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Established in 1970, the Portcullis Club is the meeting place for the Kenley & Caterham branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA). The Clubhouse stands in a corner of the famous Kenley Airfield (Victor Beamish Avenue, Caterham, CR3 5FX) where the 615 Squadron were based during World War 2. They flew their Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft during the Battle of Britain defending London from bombing raids in 1940-45.

As the local branch of RAFA, the Club is committed to comprehensively aid the RAF Family in delivering help and support where it is needed. In addition, the Club aims to be an active and integral part of the local community. We regularly organises events throughout the year, ranging from talks and lectures, fundraising events to summer BBQs and cabaret evenings. The club houses a comprehensive collection of pictures and artifacts dating back to the 1920’s when the airfield became operational.

The Club membership is made up of RAF (currently serving or former-serving) personnel and local residents who are keen to preserve the environment in and around the airfield as well as to help raise the much needed funds for the RAF Association Welfare Wings Appeal. As a membership organisation we always welcome new members who share our interests and want to contribute to our charitable aims. For more information on becoming a member, please click here.

The club is open 12noon-5pm on Sunday and 7pm-11pm every Tuesday, where we meet to socialise and share memories with our veterans. Our fully stocked bar serves a range of beers, real ale, soft drinks, and spirits at competitive prices. Please do not hesitate to contact us via our online form for all your enquries. For information on the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Kenley & Caterham Branch, please click here.

Branch Committee


Chairman
David Meanwell

Vice Chairman
Michael Roach

Secretary
Ken Bolton

Treasurer
Gwen Smedley

Welfare Officer
Vera Harvey

Wings Appeal
Cynthia Roach

Club Committee


Chairman
Ron Aspinwall

Secretary
Gwen Smedley

Treasurer
Ken Simpson

Events Organiser
Bernie Willis

Bar Manager
Fred Willis

Committee Members
Maggie Jones, Peter Ralph, Grant Collier, Karen Turner, Phil Holmes

Volunteer Bar Staff
Mike Smedley, Brian Seddon, Colin & Jan Avern, Robin Grainger, Joe Aspinwall, Jon Harrison

Website & Social Media
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