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October 2018


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Kenley Remembrance Season

 

Join the Kenley Revival Project for a series of events to remember and commemorate those who served at RAF Kenley. 

Theatre performances
Bringing to the stage the memories of Lillias Barr, Assistant Section Officer for the Kenley Women's Auxiliary Air Force, in 1940. Suzanne Marie has created a composition from a publication written by Lillias Barr, when she returned to Kenley in 1991, this including her account of The Hardest Day and much of World War II.

Tickets will be £5 each, there will be two performances:

Friday 9 November, 7pm at Matthews Yard, Croydon: Tickets available here
Friday 16 November, 7pm at The Arc, Caterham: Tickets available here

 

Scroll to the bottom to see more upcoming events. 
 

Lecture Series :
Remembering Kenley

 

This month our Remembrance Lecture Series continues, featuring a variety of speakers including Colonel John Power of the Parachute Regiment and Jane Sidell from Historic England. These talks will cover a variety of topics all based around Kenley Airfield's past, present and current impact on its community. 

The Hardest Day: 18 August 1940
Colonel John Power - Parachute Regiment
Friday 26 October - 10:30am - 11:30am - Coulsdon Library
Find out about the day when Kenley was attacked on what became the turning point of the Battle of Britain. To book on to this talk click here

Remembering Spitfires
Paul Beaver – Author of Spitfire People: The Men & Women who made the Spitfire the Aviation Icon

Tuesday 13 November - arrive from 5:45pm for talk 6 - 7pm - Soper Hall, Caterham
Join Paul for a discussion about the magnificent Spitfire, its significance to the Battle of Britain and Churchill's visits to Kenley. For tickets click here

A Tribute to RAF Kenley
Charlotte Islin – Learning and Volunteers Officer at the Kenley Revival Project

Friday 16 November - 10:30am - 11:30am - Coulsdon Library
Discover more about the Kenley Tribute and how we remember those who served. Hear the stories of some of the brave men and women who served at Kenley. To get tickets click here

Why Concrete Rocks: The Importance of the Kenley Structures
Jane Sidell – Inspector of Ancient Monuments at Historic England

Tuesday 20 November - arrive from 5:45pm for talk 6 - 7pm - Soper Hall, Caterham
Join the Inspector for Ancient Monuments in conversation about the impermanent architecture at Kenley. How it was conserved and why Historic England wanted to designate the structures as scheduled ancient monuments. For booking click here

 

Article of the Month:
'A Farmers' Tale'

 

At RAF Kenley, there were at least 16 fatalities involving personnel operating from the station in this period, including a member of the United States embassy staff. Most accidents went more of less unremarked, except for an entry in the squadron operations book or station diary. Occasionally, the passing of a colleague merited more attention and remembrance. One such is Pilot Officer Frederick Laing Collison.

Click here to read the full article on our website.

With many thanks to Tony Adams, one of our dedicated website volunteers for writing this article. Tony dedicates a lot of time into intensive researching for the articles that go on to our website. 

Think you could write for our website? Take a look at our volunteering opportunities online.

Plane Outlines in the Tribute Pen


You may have noticed something new within the Tribute Pen! The Kenley Revival team arranged for to-scale outlines of a Spitfire and Hurricane to sit within the arms of the blast pen, illustrating the size of these planes and allowing visitors to get an idea of what it might have been like to have the planes sitting inside the pens during WWII. 

Visit the airfield and explore the outlines; take a picture and #KenleyRevival on Twitter or send us the photo via our email: kenleyrevival@cityoflondon.gov.uk


Thanks to Steve Codd from Surrey Hills Gliding Club for letting us use his image

Want to get involved?


At the Kenley Revival Project we are always looking to expand our team of lovely volunteers. With our Remembrance Season coming up, there are so many opportunities for you to volunteer, run activities at our pop-up museum, research and write articles for our website or assist with guided tours of the airfield. Our roles are completely flexible so if you're interested in preserving and promoting the best surviving example of a WWII fighter airfield we'd love to hear from you. 

Check out our website for details or for more information contact us at kenleyrevival@cityoflondon.gov.uk 

Mystery artefacts!

 

What do you think this was?

During our community archaeology dig we discovered many different items, this is an old shoe, the leather is still quite intact at the toe, who do you think would have worn this shoe? Where would it have come from?

There are a number of miscellaneous objects we have acquired here at Kenley Revival HQ over the years. Reckon you know what they might be and what they might have been used for? Get in touch with us via our website, Twitter and Facebook to let us know.


Do you have anything relating to RAF Kenley you can share?

We have an amazing online archive where you can upload memories, photographs, documents or links to other online sources which relate to RAF Kenley's history. We rely on the community to help us build what could be the most extensive resource of all things relating to RAF Kenley's Battle of Britain past.

Events

 
Monthly Walk and Talk: Tour of Kenley Airfield
FREE 
(book tickets here)
Friday 12 October
1pm - 3pm
Meet at RAF Kenley Tribute

Come to Kenley Airfield for a 2 mile walk around the airfield, learning about the stories of those who served at Kenley during WWII, also about the history of the airfield and why Kenley was a chosen location for a fighter station.

We run these walks monthly so if you miss one there should always be another coming soon.


Lecture Series : Colonel John Power - The Hardest Day
FREE  (book tickets here)
Friday 26 October 
10:30am - 11:30am 
Coulsdon Library

Join Colonel John Power, of the Parachute Regiment to find out about the day when Kenley was attacked on what became the turning point of the Battle of Britain


Monthly Walk and Talk: Tour of Kenley Airfield
FREE 
(book tickets here)
Friday 1 November
1pm - 3pm
Meet at the RAF Kenley Tribute

Join us on a 2 mile walk around the airfield, learning about the stories of those who served at Kenley during WWII, also about the history of the airfield and why Kenley was a chosen location for a fighter station.

We run these walks monthly so if you miss one there should always be another coming soon.


Remembering Spitfires
Paul Beaver – Author of Spitfire People: The Men & Women who made the Spitfire the Aviation Icon

FREE  (book tickets here)
Tuesday 13 November
Arrive from 5:45pm for talk 6pm - 7pm
Soper Hall, Caterham

Chats about the magnificent Spitfire, its significance to the Battle of Britain and Churchill's links to Kenley.


A Tribute to RAF Kenley
Charlotte Islin – Learning and Volunteers Officer at the Kenley Revival Project

FREE  (book tickets here)
Friday 16 November
10:30am - 11:30am
Coulsdon Library

Discover more about the Kenley Tribute and how we remember those who served. Hear the stories of some of the brave men and women who served at Kenley.


Why Concrete Rocks: The Importance of the Kenley Structures
Jane Sidell – Inspector of Ancient Monuments at Historic England

FREE  (book tickets here)
Tuesday 20 November
Arrive from 5:45pm for talk 6pm - 7pm
Soper Hall, Caterham

Join the Inspector for Ancient Monuments in conversation about the impermanent architecture at Kenley. How it was conserved and why Historic England wanted to designate the structures as scheduled ancient monuments. 

 

Conservation works: brick and mortar issues


Visitors may have noticed that the mortar used on some of last year’s repairs to the blast pens and rifle range have deteriorated, we now know that this is due to a rare form of sulphate attack, meaning the mortar and brick have reacted with one another. 

We will soon be trialing alternative materials and techniques to see if we can find a satisfactory solution to the issue so we can fix and rebuild the walls.

We will provide updates via this newsletter once we have a better understanding of what has happened and how the problem can be resolved. Please do observe any safety messaging you may see onsite.

Volunteer Survey 2018

We are carrying out a volunteer survey to help us understand what you think about your role within the Kenley Revival Project. There is a simple online form that you can fill in. It shouldn`t take more than a couple of minutes to complete.

Thank you very much for your time.

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