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News from the Kenley Revival Project

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December 2019


Welcome to the Kenley Revival Project Newsletter.
 
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Happy Christmas!


Thank you for all your support through 2019...

Next year will be the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the final year of The Kenley Revival Project. As well as our usual school workshops, tours, talks and film screenings, we  will be launching an online memorial to the service personnel who lost their lives serving at, or flying from, Kenley. It will cover the whole of the airfield's history. Although a great deal of research has been done already, it will probably be a 'work in progress' for some time to come, but we hope the end result will throw some light on the stories of the less well-known airmen who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving at Kenley. 

Photo: Surrey Hills Gliding Club. 

 

Article of the Month:

Christmas Capers at Tower Bridge

 

The latest article to be added to our website tells the story of Pilot Officer Arthur Leslie Holden's Christmas Day joy ride in 1926. 

 Click here to read the full article on our website.

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

Artefact of the Month

This beautiful photo is the latest item to be added to our online archive. The stern-faced little boy on the left grew up to be  Pilot Officer Hugh Henry-May, who served at RAF Kenley with No.3 Squadron and lost his life on 10th May 1938, when his Hawker Hurricane stalled on the final approach to the airfield. The driver of the pedal car is Hugh's brother Roy, who became a Major in the Royal tank Regiment and was mentioned in dispatches in November 1945. Both men are buried in St. Luke's churchyard, Whyteleafe.

You can read more about Hugh's fatal crash here.


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 past.  Get in touch with us via our website, Twitter and Facebook.

Events
Kenley Revival Mini Museum 

Saturday 14th December, 11am-3pm. FREE

City of London Merlewood Estate Office
Ninehams Rd
Caterham 
CR3 5LN

 

Come along to Merlewood Estate Office and see the new Kenley Revival Travelling Exhibition. We will also be exhibiting a small selection of objects relating to RAF Kenley and the local area. Bring along your wartime family stories and chat to our research volunteers. 


Refreshments will be provided and there will be a chance to warm up by the fire, if you've been out walking on the Common.

Entrance is FREE, and you are welcome to drop in throughout the day,  but it would help us if you registered here for a ticket, so we know how much cake we'll need. 
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