This 'Special Aviation Raffle' will run during the Summer of VE year and will be drawn at The Dambusters Inn Scampton on the evening of Friday 14th August 2020 by Wing Commander Bill Ramsey (rtd) the captain of the last ever flight of the Avro Vulcan. As it is VE75 year there are 75 chances to win a great prize.
The raffle is aimed at raising funds for the RAF Scampton Commemorative Window and associated children’s art, remembrance, and RAF Scampton history project, which will engage 200 local children in the lead up to a remembrance service for the children, parents and carers, in 617 hanger at RAF Scampton.
The children will hear of the history of RAF Scampton and the sacrifices made by previous generations which enable them to live in a free and democratic country. This history will be delivered by Squadron Leader Mark Discombe (spitfire pilot and officer commanding the BBMF) and Ray Bainborough (chairman of the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association).
Then, under the guidance of the commemorative window designer Claire Williamson, the children will individually design, and make a glazed tile based on their understanding of what 'remembrance' means to them. The tiles will be formed into framed collages and displayed at the special remembrance service, then presented to RAF Scampton, The Red Arrows, each school, Scampton church and The Dambusters Inn.
We thought that this would be especially significant in bringing the children together on a project, as they return to school after their distressing absence following the covid-19 lock down. However, everything is so uncertain, as the national and global emergency unfolds daily.
It was intended that tickets would be sold at ‘VE 75 day’ functions in May this year, however due to the corona virus pandemic emergency all local VE 75 celebrations have been cancelled. This has had an impact on ticket sales. So now you can buy tickets 'online'
Please help make this Remembrance Day special for all the children involved by buying a ticket.
We are grateful to Ray Bainborough, chairman of The Lincolnshire Lancaster Association, who will be our historic advisor during the schools remembrance project. Read the full details of the project and a chance to enter another raffle organised by THE LINCOLNSHIRE LANCASTER ASSOCIATION HERE
DETAILED LIST OF PRIZES
FIRST PRIZE: A unique weekend's aviation experience for two people on 4th 5th and 6th September 2020 including:
Friday 4th Sept, a guided tour of RAF Scampton Heritage Centre including a meet and greet with with Wing Commander Parker (OIC RAF Scampton) - (operational commitments permitting) - A tour of 617 Squadron Dambusters Hanger, & Guy Gibson's office, a photo shoot in a Red Arrows Hawk Jet. Have lunch in the Sergeants and Warrant Officers mess with its rich history, fine paintings and memorabillia.
An overnight stay at The Premier Inn Lincoln including breakfast.
Saturday 5th Sept, a full VIP escorted day at The Newark Air Museum one of the UK's largest volunteer managed collections. You will be welcomed at the museum with a coffee, followed by a guided tour. After a light lunch you will be free to explore the collections of around 90 aircraft and cockpit sections. An internal tour of the cockpit of Vulcan XM594 is included (subject to volunteer availability).
Followed by an evening meal at The Dambusters Inn and Heritage Centre, Scampton.
Another overnight stay with breakfast at The Premier Inn Lincoln.
Sunday 6th Sept, a VIP escorted tour, with lunch included, of the International Bomber Command Centre on Wings and Wheels Day.
(The value of the weekend is 'unique'!)
SECOND PRIZE: A fantastic full day's aircrew experience for two people at The Tornado Heritage Centre, worth £300 including full sessions for both people, in the F3 simulator with ex RAF Tornado instructors.
See the full itinerary for the exciting day HERE
Included is an overnight stay, with breakfast, for two at The Premier Inn Chester.
THIRD PRIZE: Learn to fly a Spitfire in the Boultbee Flight Academy Spitfire Simulator Experience. Fly the world's only professional MkIX Spitfire simulator!
A genuine Spitfire fuselage, based on a genuine WW2 model, with a 220° dome screen, force feedback controls and original fully functional gauges.
Learn the basics of flying this iconic plane.
Looks, feels and even sounds like a real Spitfire.
The simulator experience is for one person with an accompanying observer.
Included is an overnight stay for two, with breakfast, at The 4 Star Goodwood Hotel. Package value £300.
OTHER PRIZES INCLUDE:
A beautifully framed (red, white and blue) photo of the Red Arrows over The Mall and Buckingham Palace, originally signed by the pilots.
Afternoon tea for two at The Petwood Hotel Woodhall Spa. The Petwood was the base for the officers of 617 Squadron during WW2. The Squadron Bar hosts a range of memorabilia and tributes to Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC and their Officers.
A ladies Timber watch with Myola 2035 quartz movement complete with Vulcan motif on the front
The Last British Dambuster by George 'Johnny' Johnson MBE - originally signed by 'Johnny'
For the first time, Johnny relives every moment of that fatal night. He recalls with unique wit and insight the difficult training conducted in secrecy, the race against time to release the bombs, and the sheer strength and bravery shown by a small unit faced with great adversity and uncertainty.
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)
Three x A3 photos of Vulcan XH558 and BBMF Lancaster PA474 flying over Lincoln on the occasion of the turf cutting ceremony at The International Bomber Command Centre 22nd August 2014. Originally signed by Wing Commander Bill Ramsey (rtd) captain of the Vulcan XH558, Squadron Leader Tim Dunlop (Rtd) captain of the Lancaster PA474 and Squadron Leader Duncan Mason (Rtd) BBMF observer on board RCAF Lancaster.
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.
Five chances to win a 545 x 445 print entitled 'After me the flood' by Michael Stuart - Wing Commander Guy Gibson DSO DFC commanding officer 617 squadron with his pet labrador dog at RAF Scampton before the specialised attack on Germany's Ruhr Dams.
A framed 3D picture of the Supermarine Spitfire IX MH434
A set of 4 DVDs telling the story of the restoration of 'The Spirit of Great Britain' Vulcan XH558
Three chances to win a 595 x 475 limited edition print of RAAF Lancaster B1, over Spurn Point, returning to RAF Binbrook in June 1944 with both starboard engines failed. Personally signed by the artist Edward Ash.
A Glenmuir polo shirt sporting the Royal Air Force Club, London badge
Fifty chances to win a Red Arrows programme including full details of all pilots, team staff and manoeuvers.
With thanks to Greg and Steve at The Dambusters Inn Heritage Centre for hosting the raffle draw.
For more information about the RAF Scampton Commemorative Window,
and associated children's art and remembrance project CLICK HERE
The target funding for the complete project is £23,927, and all donations are red circled to ensure continuity of funds towards said target. If the funding does not meet the target, the design of the window will be reduced accordingly. This may result in a vastly scaled down version of the artwork, simply featuring the aircraft on panels of plain glass. We would also need to make cuts to the children's art and remembrance scheme. In the event of the campaign exceeding the target, be assured that funds will be put towards re-ordering the building to create a Community Church and RAF Heritage and Commonwealth War Graves Centre, at Scampton church.
The following organisations are helping to create this meaningful tribute to the RAF