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An Autumn Auction of Promises

Bidding is now open at the inaugural Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS) online ‘Auction of Promises’, part of the charity’s fundraising in support of the Shuttleworth Collection, which is facing tough operating conditions from the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Auction is hosted through the National Fundraising Schemes secure external platform, where bidders have the chance to win an exciting array of lots that include rare and exceptional prizes, many unique to the Shuttleworth Collection for that #onlyatshuttleworth experience!

Arrive by air to a Shuttleworth air display - photograph by Darren Harbar
Arrive by air to a Shuttleworth air display – photograph by Darren Harbar

Lots include an ultimate Shuttleworth Airshow VIP experience with guest arrival and departure in a DH Chipmunk and a seat in the vintage vehicle parade. Or choose an open cockpit tour that include a Miles Magister flight and the chance to look inside some of the most interesting aircraft in vintage aviation. There’s the chance to ‘Meet the Pilots’ with a dinner for four at the RAF Club as guests of select Collection Pilots and Shuttleworth’s Chief Engineer. 

Dorothy travelling through Old Warden – photograph by Wayne Allen

For those happier on the ground, the steam experience day for two includes steaming up, belting up and running our drum and elevator, and an extended driving lesson in the 100-year-old engine, Dorothy. The experience includes a tour of the best Clayton & Shuttleworth working heritage collection in the UK, followed by dinner cooked in Dorothy’s smokebox. Or buy the bear who has accrued over a hundred hours in aircraft as diverse as the Collection’s 1909 Blériot, a variety of warbirds, the Blades and the Red Arrows teams, and has ‘test flown’ a Eurofighter Typhoon. Why not take him on his next adventure!

Royston the Bear
Could you provide a home for our very special bear Royston in our online auction

These incredible prizes have been generously donated in support of this much-needed fundraising. Don’t miss out! Auction closes at midnight on Sunday 20 December, with a presentation gift certificate for each successful winner – perfect for that last-minute Christmas gift!

For more details please click here!

About the Friends of Shuttleworth – The Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society

The Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS) Charity no. 800095 works to undertake fundraising and create a community of active volunteers to support the Shuttleworth Collection, home to vintage airworthy aircraft, working vehicles, and industrial heritage Clayton & Shuttleworth exhibits.

Based in Bedfordshire, UK, the SVAS raises funds and has donated more than £2,000,000 over the past 20 years to the Shuttleworth Collection, and provides in excess of 43,000 hours of volunteer time annually.

In 2014 the SVAS was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for “Educating the public in the science, practice and history of aviation and motoring by supporting the charitable work of the Shuttleworth Collection”.

Re-roofing the Living Van

Over the winter it was planned to re-cover the roof the Clayton and Shuttleworth Living Van that is normally seen on air display days providing a venue to serve tea to the hard-working volunteers and staff. When the living van had been restored about 10 years ago the roof was in largely good condition so was left alone, however age has caught up with it and some persistent leaks meant that it went in to the workshop at the beginning of 2020.

The roof had previously been covered with tarred felt, fitted at some point in its life as a shepherd’s hut. This covering was removed to reveal the roof boards underneath which were in good order with the exception of the edge board on each side. These were removed and replaced just before the lockdown was enforced in mid March.

Over the past month the roof has been prepared to receive the new roofing covering.  All the boards have been screwed down and holes filled and then sanded smooth and the curved mouldings at each end that sandwich the canvas under the roof boards have been remade due to the ravages of weather and age.

It is planned to fit a canvas covering which is closer to the original roofing style. The volunteers are now at the stage of applying the new canvas to the roof. To check that the proposed method will work, a test section of roof has been built and the canvas applied using the process below.

August Drive-In Air Displays – Tickets Selling Fast

After the sell-out success of the World’s first drive-in air display held at the Shuttleworth Collection on Saturday 18th July, tickets are selling fast for the next air display on Sunday 2nd August.

As numbers are strictly limited it is expected that this display will also sell out before the date, so we advise all SVAS members thinking of going to purchase their tickets now.

UPDATE: Tickets to the 2nd August show have now sold out!

https://www.shuttleworth.org/events/drivein-airshow-august/

The 15th August Magnificent Musical Flying Display will also be in a drive-in format and numbers will be limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment

https://www.shuttleworth.org/events/magnificent-flying/

Remembering Richard

This year we are commemorating the 111th anniversary of the birth of Richard Shuttleworth who was born on the 16th July 1909, and also the 80th anniversary of his death on 2nd August 1940.

A blue ribbon has been tied around the tree that was planted in the grounds of Old Warden Park to mark his birth in 1909 and is visible from the North Parkland that you can explore as part of your visit to Shuttleworth.

The hangars at Shuttleworth that house Richard’s collection are open once again so you can find out more about Richard and also see some of the vehicles and aircraft that he collected.

It is also possible to see some of the Collection in our latest virtual air display ‘Treasured Moments at Old Warden’ which is available to watch online now. Click here to purchase.

Proceeds from the virtual air display will go to our emergency appeal to help recover from the dreadful covid-19 closure.

We would very much appreciate any additional donations and these can be made online

July Drive-In Air Display Sold Out

Please note that the Collection’s first ‘drive-in’ air display, to be held on Saturday 18th July, is selling fast.

Tickets are strictly limited so if you would like to attend, we recommend purchasing your ticket now.

There will be no tickets available on the day and it looks like it will be a sell-out!

UPDATE – The July Drive-In Air Display is now sold out.

Tickets for the August Family Drive-In Air Display are on sale now!

Virtual Air Display ‘Treasured Moments at Old Warden’

Following on from the debut event on the 5th May the Shuttleworth Collection are once again bringing the sights and sounds of an afternoon at Old Warden to your living room with our virtual air display on Sunday 5th July.

This time the theme is ‘Treasured Moments at Old Warden’ and features Collection aircraft along with some memorable visiting display items from over the years. It will include favourites such as the Fieseler Storch and Hawker Hind as well as World War One types like the RAF SE5a, Sopwith Snipe and Albatros. It will also bring back the much missed shape of Avro Vulcan XH558 in the form of its last public display which was held at Old Warden in 2015.

As always the Collection relies on the generous donations of its supporters to keep our magnificent aircraft and vehicles in running condition. The continued cancellation of planned shows this year has removed a significant income source and any support can help the Collection through this challenging time.

The show will be available from Sunday 5th July, to enjoy it please make a donation and watch the highlights of Treasured Moments at Old Warden at the Shuttleworth Collection website.

Keep Your Promises Coming In!

Work is progressing on an auction of promises to raise much needed funds to help the Collection through these challenging times.  We would really like to hear from you if you are able to offer something that people may be interested in bidding for – it doesn’t need to be Shuttleworth related – the more unusual, the better!

To whet your appetite, here are a selection of the wonderful items already promised.  As you might expect, several are Collection orientated, such as: being flown in to a Shuttleworth display; a specially commissioned original oil painting of the Comet and a private room for a dinner at the RAF club with couple of Collection pilots/engineers. There have also been a number of generous offers of lots that have no obvious connection to the SVAS, but go a long way to demonstrating the wonderful breadth of our membership. These will be will be very useful in adding breadth to the bidding audience and have included: a clay pigeon shooting experience; a greenwood woodworking experience and a needle felted portrait of your pet.  Our thanks to our very generous supporters so far.

Please contact Matthew Studdert-Kennedy via the SVAS office if you are able to offer something that you feel may be able to be auctioned later this season.

Shuttleworth’s First Virtual Air Display

We wanted to enjoy our 2020 airshow season with our wonderful visitors, but in light of COVID-19 plans have changed a little!

This Sunday 3 May, would have been our Season Premiere, and at Shuttleworth we do not like to disappoint so we will be bringing you an alternative airshow – an exciting and nostalgic online look at the very best highlights from our most recent seasons.

The Shuttleworth Collection derives a significant source of income from our events and airshows, which is vital in enabling us to keep our internationally significant aircraft in airworthy and displayable condition. With the confirmed loss of our first four airshows and an uncertain season ahead, we need support.

A first for us, our Alternative Season Premiere is available online to view for as little as just £2.50. Although we would very much appreciate it if you could donate more (see our appeal here)
We hope you enjoy our first online airshow. Every penny of support is appreciated, helping us to reduce the impact of lost income and we hope to welcome many of you back to Shuttleworth later this year.

Watch the virtual air display now

Important Appeal – Can You Help?

The present Covid-19 pandemic is causing problems across all areas of the country and sadly the Shuttleworth Collection is not immune. Events have already been cancelled to the end of June leading to a huge loss in income for Shuttleworth. Despite the site being closed, costs are still incurred

We are now appealing to you to support us in emergency fund raising to help secure the future of the Collection so that we and future generations can all continue to enjoy the Shuttleworth experience when this dreadful crisis is over.

Whilst we appreciate that times are challenging at the moment and some of our regular visitors and supporters may be working reduced hours, on furlough or unable to work, if you would like to help we welcome donations, however large or small, as anything that will assist to ‘Keep Them Flying’ would be very much appreciated.

Find out more about our appeal