The SVAS organised Scale Model Exhibition took place on the 19th February and has proved to be a very successful event in many ways.
While traders and exhibitors filled the majority of the engineering hangar at Shuttleworth, the Spitfire remained on display to provide a contrast to the smaller models displayed around it and to also allow a number of happy visitors to take the opportunity to sit in the Spitfire.
Event organiser and SVAS Chairman Kevin Panter said “The event has been the most successful yet, both in terms of visitor numbers attending and also in the quality of models. The standard of modelling this year has been exceptional; the judges have had a difficult time in picking the winners of the competitions”
The winners of the Competitions were:
Category 1 – 1/72nd Scale or smaller – Rick Harland, A.W. Siskin IIIa
Category 2 – 1/48th Scale or smaller (exc. Cat 1) – Richard Page, Meteor F.8
Category 3 – Larger than 1/48th Scale – Raf Sikorski, Fiat 600 Abarth
Junior Modeller – Charlie Jenkins, Panther Tank
Best Shuttleworth Model – Justin Walbrugh, Ryan ST-A
Best In Show – Ed Cawdell, Stand of Dioramas
All photographs provided by courtesy of Peter Baughan.
The Shuttleworth Trust has taken the opportunity to acquire a third bus from the renowned collection of early Leyland buses restored by Mike Sutcliffe MBE.
The Leyland SG7 was built in 1923 for Brookes Brothers, Rhyl who traded as White Rose Motors. It is a 40 seat bus with full front and a dual entrance body which is split into two saloons.
The Shuttleworth Trust decided to acquire the bus because of its uniqueness and also to supplement the wedding packages that are offered in The House and The Swiss Gardens.
Kevin Panter, Chairman of the Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society commented ‘The SVAS is very pleased to be able to help the Shuttleworth Trust by providing 50% of the funding for the acquisition of the ‘White Rose’ bus as it fits in with the early motor vehicles at the Collection. It will join the other vintage Leyland buses, which have also been purchased with assistance from the SVAS, in being used for visitor experiences of 1920s travel in short rides around the Shuttleworth estate.’
Tuesday 3rd January 2017’s episode of Great British Railway Journeys will stop at Biggleswade and feature the Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss Garden. It will be broadcast on BBC2 at 6.30pm and will be available on iPlayer shortly afterwards.
The Great Flying Challenge series will take off on Monday 5 September at 19.30 on BBC1.
Dick Strawbridge has set a challenge to recreate Harry Ferguson’s pioneering aircraft, and the BBC crew had lots of really helpful advice from our engineers and Chief Pilot Dodge Bailey. A short clip from the programme is available on the BBC website
For the first time in over 30 years the Red Arrows will display at Shuttleworth, kicking off the 2016 event season in style! Joining them on programme will be Collection ‘heavies’ such as the Westland Lysander, Gloster Gladiator, and Hawker Sea Hurricane. Battle of Britain Hurricane R4118 will also display, and visiting acts include the Curtiss P40 KittyHawk, Calidus autogyro, BBMF Dakota, Lunak glider and Global Stars aerobatic team will make this a season opener to remember.
The Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society urgently needs a volunteer Membership Accounts Manager to assist with membership applications and renewals. The work would entail reconciling payments with subscription forms, preparing and banking incoming payments, preparing and posting subscription forms to the Treasurer, liaison with the Treasurer over membership issues, copying and filing Gift Aid Declarations.
This voluntary position would suit anybody with a background in administration or accounting although it could be undertaken by anyone capable of carrying out administrative work with accuracy. It is expected that the successful applicant will need to work at the S.V.A.S. office located at Old Warden around two days a week and full training will be given.
On Sunday 21st June the SVAS was pleased to join the Shuttleworth Collection, the Airfield Volunteer Fire Service, Azure Flying Club and Hybrid Air Vehicles in supporting Aviation without Borders. The conditions were challenging but over 60 children were flown for the charity. Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to help support the event.