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September 2018

Welcome to the Kenley Revival Project Newsletter.

Lecture Series : Remembering Kenley

This September sees the start of our Remembrance Lecture Series, featuring a variety of speakers including Kev Barnes from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission 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 current list of talks, keep updated for additions and changes : 

Kenley War Graves of Airman’s Corner, St Luke’s Churchyard
Kev Barnes - Regional Operations Coordinator, South East at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tuesday 11 September - 5:30pm - 7pm - St Luke's Church, Whyteleafe 
Covering the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and information on some of the airmen buried at St Luke's Churchyard.
Get your tickets here

A History of RAF Kenley and the Kenley Revival Project
Charlotte Islin – Learning and Volunteers Officer at the Kenley Revival Project

Friday 21 September - 10:30am - 11:30am - Coulsdon Library
Join our Learning & Volunteer Officer on a whistle-stop tour of the history of Kenley Airfield and the current work that the Kenley Revival Project has done to preserve and protect the site.
Get your tickets here

Speaker to be confirmed - watch this space!
Friday 26 October - 10:30am - 11:30am - Coulsdon Library

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

Charlotte Islin – 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
Discussing why and how we remember all those who served at Kenley and the variety of nations commemorated by the RAF Kenley Tribute. 

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. 


A fond farewell to Marie, Project Manager

I am leaving the Kenley Revival Project this Autumn pastures new. I have really loved working on this exciting project and it has been such a privilege meeting and working with so many volunteers, community groups and schools, all of which share such a passion for their collective heritage and Battle of Britain past. It has been so rewarding delivering this project to date and I know it will continue to succeed and exceed as it looks towards its final stages. Thank you so much to everyone who has volunteered, attended an event or supported the project - cheers!

We need YOU!

Want to volunteer?

At the Kenley Revival Project we are always looking to expand our team of lovely volunteers. There are a range of activities to choose from; delivering education activities to a variety of audiences, researching articles and transcribing our fascinating oral history recordings for our website! Our roles are completely flexible so if you're interested in preserving and promoting the most intact fighter airfield from World War II we'd love to hear from you. 

Check out our website for details or for more information contact us at 

Mystery artefacts!


What do you think this was?

During our community archaeology dig we discovered a variety of pieces of metal and other things, this looks as though it would have been a clamp or something? What do you think it was? 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.


Lecture Series : Kev Barnes - Kenley War Graves or Airman's Corner
FREE  (book tickets here)
Tuesday 11 September
5:30pm - 7pm
St Luke's Church, Whyteleafe (CR3 0AA)

The Kenley Team and Kev Barnes are presenting a fascinating talk about the war graves of St Luke's Churchyard, the final resting place for some of the brave airman who served at RAF Kenley.

Kev is the Regional Operational Coordinator at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He is based at Brookwood Military Cemetery, managing the staff who provide the maintenance upkeep of just over 1350 sites in the South East of England.

To book your free tickets click here.

Battle of Britain Heritage Day
 (to book for the tour)
Saturday 15 September
10am - 4pm
Kenley Airfield - RAF Tribute (Hayes Lane Entrance)

Tours times - 10:30 - 12:30  &  1:30 - 3:30

Join us for a Battle of Britain themed tour on Battle of Britain Day in conjunction with Heritage Open Days. This will be a 2-mile tour of the airfield, featuring facts about the Hardest Day, Battle of Britain and people that served at RAF Kenley.

Click here to book your free tickets now.

Lecture Series : Charlotte Islin - A history of RAF Kenley and the Kenley Revival Project
(book tickets here)
Friday 21 September 
10:30am - 11:30am 
Coulsdon Library

Join Charlotte, the Kenley Revival Project's Learning and Volunteer Coordinator, for a whistle stop tour of the history of Kenley Airfield, talking about those who served and lived here during WWII, also about the work that the Kenley Revival Project has done to preserve and protect the site to date. 

For those who may not know Charlotte, this would be a great time to meet her and introduce yourself to the project. 

To come along book your free tickets here.

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 seems to have been badly affected by the severe winter weather.  We are working closely with the Conservation Contractor and Architect to investigate the possible reasons for this. 

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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