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airfields man
15-04-2011, 21:37
A few that I took today.

airfields man
15-04-2011, 21:40

airfields man
15-04-2011, 21:47
A Passenger plane of some-sort is flying above in this last photograph though it is very distant...

airfields man
16-04-2011, 17:39
One that I forgot to add. There are many like this to different Air Force's etc. All of which are on the ceiling throughout the cloisters.

Richard Flagg
31-10-2011, 00:06
I have just had this email from David Thompson.

Dear ACA Branch Secretary,

You will be aware of the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede, England (http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_photos.aspx?cemetery=109600&mode=1) and its importance. You may have visited it.

You may be interested to know that its tranquil setting is under threat from development. The approach road from the main A328 road to the Memorial, Coopers Hill Lane, passes next to Brunel University’s site. It is this campus that is being developed. The developers are not confining their development to the foot print of the current buildings, but are developing Eastwards towards the Memorial. Closest to the memorial will be a new student block with 528 bedrooms. Along, and overlooking the approach road itself, which passes through the completely rural Conservation Area and across the village green, is to be erected a clearly visible affordable housing enclave.

As you may know, the memorial and the campus site share a common boundary. The existing buildings on the campus are visible through the trees from both ground level in the memorial grounds, even with leaves on the trees, and from the tower. In winter, the detrimental effect is greater. Building a 528 student block nearer to the memorial will only exacerbate this. The peaceful rural approach to the memorial will be compromised by the affordable housing enclave.

The application may be viewed through the links on the Runnymede Borough website at this link (http://www.runnymede.gov.uk/portal/site/runnymede/planning_application_register/). (NB, Runnymede have just changed their provider for planning pages, and in the shake down these links are intermittent.)

It would be possible to build this development away from the approach road and within the existing footprint, with a completely neutral effect on the Memorial itself, and the approach to it. But that is not what the developers have applied for.

Many ACA branches and members objected to a mobile phone mast, that was to be erected along Coopers Hill Lane in 2002, and would be glimpsed from the memorial. Fortunately, your objections contributed to it being refused.

Friends of the Green [at Englefield Green] feel this development, as proposed, will have a detrimental effect on the whole area, including the approach to the Memorial and the Memorial site itself.

If you agree, you might like to consider objecting to this development.

Time is tight, the application is likely to go before the Planning Committee in mid November, but there is still time to object.

If you would like to object, you should write, quoting Application Number “ RU.11/0207 Runnymede Campus” to The Director of Technical Services, Runnymede Borough Council, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH, or email the case officer at zoe.watts@runnymede.gov.uk , again quoting “ RU.11/0207 Runnymede Campus”.

Thank you.

The Friends of the Green, Englefield Green

31-10-2011, 18:21
Now I didnt know that this memorial is only for those missing in Britain and Europe. So is there a memorial for those missing in say South East Asia.

But I do know that the land was owned by Mr Millington-Drake, he was British consul in Montevideo during the battle of the river plate.

Richard Flagg
01-11-2011, 22:38
More infor supplied by David Thompson

Dear ACA Branch,

Thank you for your magnificent response. Many of you have mentioned that none of the links on Runnymede Councils website work. We are persuing this with RBC.

For your information, I attach the Planning Statement - the applicant is clearly worried about the effect the development will have on the Memorial, as they go to great lengths to explain how mitigating measures will, completely inadequately in our view, resolve the detrimental effect to its amenity. Also a plan and a Google Earth picture. On this picture you can see how the development is closing in on the Memorial to the East and will affect the rural approach road. On the Google Earth picture the red outline is the development of the car park and part of the playing field with the student block nearest to the Memorial cross hatched. The yellow is the enclave which will have a detrimental effect on the approach road.

I hope this helps.

With very best wishes,

Andrew Telford

Founder member FoG



airfields man
09-03-2012, 21:35
A few that I took today at Runnymede.

airfields man
09-03-2012, 21:44
The last shot shows one of these two memorial boards that's just inside the entrance.

airfields man
09-08-2013, 20:57
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airfields man
09-08-2013, 21:00
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I took these today.

09-08-2013, 21:19
Hi Paul some good photos there .It looks a beautiful well kept place to visit . As yet it is some where I have not yet had the chance to visit .I did not know they had a memorial to John Kennedy there as well. I have been to his grave in Arlington cemetery on a couple of occasions & that was quit moving .

airfields man
09-08-2013, 21:57
Many thanks Alan (Bomber) I have been going along this road for many years now without stopping but today called into the Magna Carta Tea-rooms area so as to walk the 500 yards to this memorial... then back again ! 1.50p car-park for 20 minutes ( Though it does last for an hour and half) but it's well worth it. The actual Magna Carta memorial is just a few yards further-on from the start of the JFK steps which I didn't go to as time was getting-on too fast.

Chris Lowe
09-08-2013, 22:14
I used to go here a lot for a walk but never did go in the tea rooms, parking was free last time I went.

04-03-2015, 14:37
Strictly speaking this is the Air Forces Memorial, it includes men and women from the RCAF, RAF, and other flying organisations such as the ATC and ATA, see the silver plaque in an earlier post and is dedicated to both officers and airmen who died.

Parking is just down the road here http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=51.437012&lon=-0.568882&z=18.1&r=0&src=msa
unless you have a disabled pass

The memorial is here

Not far off of the M25, next time you are stuck in a jam nearby.....

photos taken 15th Feb 2015
Information boards inside the gate

View through the gate

Information boards inside the gate

Information boards inside the gate

View from the gate

Lions on the gate

Detail on each corner of the small balconies

A poem etched onto the glass on the top floor

A view of Windsor Castle

Queen signed the visitors book and the key

Bomber Command wreath

Inside the cloister

04-03-2015, 14:40

Etched window in the chapel

On the very top

Roof of the chapel

The section of the memorial wall for the ATC

As you might expect there are very many personal photos and stories left here by relatives


04-03-2015, 18:17
Anyone else noticed how similar the Queens and the Queen Mothers signatures are?