Village of Haddenham

Old Technology Still Works!

Home » News » Old Technology Still Works!
Joe Tompkins_Balloon Messenger

In a world in which modern communication technologies grow ever more commonplace, sometimes the older approaches bring much more satisfying results.

In February, 7 year old Joe Tompkins tied a message to a helium-filled balloon and set it free from his back garden in Haddenham. After a minor hiccup, involving an initial conflict with the garden hedge, off sailed the balloon, and as it floated up into the sky Joe hoped that his message might one day be read. Then, with lots of other things to occupy him, he forgot all about it.

Then, this week, a letter arrived in the post from the village of Volkersdorf, near Dresden in Germany. The letter read:

"Dear Joe
I am a farmer and I found your balloon on a field close to our family's home. What a surprise when I saw that it carried a message! I couldn't believe that this little balloon had crossed the channel and made it from Southern England to the Eastern part of Germany.
On Google maps it shows that the balloon travelled 759 miles!
I send my best wishes to you and your family.
Yours sincerely
Thomas Fasold
"

Joe and his mum Paula were absolutely delighted to have received the letter and know how far his message had travelled — and so pleased to think that the farmer had taken the time and trouble to write back.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Bucks CC Masthead Logo
Haddenham Webteam: Wed 17 Oct 9:57am

Bucks residents urged to give their views on financial plans for next yearResidents in Buckinghamshire are being asked to help the County Council make important budget decisions in a consultation that has launched today, Wednesday 17th October.The annual budget consultation asks people for their views on the Council's financial plans for next year and on areas where spending should be...

Emma Foster
Haddenham Webteam: Tue 16 Oct 5:30pm

An announcement from the Community Library Trustees:It is with sadness that we have to report that Emma Foster, our Library Manager, will not be returning to work, due to illness. On behalf of the Trustees we wish Emma and her family the very best for the future. She has made a significant contribution to Haddenham Community Library and its success over the last six years.In the meantime we...

Thames Water Road Works 02
Haddenham Webteam: Mon 15 Oct 9:15pm

Thames Water will shortly be laying new pipe connections in Standbridge Road, just south of the junction with Willis Road. This will mean complete road closure at that section for up to five days:from Monday 22nd until Friday 26th October. The detour will be via Churchway and Aston...