We are sad to report that Honorary SVAS Vice-President and former Chairman Ken Cox MBE passed away yesterday.
After serving in WW2 as an engineer working on pumps for Pluto pipe line under the ocean to keep fuel flowing under the channel after D Day Ken went to the Far East as a pipeline engineer and then a vehicle mechanic. Once demobbed after the war Ken became a village bobby, then a traffic policemen. After leaving the police Ken became a driving instructor and ultimately a department of transport examiner.
As a volunteer at Shuttleworth he was instrumental as chairman from 1992 in driving the SVAS as friends of Shuttleworth from fewer than 1000 members to 3200 at the time of his decision to relinquish his chairmanship.
He was awarded the MBE for his services to the preservation of aviation heritage in this country, acknowledging Ken’s leadership of the SVAS over 25 years.
After Ken had retired from active volunteering he still regularly visited Old Warden and will be sadly missed.
Ken’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 4th December at 11:00am at the North Herts Memorial Park and Crematorium, Bedford Road, Hitchin SG5 3RT
The event on Saturday 16th November will recall Silver City Airways which was formed in 1946 and was an independent airline for less than 20 years, but largely due to its iconic aircraft used on cross channel air ferry routes it is still remembered fondly today. Silver City Association Chairman Paul Ross tells the story.
SVAS volunteers have recently completed the restoration of the Collection’s 1890 Clayton & Shuttleworth ‘Hayes Patent’ straw elevator.
Restoration started in 2016 and has involved a complete dismantle and rebuild, replacing wood where necessary. The front wheels of the elevator were particularly damaged and have been re-tyred to hopefully provide another hundred years of service!
The completed elevator will be displayed at this year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair over the Bank holiday weekend before returning to Old Warden as one of the ground attractions at this year’s Vintage Air Show on Sunday 1st September.
The following gallery of pictures will show some of the hard work that has gone in to getting the elevator to this point.
Friday 12th July 2019 will mark the bicentenary of the birth of Joseph Shuttleworth.
An article to mark this will be printed in the Summer issue of Prop-Swing which will be arriving on doorsteps soon.
Joseph Shuttleworth is perhaps best known as one of the founding partners of Clayton & Shuttleworth. The company started as an iron and brass foundry, which the partners steadily developed in its early years. When the Minningsby Reservoir to Boston water works pipeline was built in 1846, Clayton & Shuttleworth won an important contract for the pipes, which needed to be manufactured much less than the usual thickness. This they did in a highly successful manner and the success aided them in the early development of their business.
In 1845, Messrs. Clayton and Shuttleworth turned out their first portable engine, and although they only took up the construction of such engines as a secondary matter, they soon specialised in manufacturing these and other agricultural machines. Joseph’s fortune from the business was ultimately inherited by Richard Shuttleworth which in turn led to the creation of the Collection. Today the Collection also includes several items of Clayton & Shuttleworth machinery bringing the story full circle.
This week has been National Volunteers Week and it is a good opportunity to publicly thank our volunteers who have helped the Shuttleworth Trust over last year.
Volunteers are key to the building and maintaining of relationships with visitors and supporting the numerous events run by the Collection, House and the Garden.
We are fortunate to have a volunteer workforce that possesses a high level of skills covering many key areas including the vehicle & aircraft restoration and maintenance, the conservation of artefacts and archives, art & furniture restoration, horticulture, meeting visitors and telling the Shuttleworth story.
In the last year 223 volunteers worked an equivalent of 32,662 hours of unpaid work worth a minimum of £326,000.
This is an extraordinary contribution to the running of the Collection and I thank all of our volunteers for their continued hard work.
This season’s must have game will soon be in the shops, the Shuttleworth board game allows friends to take part in a season at Shuttleworth. You will have the chance to trade in Old Warden Groats while moving your counters around the board and overtaking opponents or simply barging them out of the way!
The 2019 Shuttleworth Scale Model Exhibition was organised by the SVAS to raise funds for the Collection and was held on Sunday 17th February. The very warm sunny weather attracted hundreds of visitors to Shuttleworth to see a wide range of models. There were models on display ranging from original WW2 landscape models used in the planning of D-Day to the latest kit releases.
The model competition is one of the highlights of the day and the winners for 2019 are below.
Category 1 – 1/72nd scale and smaller – Winner Ladislav Hancar entered with a 1/144 Goster Meteor 4
Category 2 – 1/48th scale and smaller (exc cat 1) – Winner Ladislav Hancar entered with a 1/48 Antonov AN 2
Category 3 – larger than 1/48th scale – Winner Steve Hartles entered with a scratchbuilt Arrol Johnston
Junior Modeller – Winner Jonan Sharples entered with a diorama ‘Scoping the area’
Best in Show – The John Morris Memorial Trophy – Winner Michael Norris with a collection of fine World War One models