“Welcome to Capel-le-Ferne and to the Battle of Britain Memorial, home to the National Memorial to the Few.
I hope that, like me, you will feel the special atmosphere of this Memorial and its surroundings high on the White Cliffs in an area where some of the most intense aerial fighting took place in 1940. Here we remember not only the aircrew who fought for us in the sky over England, but all the men and women who supported them in so many capacities and were equally willing to give their lives to preserve the freedom we continue to enjoy so many years later.
With my fellow Trustees, I believe that it is vital that these deeds are never forgotten. I hope that your visit to the National Memorial will be both pleasurable and moving. If you feel able to give a donation towards our work or to join the Friends of the Few that will be deeply appreciated.”
Chairman, Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is the charity charged with caring for the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne in Kent. In early 2017 it will become a CIO and also now incorporates the Battle of Britain Fighter Association, the body only those who served in the Battle of Britain are entitled to join.
The Trust works to preserve the memory of those who Churchill named as the “Few” and who protected this country from invasion in the summer and early autumn of 1940.
In March 2015, after a successful fund-raising campaign, the Trust unveiled The Wing, a state-of-the-art visitor and education centre which includes the impressive Scramble Experience. This exciting new addition to the features on offer at the Memorial was opened by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
The Wing, which includes the Geoffrey Page Centre, increasingly recognised as the venue for regular talks and events, is dedicated to the bravery and sacrifice of those who took part in the Battle of Britain. While The Wing is a fantastic addition to the facilities, it puts more pressure on our supporters, since the Trust now has to find around £100,000 a years to meet the running costs of the whole site. Please help if you can!