Scampton Church raised a very impressive £23,000 for the installation of a commemorative window to mark the relationship between RAF Scampton and Scampton church and it is due to be installed this summer – possibly in June.  The Ministry of Defence announced in 2020 that RAF Scampton would close in 2022.

The window has been designed to create a lasting memory to all who served in squadrons at the base, both in peacetime, during the two world wars and the cold war.

Most of the funds have been raised through people sponsoring a section of stained glass to a loved one and all dedications will contained in a leather bound book which will sit on a the ledge below the window so visitors can see it. There are still sections of the window available for sponsorship – see here for more details.

Although that element of fundraising has now been completed there is more work to be done as the 14th century grade II building has been placed on the English Heritage ‘At Risk’ register as it has significant problems with damp and requires a heating system to be installed.

As a result the church is now raising money to develop a Community Church and RAF Commonwealth War Graves Heritage Centre with the installation of an accessible toilet, kitchen and an eco-friendly air sourced heat pump. If you would like to help preserve the church please donate here.

Here are some images of the new handpainted sections of glass that will be added to the window as work progresses: (all images courtesy of Scampton Church)

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This item was published on Thursday 15th April 2021.