Scampton closure: Charles Foster comments

Image courtesy Charles FosterTaken as a whole, the airfield is a vast space, big enough for a 9,000ft runway, so any development could well be done piecemeal. It is to be hoped that, if it is to be sold, consideration is given to the preservation of enough of RAF Scampton’s historic features to make a fitting tribute to the generations of personnel who have served there over the last 100 years.

Wise words perhaps from Charles, Dambusters Blog writer and nephew of Dambuster pilot David Maltby. Essential reading for all those disappointed by the latest government announcement that RAF Scampton is to close by 2022, leading to the relocation of the Red Arrows and the other RAF personnel who work there.

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New website: Top ten RAF warplanes

From the Sopwith Camel to the Eurofighter Typhoon via the Avro Lancaster, here’s a present for RAF warplane enthusiasts. Fine illustrations, fascinating videos, clear technical information, concise writing, interesting quotes.  Aircraft Of The RAF, A Tour Of The Royal Air Force’s Top 10 Planes, by Greg Allwood and James Knapman, from The Forces Network.

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Ride the Tiger Moth trail

The Petwood Hotel is the proud sponsor of this 55-mile cycling and walking trail, just one of eight on offer around the city of Lincoln and surrounding countryside commemorating 100 years of the RAF and the close association that Lincoln and Lincolnshire has with aviation. It’s part of Visit Lincoln’s 100 Voices initiative, which tells the story of the RAF through the people who have experienced it, both men and women, in military and civilian roles. The 100 Voices are presented on “Wings” placed in a hundred Lincoln and Lincolnshire locations that have an association with the RAF.

This circular trail starts in Lincoln and brings you via the Water Rail Way to the Woodhall Spa wing near the war memorial, only a short ride or walk to The Petwood, where you can experience the famous “Dambusters” 617 Squadron Officers’ Mess.         Continue reading

Dambusters blog catch up

Dambusters blogger Charles Foster writes about his new book:

In Lincoln, for one night only

If you are based in or near the city of Lincoln, you are welcome to come along to a talk and signing session I am doing at the city’s Waterstone’s bookshop on Tuesday 10 July at 6.30pm. I will be telling some of the family stories I came across while researching my Complete Dambusters book as well as showing some pictures which weren’t used in the final publication. I will also be debunking some of the often-repeated mythical stories about how the men who took part in the Dams Raid were chosen.

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From the Woodhall Spa noticeboards June / July 2018

Less than a month to go for the Forties Festival, (July 7/8) but in the meantime, there’s plenty going on the village. Here’s our latest What’s On guide, culled from the famous white fence:

 

 

 

June 10

Go crazy at the Cottage Museum’s Mad Hatter’s Tea party. The fun starts at 2.pm and there may well be zany games and an unusual version of croquet on the lawn. Web Page             Continue reading

From the Woodhall Spa Noticeboards, May / June 2018

It’s a shame that Budgens have removed their noticeboard, but there are still plenty of events on the others, so here’s our selection for the month ahead. Take your pick: a trip to the BBC Gardener’s World and Good Food Show, a Big Band Night, a Banovallum Brass Concert, organ music at St. Peter’s or a good old car boot sale. Up to you!

 

May 15

This month’s visiting organist at Music for Woodhall will be Ryan Edwards. “Ryan’s continued popularity on the circuit could be a result of his fresh approach to organ playing which is reflected in the variety of styles of music in his concert programme. He understands the need to awaken new interest in the organ especially in his generation by appealing to both traditional and modern tastes.” He will be on stage at St Peter’s Church Hall, Woodhall Spa, 7.30pm. Contact Philip Groves 01526 353225. Website

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Dam Busters film director dies (and the back story!)

A fascinating new post from Charles Foster’s Dambusters Blog:

“It’s sad to have to report that the film director Michael Anderson died on Wednesday night, at the age of 98. He was best known to readers of this blog as the director of the 1955 film, The Dam Busters, but this was just part of his long career in the film business. At the time of his death he was the oldest living Oscar nominee for best director.”

“By the early 1950s, he was under contract as a director to Britain’s biggest film studio, Associated British Pictures, for whom he would eventually produce five films. ABP had bought the rights to Paul Brickhill’s best-selling book, The Dam Busters and commissioned a script from the writer of Journey’s End, R C Sherriff. Anderson was selected as director”

“What is not widely known………is that the film was nearly scuppered by a contractual dispute with Guy Gibson’s widow, Eve, after the shooting was completed. Continue reading