Defford shown within Worcestershire
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Defford also has a primary school, Defford cum Besford First School, and three pubs.
Defford is home to one of the radio telescopes that make up the Jodrell Bank MERLIN (Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network) radio telescope array linking six observing stations that together form a powerful telescope with an effective aperture of over 217 kilometres.
Defford Village Hall
The village hall is owned and run by a charity, the Defford Village Hall Trust, and managed by a committee of trustees . In 2011 a new village hall was built on a greenfield site some 50 yards to the south west of the old hall, adjacent to the car park.
In 1941 during World War II, a Royal Air Force airfield was constructed mainly for the flying experiments for radar that was being developed in nearby Malvern. For a few months the airfield was used as a satellite station by the Wellington bomber training unit located in Pershore.
A small grass airstrip remains on the now disused airfield that has been used as a location for telecommunications installations. The site is now owned and used by the West Mercia Constabulary, but the central part of the airfield still houses a Satellite Communications facility now operated by QinetiQ.
Village hall reconstruction
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- Defford air field
- Defford church
- Former rail station
- Photos of Defford and surrounding area from Geograph.co.uk
- New village hall site plan
- New village hall elevations
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