Lympne Airfield History Society

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Our May 1st meeting features a presentation by John Simpson. We take a fascinating look at the Dambusters Raid, looking at true accounts of things that did not appear in the famous 1950’s feature film. The survival of three crew members on the raid, the connections with Kent, the last Lancaster to return, the Sorpe and other dams targeted, the weapon itself and who actually cracked the Mohne Dam, will all be covered. A recently discovered connection with Lympne has also been found together with more facts about Kent in general.

We will also have news of the impending fight for the survival of Lympne Airfield, once again under threat.

Our July meeting will feature American aviator Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic in 1927. He was no stranger to Lympne Airfield, which will be explored by presenter David Goldsmith.

All meetings start at 7.30pm sharp.

Please feel free to enjoy our continuing celebration of our Airfield in the wonderful surroundings of Lympne Castle’s East Bar. There is no charge. Thanks to our generous hosts Richard and Rod at the castle.

For more information please contact: John Simpson 01303 265078

Email: johnsimpson43@btinternet.com Web: www.lympneairfield.com

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Housing Development on Lympne Airfield – a Call to Arms!

Our Airfield has been sold to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government under the name of ‘Homes England’ for housing as part of its drive to bury us under 12,000 houses a.k.a. Otterpool New Town.

We have fought off threats to the Airfield five times in the last twenty five years as the succession of Planning Inspectors and the High Court have supported us.

We will fight this threat as a grass roots community as before and directly challenge the Government’s own officially stated reason for the creation of the Ministry of Housing quoted here from its own website:

“The Ministry of Housing, formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has been formed to create great places to live and work and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.” 

‘Homes England’ (The Ministry) has various powers of its own (e.g. compulsory purchase) but in the main it has to work through the planning system. Just like any other developer, it needs to seek planning permission from the local planning authority and, where it wants to influence the local plan, it has to make representations like any other objector.

We have registered our objection to the Airfield’s inclusion in the Local Plan which will be debated with the Planning Inspector at the Public Inquiry later this year.

To launch a successful campaign we will hold a public meeting at Lympne Castle on Tuesday 3rd April at 7.30pm to explain what we have to do and answer your questions.

David Plumstead The Friends of Lympne Airfield Association (see our website News Page) Tel: 01303 265737 email: thespouthouse@googlemail.co

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New threat to the Airfield

This is an urgent notice for all residents of Lympne concerning major Housing Development on Lympne Airfield.

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has set up a quango/business which it has called ‘Homes England’ complete with Government money – our money – to buy Lympne Airfield from off-shore registered owners Phides/Somerston Estates as part of its drive to force through Otterpool Newtown.

It was hatched up without public consultation by the DCLG last September and is now being presented as a ‘fait a complis’

Our best chance of stopping this twin curse of the loss of our Airfield and our village is by immediately registering an objection with Shepway District Council (SDC) to any and all housing development on the Airfield referred to in the Places and Policies Local Plan (PPLP) and stating that you wish to give evidence to the Public Inquiry into the PPLP in due course.

But representations to the PPLP have to be registered with SDC before the end of this Monday – 19th -.  This can be done by email to planning.policy@shepway.gov.uk – and it is very important that you ask for confirmation of receipt of your objection by SDC.

 

For more information about this contact:

 

David Plumstead, Shepway Environment and Community Network (SECN) at this email address or telephone 01303 265737

 

 

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Guy Gibson

Guy Gibson

The March 6th presentation by John Simpson was another well attended meeting as the story of Amy Johnson, was told and illustrated with over a hundred photographs. Recent discoveries of more flights made from Lympne were interwoven into her story detailing her early life, her major international flights, some from Lympne, and the mystery surrounding her last flight and death.
It was also announced Lympne resident Rob Beale is to join John Simpson and David Goldsmith as our regular presenters. Coupled with our guest presenters, this secures our strength and coverage for future meetings.
Before this takes full effect John will present our May 1st meeting. The subject matter is a fascinating look at the Dambusters raid, looking at true accounts of things that did not appear in the famous 1950’s feature film. The survival of three crew members on the raid, the connections with Kent, the last Lancaster to return, the Sorpe and other dams targeted, and who actually cracked the Mohne Dam, will all be covered.
All meetings start at 7.30pm sharp.
Please feel free to enjoy our continuing celebration of our Airfield in the wonderful surroundings of Lympne Castle’s East Bar. There is no charge. Thanks to our generous hosts Richard and Rod at the castle.
For more information please contact: John Simpson 01303 265078
Email: johnsimpson43@btinternet.com Web: www.lympneairfield.com.

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Amy Johnson

The March 6th presentation by John Simpson will tell the story of Amy Johnson, probably the biggest name associated with our airfield. Recent studies have discovered more flights made from Lympne than were previously known about, which will be included. We will look in detail of her record breaking flights to Cape Town, Darwin, the USA, Moscow and Japan in the 1930’s, and examine her last day and sad loss in the Thames estuary in January 1941. It is a story of bravery, glory, celebrity and overwhelming sadness. Amy disappeared from our skies on a cold foggy winter afternoon, which at the time was shrouded in mystery. More modern researches have revealed what happened.

At the time of writing our May 1st meeting presentation is yet to be finalised.

All meetings start at 7.30pm sharp.

Please feel free to enjoy our continuing celebration of our Airfield in the wonderful surroundings of Lympne Castle’s East Bar. There is no charge. Thanks to our generous hosts Richard and Rod at the castle.

For more information please contact: John Simpson 01303 265078

Email: johnsimpson43@btinternet.com Web: www.lympneairfield.com

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Our January 2nd meeting was presented by David Goldsmith who told the  Silver City Airways story from 1948 to 1954 at Lympne and their subsequent life at Ferryfield (Lydd) carrying cars across to Le Touquet until 1971. Many great images of the Bristol Freighter and Superfreighter were shown on the night to a packed East Bar. Following the success of the presentation by Henry Shackleton in November, another big audience of over forty gathered on a wet and windy night.AJ Lympne Amy Johnson

The March 6th presentation by John Simpson will tell the story of Amy Johnson, probably the biggest name associated with our airfield. We will look in detail of her record breaking flights to Cape Town, Darwin, the USA, Moscow and Japan in the 1930’s, and examine her last day and sad loss in the Thames estuary in January 1941. It is a story of bravery, glory, celebrity and overwhelming sadness. Amy disappeared from our skies on a cold foggy winter afternoon, which at the time was shrouded in mystery. More modern researches have revealed what happened.

All meetings start at 7.30pm sharp.

Please feel free to enjoy our continuing celebration of our Airfield in the wonderful surroundings of Lympne Castle’s East Bar. There is no charge. Thanks to our generous hosts Richard and Rod at the castle.

 

 

For more information please contact: John Simpson 01303 265078

Email: johnsimpson43@btinternet.com Web: www.lympneairfield.com

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Our meeting on November 7th was our best attended ever as we welcomed former Halifax and Lancaster pilot Henry Shackleton to tell his story of flying heavy bombers in WW2, being shot down over Berlin and incarceration in Stalag Luft 111 at the time of the famous Great Escape. Henry’s presentation was delivered with humility, humour and high drama to a very appreciative audience of over 70 people.
On January 2nd David Goldsmith will make a presentation on Silver City Airways.
The talk will focus on Silver City at Lympne from 1948 -54. Yet another example of Lympne’s pioneering position in the history of British civil aviation. The Cross- Channel car ferry was a world first. Initially two cars were loaded onto Bristol 170 Freighter aircraft. Later motor cycles, pedal cycles, horses and passengers were carried. From 1953 three cars were carried in the long nose Freighters, which will be described in detail A year by year review of operations, traffic, fares, profit and loss etc., will be covered. The talk will conclude with a summary of the airlines subsequent famous life at the specially built Ferryfield Airport at Lydd until the last Freighter flight to Le Touquet in October 1970.
All meetings start at 7.30pm sharp.
Please feel free to enjoy our continuing celebration of our Airfield in the wonderful surroundings of Lympne Castle’s East Bar. There is no charge. Thanks to our generous hosts Richard and Rod at the castle.
For more information please contact: John Simpson 01303 265078
Email: johnsimpson43@btinternet.com Web: www.lympneairfield.com

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Henry Shackleton

Our next meeting on November 7th welcomes former Halifax and Lancaster pilot Henry Shackleton who will present his fascinating talk entitled Henry’s War. His early Air Force career was taken up with learning to fly and instructing others to fly in Canada. Henry returned to England and went on ‘ops’ over Axis territory. He went on to join a Pathfinder squadron. Finally shot down over Berlin, one of two survivors, Henry wound up in Stalag Luft 111 as The Great Escape  was about to happen. Henry played his part in helping the break out, with the preparations for those escaping, depositing soil from his trouser legs.

I recently went to meet Henry at his Elham home to hear about his talk, and was so impressed with this very interesting and good humoured character. Henry is a fit as man thirty years younger. For those attending on the night you are in for a treat.

In January David Goldsmith will make a presentation on Silver City Airways. All meetings start at 7.30pm sharp.

Please feel free to enjoy our continuing celebration of our Airfield in the wonderful surroundings of Lympne Castle’s East Bar. There is no charge. Thanks to our generous hosts Richard and Rod at the castle.

For more information please contact: John Simpson 01303 265078

Email: johnsimpson43@btinternet.com Web: www.lympneairfield.com

 

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On a very wet night on September 5th, Tony Moor presented the story of Florence Mary Morris-Davies, a very successful lady pilot of the CPFC. Born in London, the daughter of the 3rd Baronet of Rochester, Mary as she was better known, took up flying here at Lympne after the death of her husband in January 1934. Inspired by the likes of Amy Johnson and Jean Batten, Mary learned to fly with the CPFC. During this time, she rented a flat at Marine Parade in Hythe rather than travel from her home in Guestling, Sussex. Joining the CPFC in 1935, Mary went solo in a De Havilland DH60 Moth, and was soon to buy a B.A.Swallow of her own. Mary’s main instructor had been Leslie Cliff, who together with his wife was a well known figure skater who won Olympic medals in Germany in 1936. For her part Mary was an award winner herself, together with Jane Donald flying to Budapest in 1937 in the Swallow recording the best time in competition with others. It was sometime after this she was to meet Amy Johnson at a dinner. Today memorabilia of Mary’s flying exploits are on show at Brenzett Aeronautical Museum. She died on 3rd July 1989 aged 98.

Tony went on to show us several never before seen photographs from a private collection, featuring Lympne Airfield from WW1 to the late 1940’s.

November 7th’s meeting features a talk by WW2 Lancaster pilot Henry Shackleton from Elham. All meetings start at 7.30pm sharp.

Please feel free to enjoy our continuing celebration of our Airfield in the wonderful surroundings of Lympne Castle’s East Bar. There is no charge. Thanks to our generous hosts Richard and Rod at the castle.

For more information please contact: John Simpson 01303 265078 Email: johnsimpson43@btinternet.com Web: www.lympneairfield.com

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Our next meeting on September 5th, is hosted by Tony Moor who will tell the story of Florence Mary Morris-Davies, a very successful lady pilot of the CPFC in a male dominated world. November’s meeting features a talk by WW2 Lancaster pilot Henty Shackleton from Elham. All meetings start at 7.30pm sharp.

Please feel free to enjoy our continuing celebration of our Airfield in the wonderful surroundings of, Lympne Castle’s East Bar.

There is no charge. Thanks to our generous hosts Richard and Rod at the castle.

For more information please contact: John Simpson 01303 265078

Email: johnsimpson43@btinternet.com Web: www.lympneairfield.com

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