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Apr 04
May 2017 Events for LLA Members

Attention all LLA Members!​

Please note that two extra Members’ Day events have been arranged for members of Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association (LLA) during the month of May 2017.

 Newark Hangar  (Howard Heeley).jpg

Firstly, at the Newark Air Museum…

On the weekend of May 20-21, 2017, upon showing their membership card, LLA members can gain free entry to the Newark Air Museum’s Hastings & Shackleton 40thAnniversary Event. (Please note that while entry for LLA members is free, their guests must pay the museum’s normal entry price).

This is an open cockpit-style event that marks the 40th Anniversary of these two aircraft arriving at the museum.  

The gates open are open from 10am until 5pm each day (last admission at 4pm).  LLA Members will also be granted free access to the Vulcan and Shackleton when showing their Membership card.  The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has confirmed a Lancaster flypast on Saturday and a Spitfire flypast for the Sunday.  

(Photo: Howard Heeley)

 


…and the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby.

The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, home of the superb Avro Lancaster, NX611, Just Jane, has also kindly agreed to host an extra Members’ Day event for Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association this year. 

This will take place at LAHC’s home, the former RAF East Kirkby airfield, Spilsby, on Saturday May 27th.  The event takes place on the same day as the LAHC’s popular Lanc, Tank and Military Machines Show.

Entry will be free to LLA Members who present their membership cards with guests paying full price. 

Lancaster Just Jane is set to perform taxi runs at 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm, while the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is scheduled to perform a Lancaster / Spitfire/Hurricane flying display (time TBA).   

 

Looking further ahead…

Our annual Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association Members’ Day at RAF Coningsby has been confirmed for Sunday, October 1, 2017, with the gates opening at 10am.

Details of how members can apply to attend this strictly ticket-only event will be circulated with our Spring 2017 LLA journal.

 

We look forward to seeing you at one of our Members’ Days soon!


Mar 04
LLA AGM - Saturday April 22nd 2017 at 2:00pm

​Attention all LLA members. 

Please note Lincolnshire's Lancaster Association's Annual General meeting will take place at Waddington Village Hall on Saturday April 22nd, 2017, starting at 2.00pm.

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT STARTS AT 2pm - EARLIER THAN USUSAL! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Feb 26
Newark Air Museum Indoor Aeroboot Aviation & Avionics Sale Saturday 4th March, 2017

15.10.16_Aeroboot 001.JPGOur friends at the Newark Air Museum are running their Indoor Aeroboot / Aerojumble Sale at the museum's site in eastern Nottinghamshire on Saturday March 4, 2017.  This charity fund raising event has attracted interest from a wide range of sellers and once again is a sell-out event.

The funds that the museum raises from organising the event will be used to support the Project Panini (Mod) fund raising campaign to build a new Café and Toilet facilities at the museum, which is located in eastern Nottinghamshire close to the Lincolnshire border.

The museum says around 50 tables, featuring a host of different sellers, who come from around the UK will be arranged amongst the aircraft in the museum's Display Hangar 2.

Buyers / visitors who attend this fund-raising event will have the opportunity to search through a varied selection of aviation and avionic items: including books, paintings, prints, DVDs, plastic kits, die-cast models, clothing, radio equipment and aircraft parts.  Regular updates / sellers information are being posted on the news page of the museum website www.newarkairmuseum.org

Buyers / visitors at this event will be able to access the museum site on Saturday March 4, 2017 at a special discounted admission price of just £4.50 per person.

The museum opening times will be 09.00 to 17.00 hours; with the sale taking place between 09.00 and 14.00 hours; to get the best bargains the museum suggests that you get there early.
Further details are available on the Events Page of the museum website www.newarkairmuseum.org or by telephoning 01636 707170.


Jan 29
Reminder - New Subscription Rates from February 1, 2017

​Please note that new subscription rates come into effect from February 1, 2017.
From that date, UK subscription rates will be £17.00.
Overseas rates will be £25.00.
If you pay your subscription by standing order, please notify your bank of the new figure.
Thank you for your continuing support!

Oct 23
New Colour Schemes Announced for BBMF Lancaster

​BBMF Lancaster PA474 will re-emerge from its winter overhaul in two different colour schemes.

OC BBMF, Sqn Ldr Andrew Millikin, has announced that the starboard side of the bomber will wear the markings of 50 Squadron's VN-T representing the Lancaster flown by his grandfather, Flying Officer Douglas Millikin DFC, on 27 of his first tour of 30 operations.

The port side will carry the markings of 460 (RAAF) Squadron's W5005 / AR-L.  Its nose art features a kangaroo playing bagpipes to recognise the Australian and Scottish heritage of its crew.​


Oct 08
Thumper's Last Landing

PA474 DXDave Whitworth 05OCT16.jpgThe BBMF's Lancaster, PA474, flew south from Coningsby to Duxford on October 6 to begin a major service which is scheduled to take at least six months.
The work is being carried out by the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford before the aircraft returns to the skies next spring. 
The ferry flight to Duxford took place several days before planned but
OC BBMF, Sqn Ldr Millikin, explained: "The weather and wind conditions needed to land at Duxford are quite exacting.  The following week's weather forecast was not conducive to a landing at Duxford and since we did not want to delay the flight – as this would affect the date it returns - we sent her down early.
"It was sad to watch her recede into the distance but we look forward to see her in 2017"
When the Lancaster returns to BBMF she will be carrying a new paint scheme and markings to tell the story of another gallant aircraft and crew.
(Photo: Dave Whitworth)

Oct 07
LLA Raffle Prize Winners: Members' Day - October 2nd 2016

​1st prize       £474   30319

P. Pearson    Northants​

2nd prize      VIP Day and Taxi Ride at East Kirkby      07249

G. Wright      Staffordshire (coutesy Andrew Panton)

3rd prize       VIP Day at BBMF for 4 People      28901

E. Walmsley  Lincolnshire

4th prize       £75 Voucher for Petwood Hotel    22828

D. Dawson    Isle of Man

5th prize       Wooden Lancaster Model  28091

E. Quinney    Norfolk

6th prize        Lancaster Picture on Canvas        03606

S. Aldridge    South Yorkshire

 

7th prize        Bomber Command Bear     28017

P. Ingall         Cambridgeshire

8th prize         £25 Shopping Voucher       27876

Mr Stubberfield        Lincolnshire

 

9th prize         £25 Shopping Voucher       01660

S. Beal             West Yorkshire

10th prize      Battle of Britain Corgi Model Set)  18881

J. Cole            Northants

11th prize      John Dibbs photograph      01284

G. Fleming     West Yorkshire

12th prize      Child's Goody Bag   34183

D. Burrows     Nottinghamshire

13th prize      BBMF Goody Bag    10792

M. Evans       Epping Forest

14th prize      Bottle of Wine           44337

S. Porter        North East Lincolnshire

15th prize      Porcelain Plate         29257

J. Eady           Northants 

Winner of the Battle of Britain First Day Cover Set

No.7    D. Oliver         Oxfordshire

Our thanks go to all of you for supporting Lincolnshire's Lancaster Association​. 


Oct 02
Thank you to all our Members!

BBMF Formation.jpgThank you to all our supporters who attended our annual Members' Day on Sunday October 2nd.

We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

The glorious weather definitely helped but the fact that we had not one but two displays from the BBMF Lancaster certainly made it an afternoon to remember!

We know that many of you travelled considerable distances to join us and it was especially nice to welcome those who had crossed the North Sea to be with us. 

Thank you for your continuing support!

PA474 will be back next year in a new colour scheme which has yet to be announced. 


Sep 13
Lincolnshire's Lancaster Association – Members' Day 2016

Although all tickets for our annual Members' Day event on October 2nd were allocated by mid-June, we are still receiving new applications to attend.

Could we ask any LLA members who have already received their tickets, but now know they are unable to attend on October 2nd, to return them to LLA so that we can re-allocate them to fellow members whose names are on our waiting list.

Thank you for your help.

Ray Bainborough

LLA Chairman​


Jun 05
Colin Cole 1924-2016

Colin Cole Neale Haynes low res.jpgColin Cole, wartime veteran of 617 Squadron, Royal Air Force, died peacefully at Willan House, Stainfield on Saturday 7th May, 2016 aged 92 years.  

Colin was a long-serving committee member of Lincolnshire's Lancaster Association until ill health forced his retirement a few years ago.  

Colin's funeral will be held at St. Lawrence's Church, Bardney on Tuesday June 7 at 11:00am.  The Service of Celebration for Colin's life will be followed by private cremation.  

Donations, if desired, made payable to Age UK and/or British Red Cross, may be sent to J Marshall Funeral Directors, 51 Queen Street, Market Rasen. LN8 3EN

His unshakable loyalty to Lincolnshire's Lancaster Association will never be forgotten by those who knew him.

'Lest We Forget'

(Photo: Courtesy of Neale Haynes)

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