Building Development Project
Our Amazing Vision to create a 'Community Hub, & RAF War Graves Heritage Centre'.
Since before the Norman conquest Scampton Church has, through the ages, been the place where local people have gathered. Once again, we want our church to be the place where local people come to, meet and socialise, to be entertained, and for help when they need it.
English Heritage have placed the building on its 'at risk' register and we need to address damp problems that threaten the longevity of this medieval church building. We want to rectify this and do more, so we have formed a community partnership alongside RAF Scampton, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Scampton Parish Council, The Springline Good Neighbours Scheme, our two schools and local pub.
We are proud to be the church of RAF Scampton and honoured and humbled to be the joint guardians of our war graves, alongside the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, who have chosen Scampton as a 'focus site' for 2021, with regular guided tours and talks planned.
Our vision is to be more than a Church congregation, and to have the building mainly used as a community hub. Because of our historical connections with RAF Scampton, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission we want to ensure that our medieval building has the facilities to welcome the many visitors that it attracts each year. We want to create a space where people feel they are loved and belong. A vibrant and welcoming space that will benefit the whole community from local schools through to clubs and organisations. A place for the young and old to meet, learn and enjoy themselves.
However, we don’t have the necessary facilities to do all that we could, so we are re-ordering the church. Every generation leaves its mark on Scampton Church, and this transformation will make our church fit for purpose today, and for generations to come.
Scampton is made up of two distinct communities that are trying to work as one. Each community is situated at either side of the runway at RAF Scampton. The old village of Scampton, which includes our church building, Scampton C of E Primary School and the Dambusters pub, is on the south side of the runway. It has about 95 houses and a population of 210, and RAF Scampton is on the North. RAF Scampton is made up of some 400 homes and 600 residents. Some of the houses are still owned by the MOD, but others have been sold as private dwellings. Pollyplatt Community Primary School is also on the camp and some 50 per cent of the children who attend are connected with RAF personnel. RAF Scampton is due to close in 2022. The community there may lose some of the assets and facilities currently owned and shared with the community by the RAF.
Our vision to create a more flexible space for the use of the residents at RAF Scampton and Scampton Village, with potential uses of historical exhibitions, building a closer relationship with both schools through school plays and concerts, school services, PE lessons, and project weeks; Bible study, music practices, family toddlers group, meetings, coffee mornings, senior lunch, craft evenings, fund raising activities, holiday clubs, and a Commonwealth War Graves Heritage Centre Café. Part of our vision is to make Scampton Church a place where visitors on the RAF heritage trail North of Lincoln want to see.The key to the project is that it is community led, in order that the building can be used, in the main, by and for the community.
But some things won’t change. Scampton Church will still be the place where people gather to worship and at special times, to remember our war dead, and preserve our links with the RAF. People say Scampton’s history is written in the walls and graveyard of the 14th century grade II* listed building, and certainly the names written there tell a story of our past.
Our re-ordering project has already replaced the North aisle roof, replaced all the wood wormed and unsafe pews with chairs, installed a hearing loop, PA system and audio visual system. We are currently saving money to install mains water, a kitchen servery, disabled toilet, new heating, a new path, and repair the ancient bells to ring again. Exciting times - but we need funds to enable this. Please help us by contributing to our crowd funding appeal for the RAF Scampton Commemorative Window. The target of over £23,000 for the window has now been reached and any other donations contributed will go directly towards this project. Thankyou so much.
Rev. Sue Deacon (Local Minister - Scampton Church)