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216 Squadron Memorial at the National Arboretum

The idea of a 216 Squadron Memorial was muted in 2014, when 216 Squadron was disbanded. That same year at the 216 Squadron Association AGM Wg Cdr Pete Morgan was appointed to the post of 216 Squadron Memorial co-ordinator. Pete spent some time overseas in 2014 but at the 216 Squadron Association AGM in 2015 was able to present to those present details and choices of the proposed memorial. After some discussions it was decided that the 216 Squadron Association would seek to raise funds to create a 216 Squadron Memorial at the National Arboretum.

Some funds were available which were left in the 216 Squadron Fund after the squadron was disbanded. SIF had agreed these could be used for the Memorial once an official proposal had been made, this was done so at the AGM. It was agreed at the AGM that we would only seek corporate donations after publicity aimed at ex 216 personnel and their families so they could be involved in the creation of this memorial.

November 2021

Just a quick note to update you all with the progress being made in terms of the 216 Squadron Memorial, the unveiling and dedication ceremony, and the celebratory dinner.

Where we currently stand in terms of the fundraising and planning is:

1. The 216 Squadron Memorial has been commissioned and has been designed by the sculptor Matthew Sanderson whose website is www.sanderson-sculpture.com/portfolio/

2. Materials have been purchased for the 216 Squadron Memorial and fabrication is underway.

3. A prime location within the Royal Air Force garden at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) has been secured. General information about the NMA can be found at www.thenma.org.uk/

4. The Dedication and Unveiling Ceremony at the NMA is confirmed for Saturday 2 nd April 2022. Further details will be sent later.

5. The Celebratory Dinner is confirmed for Saturday 2 nd April 2022 at The National Brewery Centre, Burton-on-Trent. Contact secretary for more information

6. Fundraising is still underway – circa £34785 which is 63%. of the £55,000 has been raised to date………. BUT WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP!

For those that have donated - thank you.

For those that are also helping this cause by spreading the word throughout our 216 Squadron Community - thank you.

For those that have pledged a donation but who have yet to do so – please Don't delay, Donate today! 

‘Shares' in the 216 Squadron Memorial, starting from as little as £2.16, all help us to reach our target. Full details and the opportunity to donate are at the Givey fundraising website  www.givey.com/216squadronmemorialappeal

OR

To donate directly:

By cheque made out to ‘216 Squadron Association Memorial Fund' and sent to:

Steve Darley, 8 Faulkners Close Fairford Gloucestershire GL7 4DE.

By bank transfer : Contact the Secretary for details of Memorial Bank account

Please consider donating to commemorate YOUR Squadron...... Don't delay, Donate today! 

 

August 2021

YOUR SQUADRON MEMORIAL NEEDS YOU!

•  The 216 Squadron Memorial has been designed and commissioned.

•  Fabrication of the 216 Squadron Memorial is about to commence.

•  Prime location within the Royal Air Force garden at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) has been secured.

•  Unveiling / Dedication Ceremony at the NMA confirmed for Saturday 02 April 2022. (Details to follow)

•  Celebratory dinner confirmed for Saturday 02 April 2022 at The National Brewery Centre, Burton-on-Trent. (Details to follow)

•  Fundraising is underway – circa £25,000 of the required £55,000 raised to date……….BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!

•  Thank you to those who have kindly donated / bought shares to date.

•  Points 1 – 5 above are factual, however this endeavour cannot become a reality without your help in raising the funds required to bring YOUR Squadron Memorial to the National Memorial Arboretum.

•  Please take this opportunity to purchase your share(s) / donate towards the 216 Squadron Memorial, which will stand tall in perpetuity in memory of all who served on 216 Squadron. Donate via:

•  https://www.givey.com/216squadronmemorialappeal

•  By cheque made out to ‘216 Squadron Memorial Fund : please contact the Secretary for address details.

•  If you wish to donate direct to the memorial account the use the bank details below. If you want to spread your donation over the remaining months leading to March 2022, then please notify Steve Darley as above or rafbadger@googlemail.com and set up a standing order please contact the Secretary for Memorial account details.

 

This is YOUR opportunity to be part of YOUR Memorial to YOUR Squadron, let's bring the 216 Squadron Memorial to life – together we can do this!

 

June 2021

Fundraising started for the 216 Squadron Memorial on the 21/6 quite an appropriate date!

The Memorial is dedicated to all who served with Two Sixteen and will be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum on 2nd April 2022.

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The 216 Squadron Memorial Fund received an initial boost on the disbandment of the Squadron with £11,835:09 transferred from the OC 216 Fund, subsequently through ‘function fines', merchandise sales and early individual donations the fund now stands at £15,167.00.

The total fund raising target is £55,000 of which circa £15,000 has already been donated / raised, leaving £40,000 still to be raised in order for us to achieve our goal of erecting the 216 Squadron Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

As previously stated our main fundraising is through selling shares in the Memorial, with various levels of ‘share ownership' available from 1 to 100 shares and multiples thereof, with each ‘share' costing £2.16.

The proposed 3 levels of ‘share ownership are as follows:

1 share (£2.16) = Shareholder's name on a scroll within a ‘time capsule' within the Memorial. ( Bronze  share ownership).

50 shares (£108.00) = Shareholder's name on a scroll (larger font) within a ‘time capsule' within the Memorial. Receipt of a ‘Memorial gift' (T-shirt or similar).

(Silver  share ownership)

100 shares (£216.00) = Shareholder's name on a scroll (largest font) within a ‘time capsule' within the Memorial. Receipt of a ‘Memorial gift' created by the Sculptor. 

( Gold  share ownership).

How can you ‘buy' your shares or make a donation to the 216 Squadron Memorial Appeal - there are 3 options open, all of which will ensure your contribution goes towards reaching the target and achieving our collective goal:

1. If you wish to donate via bank transfer and save admin costs at the fundraising website OR spread your donation over several payments (maximum 10 instalments Jun ‘21 - Mar ‘22), please contact sec216squadronassociation@gmail.com for bank details.

2. By cheque made out to ‘216 Squadron Association Memorial Fund' and sent to:

   Steve Darley
   8 Faulkners Close
   Fairford
   Gloucestershire
   GL7 4DE s

Please include your address so a Gift Aid form can be sent in the hope that you will complete and return so we are able to gain an extra 25% from HMG

3. Donate via our fundraising website:

     https://www.givey.com/216squadronmemorialappeal

There are 5 options on the donate page, standard fixed amounts £10, £25, £50 and £100, below these is a fifth option which allows you to type in the value of your donation, please use this option and enter the amount you wish to donate.

Please be aware that all ‘charity giving' websites charge an administration fee, these are either ‘up front' charges or reduce the amount that the charity receives, our chosen platform ‘givey.com' charges 5% up front, therefore if you choose Gold Share ownership your £216.00 donation will cost you an extra £10.80. If you do not want to pay this additional amount then please reduce your donation by the following amount:

Bronze ownership reduce by £0.10 per share

Silver ownership reduce by £5.14

Gold ownership reduce by £10.28

Please also remember that as 216 Squadron Association is now a registered charity, the Memorial Appeal will benefit from Gift Aid on your donation, so please complete the Gift Aid section on the donation page

Important dates for your diaries:

1.   216 Squadron Memorial fund raising ‘go live' 21 Jun ‘21

2.   Further communication with regards to dedication ceremony and function to be circulated by 16 Jul ‘21.

3.   216 Squadron Memorial Dedication Ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum Sat 02 April ‘22.

 

May 2021

As stated in our previous correspondence, I would like to provide an update on our endeavour to have a 216 Squadron Memorial erected at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA). We have made significant progress towards making this a reality.

Our application to the NMA was successful, indeed we received plaudits for the quality and completeness of the application. We continue to work closely with the NMA agreeing the programme from site allocation, to completion of ground works in readiness for the installation of the 216 Sqn Memorial, arrangements for a dedication ceremony and a suitable social occasion to mark the event.

The final design for the 216 Sqn Memorial has been confirmed and a detailed plan agreed with the Sculptor, (Matthew Sanderson), for the fabrication / construction of the Memorial in preparation for erecting at the NMA in readiness for the dedication ceremony. A contract has been drawn up between the Sculptor and ourselves, with a signed contract being in place by the end of this month. With the exception of the Memorial Committee, Matthew and the NMA, everyone will have to wait until the unveiling to see the results of Matthews work!

A provisional date has been agreed between all parties for the unveiling and dedication ceremony to take place at the NMA on  Sat 02 April ‘22.

Our application for charitable status was successful, confirmed today (12 May ‘21). This will positively impact on the proceeds / total value of fund raising required as gift aid and exclusion from Value Added Tax (some elements) are both beneficial mechanisms accessed through charitable status. May I stress by seeking charitable status we are not pursuing any tax avoidance, all financial / commercial dealings will be subject to due diligence and governance.

We had been awaiting confirmation of charitable status as this, for obvious reasons is the preferred route, we are conscious of the fund raising challenge faced and what is an ambitious timescale to raise the funds required.
To this end we intend to commence fund raising for the 216 Sqn Memorial on  Tue 01 Jun ‘21.

As previously stated our main fund raising for the memorial will be through selling shares in the memorial, with various levels of ‘share ownership' available from 1 to 100 shares and multiples thereof with each share costing £2.16. The 3 proposed levels of share ownership are as follows:

1 share (£2.16) = Shareholder's name on a scroll within a ‘time capsule' within the monument. ( Bronze  share ownership)

50 shares (£108.00) = Shareholder's name on a scroll (larger font) within a ‘time capsule' within the monument. Receipt of a ‘memorial gift' (T-shirt or similar). ( Silver  share ownership)

100 shares (£216.00)  = Shareholder's name on a scroll (largest font) within a ‘time capsule' within the monument. Receipt of a ‘memorial gift' (Created by the Sculptor Matthew Sanderson). ( Gold  share ownership)

In advance of the fund raising launch we will provide details on how to purchase the above shares. 

We are responding to requests to increase the stock items available through the ‘216 Sqn shop'. Steve Darley has been working hard to launch an ‘on-line' shop, proceeds from the sales will be added to the memorial fund, detail to follow.

It is vitally important we enthuse, involve and capture the whole 216 Squadron community. Correspondence will continue to be shared with all existing contacts we have by email, Royal Mail and across social media platforms in a drive to be fully inclusive across the demographic of 216 Squadron. The hard work of getting the message out, fund raising and seeing this endeavour through to fruition has started and we are about to intensify the fund raising effort.

Important dates for your diaries:

1. Details of purchase of shares in the 216 Squadron Memorial issued to all - 
    Mon 24 May ‘21.

2. Fund raising and purchase of above shares commences -  Tue 01 Jun ‘21.

3. Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony including evening dinner at the National Arboretum Memorial
-  Sat 02 Apr ‘22.

 

January 2021

I would like to provide an update on our endeavour to have a 216 Squadron Memorial erected at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA). We have made progress towards this becoming a reality, though we realise that the hard work has yet to start!

We have been in discussions with a sculptor (Matthew Sanderson) for some time, Matthew is as enthusiastic as we are to create a striking and fitting memorial. Matthew has listened and taken our ideas / vision and through a series of iterations has created a maquette of what is nearing the final design for the 216 Squadron Memorial, an exciting milestone for us all. With the exception of the Memorial Committee, Matthew and the NMA, everyone will have to wait until the unveiling to see the results of Matthews work!

We are in the process of completing the NMA application which is scheduled to be presented to the NMA Committee in February 2021. Endorsement by the NMA Committee will see the clock start to tick as the expectation of the NMA is that from application to the installation of the memorial is 2 years, with a possible extension of 6 months in certain circumstances.

We are progressing with our application for charitable status for the 216 Sqn Association, if successful then all fund raising for the Memorial will be channelled through the association in order to benefit from the charitable status.

Our main fund raising for the memorial will be through selling shares in the memorial, with various levels of ‘share ownership' available from 1 to 100 shares and multiples thereof with each share costing £2.16. the 3 proposed level of share ownership is as follows:

1 share (£2.16) = Shareholder's name on a scroll within a ‘time capsule' within the monument. ( Bronze  share ownership)

50 shares (£108.00) = Shareholder's name on a scroll (larger font) within a ‘time capsule' within the monument. Receipt of a ‘memorial gift' (T-shirt or similar). ( Silver  share ownership)

100 shares (£216.00) = Shareholder's name on a scroll (largest font) within a ‘time capsule' within the monument. Receipt of a ‘memorial gift' (Created by the Sculptor Matthew Sanderson). ( Gold  share ownership)

The above fund raising proposals are work in progress and still being refined, we will update with progress with the finer detail as we approach the start of the fund raising efforts.
As previously mentioned it is vitally important that we enthuse, involve and capture the whole 216 Squadron community. Correspondence will continue to be shared with all existing contacts we have by email, Royal Mail and across social media platforms in a drive to be fully inclusive across the demographic of 216 Squadron. The hard work of getting the message out, fund raising and seeing this endeavour through to fruition has started and will continue - further correspondence on this will be sent out once we have achieved the milestone of NMA acceptance of our application.

October 2020

From the 2019 AGM, a sub-committee was formed and remitted to revive the aspiration of erecting a 216 Squadron Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. Whilst other activities have stalled, the sub-committee have continued with this endeavour and I am delighted to say we have made great progress, a special thanks to Ian Lyon and Mick Pearce for driving forward and maintaining the momentum to achieve our goal of a fitting 216 Squadron Memorial at the NMA.

The proposed Memorial is for 216 Squadron and it is vitally important that we enthuse, involve and capture the whole 216 Squadron fraternity, old and new. Correspondence on this will be shared with all existing contacts we have by email, Royal Mail and across social media platforms in a drive to be fully inclusive across the demographic of 216 Squadron. The hard work of getting the message out, fund raising and seeing this endeavour through to fruition is about to start - further correspondence on this will be sent over the next couple of weeks, please feel free to pass on to any ex 216 Squadron personnel

 

 

 

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