In 2009 the late Flt. Lt. Leonard Stillwell bequeathed monies to the Spitfire Society. The bequest was to be used by the society as a whole with a specific request for a part to be used by Eastern Wing: a wonderful gesture for the many years for being part of the Eastern team and helping on their stand at the annual airshows at Duxford. To read Leonard Stillwell’s biography and his account of 92 Squadron’s long and distinguished history visit www.spitfiresocietyeastern.org.uk.
RAF St Mawgan. The Society awarded a £420 grant to the ‘RAF St Mawgan Memorial Garden project which will form an addition to their Internal Heritage Trail. The grant was used to fund the centre piece of this new landscaped area in the form of a full size replica three bladed Spitfire propeller and Spinner mounted on a granite plinth with one blade pointed vertically down: akin to the RAF Senior Aircraftsman (SAC) rank badge. The Memorial Garden will be available for viewing by service and station staff and also by large numbers of young cadets from across the country, encouraging their interest in military heritage, aviation, and the legacy of the Spitfire.
The Heritage Trail booklet issued by RAF St Mawgan and given to those participating individuals will provide background information and context of each site on the Trail, and will educate readers on the Spitfire, Seafire and designer R J Mitchell, together with honouring the name of Leonard Stillwell.
Radcliffe College. In 2012 The Spitfire Society awarded a £500 grant to Radcliffe College in Leicestershire to support their plan to built a full-scale replica Spitfire Mk I. This is a two year project for the students, aged 7 to 16, of the college within their extra-curricular Flight Club.
The Spitfire is constructed in a semi-modular way: with initial focus on the cockpit area.
The grant will be used to purchase a variety of materials and tools to enable this project to become a reality. Ratcliffe Aerodrome forms part of the College grounds and the replica Spitfire will honour the many ATA and other pilots who flew from there during WWII when it was No.6 Ferry Pool of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) who delivered aircraft during WWII.
RAF Harrowbeer. The Spitfire Society awarded £2000 to the 70th anniversary planning Group of RAF Harrowbeer. The funding was to support RAF educational aims related to promoting the name of the Spitfire at their 70th anniversary event celebrating the opening of the airfield, held on the weekend of 13/14 August 2011, including a static, Merlin powered replica Spitfire and the Airfix mini Roadshow at the event.
Maidenhead Heritage Centre. The Spitfire Society and it’s Eastern Wing jointly awarded a £6888 grant to the Maidenhead Heritage Centre for a Spitfire Simulator, commissioned and located within their new ‘Grandma Flew Spitfires’ facility. Declared ‘operational’ in August by former ATA ferry pilot Molly Rose, the facility was officially opened by HRH Prince Michael of Kent KVCO, Patron of the Air Transport Auxiliary, in October 2011.
Eastern Wing of the Spitfire Society awarded a £10,000 grant to Flying Scholarships for the Disabled’ (www.toreachforthesky.uk/index) which will pay for one student to have flying tuition, ground school and supporting exams. The selection process took place at flying schools both in the UK and South Africa, with the scholarship certificate being presented at a special ceremony at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford on July 2011. If the course is completed successfully, then the winner will receive their wings at a later ceremony.
Farnborough College of Technology. The Spitfire Society provided funds for the annual award of the Les Colquhoun Spitfire Society Prize, named in honour of one of the Society’s late Chairmen and awarded to the ‘Best Year-1 Aeronautical Student’ attending the Farnborough College of Technology. The 2010 Prize was awarded to Thierry Cavaghan at the annual ceremony in December-10.
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