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March 2019

Welcome to the Kenley Revival Project Newsletter.

Women's History Month and International Women's Day

This month we will be celebrating Women's History Month by posting an article, photograph or story of Women at War at Kenley everyday on our social media and website, so make sure you are following @CityCommons on Twitter and Kenley Common on Facebook.

Also, join us for a Women's History Tour on 12 March - more details below.

Article of the Month:

"Life at Kenley by Frances Cherry"


"On one ocassion we all went off to Croydon, which was out of bounds for RAF Personnel. On the way back by bus, the bus was strafed down the middle by a lone plane. Missing the seats the bullets went straight down the gangway and left us all looking rather grey or green with fright. We received no sympathy when word got back, and we had to peel potatoes and do other dogsbosy jobs for three days."

This was originally published in the Bourne Society Local History Records, and transcribed by our Learning and Volunteers Officer, Charlotte. 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!


Plotter's headset

This plotter's headset is like the ones that would have been used in the Kenley Operations Room. Plotters would receive information through the earphones so that they could pinpoint the location of enemy aircraft on the map, and use the chest microphone to communicate.
Do you have any stories of WAAFs plotting in Kenley's ops room? Share them with us using the links below

There are a number of objects we have acquired here at Kenley Revival HQ (Merlewood Estate Office) 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.

Want to get involved?

At the Kenley Revival Project we are always looking to expand our team of lovely volunteers. There are so many opportunities for you to volunteer, 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 


Women's History Tour of RAF Kenley
FREE (book tickets here)
Tuesday 12 March
10am-12pm (meeting at the Kenley Tribute)

Join the Kenley Revival Project team for a 2-mile walking tour, exploring the roles of women at Kenley during wartime. From the observer corp to the Air Transport Auxiliary, women were integral to the running of this RAF base.

Conservation works: brick and mortar update

The test panels on the Tribute blast pen have now experienced Winter on Kenley, we are still giving them time to settle then they will be assessed by the Buildings Research Establishment.

Again, we apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for your patience. U
pdates will be given via this newsletter, please do observe any safety messaging you may see onsite.

Volunteer Survey 2019

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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