Welcome to the RAF Newton Memorial Fund
ABOVE: Matt and Blue, from Bingham model some wartime flying kit on loan from Newark Air Museum for our artist's impressions of how the memorial could look.
BELOW: An artist's impression of the memorial, painted in oils by Tim O'Brien GAvA. This sitting-down pose won our public vote to decide which version. For more information about the work of Tim O'Brien, please visit his website at: www.timobrienart.co.uk
Future fund-raising events
We are currently planning several events including a charity auction for which we have already sourced some fabulous items such as signed books by Sir Roger Moore and Sir David Jason.
In May 2011, the RAF Newton Memorial Fund was set up by local residents and veterans who had come together over the previous year to ensure that a memorial at the former RAF Newton site is constructed before it disappears forever under housing developments.
The RAF Newton Memorial will feature a bronze statue of a wartime pilot with a book to symbolise the 'teaching and learning' aspect of the station motto; a theme that was associated with Newton from July 1941 to September 2000. Or he could be reading a love letter, but we will leave it up to you to decide.
He will be accompanied by his pet dog, a Spaniel which can also be seen as subtle nod to the RAF Police whose dogs were trained at Newton between 1975 and 1995.
In addition to the memorial itself, a number of heritage panels will tell Newton's story and remember everyone who served at the airfield: 103 & 150 Sqns who flew Wellington bombers from Newton, the Polish Air Force, post-war units such as 12 Group HQ, 9 SoTT, ATC, School of Ed, RAF Police, 7 AEF, EMUAS amongst others, who contributed to the airfield's diverse sixty-year history.
Royal Air Force Newton
1940 to 2001
DOCEMUS ET DISCIMUS
We Teach and We Learn
BELOW: Jonathan Hammond, the chairman of the Bingham Business Club presents a cheque for £200 to our chairman, John North that we can use towards making a start on our heritage panels.