Date published: 29 June 2020
Squadron Leader Mark Discombe Officer Commanding Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Top button undone to acknowledge the Battle of Britain fighter pilots.
Lincolnshire County Councillor Richard Butroid has teamed up with Scampton Church to start a campaign to raise £2,200 to engage children in an arts project about remembrance when they eventually return to school in the Autumn term. The project is linked to the RAF Scampton Commemorative Stained Glass Window Appeal currently running at the church.
The majority of children at Scampton Primary School and Pollyplatt Community Primary School are currently in lock down. They will not now return to school full time until the autumn term.
An educational arts, history and remembrance project for all 200 pupils is aimed at giving them a lift back into school life as a reality instead of a virtual life!. 'VE75 Remembrance Day will be an ideal opportunity to ease children back into reality engaging them in a collective project of local interest and importance’ said local minister Reverend Sue Deacon.
‘Many children have no concept of the sacrifices made by previous generations which enable them to live in a free and democratic country, but this project will help to address that while enabling them to develop something tangible for their community’.
Following a talk by Squadron Leader Mark Discombe, spitfire pilot and officer commanding the BBMF and, Ray Bainborough, the chairman of the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association, and under the guidance of Claire Williamson, the RAF commemorative window designer, the children will design and make a glazed tile each which will represent their understanding of ‘remembrance’. The tiles will be joined together to make six framed collages; one of which will be given to each school, The Dambusters Inn (village pub), RAF Scampton, The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (The Red Arrows) and Scampton Church
A selection of tiles will be displayed at a VE75 Remembrance Service at Scampton Church on the 8th November 2020 and then, hopefully, again at The RAF Scampton Heritage Centre on 11th November 2020 (Remembrance Day) when all 200 children, staff, parents and carers will take part in a remembrance service in the 617 Squadron hanger. (Security clearance yet to be authorized` and subject to any further Covid restrictions).
Both head teachers are keen to implement the project in their schools.
Councillor Butroid, whose Gainsborough Rural Division includes Scampton, was captivated by the project and its potential and chose it as one of the recipients of a £3,000 fund made available to him – and all other county councillors – to apply at his discretion in support of projects which benefitted their local community at this time.
A raffle has been organised to raise the rest of the funds necessary (www.scamptonchurch.org/aviationraffle). As all raffle ticket selling functions have been cancelled the organisers are seeking help from anyone who would be willing to receive some raffle ticket books to sell to make this project a reality for the children. Please contact the project co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.