News from the Kenley Revival Project

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October 2020

Welcome to the Kenley Revival Project Newsletter.

Farewell and Thank You from Kenley Revival

Kenley Revival Project was always planned with specific aims and a set timeframe, which is now drawing to a close.

 Heritage Lottery funding ended last year and a one year 'Legacy' period was funded by The City of London Corporation. Now the Project will continue with a small core of volunteers providing school workshops, tours and small events. We will also continue to research Kenley's history and work on the website, so please carry on sending in your photos and stories. 

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It just remains for me to thank Chris Baguely and Mike Simpson, who dreamt up Kenley Revival, but sadly, were no longer with us when their idea came to fruition, City Commons (especially the Ranger team), The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and Kenley Airfield Friends Group for putting the Project together. 


Kenley and Caterham RAFA, the Portcullis Club and the RAF have come to our aid time and time again. Thanks to Marie Tulley-Rose, Amy Todd, Josie Evans and Charlotte Islin who worked so hard on all the different strands of the Project and Museum of London Archaeology for our wonderful digs.


Their efforts would have been pointless without all of you who have attended events, and none of this would have been possible without our wonderful volunteers, to whom we are profoundly grateful. In all, more than 17,000 people have taken part in events and 7,000 local children have benefited from school workshops and airfield tours. 

It has been an honour and a privilege to tell the stories of the servicemen and women of RAF Kenley, who gave so much to protect our freedom. This was only made possible with the help of our veterans and their families.
Thank you all..

Linda Duffield

Jane Siddell, Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic England, has been an avid supporter of Kenley Revival from it's inception and has written about the early days of the Project here.

The Lord Mayor's Visit to Kenley

The Right Honourable, The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman William Russell, together with Brian Mooney, Chief Commoner and Graeme Doshi-Smith, Chairman of the Epping Forest and Commons Committee visited Kenley Common on Monday 21st September, 2020, to see the new heritage signs on the airfield and hear about Kenley Revival and the work done by the Coulsdon Commons rangers to preserve and promote the history of the airfield.

We had wonderful hospitality from the Chairman of the Portcullis Club, Fred Willis and Committee member, Grant Collier.

We certainly had lovely weather for the visit!

Battle of Britain Day 2020

Despite Covid-19 restrictions, Battle of Britain Day brought a wonderful surprise to Kenley in the shape of a flypast by The Blades aerobatic team and a Spitfire and Hurricane from The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. It was a great tribute for the 80th anniversary. 

You can see more photos of the flypast here and Battle of Britain Day at Kenley here

Photo: Michael Bromley

We are delighted that author and photographer Jonny Cracknell, will be paying a visit to RAF Kenley and St. Luke’s churchyard, Whyteleafe, between 4pm and 5pm on 6th October, as part of  ‘Running For The Few.’

This fundraising event will see Jonny and his team run 80 miles in five days, covering 16 significant Battle of Britain Fighter Stations, to remember the (almost) 3000 men who fought to defend our skies 80 years ago, during the summer of 1940.

The aim is to raise £3000 for the National Memorial to The Few at Capel-Le-Ferne and The Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge.

You can support Jonny’s fundraiser here.

Unfortunately, in order to comply with social distancing guidelines, extra runners are not encouraged to join along the route.

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