All posts by Kevin Panter

SVAS Office Closure

In line with Government guidelines the Shuttleworth Collection has been closed, and all events to the end of June have been cancelled. This has meant that the SVAS office has also had to close for postal and telephone correspondence. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause, but thank you in advance for your understanding.

Many of the volunteers and members of the SVAS will be self isolating during this time but you can still get in touch with our volunteer staff by email at

The latest issue of Prop-Swing and new 2020 membership cards will be arriving shortly with members who had renewed before 20th March and our regular electronic newsletters will continue to keep you informed during this uncertain time.

If you have recently renewed by post or left a voicemail message and hear nothing in response please forgive us until we are able to find ways to collect mail.

We thank you for your continued support and request you to keep looking at our website and social media for more information.

Scale Model Exhibition 2020 Review

Although storm Dennis did its best to disrupt proceedings the annual Scale Model Exhibition organised by the SVAS went ahead on Sunday 16th February. A few exhibitors and traders were unfortunately not able to make it due to the weather conditions but there was still plenty to see!

Over 40 different exhibitors and traders did make it to display at Shuttleworth and hundreds of visitors braved the storm to admire the handiwork. We were also fortunate to have the grand-daughter of Percival Chief Designer Arthur Bage visiting and she took the opportunity to display a selection of her grandfathers original drawings and scrapbooks of photographs of Percival designs.

The modelling competition was particularly close this year with judges Rob Millinship and Rory Cook commenting ‘Modelling standards continue to be very high, in some categories it has been very difficult to choose a winner. The modellers have been very careful with the fine details which make our job that much harder!’ However, the judges did manage to pick some winners and they were:

Winner 1/72nd & Smaller Scale – 1/144th P51 Mustang by Robert McDonald

Winner 1/48th & Smaller Scale – 1/48th Supermarine Channel by Hugh Beyts

Winner larger than 1/48th – Skeletal Fokker D.VII by Mick Norris

Junior Modeller – Typhoon British Legend by Joby Girling

Best in Show – the John Morris Memorial Trophy – Shogun Samurai on horseback by Bob Parker

Hopefully some of these inspire you to take part, there is an entire year to build entries for next year’s competition which will be on Sunday 21st February 2021!

Ken Cox MBE

Ken Cox MBE 
1926 - 2019
Ken Cox MBE photograph by Michael Leckie

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

Family flowers only.
Donations to Cancer Research 

Aviation Lecture Sells Out!

This year’s aviation lecture has now sold out.

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.

Elevator Restoration to be showcased at Dorset Steam Fair

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.

Joseph Shuttleworth Bicentenary

Joseph Shuttleworth 12/7/1819 - 25/1/1883

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.

Thank You to Our Volunteers

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.

If you are interested in joining us and volunteering at Shuttleworth please contact the office via email

Kevin Panter – Chairman

500 Club Winners

The latest winners have been announced for the 500 Club.

Please visit the 500 Club page for information on how to join in and how you could win!

March Winners

1st 6668 P Fuller £113.20
2nd 4247 I Anderson £56.60
3rd 239 D Jowers £42.45
4th 2767 I Forman £35.38
5th 8241 H Waters £21.23
6th 422 A Marshall £14.15

April Winners

1st 9467 S Peak £113.20
2nd 5835 B Browning £56.60
3rd 1132 F Stuart £42.45
4th 8494 P Juniper £35.38
5th 7802 N Benson £21.23
6th 3499 J Postlethwaite £14.15


The Annual General Meeting of the Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society will be held on Sunday 19th May at 11am in the Discovery Workshop (at the rear of Hangar 3) at the Shuttleworth Collection.


  1. Approve the minutes of the previous AGM (held on 29th September 2018)
  2. Elect members of the Executive Committee
  3. Receive report from the Executive Committee
  4. Receive the auditor’s accounts for the year ending 31st March 2019
  5. Re-appoint Messrs George Hay as auditors
  6. Transact any other business