Update: next guided walk is on Sunday 13th September, at the later time of 11:30. [see also, the Croome Facebook Event]
The First RAF Guided walk of the summer takes places this weekend, Sunday 14th June 2015 at 10.30am, meeting at the RAF reception, Croome. Further events are scheduled for Sunday 5th July, Sunday 2nd August, Sunday 13th September and Sunday 4th October.
Visitor Reception in the former RAF Defford Sick Quarters, Croome
On the RAF Walk, looking towards Croome Court, June 2013
Walk through Croome Park with trained guides who will describe the extent of the World War II RAF Defford base, while telling a fascinating story of the people & events connected to it.
Starting at 10.30am, it lasts for approximately 2 hours and involves walking on some uneven ground and negotiating some stiles.
Next dates for RAF Guided Walks:
- Sunday 5th July
- Sunday 2nd August
- Sunday 13th September
- Sunday 4th October
Croome Facebook information available: here.
Getting to Croome: information via National Trust website.
RAF Defford Heritage Weekend 2015 takes place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July. Please see the updated page here for full details.
The newly restored Ambulance Garage building of RAF Defford, at Croome, June 2015
Can you help us by volunteering at the Museum?
Working jointly with The National Trust, we are continuing to recruit volunteers to staff the RAF Defford Museum at Croome, to meet current needs and to cover the expansion of the Museum when a second building opens.
The Museum is open 10:30 to 16:30 (16:00 in winter), seven days a week. For every hour the Museum is open to the public, there will need to be two trained, National Trust enrolled volunteer Museum Stewards on duty.
Volunteer Museum Stewards play a vital role, talking to and directing visitors and helping them understand the history of RAF Defford and its achievements. Volunteers receive the general induction normal for Room Stewards, with specialist training involving DAHG for their role in the Museum.
As National Trust registered volunteers, Museum stewards will receive various benefits and privileges, and join a group with a high degree of team spirit.
Can you help us? Contact us for more details or phone Emily Cottrell on 01905 370001 or John and Ann Sterry on 01684 772234, for a chat about volunteering.
It will not be just an RAF Defford Heritage Day but an RAF Defford Heritage Weekend in 2015!
Please put the date in your diary now – Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July.
The Heritage Weekend takes place at: National Trust, Croome Park, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW.
See the main page on RAF Defford Heritage Weekend 2015 for more information, along with the National Trust Croome pages.
The formal Opening Ceremony for the RAF Defford Museum took place on Saturday September 27th. The opening was marked by a speech from Lord Flight, after which the Honorary President of DAHG, Albert Shorrock, cut the ribbon to declare the Museum open. Over 150 guests of DAHG and the National Trust assembled to tour the new Museum.
Guests arriving at the Museum opening ceremony, October 2014. Credit: Stewart Bourne.
Honorary DAHG President Albert Shorrock (right) cuts the ribbon to open the RAF Defford Museum, with Lord Flight (left). Credit: Stewart Bourne
The Museum opens to its first visitors, October 2014. Credit: Stewart Bourne.
Dennis Williams of DAHG leads visitors into the new Museum at its opening ceremony. Credit: Stewart Bourne.
The Museum opened its doors to the public on Sunday, September 28th. It is now open to visitors to Croome seven days a week, from 10.30 to 16.30 each day (16.00 in winter). There is no additional charge for admission to the Museum for visitors to Croome Park (free to members of the National Trust, charges apply for non-members). The site has free car parking, and nearby visitor facilities include the Restaurant (‘RAF Canteen’) and Shop, and when weather permits, light refreshments from our 1941 YMCA Tea Car, ‘Bertha’.
‘Bertha’, the 1941 YMCA Tea Car, outside the RAF Defford Museum, October 2014
Find out more on the Visiting the Museum page.
The new RAF Defford Museum at Croome opened its doors to its first visitors at 10:30am, on Sunday 28th September 2014, and is open now seven days a week from 10:30 – 16:30 (closing time will be 16:00 during winter months).
See here for more information about visiting, and here for the Museum story to date.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Museum, please click here!
Can you help us by volunteering at the Museum?
Working jointly with The National Trust, we are embarking on a volunteer recruitment drive, to staff the RAF Defford Museum at Croome.
It is planned the Museum will be open from 28th September, 10:30 to 16:30 (16.00 in winter), seven days a week. For every hour the Museum is open to the public, there will need to be at least one DAHG-trained, National Trust enrolled volunteer Museum Steward on duty.
Volunteer Museum Stewards will play a vital role, talking to visitors and helping them understand the history of RAF Defford and its achievements.
Volunteers will receive the general induction normal for Room Stewards, with specialist training involving DAHG for their role in the Museum.
As National Trust registered volunteers, Museum stewards will be receive various benefits and privileges, and join a group with a high degree of team spirit.
Can you help us? Contact us for more details or contact Peter Colwill on 01684 584717 for a chat about volunteering.