Supporting the Friends

Two booklets written by Jennie Randall about the History of Jubilee Country Park and its role in the 2nd World War are described below and available at £5 and £4 respectively from the given sources.

At our events we have a number of items for sale which also contribute to our funds enabling us to host interesting talks and events and to keep our membership fees low. These include fridge magnets and magnetic bookmarks, personalised ballpoint pens and coasters showing scenes of the Park. Please contact us if you would like to support us by purchasing any of these items at jubileecountrypark@yahoo.co.uk.

Note: The Jubilee Country Park History book is now now also on sale at Southborough Library.
The Crooked Billet book is  now also on sale at Southborough Library and the  Bromley Local Studies Library 


Jubilee Country Park-Its History and Heritage

 
To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, a new book has been released looking back at the history of a Petts Wood/Bickley park named in commemoration of the Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee – Jubilee Country Park.  

“Jubilee Country Park-Its History and Heritage” by Jennie Randall, Chairman of the Friends of Jubilee Country Park for 9 years, has been produced as a result of eight years of extensive research into the history of the landscape that now forms the Park. The book takes the reader on a journey through time from the Bronze Age to 2012. It is a compilation of stories, anecdotes, poems, drawings, photographs, newspaper accounts and extracts from a wide variety of sources each of which has contributed to the fascinating history and heritage of the beautiful Local Nature Reserve that is Jubilee Country Park. Many of the illustrations have never previously been published.

The book explains how the conservation work the Friends group does today continues traditional rural practices which have been carried out for centuries. It investigates the astonishingly diverse range of activities which have taken place over the centuries within the sixty two acres which today make up the park. Find out what “bumping” was. Discover what “ ragging” entailed. Read the curious story of Bob’s Land. Learn more about the important strategic role of Thornet Wood Gun Site during the Second World War - and much more besides!

All profits from the sale of the book go towards the work of the Friends of Jubilee Country Park. The book, priced at only £5, is available now from
- WH Smiths, 25 Chatsworth Parade, Queensway, Petts Wood
- Petts Wood Library, Frankswood Avenue, Petts Wood
- Beeche Visitor Centre, High Elms Country Park, Shire Lane, Farnborough. (Sat & Sun only 11am-4pm)
- Bromley Local Studies Library, situated centrally in the pedestrianised section of Bromley High Street and open Mon-Sat from 9:30am until 5:00, 6:00 or 8:00pm
- Southborough Library, Southborough Lane,Bromley 

Alternatively, you can order by post from The Friends of Jubilee Country Park, Attn. Jennie Randall, High Elms Country Park Office, Shire Lane, Farnborough Kent, BR6 7JH. Please make out your cheque for £6.20 (to include cover for postage and packing) to The Friends of Jubilee Country Park. 

              
 
Not Forgotten - The Crooked Billet

 
This fascinating book features many vivid first-hand accounts written by survivors of the blast and others who had a strong personal connection to what happened that terrible night. It also includes many previously unseen photographs and much new information which has been discovered as a result of extensive historical research.

Includes a Roll of Honour of all those who were killed as a result of the explosion, listing their names, ages, addresses and occupations. 

Examines the development of the V2 rocket and the reaction of the local media at the time to the devastating effects of this terrible weapon. There is also a section looking into the history of the Crooked Billet and how it may have acquired its distinctive name.

The final chapter tells the story of the unveiling of the commemorative blue plaque outside the rebuilt Crooked Billet on the 21st May 2011, explaining how the Friends of Jubilee Country Park took the initiative to organise this.

The booklet is available at only £4 from 
- WH Smiths, 25 Chatsworth Parade, Queensway, Petts Wood;
- Petts Wood Library, Frankswood Avenue, Petts Wood
- The Beeche Visitor Centre at High Elms (open Sat & Sun, 11am-4pm)  
- Bromley Local Studies Library, situated centrally in the pedestrianised section of Bromley High Street and open Mon-Sat from 9:30am until 5:00, 6:00 or 8:00pm
- Southborough Library, Southborough Lane, Bromley, Kent BR2 8AP
                          
Alternatively, you can order by post from The Friends of Jubilee Country Park, High Elms Country Park Office, Attn. Jennie Randall, Shire Lane, Farnborough Kent, BR6 7JH. Please make out your cheque for £4.50 (to include cover for postage and packing) to The Friends of Jubilee Country Park. 
 





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