Archive for June, 2011

On Sunday 28th June 2011 the League of Friends of Caterham Dene Hospital held there last Summer Fete, in the field adjacent to the hospital in Church Road, Caterham.

After many, many years, the League of Friends have decided they can no longer continue without younger helpers. As the small fundraising committee find it too much. So will now have to think of other ways in which to raise funds for the hospital.

The sun shone and families came to enjoy the sunshine, entertainment and the many stalls. FRB – Firestone Rock Band a group of disabled musicians from Redhill provided the music. A line-dancing club from Old Coulsdon preformed in the arena. The dog show had many entrants with owners and pets trying to find a little shade on this glorious afternoon.

Local author Gwyneth Fookes attracted many visitors to the Bourne Society stall, signing her new book The ‘Big Houses’ of Victorian Caterham. Other stalls attending were Cats Protection, Caterham Harestone Rotary, Caterham, Godstone and Oxted Lions Club as well as many stalls run by the League of Friends.

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, fly over the RAF Tribute at Kenley Airfield on Sunday 26th June. Air Cadets from 450 (Kenley) Squadron, had marched from their headquarters, around the airfield to the memorial, before lowering the flag as a mark of respect as the aircraft flew over.

Crowds witnessed the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire swooping overhead at about 4.30pm, on a day aimed at celebrating the arrival of Number 64 Spitfire Squadron to the airfield in 1940.

The many families who had gathered on the airfield cheered and waved as the aircraft passed over four times. It was estimated over 500 people had turned out to watch this flypast, no doubt helped by the glorious weather!

Saturday 25th July was a chance to see some of the many photographs taken by myself during the 2011 Caterham Festival in Church Walk Shopping Centre in Caterham Valley. Many people came and viewed the display; I feel, to see if they or someone they knew were captured during the event!

An unexpected event happened during the morning when a flash mob appeared and began singing Happy Day. Surprised shoppers stopped and enjoyed the unexpected entertainment performed by Caterham Baptist Church, but were left confused as to what had happened as the singers disappeared as quickly as they had arrived!

As part of the Caterham Festival, DeFest 2011 took place at De Stafford School in Burntwood Lane, Caterham on 18th and 19th June.

Sunday, day 2 of DeFest a two day music festival was a VINTAGE DEFEST SPECIAL. Organised by No Name Jive, a local group who teach 1930’s, 40’s & 50’s Jitterbug, Swing Jive & Stroller Classes.

Vintage clothing and accessories were on sale, while the vintage tearoom was busy throughout the afternoon. Birds of prey were on display as well as entertainment for the children.

Another first for No Name Jive, they organised a Caterham Cruise for Vintage, Classic & Military Vehicles to proceed Vintage Defest 2011.

As part of the Caterham Festival, DeFest 2011 a two-day music festival took place at De Stafford School in Burntwood Lane, Caterham on 18th and 19th June.

The vehicles started from De Stafford School travelling down to Caterham Valley before climbing back up to the Hill and travelling around the old Caterham Barracks site now known as the Village!

Classic and vintage cars, American cars and trucks, WWII vehicles, military vehicles and bikes all took part before then going on display at the Festival.