News of Recent Events
New Club President
Following our recent AGM on March 14th our New President Peter Greenland receives his Chain of Office from retiring Vice-President Len Aldridge.
Members and their wives enjoying a short break at Warner’s Cricket St Thomas Hotel
The Spitfire Experience
Several Members recently visited the Spitfire Experience at Wisborough Green and learnt to fly in a simulator. From the comments below I believe they will be getting measured for their WW2 flying kit very soon.
“It was utterly fantastic and much better than I dared to hope. The video graphics were amazing 180 degree full colour in phenomenal detail plus a small museum of wartime memorabilia.
After training our individual flights lasted around 30 minutes with occasional playback of how were doing. We all did landings and obviously take offs, touch and bumps, beating up a runway at extremely low level at full speed, victory rolls and also flying under a bridge! Our instructors Brian and Peter were both extremely knowledgeable, helpful and thorough with their instructions to us all to fly the Simulator. You really felt that you were flying a Spitfire.”
The Spitfire Experience has been only open for 6 years and it has raised approximately £60,000 for the RAF charity already.
Kent in 19th and 20th Century
Guest Speaker: Bob Olgley
Bob’s talk was a most informative and interesting. He took us back to the early 1800’s when the only transport was by horse, wagon or foot. Main road were Turnpikes or just tracks and most people did not go very far from their own town or village. The majority were poor, had little or no health care with a life expectancy of between 40 and 50 years.
Britain was still at war with Napoleon at the beginning of the 19th century, the Royal Navy did rule the seas however great advances were made during the next 100 years with the advent of the Railways, Industrialization and Flight which changed the lives of the people of Kent.
Bob reminded us of some the great people that lived in Kent during this period, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill.