Kenley Revival – Newsletter June 2019

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June 2019


Welcome to the Kenley Revival Project Newsletter.

Summer Archaeology at Kenley Revival

Back by popular demand, we will be hosting another Archaeology dig this year! If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer, hurry as places are limited and going fast.

Follow the link in the events section at the bottom of this newsletter, and remember you must sign up to all three days to take part.

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Article of the Month:

Wing Commander Lesley S. Ford, DFC and Bar.


On the 4th June, 1943, Wing Commander Lesley Sydney Ford, DFC and Bar, met his end leading 402 squadron, when his Spitfire (AA980) was shot down, off the coast of Holland, while attacking enemy “E” boats (fast attack craft). Only a few weeks earlier, he had left 403 squadron at Kenley to become Wing Commander (flying) at RAF Digby, the first graduate of the Combined Air Training Plan to attain that rank, having proved himself to be a dependable leader as well as an ace.”

This article was written by our Legacy Officer, Linda.

 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.

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Artefact of the Month!

Photo of Winston Churchill’s visit to No.615 squadron, Auxiliary Air Force.

This object is the most recent item to be added to the online archive. It is from Sutton Local Studies Archive, and the original caption suggest that it was taken at RAF Kenley, in 1939.

No.615 squadron were formed at RAF Kenley on 1st June, 1937.

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.

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Women’s History Tour – thank you for coming!


Thank you to everyone who attended our Women’s History Tour last month, it was great for us to share the stories of the women of Kenley and even better to hear your stories too.

The Kenley Revival Project offer tours every month, while the weather is bright and this year we have added more themed tours to spark your interest. This month’s theme will be Airfield Defences on 25 June, 10am-12pm, when we will be joined by Staff Sergeant, Robin Grainger.

To book your place follow the link the Event section below.

Events

Conservation Seminar: The Conservation of 20th Century Military Architecture

£10 including lunch (book tickets here)
Thursday 13 June 2019, 10am-5:30pm – Society of Antiquaries, London

Join the Kenley Revival Project and Historic England for a day of case studies and interesting discussion.

Airfield Defences Tour of RAF Kenley
FREE 
(book tickets here)
Tuesday 25 June 2019, 10am-12pm (meeting at the Kenley Tribute)

Join the Kenley Revival Project team and Robin Grainger for a 2-mile walking tour, highlighting the airfield defences of Kenley Airfield that defended the area during World War II.

Community Archaeology Dig 2019
FREE 
(book tickets here)
Tuesday 23 July – Thursday 25 July 2019, 9am-3:30pm each day

Back by popular demand, our Archaeology dig will taking place this Summer. For your free place click the link above. Please note, you MUST be able to attend all three days including a mandatory safety briefing on day 1.

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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