Another Sunday afternoon treat

Trustee Andy Simpson has added another great guest speaker to his line up of visitors to The Wing.

Mary Smith is the latest speaker to be booked to entertain visitors the site on a Sunday afternoon. She will be visiting on 14 April at 2.30pm to give her fascinating talk entitled A Schoolgirl’s War.

Mary, who enjoyed a long career in teaching, most recently as headteacher of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, will tell the story of school life in Kent during World War Two.

Her talk is illustrated by a number of fascinating original paintings that were created as the war unfolded by one of her art teachers. It tells a tale of frequent air raids, life in the shelters, and disrupted schooling.

Other talks for later this year are already in the pipeline. Wing Cdr Sophy Gardner MBE RAF (rtd) will be at The Wing on Sunday 12 May (subject to be confirmed) and on 28 July Andy Saunders will talk on Battle of Britain Oddities.

Booking is recommended as seats are limited to just 50. Tickets are FREE for Hurricane members of Friends of the Few and just £5 for Spitfire members, while non-members pay £10. There’s more useful information here. Tickets can be booked by ringing 01303 249292 or emailing

The other attractions at the fascinating Memorial site will also be available, including The Scramble Experience, and refreshments will be available from The Cockpit Café.

Dinner in the shelter girl sheltering under table

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *