Talks, Plays and 1940’s School Lessons

Col Paul Beaver: Supermarine, Spitfire and Strongs’ Beer”

Spitfire expert Paul Beaver makes a welcome return to Southwick Revival, on Saturday 11 June.

Paul Beaver is very much a hands-on historian with a pilot’s log book which includes the Spitfire, Harvard and Mustang. He is an acknowledged expert on the Spitfire, the Battle of Britain, the Dambuster raid, Naval Aviation and Cold War operations. He is a Vice-President of the Spitfire Society.

Although he will be talking about what made the Spitfire the most iconic fighter plane we have known, he may be drawn into discussion on other areas of his expertise. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and question one of this country’s leading aviation experts!

You can buy tickets for Col Beaver’s Spitfire talk right here:


Rear Admiral Chris Parry: “Confronting Authoritarian Powers, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”

Rear Admiral Chris Parry will be drawing on the lessons of fighting the Nazi regime, the war in Ukraine and what future threats we may be facing to the democratic society we enjoy. Sunday 12 June, 11.45

Rear Admiral Dr Chris Parry CBE PhD: Chris Parry spent 36 in the Royal Navy as an aviator and warfare officer. He commanded the destroyer HMS GLOUCESTER, the Amphibious Assault Ship HMS FEARLESS, the UK’s Amphibious Task Group and the Maritime Warfare Centre.
He experienced regular operational tours and combat operations in Northern Ireland, the Gulf and the Falklands, where he rescued 16 SAS troopers from a glacier during a hurricane in South Georgia and disabled the Argentinian submarine SANTA FE.
Nowadays, he runs his own strategic forecasting and trouble-shooting company, advising governments, leading commercial companies and financial institutions about geo-political and strategic issues, future trends and systemic risk. The founding Chair of the UK’s Marine Management Organization, he is an internationally recognized authority on military and maritime issues, as well as in countering terrorism, criminality and unconventional conflict.

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“Mitchell’s Wings”, Johnny Carrington, an interactive talk (with short extracts performed) on the award winning play about the Spitfire, “Mitchell’s Wings”

Johnny will be explaining why and how he wrote the play, from first ideas to interviewing veterans, from first rehearsals to a performance at a Battle of Britain airfield. Interspersed with this multi-media talk, small extracts from the play will be performed by local actors.

Johnny is Head of Drama at a secondary school in Hampshire and also has a pilot’s licence…. he was a gliding instructor with the RAF Volunteer Reserve… this play, it could be argued, was a perfect combination of his passions!

You can buy tickets for Mitchell’s Wings on Saturday right here:

Or for Sunday right here:

 Talks take place in the event marquee opposite the Red Lion at 11.45am, Mitchell’s Wings performances at 2.00pm.  Please be aware that talk tickets do not include general event entry for which separate tickets are required.    

1940’s School Lessons

Saturday and Sunday in the Old Schoolhouse. 

The 1940’s School Lessons take place in the Old Schoolhouse in the centre of the village at various times each day.

The Three R’s and Wartime themed lessons will be delivered to classes of 25 maximum. Limited to under 14 year olds, watch out for the Headmistresses wooden ruler which could dish out stinging raps on the knuckles for pupils misbehaving and woe-betide any who give her any back-chat!

Fun and educational in equal measure, this event is heavily oversubscribed, hence this year it is limited to advance tickets only to ensure a seat at the desk. Maximum 25 pupils per class.

Saturday and Sunday at 10.45, 12.30 and 14.00 for under 14’s. Adults in shorts at 15.15!

You can buy tickets for any of the 1940’s School Lessons right here:



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