach in an inner city school before moving to Berkshire as a Biology teacher at both John O'Gaunt and the Clere School. After a break she returned to Trinity School, retraining in Dyslexia, Literacy problems, A.S.D and A.D.H.D and ran the Learning Support Unit. Her final post was at Brookfields Special School in Tilehurst. Involvement in the Tower began due to her passion for wildlife, and wanting to be involved with a project giving back for all the joy the common has given herself, her family and their many dogs over the years.

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