Imp-ressive work by pupils on Affinity Imp

Imp-ressive work by pupils on Affinity Imp

Following the success of the Lincoln Knights sculpture trail in 2018, the Lincoln BID have reignited the initiative, and this time the sculptures are in the form of an Imp, the image synonymous with Lincoln.

The walking route trail will see a trail of over 50 imp sculptures, designed and decorated by the county’s schools, all displayed at indoor locations throughout the city of Lincoln.

As part of the Education Business Partnership (EBP), Affinity Flying Services Limited chose to sponsor the William Alvey School in Sleaford, enabling them to participate in the Lincoln Imp Project.

From left: William Alvey School headteacher Stephen Tapley, pupils Ella Jenkins, Vania Beardsall and Luke Papworth and Affinity Business Operations Director Alex Davison. Photo: Copyright Affinity Flying Services June 2021

Year 6 children, working with Affinity and the EBP, came up with their own Imp design,inspired by the Affinity Aircraft fleet.

The finished Imp not only features a silhouette of Lincoln’s famous cathedral, but also images of Affinity’s Grob 120TP known as ‘The Prefect’, in honour of the Avro single-engined biplane trainer used by RAF pilots before and during the Second World War.

Alex Davison and Rachel Armitage from Affinity visited William Alvey School on Thursday to meet the children and staff who worked on the Imp, to hear all about their ideas and inspiration which led to the creation of their statue.

William Alvey School pupils Ella Jenkins, Vania Beardsall and Luke Papworth with their Imp designs.
Photo: Copyright Affinity Flying Services June 2021

Iain Chalmers, Affinity MD, said: “We’re delighted with William Alvey’s pupils’ efforts, they have really captured the spirit of what makes Lincoln so special, and the essence of what we do here at Affinity Flying Training Services.

“We are all looking forward to seeing the finished article on the Lincoln Imp Trail, and would like to extend my thanks to everyone who has worked so hard on the Imp.”

William Alvey School headteacher, Mr Stephen Tapley, said: “It is lovely to be associated with Affinity Flying Services, the children really enjoyed working together to come up with the design that reflects the professionalism of Affinity and the creative expression of the children is a joy to see.

The William Alvey School and Affinity are hoping to continue to foster their working relationship, with reciprocal visits planned for the school to Affinity’s Cranwell base, and to work together on educational projects in the future.