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2020 Airshows at Shuttleworth

3 Sun May 2020 -
Sun 4 Oct 2020
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C&S at Great Dorset Steam Fair

C&S at Great Dorset Steam Fair

A key theme for this year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair was the ‘City of Lincoln’ arena, and with Clayton & Shuttleworth a key player in the city’s history it provided the perfect venue to display many of The Collection’s heritage exhibits, and to talk to visitors about The Shuttleworth Collection, Swiss Garden and The House.

Our Clayton & Shuttleworth Heritage team (all volunteers), put in many hours of work within a short timeframe to ensure a key piece, an 1890’s ‘Hayes’ Patent’ Straw Elevator, was ready to make its debut in fully restored condition.

This form of elevator is arranged to take up the short straw and cavings with the long straw. It is made for straight delivery only, and was available in four sizes, namely 18ft, 20ft, 22ft and 24ft. It was a very successful design and was awarded a prize by the Royal Agricultural Society. It was purchased by the Shuttleworth Trust in about 2006 and displayed in its unrestored state (shown above) at our airshows and the Bedfordshire County Steam Fair.

Clayton & Shuttleworth exhibits on display from The Collection included:

Our young heritage team volunteers (Steam Apprentice club members) took the opportunity to drive Dorothy within the central arena as part of the Clayton & Shuttleworth engines line-up!

Historic Hurricanes highlight of Military Airshow

Historic Hurricanes highlight of Military Airshow

On Sunday 7 July around 5000 visitors to The Shuttleworth Collection’s Military Airshow watched a formation of seven Hawker Hurricanes assemble of the skies of Old Warden.  The last time this many were airborne together was in 1946.

Of the seven aircraft, The Collection’s Hawker Sea Hurricane is the last flying example, and the Mk1 R4118 restored by Peter Vasher and now owned by James Brown of Hurricane Heritage flew in the Battle of Britain.

One of those watching the historic formation was a very special guest, Battle of Britain veteran and former Hurricane pilot Archie McInnes, who celebrates his 100th birthday at the end of July.


Other visiting aircraft that made for a thoroughly entertaining display included a Nieuport 17, Boeing B-17G ‘Sally B’, Avro 504k, Stieglitz, P47 Thunderbolt ‘Nellie’, and a crowd-pleasing display by the Royal Jordanian Falcons.

On the ground over 35 military vehicles took part in the static display and the vehicle parade. One was a rare De Dion Bouton made in Paris in 1911, a winner of the Gold medal at the Parisian “Beauty Parade” and sold for Military use as a supply truck for the Western Front. Kept in storage after the war it has now been lovingly restored in anticipation firing up its engine for the first time in 100 years.

Other highlights included an exhibition on the ‘Heroes of the airfield’ at The House, courtesy of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire County Council. The Wimbish Military Wives Choir provided the musical entertainment and children’s activities included making aircraft models with Brampton IPMS and Airfix, UK Youth Gliding, Interactive Bofors Gun, and experimenting with a wind tunnel from Space and Time learning.

Watch the Historic Hurricane formation

Mindful Solstice Yoga

Mindful Solstice Yoga

The Swiss Garden played host to a series of ‘mindfulness’ workshops, with a wonderful outdoor yoga session on the 21st June summer solstice. A chance to experience our #tranquilgarden at its inspiring best, the session was a gentle introduction hrough a slow, flowing yoga practice suitable for all abilities. The sesssion ended with 15 minutes of relaxation and meditation in complete harmony with very special surroundings of the Swiss Garden.

Led by Heather, who teaches yoga classes across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and specializing in making yoga accessible an inclusive for all regardless of age, shape or size. Yoga is recognised for its balancing properties, reducing stress levels and enhancing general wellbeing.

Look out for more ‘mindfullness’ workshops in the Swiss Garden, with an updated programme of events due to be released in Autumn 2019.

George Ellis

George Ellis

Long-standing volunteer with The Shuttleworth Collection, George Ellis, has sadly passed away after a long-term illness. A former  Deputy Chief Pilot, George had flown most of The Collection’s aircraft, whilst also assisting ground side. He flew 2,300 hours with the RAF, with almost 10,000 since as a civilian pilot, many of which were on the various versions of the HS/BAe 125.

More recently he was a commentator for The Collection’s airshows and was due to perform this duty for this year’s Season Premiere but sadly the change in his health prevented this. A warm and funny man, George was a very popular figure at Shuttleworth, and will be very sadly missed.

[Images, Nick Blacow]


Volunteer Garden Party

Volunteer Garden Party

It is #volunteersweek and we know just how valuable volunteers are to Shuttleworth. To recognise the importance of their contribution, Shuttleworth hosted an informal garden party on Tuesday 30 April in the Swiss Garden as a volunteer ‘thank you’.

Invited to afternoon cream tea with Dorothy Shuttleworth’s granddaughter, Princess Charlotte von Croӱ, many of our volunteers took the opportunity to talk with her about the work they undertake for the Trust. Princess Charlotte has many happy memories here at Shuttleworth, having spent time at The House as a child. As a former trustee for the Trust Charlotte enjoyed the opportunity to talk with current volunteers, including those looking after the Swiss Garden, our vehicle team, members of the Airfield Volunteer Fire Service (AVFS) and Honorary life member of the Shuttleworth Veteran Aircraft Society, Ken Cox MBE.

Please visit VOLUNTEERING to see details of volunteering opportunities at Shuttleworth.

Ken Cox, MBE with Princess Charlotte von Croӱ

D-Day Dakotas make for Festival success

D-Day Dakotas make for Festival success

Shuttleworth’s Flying Festival welcomed seven Dakota type aircraft from D-Day Squadron who have made the transalantic flight undertaking their own historic 75th anniversary as part of the Daks over Normany commemorations. The Dakotas’ arrival made for an impressive spectacle on our grass runway!

‘That’s all, Brother’ pilot Doug Rozendaal (pictured with Shuttleworth engineer Rory Cook) took time to explore our Collection, filming a piece with Plane Resurrection TV.

A crowd of over 5000 visitors enjoyed ‘uncovered’ with the Dakota aircraft and crew before flying began at 14.00. Highlights included the Bristol Blenheim, and a show dominating performance by the Red Arrows.


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