history of the griffin trust
In 1962 the Hooton Park site was bought by Vauxhall motors for their car factory. The site included the former RAF Hooton Park military airbase with three World War I hangars and associated buildings. In 1990 Vauxhall Motors agreed to lease much of the old RAF Hooton Park site to a new charity to be founded and based there – The Griffin Trust. Soon after founding the aircraft hangars were given listed building status and we began restoring aircraft and vehicles for our collection. In 1999 Vauxhall motors applied for permission to demolish the site however permission was refused after a local campaign spearheaded by The Griffin Trust. In 2000 The Griffin Trust was asked by the Hooton Park Trust to relocate from the Aircraft Hangars to two Motor Transport sheds on the same site. The motor sheds were in a state of disrepair and were renovated by 2007.
- The charity’s principal activities are as follows:
- To exhibit, restore and maintain our classic transport collection
- To promote the history of transport, and the history of Hooton Park
- To maintain and repair the land and buildings at Hooton Park
- To offer a facility for people from all walks of life to become a volunteer
The Griffin Trust is run entirely by volunteers of all ages and denominations. If you are retired, unemployed, have spare time or want to learn a new skill please contact us! We have a range of roles from hands-on repair of vehicles, to land care, building maintenance, I.T. and many more. Our main volunteer days are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
To volunteer please leave a message on our answerphone with your name and telephone number and we will get back to you.