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December 2018

Welcome to the Kenley Revival Project Newsletter.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Remembrance Season Overview

A big thank you to everyone that attended our Remembrance Season events, it was great to see that so many people are interested in RAF Kenley and the Kenley Revival Project. Another big thank you goes to all of our volunteers that have helped to set up our events, write content for our posters, run craft activities and chat to our visitors, we could not have done it without you.
In case you missed out here is an overview of the activities we hosted:

Lecture Series: 
Our lecture series got off to a flying start with a talk by Kev Barnes from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at St Luke's Church, this talk was full of fascinating information and was well-received by all who attended. Our other guest speakers included; Colonel John Power, discussing the events of the Hardest Day; author, Colonel Paul Beaver, chatting about the Spitfires of Kenley; and Dr Jane Sidell, who gave a fantastic talk on concrete. 

Douglas Brunton Centre:
The Kenley Revival Project spent a great day with the members of the Douglas Brunton Centre, chatting about their memories of Kenley during wartime, telling members about some of the people that served at Kenley and crafting poppies for the wreath that was laid at the Kenley Tribute for Remembrance Sunday.

Lillias Barr Performances:
A wonderfully moving tribute, by Suzanne and Anthony, to those who served at Kenley, especially the members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). The family of Lillias Barr were able to attend one of these performances and were delighted with the performance and all of the effort that had been put in by volunteers and the Kenley Revival Project. 

Pop-up Museum at Croydon Library:
Our final remembrance event was a pop-up museum, allowing us to take RAF Kenley to Croydon. Our visitors enjoyed handling our replica objects and archaeology artefacts, watching our oral history interviews and crafting felt poppies, which some of our volunteers will be taking to Brookwood Cemetery to lay at the graves of Kenley's fallen airmen.

Article of the Month:

'Memories of Kenley Airfield in 1941 by Polish pilot, Jan Jokiel'


"Jan Jokiel was a Polish pilot participating in the Battle of Britain. He was known for his passion for photography and after the war he published 2 books with the photos of Polish pilots in Britain and with his memories of those times. 

In April 1941 No. 302 Polish Fighter Squadron, which Jokiel was part of at that time, received an order to move to Kenley as their next station."

This was written by one of our volunteers, Karolina Roszkowska who translated it from Polish. 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.

Memories of Kenley

A key part of the Kenley Revival Project was to interview a few of the people that have stories of Kenley Airfield throughout WWII, the process was long but five videos have now been edited, many thanks to James Kenning and they are now ready for you to watch!

If you haven't yet seen them, these can be viewed on our website in 'History', click here to watch. 

There are also transcripts on our website from more of our Oral Histories, click here to read these.

We know that there are many more stories to be told by so many fascinating people, sadly we cannot video them all, however, we are looking at posting blog posts about some people's memories so if there is anyone you think would be interested in sharing their memories with us, please let us know. 

Want to get involved?

At the Kenley Revival Project we are always looking to expand our team of lovely volunteers. With the new year just around the corner, 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 

Mystery artefacts!


Curved Metal Object

This is another of our many objects that are found and given to the Kenley team, it is made from a lightweight metal and curved with rivets running round the edge.
What do you think it could be?

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.


Volunteer Christmas Party
FREE - for those who have volunteered with the Kenley Revival Project
Wednesday 19 December
4pm - 7pm
Merlewood Estate Office (CR3 5LN)

We are celebrating the work our dedicated volunteers have been doing throughout the year by having a Christmas party! Come along for some Christmas cheer, there will be tinsel, music, mince pies and mulled wine for everyone to enjoy. 

This is an event for those who have been involved with the Kenley Revival Project and helped with volunteering throughout the years. 


Conservation works: brick and mortar update

The installation of the test panels on the Tribute blast pen are now in place, ready to be left over winter in order to find the best solution for conserving our brick work on our blast pens, we apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for your patience. 

We will provide updates via this newsletter, 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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