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August 2019


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Summer at Kenley Revival

This Summer we have been busy at RAF Kenley, our volunteers have been excavating a section of Bunker Bank, we held an Archaeology Open Day to show off our finds and features, we visited the Humanist Society in Coulsdon to tell them about the Project and we launched our Youth Volunteering Programme.

On Monday 19 August,  our Kenley Youth Volunteers will be taking over our social media, so make sure you follow us on Facebook (Kenley Common) and Twitter (@CityCommons)! 


 

Dig for Victory - Archaeology 2019


We would like to say a huge thank you to our wonderful archaeology volunteers for doing such a fantastic job this year, thank you to our volunteers from RAFA, SSAFA and, of course, our KRP volunteers and Youth Volunteers. This year, our volunteers have excavated some more gun emplacements, a slit trench and uncovered some interesting paths alongside the blast pens feature metal hooks which may have held camouflage nets in place over the blast pens.

This dig would not have been possible without the support from Historic England, Museum of London Archaeology, our Volunteer Archaeology Champion, Neil, and our archaeology supervisors, David, Guy and Odette.

 

Article of the Month:

Pilot Officer James Elmer Abbott's Miraculous Escape 

While relating the stories of fighter combat during WW2, we often talk of 'miraculous escapes,' but what happened to P/O James Elmer Abbotts, of 403 squadron, RCAF, on the 29th July, 1943, was really something akin to a miracle....


This article was written by our Legacy Officer, Linda Duffield.

 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!

Green Lens Holder for an Aldis Signal Lamp.

This object is the most recent item to be added to the online archive.

One of our favourite finds from the Community Archaeology Dig 2019, was this metal ring clearly stamped “Air Ministry 5A/1320”, found by Neil Quinn.

More photos and information here

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.


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.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Flypast


Join us at 1.23pm on Sunday 18th August, for the annual flypast by The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to commemorate “The Hardest Day” of The Battle of Britain, 18th August, 1940, when RAF Kenley suffered it’s most devastating raid.

This year we are expecting the Lancaster, escorted by both a Spitfire and Hurricane. From Midday, Kenley Revival Project will have a stall with a small display about Kenley’s “Hardest Day” at The Tribute, which is the best place to view the flypast.

Very limited parking is available on Hayes Lane.

As ever, the flypast is dependant on weather and the serviceability of the aircraft. This event is free.

Please refer to the Kenley Airfield Friends Group’s website here,  for updates on timing.



 


Events

Voices From The Past Walking Tour

Join us for a Summer evening guided history walk around Kenley airfield. 6pm, 25th August...
We will be conjuring up local people who bore witness to it, and hearing about the good and bad times they shared during the dark days of World War Two.

Register for your FREE ticket here:

 

 

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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