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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Robert McDonald – Winner of Best Model smaller than 1/72nd
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.
The elevator before restoration being brought in to the workshop in January 2016
Clayton & Shuttleworth Hayes Patent straw elevator seen in January 2016
The elevator carriage was dismantled and was found to be in reasonable condition
Later in 2016 the elevator carriage was trial fitted prior to painting
The rear wheels of the elevator were in good condition and required little more than cleaning and painting
The painting of the elevator carriage under way during the summer of 2016
The late Fred Harris acted as agricultural adviser to the project and regularly kept an eye on progress
The elevator carriage was sufficiently complete to be displayed at the 2016 Bedfordshire Steam Fair
The front wheels for the elevator were badly damaged and had to be sent away for re-tyring by a blacksmith, the wheels returned at the end of 2016
The largely complete carriage was displayed at the 2016 Engineering Open Weekend
Gear wheels for the elevator being painted by volunteer Archie Boyle
A Clayton & Shuttleworth name plate is fitted to the newly painted elevator carriage
Restoration of the main body of the elevator restarted once a suitable workshop had been built!
The main body of the elevator after restoration and the first coats of paint
Several late nights were needed in the recent weeks to make the deadline!
SVAS Secretary James Michell painting the feed hopper
The conveyor rollers are refitted
The main body is carefully wheeled out of the restoration shed towards the waiting carriage
The big lift starts!
The conveyor belt is made up of metal links joined by wooden slats, each slat has 3 tines to drag straw up the elevator
The elevator is assembled for the first time after restoration on 18th August 2019
On Monday 19th August the elevator together with other Clayton & Shuttleworth items from the Collection were loaded ready for transport to Dorset
Both chaff cutters and the HSCS tractor will also be on display with the elevator at the 2019 Dorset Steam Fair
A future project for the team? The Clayton & Shuttleworth portable is being taken to Dorset to show what the starting point is often like!