WW2 bomb damage to Chelsfied Grange

Photo courtesy of Margaret Fowler

In September 1940, at the start of the Blitz, a German 500kg landmine was dropped by parachute in the field alongside the lower end of Rushmore Hill, causing extensive damage to several houses. Margaret, daughter of Cyril and Amy Fowler who lived in the house from 1930 to 1955, kindly lent this and other fascinating photos.

Knockholt Toad Patrols – 2018

Toads will shortly be migrating back to the ponds from which they hatched and emerged last year. From dusk, our patrols (wearing Hi-Viz jackets and using torches), will be attempting to save many of these animals as they cross our dangerous roads. Many are killed when crossing Rushmore Hill, Main Road, and Shelleys Lane, but please inform us of any other locations.

We specially request that motorists slow down from around dusk onwards for the next month to six weeks.

Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group.
P.S. We always welcome new patrol members!

Spitfire Air Display at Coolings, Sat 9 September, 3pm

At 3pm the Biggin Hill Spitfire will be making a special flypast and mini display only for Coolings. This will be a FREE EVENT so just turn up and enjoy the sound of the powerful Rolls-Royce Merlin engine perform in the sky above you. Please make sure you allow yourself enough time to park once arriving at Coolings.

There will also be talks happening on the day:

  • Meet the Spitfire Pilot, Clive Denney at 11am, cost £10
  • “Spitfires at Biggin Hill” by Bob Ogley at 2pm, cost £10

For more information, visit www.coolings.co.uk