My name is Sally O'Connor, the proprietor of the Spitfire Cafe in Biggin Hill, we are a family run business, since taking over the cafe in the last 4 years, its become very dear to me, the history of Biggin Hill. We have now turned our cafe into a little mini museum, so our customers have said, with memorabilia.

In doing this, we have meet some amazing veterans from World War 2 to the present day. One of the charities, that is dear to our hearts is the London Taxi Charity for Military Veterans. I have been given the opportunity for a VIP marquee on the 19th August at the Festival of Flight Biggin Hill Airport.

Would you be able to help us take our Veterans to the Festival of Flight in a fleet of London Taxi's. Our London Taxi drivers give up their time and will be turning their clocks off for this event. You can donate via their charity website. www.taxicharity.org.

If we raise over £1500, Barclays Bank in Biggin Hill has offered to match it.

On the 4th-8th of June 2017, 90 London Taxis transported over 200 Veterans and their carers on an emotional journey Back to the Beaches of Normandy. This is one of many events that the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans do. We also will be having a raffle and auction on the day to help raise money for them.

If you would like to help with this, please e-mail sally@spitfirecafe.co.uk

On behalf of Dick Goodwin, our veterans and myself.

Back to the Beaches . Taxi Charity for Military Veterans

On Sunday 22nd
what an fantastic day in spite of the very cold weather the sun shone on our WW2 Veterans ,
at the King’s Arms
Dick Goodwin from the taxi charity was going to have the event Back to the beaches at the spitfire café unfortunately we did not have the room so I spoke to Loraine who is the landlady from the King Arms Keston said we could have it in the pub .
And what a fantastic turn out over 60 WW2 Veterans from all over Kent and London , west Sussex .
Dave Jones from Shoreham Aircraft Museum emailed Nigel Farage who was in America at the time but when he landed in Heathrow on Sunday morning he cheque his email and come straight to the King Arms to show is support and meet ww2 veterans .
Councillor Ian Payne also joined in meeting WW2 veterans .
After the Veterans had there Beef Stew and dumpling with a little tipple good old fashion sing song and a bit of a knees up for those that could .

I just would like to say this is a fantasic charity in what they do for them in taking them out
The London taxi are amazing .
We have a collection box at the spitfire café if people would like to donate to taxicharity.org
Help them all go to Normandy

  • WW2 VETERANS WE NEED YOU

    The Taxi Charity will be taking up to 150 world war two veterans in 90 London taxis to Normandy in June.

    For Information email ;
    dickg@taxicharity.org

  • WW2 Veterans Need be at the King's Arm's by 11.30am

    Kings Arms in Leaves Green

    The event will be held on Sunday, January 22. All WW2 Veterans should arrive by 11.30am and will be given tea and coffee on arrival, followed by a free lunch of beef stew and apple crumble provided by Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.
    If WW2 Veterans need help to getting to the King's Arm's please
    Email dickg@taxicharity.org

  • SUNDAY 22nd JANUARY Members Of the Public Time from 12 O'clock


    Members of the Public

    HELP THEM TO GO TO
    NORMANDY

    1940s-themed party to help World War II veterans return to Normandy on D-Day.
    Taxi Charity For Military Veterans is planning a final trip to the site of the D-Day landings in June and is looking to raise enough money to take 250 veterans in 90 taxis.
    The event was originally planned for the Spitfire Cafe in Biggin Hill, but the venue has been moved to the Kings Arms in Leaves Green to cope with the expected turnout.
    There are plans to turn the pub into a recruiting office, and members of the public will be able to meet WWII veterans and Chelsea Pensioners, see military vehicles and dance to 1940s music.
    So why not come in 1940s style .
    King's Arm's Leaves Green, Keston ,BR2 6DU

  • Biggin Hill Breakfast Club Next meeting 24th January 9.30am


    Alfie Davidson, ex Royal Signals, serving member of Her Majesty's Forces, asked me if we could have a Veteran's Breakfast Club at the spitfire cafe.
    They are all over the country and worldwide but as yet not in Biggin Hill.
    We both looked in to it and thought it would be an excellent idea.
    So once a mouth on the Tuesday24th May 9.30am
    We thought it would be good if ex-service members could wear their badges so we could identify them from civilian's they can sit together and banter.

  • UK Homes 4 Heroes, Together we can make a difference.

    Jimmy Jukes Mbe and
    Michelle Thorpe from UK Homes 4 Heroes pride & passion , will be there if you need any support or just need someone to listen .

  • Armed Forces Bikers Julia Stevenson,

    Julia Stevenson, Women's Royal Army Corps.
    Also can offer support an advice on civvy street.

WE REMEMBER THEM Sunday 6th Nov 2016

On Sunday 6th November at the Spitfire Cafe Main Road Biggin Hill we held a Remembrance Day to help raise money for the Poppy Appeal and the RAF Chapel Museum Trust.

The London Taxis Benevolent Fund kindly picked up our 4 Chelsea Pensioners and dropped them to us for lunch and took them back home.

We had raffle prizes and an Auction which raised in total £940.00 on the day.

In attendant was WW11 Veterans and also our Veterans that have recently served in Afganistan.

Children from Oaklands School Biggin Hill entered in our Poppy competition where they could write a poem draw a picture or write a story about their great grandparents. The Chelsea Pensioners kindly looked through all the entries and chose the winners. They said everyone done really well and it was extremely difficult to choose. The winner won a breakfast for their family and everyone else who entered will receive a certificate.

Robert Forzoni is a Magician who belongs to the Magic Circle who lives in Biggin Hill. He entertained and wowed the children with his magic tricks.

Derek and Martin Beevis from Tunbridge Wells had a Pop up Museum of WW11 memorabilia. This was for all the families to get involved and educate in how their great grandparents lived during the war. Derek Beevis also advised he has a very large collection of memorabilia which he loves going around educating schools and various events.

The IMPS (Invicta Military Vehicle Preservation Society) also attended to help raise money for the Poppy Appeal and who will be in Waitrose Car Park collecting money on Saturday and Sunday.

The Mayor of Bromley Ian Payne kindly attended welcoming Veterans past and present.

Ady Shaw from Spitfire National Treasure kindly donated for Auction at the last minute a signed canvass print of a Spitfire signed by WW11 veterans.

John Windover who flies a YAk 52 Aerobatic WW11 plane auctioned Aerobatic Flight Experience which raised £355.00.

Phoenix City Disco played free of charge for our veterans family and friends 1940's music. Bright Sparks performers theatre and dance academy Biggin Hill who was dressed as Purley Kings and Queens put on a great performance singing and dancing which everyone enjoyed singing and toe tapping to.

New Life Church Main Road Biggin Hill kindly helped us out with more table and chairs.

I would like to thank the community of Biggin Hill and local businessess for their support and everyone else who attended and helped us raise money for this event,
Ride of Respect , the Armed Forces Bikers , UK Homes 4 Heroes .

  • Veterans visit for spitfire cafe's third anniversary

    celebrated three years in business with WW2 Veterans
    at our veteran breakfast club which is held once a mouth.

    16/08/2016

  • Mr Ray Roberts who is 100 pop in for lunch.

    On Tuesday 13 Sep Mr Ray Roberts pop in to the spitfire cafe with is family.
    Mr Ray Roberts was born 24/10/1916
    Mr Ray Roberts was in the R.A.F and on july 1940 his plane caught fire and he had to bail out. He become a member of the Caterpillar Club on account of using his parachutes.

    13/09/2016

  • IMPS-Invicta Military Vehicle Preservation Society Welcome WW2 Veteran Albert Bennett.

    Mr Albert Bennett who is 102 years old pop in the spitfire cafe on Sunday 18th Sep 2016.
    Albert joined the R.A.F in 1941 working in India servicing Hurricanes and Dakotas before they flew off to Burma. Spitfire are a symbol of wartime victory but it was not only pilots who secured the planes place in history.


    18/09/2016

Veterans enjoy an old fashioned knees -up '' to mark Queen's birthday

The Spitfire Cafe was decked out with flags and Union Jacks on Sunday 1st May as guests enjoyed afternoon tea and good old knees up and sing song from Pearly King and Queen from Bermondsey and Camberwell.

Welcome to The Spitfire Cafe'

We would like our cafe' to represent and maintain the historical background of Biggin Hill and those who fought for our country.
We also help raise money for the Armed Forces Bikers who are a charity that support our Armed Forces,Veterans and their families .

V.E Day at the Spitfire cafe
Fundraising event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of V.E Day.

  • We are selling Spitfire Mugs
    And also T towels to
    Commemorate the
    Battle Of Britain.

  • Time For Tea

  • Spitfire Mints


    Now on sale.

  • Thank you Chris Evens for you time.

    Charming as always xx

  • Spitfire compass that was used in the Battle of Britain

  • We were young, we were fit and we were there

  • Burma 1942

154a Main Road Biggin Hill Kent TN16 3BA

ALSO FOR A RIDE OUT ON YOUR MOTORBIKE WE HAVE PARKING OUT THE FRONT .

BIGGIN HILL IS A GREAT PLACE
TO MEET UP

  • Thank you for your story

  • Thank you John xx