RAF Stained Glass Window

"A fine tribute to many years of good will between people in Lincolnshire and the RAF base at Scampton" 

Sir Michael Graydon GCB CBE (Air Chief Marshall 1990 - 1997)

“As one walks towards Scampton Church and sees the graves from World War Two there is an awareness of the strong relationship between the church and RAF Scampton that has existed in times of war and in times of peace. Each of those graves has a story and inside Scampton Church there are more stories in the RAF Chapel. I am excited that a stained glass window is going to mark 100 years of relationship between RAF Scampton and Scampton Church. This will be a way to remember all who have served in squadrons at the base. I wish the project well as through beauty there will be a way to remember the bonds between RAF Scampton and the church. It will also be a reminder of the peace that Christ, the Prince of Peace, calls each of us to live out every day.”

Rt Rev. Dr David Court (Acting Bishop of Lincoln)

"I believe that the window will help to inform future generations about a past that is worth remembering

Air Commodore Simon A. Baldwin MBE

Wing Commander James Parker Officer Commanding RAF Scampton featuring in the projects launch campaign.

Sponsorship & a thankyou for donating

Please see 'Our Thankyou' and 'Sponsorship' section for further details.

Cheques made payable to St John the Baptist Church Scampton can be sent to Rev. Sue Deacon, Parsonage Lodge, High Street, Scampton Lincoln LN1 2SE and marked on the back RAF Commemorative Window Donation.

If you are a member or retired member of the armed forces, or emergency services then 'Hearing Star' will double your donation up to £500. For more details CLICK HERE

GIFT AID - If you pay tax in the UK (income or capital gains tax) we would be grateful if you could fill in, sign and return to us a gift aid declaration, so that we can claim back the basic rate of tax through the government's gift aid scheme. It comes at no extra cost to you and we benefit by recovering 28p for every  pound given.
You can download our 'gift aid' form HERE.

Project Overview

The Ministry of Defence have announced that they intend to decommission RAF Scampton in 3 years time. A suggestion was put forward at Scampton Church that a stained glass window might be commissioned to mark 100 years relationship between RAF Scampton and Scampton Church (1918 – 2018) and thereby also create a lasting memory to all who served in squadrons at the base, both in peacetime, during the two world wars and the cold war.

The following organisations have agreed to be non funding community and social media partners, in the planning and execution of the project.; RAF Scampton, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, The Red Arrows, Royal Air Forces Association, Red Arrows Association, Vulcan to the Sky, Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, International Bomber Command Centre, Lincolnshire Lancaster Association, Lincolnshire Aviation heritage Centre, The Peoples Mosquito,  Scampton Primary School, Pollyplatt Primary School at RAF Scampton, and The Dambusters Inn, Scampton..
Twenty two squadrons have been based at RAF Scampton since its inception and 15 of those have squadron associations. Combine this with the 65,000 members of the Royal Air Forces Association worldwide, and the thousands of followers of the Red Arrows, then it is hoped that a carefully designed crowd funding campaign would stand a good chance of success, in securing the funds needed.

Two well respected stained glass designers, with an impressive portfolio, have designed the window. The design includes the RAF Scampton badge, alongside the winged RAF badge (per ardua ad astra) which sits proudly on 106 of the 107 Commonwealth War Grave headstones in the churchyard. The inscription on the window will read:

“Commemorating those who served at RAF Scampton 1918 - 2018”

Also included in the design are representations of an Avro Lancaster (which stood as gate guard at RAF Scampton), the 'Vulcan to the Sky' Avro Vulcan (which flew with 27 squadron from RAF Scampton) and the Red Arrows 'Hawk Jets' Aerobatic Team (currently based at RAF Scampton). Only the finest materials sympathetic to our 14th century grade II* listed building will be used in the construction of the window, which conversely will be protected externally by the latest technological innovation in UV resistant polycarbonate.

The RAF stained glass window will be on the South side of the church adjacent to the RAF flag.
The RAF stained glass window will be on the South side of the church adjacent to the RAF flag.

RAF Stained Glass Window - Associated Children's Arts Project

We thought it was important not to just relate the project to the installation of the window but to expand it to an educational arts project for our 200 local children at Scampton C of E Primary School and Pollyplatt Community Primary School. The children will make a tile each which represents a facet of the window. The tiles will be joined together to make a framed picture which will be given to each school (a red arrow jet flying under a rainbow), The Dambusters Inn (a black labrador dog)  RAF Scampton (the RAF roundel), and Scampton Church (the CWGC cross).

Through this 'Fresh Expression' of Church this project will help ensure that the 200 children who attend Scampton Primary School and Pollyplatt Community Primary School will be more aware of the ultimate sacrifice given by the 107 British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand airmen buried in the Commonwealth War Graves in our churchyard. Also it is hoped that through the associated education and learning in making the representative tiles, based on the design of the window, that this will help the children appreciate the democratic and free country that they live in.

Here is an example of a collage of glazed tiles created by children at another school. Similar collages of tiles created by the children at our local Primary Schools will be displayed in church and at the schools.
Here is an example of a collage of glazed tiles created by children at another school. Similar collages of tiles created by the children at our local Primary Schools will be displayed in church and at the schools.

Crowd Funding Films

We would like to thank the staff and students at Lincoln University Media Studies (New Media Linc's Showreel), who created the films to help launch the crowd funding appeal. The films includes contributions from Wing Commander Parker (OIC RAF Scampton), Wing Commander Keith (OIC Red Arrows Aerobatic Team), Johnny Johnson MBE DFM (last surviving original member of 617 squadron), Bill Ramsey (Retired RAF Scampton Vulcan and Red Arrows pilot and BBMF pilot) our local minister Revd. Sue Deacon, and children from our local schools. The media campaign is 'fronted' by a four minute video which sets out the rationale behind the window and makes links to the historical relationship between Scampton Church, the Commonwealth War graves and RAF Scampton. The video was launched on social media and will be updated with periodical edits.

Feedback

Following feedback we received on the conceptual design of the window from the station commander at RAF Scampton, the Diocese and Historic England stained glass window advisor and other interested parties some amendments have been made and the final design decided upon. A sketch of the final design is shown below. However the Queens crown on the RAF badge  (per ardua ad astra) will be replaced with the Kings crown.
Illustrated below are artists impressions of the window and more detailed sketches of the three iconic aircraft.
RAF window final sketch monochrome
Stained glass window with dove rosette and detail
Detail of the iconic aircraft in the installed window
Detail of the iconic aircraft in the installed window

The objectives for the window emphasise a new peace, reverence, remembrance, liberty, protection, gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice. Therefore a dove with an olive branch has now been incorporated into the design. This will sit in the rose window above the commemorative windows.

Dove design colour
An illustration of a similar dove in a church window created by the artist
An illustration of a similar dove in a church window created by the artist
Dove design b&w

Our Special Thakyou's

We are greatly appreciative of any money donated to this good cause and wish to give something back for your generous contributions.Please send your name, e mail address and amount donated to rafwindow@scamptonchurch.org to claim a special thankyou

The following is a more detailed explanation.

£5: Digital 'Thank You' Certificate signed by the local minister at Scampton Church

£10: Entry into 'thankyou prize draw' and copy of the digital 'Thank You' Certificate

£15: Name in the leather-bound RAF commemorative window sponsors book which will be displayed under the window

£30: A digitalised photo of BAE Hawk over Lincoln Cathedral signed by nine Red Arrow pilots of the 2018 team

£50: Half a page entry in the RAF commemorative window sponsors book including a personal message from yourself or your firm.

£100: Sponsor a piece of glass (1-190)

£150: Signed digital copy of photo featuring 5 members of the crew of Vulcan XH558 (10 copies only authorised by 'Vulcan to the Sky Trust')

£300: The dated panel of glass

£400: The RAF roundel window

£500: Sponsor Red Arrow (Red1 to Red9) panel of glass,  or the glass panel with the written date.

£2,000: Sponsor the Lancaster, or Vulcan panels.

£2,500: Sponsor a glass panel depicting an RAF badge, or the panels which state 'commemorating those who served at RAF Scampton"

£3,000 The whole RAF Scampton runway and airfield panels.

All sponsorship of glass panels will include a full page entry in the commemorative book. Please see below for full terms and conditions.

Stained glass window Glass Panel Sponsorship CURRENT

The following are images of a mockup design for the leather-bound sponsors book which will be displayed underneath the window.

RAF window sponsors book

When entered into the thank you draw you have a chance to receive one of the following items:

Reward Draw 1 current
Reward Draw 2
  1. Withdrawn
  2. An originally signed framed (53 x 42 cm) photograph of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster PA474 signed by all of the BBMF crew and staff 2019
  3. A limited edition, photograph in a beautiful frame with red, white and blue cut mounts, of the Red Arrows Aerobatic Team over The Mall and Buckingham Palace, originally signed by Wing Commander Keith, All Pilots, APO, Team Manager, SENGO and PRM
  4. A framed photograph (56 x 51 cm) of Vulcan XH558 originally signed by the Vulcan display team, including the last two pilots ever to fly the Vulcan. Squadron Leader Martin Withers and Squadron Leader Bill Ramsey
  5. Ladies Timber watch with Myola 2035 quartz movement complete with Vulcan motif on the front
  6. A paperback book ‘Vulcan 207’ which tells the story of operation Black Buck during the Falklands War. It is personally signed by the author Roland White and also plated by Squadron Leader Martin Withers (Vulcan Pilot on the mission), and Squadron Leader Bob Tuxford (Victor K2 Tanker pilot on the mission)
  7. A limited edition print of a painting by renowned aviation artist Mal Grosse (‘Cleared for take off’) of Vulcan XH558 ‘The Spirit of Great Britain’ on her first take off following restoration. The £7 million restoration has been described as ‘the most complex return to flight project ever attempted in the world. This limited print is originally signed by the artist, pilot ,co-pilot and air electronics officer on that maiden flight
  8.  A set of 4 DVDs telling the story of the restoration of Vulcan XH558
  9. Laminated photo of Vulcan XH558 for framing
  10. Fifty chances to win a 2019 Red Arrows programme including full details of all pilots and team staff
  11. A framed 3D picture of the Supermarine Spitfire IX MH434
  12. A Pilot Teddy from The Royal Air Force Club in Piccadilly, London
  13. A Glenmuir polo shirt sporting a Royal Air Force Club, London badge
  14. One of five digital copies (very suitable for framing) of the BBMF Avro Lancaster PA474 signed by all of the BBMF crew and staff 2019
  15. A guided tour of the International Bomber Command Centre including two tickets to a ‘lecture supper’ entitled ‘A tale of two Lancasters’ at The International Bomber Command Centre on 6th March 2020
  16. A meal for two including a bottle of wine and a personal tour of the Dambusters Inn Heritage Centre by the landlord Greg Algar. The Dambusters Inn is situated in High Street Scampton just 500 metres from Scampton Church, the building has been painstakingly sculpted into a heartfelt tribute to all the men and women who were serving at RAF Scampton with 617 Squadron Royal Air Force, when the - now legendary - Operation Chastise was launched
  17. One ticket for a tour around the Lancaster NX611 ‘Just Jayne’ which used to stand as ‘gate guard’ at RAF Scampton
  18. Ten digital copies to be won of a photograph of Vulcan XH558 (authorised by Vulcan to the Sky Trust). This is signed by the Vulcan display team, including the last two pilots ever to fly the Vulcan; Squadron Leader Martin Withers and Squadron Leader Bill Ramsey
  19. All of the above include a beautiful A4 size postcard photo taken by John Dibb (for framing) of Vulcan XH558 over The Solent which includes ‘The Vulcan to the Sky’ logo

Terms and Conditions

To receive one of our special thank you packages, please send an email to rafwindow@scamptonchurch.org. Please send your full name to verify your donation.

All digital items will be sent to donators via email and not by any other means of file transfer. It is the responsibility of the contributor to supply any information required when choosing a special thankyou.

Physical items will include standard UK postage costs only, worldwide delivery will require an additional cost.

We reserve the right to withdraw a sponsorship if donated for political acclaim.

The draw will be made on the 11th November 2020 (VE75 Remembrance Day) and the winners will be notified by e mail. The prize draw winners will be published on this site following the draw.

It is the responsibility of the contributor to supply contact information required in order to send the prize to them.

 

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