LONG LIVE THE LOCAL Campaign and Petition

The UK Has one of the highest beer tax rates in Europe.

UK Beer Duty is already three times the EU average and the Government plans
to increase it, in line with RPI, every year for the foreseeable future.

£1·00 in every £3·00 spent in a pub already goes to the tax man.

Please consider signing this petition, thereby — you are asking Government to cut beer duty.

More information below

Dambusters Inn Scampton

The Home of Greg’s Brewery

23, High Street, Scampton, Lincolnshire, LN1 2SD — Telephone: 01522 731333

Opening Times:
Sunday 12:00 – 19:30
Tuesday 12:00 – 21:30
Wednesday 12:00 – 23:00
Thursday 12:00 – 23:00
Friday 12:00 – 23:00
Saturday 12:00 – 23:00
As a guide, here is the list of Ales serving at
12:00hrs on Sunday 23rd February 2020
SCAMPTON ALE – from Greg’s Brewery, Scampton
(ABV 3·6%)
DAMBUSTERS ALE – from Greg’s Brewery, Scampton
(ABV 3·8%)
CROSSFIRE – from Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham
(ABV 4·2%)
DAMSON PORTER – from Burton Bridge Brewery,
(ABV 4·5%)
CWTCH – Welsh Red Ale, from Tiny Rebel Brewing Company, Newport
(ABV 4·6%)
ABBOT ALE – from Greene King, Bury St Edmunds
(ABV 5·0%)
PALE RIDER – from Kelham Island Brewery, Sheffield
(ABV 5·2%)
Here is a List of the Ales COMING NEXT
(listed in alphabetical order)
EXCELSIUS (formerly named EXCELSIOR)
(ABV 5·2%)
HOPHEAD – (Brewster’s Brewery) –
(ABV 3·6%)
What is CAMRA LocAle?
The logo of LocAle
CAMRA LocAle is an initiative that promotes pubs stocking locally brewed real ale.
The scheme builds on a growing consumer demand for quality local produce and an increased awareness of ‘green’ issues.
The Dambusters Inn enthusiastically supports this admirable initiative by the Lincoln Branch of CAMRA, launched at the 2009 Lincoln Beer Festival. The scheme features breweries located within twenty-five miles of the Dambusters Inn.
Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) — Campaigning for Real Ale since 1971
Published on Thursday, 12th September 2019. — Now in its Forty–Seventh Edition, the Good Beer Guide is fully revised and updated each year to feature recommended pubs across the United Kingdom that serve the best real ale.
In the Guide, the listing for the Dambusters Inn reads:
Award–winning village pub named after the RAF 617 squadron.
The walls are adorned with RAF memorabilia, and the toilets
are a must–see.
An annual beer festival is held in May around the anniversary of the Damusters raid.
Two beers brewed by the landlord are always on the bar.
The pleasant beer garden is adjacent to the runway at RAF Scampton — perfect for plane spotting.
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The image of the Guide Book above is linked to CAMRA’s website and the information you need to discover more about the Campaiagn for Real Ale.
The reviews in the Guide are based entirely on nomination and evaluation by CAMRA members.

GREG’S BREWERY — WAS LAUNCHED AT 16:00hrs on Saturday, 14th December 2013
A newly-built microbrewery situated behind the pub in the neatly kept garden of the Dambusters Inn has been very successfully producing an interesting variety of beers brewed by the Landlord, Greg Algar, for five years.
Exterior. Day. 11 May 2018 15:52hrs. Simon Atack’s “HOPGOODS COURAGEOUS RUN” for Dambusters Inn Pub Sign
Simon Atack, Aviation Artist with his painting, Hopgood’s Courageous Run
Friday 11th May 2018
Simon Atack, one of the world’s foremost military aviation and naval artists, has graciously and generously permitted a special reproduction of his painting, Hopgood’s Courageous Run to form the design of our new Pub Sign.
We thought it appropriate to make this new sign in recognition of and to mark the eightieth anniversary of OPERATION CHASTISE.
Of his approach to his work, Simon has written;
‘I want to respectfully honour the memories of good and courageous young people, regardless of their flag of nationality, and the aircraft in which they performed their duty, sacrificed their lives and won a better tomorrow for all of us.’
All of us at the Dambusters Inn feel deeply honoured to have this fine work of art displayed for all to see and enjoy . . . and remember.
Our sincerest thanks to Simon Atack
P.S. The original painting has been sold.
Read Simon’s vivid and deeply moving account of Flt. Lt. John Vere Hopgood DFC & Bar as he made his ill–fated attack on the Möhne Dam in the early hours of 17th May 1943.
A Lancaster Bomber flies over the pub sign of the Dambusters Inn in Scampton, Lincolnshire. U.K.
Lancaster pa474 overflies the Dambusters Inn on Thursday, 16 May 2013
Photograph by David Cash
Ephemera from a Private collection — Guten Appetit!
R. A. F.
Ref. No. 27P/19
An unopened tin containing Emergency Flying Ration Mk III. Ephemera from World War II
Events at the Dambusters Inn

Wednesday 26th February 2020


An Illustrated Talk

The Red Arrows’ North American Tour 2019

Speakers will be from the Red Arrows Display Team

The Talk presents a rare opportunity to learn — close up — something of the scale of this visit by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team to Canada and to the United States in 2019.

With support from their Atlas A400M RAF transport aircraft, one-hundred and eight people, including pilots, engineers and support staff, carried out more than twenty displays and ninety-eight ground engagements during this eleven week deployment.

They took part in ground engagements across the continent to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects to young people.

This eleven week deployment is an indication of the UK’s continuing commitment to enduring relationships, mutual prosperity and extensive security cooperation.

Table Bookings for Food are being accepted now — please telephone 01522–731333 to reserve a table.

Photograph. Exterior. Day. Summer. Atlas A400M Royal Air Force Transport Aircraft lifting off and taking to the air.

Atlas A400M Royal Air Force Transport Aircraft

FRIDAY 06th MARCH 2020


A Prize Auction


TICKETS for TWO GUESTS of The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team — The Red Arrows, on their Annual Charity Day at RAF Scampton on WEDNESDAY 18th MARCH 2020


At the Dambusters Inn, Scampton — 20:00 on FRIDAY 06th MARCH 2020. Telephone: 01522 731333


The TWO GUESTS will enjoy:
A PRESENTATION on the Activities of the Red Arrows, given by One of the Team’s Officers.
BEING PRESENT at the Pilots’ Pre–sortie Briefing.
A FLYING DISPLAY (weather permitting).
BEING PHOTOGRAPHED WITH THE PILOTS — the Aircraft in the Background.
BEING PRESENT at the Pilots’ Debriefing.
A BUFFET LUNCHEON with Members of the Team.
A GUIDED TOUR OF the BAe HAWK T Mk1 AIRCRAFT with one of the Team’s Engineers.

Full informaton on the Auction and the Project to install the Royal Air Force Commemorative Stained Glass Window into St. John the Baptist Church, Scampton may be viewed on the Church Website.

The Dambusters Inn
is pleased to have been selected to present this Auctioned Prize
in support of the Royal Air Force Commemorative Stained Glass Window Appeal.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 15th, 16th and 17th May 2020

Our MAY 2020 BEER FESTIVAL at the Dambusters Inn

An opportunity to choose from our carefully selected range of twenty, Fine English Ales and to enjoy them in a festive atmosphere.
. . . and on Saturday, 16th May 2020 . . .
Our Musical Highlight of the weekend:
We really are as pleased as Punch to welcome back to the Dambusters Inn
the delightful artiste,
Bringing her faithfully–rendered repertoire of songs so familiar to the people of Great Britain during the 1940s.
For a decade, Miss Mae has been charming audiences with her lovingly re–created performances of the music and the songs that helped enormously to boost the morale of the nation at a very dark time in its history.
Determinedly buoyant and uplifting, the humour, optimism and fighting spirit conveyed in the music of the time survives intact and lives again when we listen and hear Miss Mae sing it as it was.
These ever–popular songs have survived for eighty years, and Miss Marina Mae is ‘Doing her bit’ to make it so.
Indulge us if you will, Miss Mae, when we borrow from another memorable musical era and say to you, ‘THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC’.
PHOTOGRAPH HERE: Exterior. Day. Summer. A Close–Up of the female vocalist, Miss Marina Mae at the microphone.
update: Wednesday 29th January 2020 (Please see the two acknowledgement letters below.)
On Friday 13th December 2019 — following the singing of Christmas Carols and Christmas Songs and ...
In support of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) . . .
we auctioned a newly–completed Painting generously donated by Artist, Kimberley Pickett.
The Painting, ‘Red One’, was sold for £280·00 (two–hundred–and eighty pounds).
This Event was also held in support of The Nomad Trust.
Following the Auction of Kimberley’s painting, young Polly gracefully circulated amongst the packed and generous audience with her bucket and the lovely people contributed £100·00
(one–hundred pounds) to boost this appeal for the two charities.
AND FURTHER TO THAT: and to help nudge up the total sum raised to an impressively Round Figure — members of staff and some customers who had not been free to attend the Carols Event added donations to bring the Final Total to £400·00.
So, at this time, the total sum raised on this evening was a heart–warming £400·00
(four-hundred pounds).
This sum was equally divided to provide a donation of £200·00 (two–hundred pounds) to each of the two charities.
Friday the thirteenth proved to be a Grand Evening for a Grand Cause so generously supported by the Grand People who were able to attend.
Without exception; THANK YOU and THANK YOU to each one of you here on this evening for your goodwill and kindness.

update: Wednesday 29th January 2020
We have received the kindest acknowledgement from both The Nomad Trust
(now a part of YMCA Lincolnshire) and Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
We have photographed the two letters and publish them both below.
A 'thank you' letter from the Nomad Trust acknowledging a donation of two-hundred pounds in December, 2019.
A 'thank you' letter from Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund acknowledging a donation of two-hundred pounds in December, 2019.
Now, back to the Artwork ...
This original painting is a commissioned work and was signed and dated by the artist.
Title: Red One
Dimensions (unframed): width=280mm. height=355mm.
Dimensions (framed): width=380mm. height=458mm.
Technique: Acrylic on Canvas — The Artwork is supported on board.
a recent painting (framed) acrylic on canvas, by Kim Pickett
If you would like to commission Kimberley, please
e–mail her at:
Other Events
An exhibition of Lincolnshire’s Aviation Gallantry over the Last 100 Years
25th January 2020 — 15th March 2020
at The Collection Museum, Lincoln.
Focussing on aviation gallantry during the First World War, Second World war and Cold War, including military animal bravery.
YOU WILL SEE original artefacts, personal memorabilia, medals and decorations
along with paintings by Simon Atack.
There will be:
  • Organised Activities for Children
  • Illustrated Talks
  • Guided Tours of the Exhibition
  • Adults — £5·00 (including one free return to the exhibition)
  • Over 65s — £3·50
  • Military with ID — £3·50
  • Students — £3·50
  • Under 16s — Free
This Exhibition will feature the rare display of Wing Commander Guy Gibson’s Victoria Cross
In the image below, listed in the order left–to–right, are displayed the medals awarded to
Wing Commander Guy Gibson
  • Victoria Cross
  • Distinguished Service Order (with bar)
  • Distinguished Flying Cross (with bar)
  • 1939-1945 Star
  • Air Crew Europe Star
  • War Medal 1939–1945
Photograph here of a display of six medals awarded to, Wing Commander Guy Gibson
Hub Café
To sustain and fortify you
during your Memorable visits (all–year–round) to the International Bomber Command Centre.
Image here. Interior. Day. July 2019. Wide shot of Hub Café in The Chadwick Centre at the IBCC in Lincoln, United Kingdom. - The Centre is named in honour of Roy Chadwick, designer of the Lancaster Bomber.
Hub Café Menu
. . . and this is only the BREAKFAST Menu (Available All Day)
Full English – £6.95 (2 sausages, 2 bacon rashers, 1 egg either scrambled, poached or fried, mushrooms,
baked beans, grilled tomato and a slice of either white or brown toast)
Full English Vegetarian option available
Bomber Breakfast – £2.95 (2 rashers of bacon and scrambled or fried egg)
Toast (2 slices) – £1.95
Breakfast Omelette (bacon and mushrooms) – £3.95
Sausage, Bacon or Egg Roll – £2.95
View the Full and Extensive, Hub Café Menu on the
International Bomber Command Centre website

International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Hill, Lincoln, LN4 2HQ
telephone: 01522 514755
Opening Times:
Open six days a week Tuesday to Sunday 9:30a.m. until 5:00p.m.
(last entry to the Exhibition 4:00p.m.)
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays
Closed from 24th December to 27th December 2019 and 31st December 2019 to 1st January 2020


LONG LIVE THE LOCAL is a campaign backed by a broad alliance of pubs, brewers and industry bodies who, together, form Britain’s Beer Alliance.

In the last three years, more than three–thousand pubs have closed — that is three pubs closing their doors for good every day.

The Campaign celebrates the vital role local pubs play in our community, culture and economy whilst highlighting the pressure they are under from a range of taxes including BEER DUTY, BUSINESS RATES and VAT.

£1·00 in every £3·00 spent in a pub already goes to the tax man.

In 2018, then Chancellor Phillip Hammond, listened to the voices
of 116,794 pub goers, publicans and politicians and froze BEER DUTY until February 2020.

This protected thousands of jobs and was a sign of support for vital community social hubs.

However, that freeze ends in February 2020 and a BEER DUTY increase is once again planned.

We are encouraging all pub–goers and publicans to sign the petition and e–mail their MP to ask for a cut in beer duty to ensure all politicians know that pubs are vital to the communities they serve and that they need their help to survive and thrive.

BRITAIN’S BEER ALLIANCE consists of over two–hundred members including independent pubs, pub companies, breweries and industry organisations. The Alliance was formed in 2014 to collectively work together to promote the overall pub and beer sector. LONG LIVE THE LOCAL launched in July 2018 and is the second campaign from BRITAIN’S BEER ALLIANCE. In its first year, the campaign was actively supported by close to twenty–thousand pubs.

Link to LONG LIVE THE LOCAL website where you may add your support.

Countryside Alliance Awards 2019
East of England Region
(Pub Category)
the Dambusters Inn

Please meet the Team of twenty-two people who work at this Pub. They all recognise the significance of this important Award and are mightily uplifted to know that it was their customers who made it happen.

This significant Award is, in effect, a ‘thank you’ to our Team from our Faithful Customers.

Quite naturally, our Team responds with sincere thanks to our Faithful Customers for their generous response and to The Countryside Alliance for mounting this nationwide campaign promoting the wellbeing of ‘everything countryside’.

The Award was presented on Wednesday, 19th. June 2019 in the Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords, London. Greg Algar (Director), Steve Plews (Manager), Simon Carter (Head Chef) and Alex Brufton (Bar Manager) attended.

Abbie Healy

Abbie Wain

Alex Brufton

Andy Lambley

Bradley Bell

Cheryl Downes

Cynyr Jones

Ellie Jones

George Osmond

Gill Frith

Greg Algar

Jack Osmond

James Staddon

Josh Kenny

Kim Pickett

Laura Wilkinson

Sam Defraine

Simon Carter

Skye Bell

Steve Plews

Teah Kenny

Walter Robinson

THE COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE AWARDS 2019 ( the Rural Oscars ) — the story:

In late 2018, ‘Nominations’ were sent to The Countryside Alliance by many of our customers.

Our customers wrote their recommendations, completed Nomination Forms and submitted them to the Countryside Alliance ‘Rural Oscars’ Campaign.

In January 2019, the Regional Finalists were announced — throughout the eight regions, only thirty–three pubs had reached this ‘Finalist’ stage — and only four of those pubs are in the East of England Region — one of them being the Dambusters Inn.

During March–April 2019, Judges from the Countryside Alliance Awards Campaign visited all of the
thirty–three Finalist Pubs for evaluation.

On 05th April 2019, the Judge visited the Dambusters Inn where Greg Algar (Director) and Steve Plews (Manager) were interviewed.

On 10th May 2019, the Regional Winner in the East of England Pub Category was published on the Campaign website — the Dambusters Inn had won the East of England title.

On 11th May 2019, in the post — arrived the official invitation . . . “from The Lord Mancroft requesting the pleasure of the company of Mr. Greg Algar and Mr. Steve Plews at a reception to celebrate the winners of the Countryside Alliance Awards in the Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords, London, on behalf of the Countryside Alliance in association with Farmers Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, on Wednesday 19 June 2019.”

On Wednesday 19th June 2019 - see image below - left-to-right:
Steve Plews (Manager ) Simon Carter, (Head Chef) Greg Algar, (Director) and Alex Brufton, (Bar Manager) attended the Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords, London, to receive the WINNERS AWARD (in the Pubs category — East of England Region) at the reception held to celebrate the winners of the Countryside Alliance Awards 2019.


Logo of www.countryside-alliance.org

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The Lincoln Branch of CAMRA ‘Country Pub of the Year 2019’ AWARD
The Lincoln Branch of CAMRA ‘Runner–Up, Pub of the Year 2019’ AWARD
Lincoln CAMRA chairman, Aaron Joyce presented both of these Awards to the Dambusters Inn on Saturday, 18th May 2019.
Photograph Here: Exterior. Day. Dambusters Inn, Scampton. 05 April 2019
Photograph: Friday 05 April 2019

Presented to the Dambusters Inn on Saturday, 28th July 2018 by Bob Foulger, CAMRA Lincolnshire Area Organiser.
Our sincere thanks to CAMRA for the many hours of work they undertake (entirely voluntarily) to sustain the role of pubs at the heart of the community.
Our sincere thanks to everone who visits the Dambusters Inn and by their very presence, makes it – 'that that it is'.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who works at the Dambusters Inn - together, you and your many visitors have brought us this day.
IMAGE HERE: Exterior. Day. A View from the Dambusters Inn garden. 14 June 2018
A View From the Dambusters Inn Garden

Presented on Saturday 07th April 2018 by Aaron Joyce, the Chairman of the Lincoln Branch of CAMRA.
Exterior. Night. Dambusters Inn, Scampton.

Presented on Saturday, 08th April 2017 by Aaron Joyce, the Chairman of the Lincoln Branch of CAMRA.
Exterior. Dambusters Inn, Scampton. Presentation of CAMRA Award; Lincoln Pub of the Year 2017

Presented on Saturday 23rd April 2016 by Aaron Joyce, the Chairman of the Lincoln Branch of CAMRA.
Exterior, Dambusters Inn. Customers celebrate CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2016 AWARD. 23 April 2016


September 2019

Royal Air Force
Stained Glass Window

A new stained glass window is to be made for St. John the Baptist Church in Scampton, Lincolnshire.

Claire Williamson of CW Glassworks is the designer of this stained glass window and will work alongside her husband Ian who runs ME Stained glass.

It is intended that the design in the window will record the one-hundred years’ relationship between St. John the Baptist Church and the Royal Air Force base in Scampton. Further, the window will be dedicated to and preserve the memory of all Royal Air Force personnel who have served our country during the years 1918 to 2018.

To raise the target sum of £23,927·00 required to finance this project, a ‘crowdfunding’ campaign has been launched with JustGiving.com.

IMAGE HERE - Ian Freshney at his workbench wokrking on a window restoration project.

FULL DETAILS of THE CAMPAIGN are published on the
JustGiving website and on the
St. John the Baptist Church website.

To see something of the fine work of Claire Williamson
and Ian Freshney, you may enjoy visiting their websites . . .

IMAGE HERE - Claire Williamson of Claire Williamson Glassworks at light desk.

April 2018
Commonwealth War Graves Commission . . .
. . . honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, and ensures they will never be forgotten.
Every year, Scampton Church welcomes hundreds of visitors.
The Churchyard contains sixty-four Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and eight German war graves.
During the Second World War there was a Royal Air Force Station at Scampton, and in the early months of the war a plot lying to the right of the entrance was set aside for the burial of servicemen. In 1941 it became necessary to reserve further ground for this purpose and a plot in an extension of the churchyard north of the church was used.
The Commission’s objective is to make sure that the sites – from individual scattered graves to iconic cemeteries and memorials – are visited and explored as a permanent part of local heritage.
The Commission actively engages new audiences and finds innovative ways to involve the whole community with its work – through education and outreach, voluntary activity, arts and heritage projects, local research and partnership working. The Commission aims to increase local awareness of Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) sites, particularly in the UK.
Rising to the challenge of this work, a research project by members of Scampton Church intends to map and document as much personal information as can be discovered, relating to each of the service personnel buried here.
If you would like to help us in any way with this fine project then please contact us.
and . . . WELCOME to St. John the Baptist Church in SCAMPTON, Lincolnshire
image · St Manvieu War Cemetery
Rue de la Guinguette · Saint-Manvieu-Norrey · N 49° 10.612 W 0° 30.898

May 2018
Welcome to Dave’s Daily Bread
Artisan Breads AGA home baked at The Granary, Scampton.
A range of original flavoured breads baked in a variety of sizes and styles.
All breads are made using simple, quality ingredients with no additives, colourants or preservatives. The dough is made from only quality flour, yeast, butter, water and salt – nothing else – and the flavours are hand–kneaded into the dough before shaping and allowed to prove and rise.
All breads are then baked in an AGA to ensure all–round even cooking with great results every time. Image here: a bread display by Dave’s Daily BreadOnce the breads are cooled they are individually wrapped in perforated bread bags to ensure they are allowed to breath and keep fresh. Most breads are then frozen immediately in airtight bags to capture the moisture and freshness and will then keep frozen for at least three months and ready to use anytime.
(Make sure you ‘like’ the Facebook page: Dave’s Daily Bread) as you will be informed of my baking days and have the opportunity to pick up fresh from The Granary on the day.
Also note that I offer FREE DELIVERY on all orders over £10·00 within five miles of Scampton. If you live further away, I will add a small charge for fuel. I can also bake fresh for any specific, large orders; just contact me so we can discuss.
Now, here is a very interesting additional note to Dave’s content above for visitors to this website who may be unfamiliar with the word, AGA.
AGA Cookers
AGA is an abbreviation of the company name, Aktiebolaget Gas Accumulator.
The AGA cooker is a stored–heat stove and cooker invented in 1922 by the Nobel Prize-winning Swedish physicist Dr. Gustaf Dalén (1869 - 1937), who also founded the AGA Company.
In 1912, Dr. Dalen lost his sight in an explosion. Forced to stay at home, Dr. Dalen discovered that his wife was exhausted by cooking. Although blind, he was determined to develop a new stove that was capable of every culinary technique and was easy to use. It is also capable of heating a house.
In 1929 the cooker was introduced to England by Bell’s Heat Appliances.
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