27 Jun 2016

Join us on Sunday at our most important event of the year

Veterans of the Battle will stand proudly to attention once again this Sunday (3 July) as crowds gather to remember those who took part in one of the most important battles fought by this country in the 20th century.

Although the Few are, sadly, becoming fewer, we are hoping three former pilots will be well enough to join us at this year’s Memorial Day parade and service at Capel-le-Ferne.

The clifftop site always welcomes crowds of visitors on Memorial Day, all keen to pay their respects to the RAF heroes who stopped Nazi invasion plans in 1940 by defeating the Luftwaffe in the skies above this part of the world and further afield.

While this year marks the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, it is also the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps, and we will be paying our own tribute to an organisation that regularly supports Trust events and will once again be parading, playing music and selling programmes.

While the veterans, all well into their nineties, will be the stars of the show, the guest of honour will… Read more

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7 Dec 2018

Another of the Few leaves us

A wireless operator and air gunner who fought in Blenheims during the Battle of Britain and went on to win the Distinguished Flying Cross has died. Flight Lieutenant William Robert Kent Hughes, pictured below while attending a Clarence House tea party in the presence of HRH Prince Charles, passed away on Monday (3 Dec). Flt […]… Read more

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6 Dec 2018

Former NATO Secretary General visits

A former Secretary General of NATO visited the Memorial this morning (Thurs 6 Dec) to explain its significance to Danish TV viewers for one episode of a six-part series. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who is also a former Danish Prime Minister, was on the final leg of a journey through six European countries accompanied by Danish […]… Read more

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26 Nov 2018

Family donates pilot’s medals and logbooks

The daughters of a Battle of Britain pilot who went on to win the Distinguished Flying Cross for his photo-reconnaissance work visited Capel-le-Ferne on Monday (26 Nov) to donate his medals and logbooks to the Trust. Daphne Lewis and Hilary Joy were joined by Jemma Parton, granddaughter of the late Flt Lt Ron Smyth, who […]… Read more

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12 Nov 2018

Remembering the Fallen

The Trust joined the people of Capel-le-Ferne and beyond to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with a series of events throughout the day on Sunday. The annual Service of Remembrance was attended by a large congregation, including 15 or so members of the Kent Advanced Motorcyclists Group who […]… Read more

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8 Nov 2018

Saying a fond farewell to Tom and Eileen

Friends, family, and the wider ‘family’ of the Royal Air Force gathered at St Clement Danes Church in London on Thursday (8 November) to bid farewell to Wing Commander Tom Neil, DFC*, AFC and his wife of 69 years, Eileen. Eileen, who was stationed at RAF Kenley as a plotter during the Battle of Britain […]… Read more

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31 Oct 2018

Join us to mark battle’s end

A beacon of light will shine from the Capel-le-Ferne clifftop as the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust joins the parish council in marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War on 11 November. The beacon will be part of a number of events organised to mark 100 years of remembrance as […]… Read more

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31 Oct 2018

More talks planned for next spring

Our autumn 2018 talks finished in fine style on Sunday (Oct 28) with a fascinating presentation by Alex Ferris (pictured below in a photograph by Trustee Barry Duffield), Chairman of the Smarden Local History Society. Alex entertained the audience with a talk on a number of aircraft crashes in and near Smarden and revealed some […]… Read more

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24 Oct 2018

Village’s air crash history to be revealed

Don’t miss our fascinating talk on how one Kent villlage has seen more than its fair share of air crashes. Lying as it does underneath the flightpath to London, Kent has witnessed many air crashes, but the tiny village of Smarden has seen more than most. Alex Ferris will tell the story this Sunday (28 […]… Read more

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16 Oct 2018

School sponsored ride raises £500

Cyclists who visited the Battle of Britain Memorial at the end of a sponsored ride from their school in Gravesend handed over a cheque for £500 this morning (16 Oct). The 12 students and 14 staff from St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, led by chemistry teacher Andy Watts and history specialist Colm Murphy, reached Capel-le-Ferne […]… Read more

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