Jun
22
Sat
Book Signing: Alastair Goodrum ‘School of Aces: The RAF Training School that Won the Battle of Britain’ @ Walkers Bookshops Stamford
Jun 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Call by our upstairs book department in Stamford on Saturday 22nd June to meet Alastair Goodrum, the author of the fantastic new book: ‘School of Aces: The RAF Training School that Won the Battle of Britain’. It promises to be a very interesting morning, so be sure not to miss out! Stamford Sign

This is the fascinating true story behind one of the key reasons that RAF Fighter Command saw such success in the Second World War and emerged victorious from the Battle of Britain – the incredible training school that transformed young men from inexperienced pilots into some of the finest airmen in the world. From peacetime Armament Practice Camp, to fighter Operational Training Unit, to Central Gunnery School, this is the story of how, between 1926 and 1946, the RAF developed and implemented a world-beating training system. This allowed the RAF to have total faith in the men tasked with combatting the Nazi threat from the air, and School of Aces tells the astonishing story of the station through a wealth of individual stories – with famous names, drama, courage and pathos a-plenty – recalling how pilots, air gunners and ground crew came to be at RAF Sutton Bridge, what life was like for them there and what happened to them afterwards.

Prior to and during the Battles of France and Britain, RAF Sutton Bridge played a vital role in the British success by creating, in a remarkably short time, an effective training programme for potential fighter pilots. It then turned out 494 Hurricane pilots with such rapidity that summer that no fewer than 390 graduates flew as part of that illustrious band of men known forever as ‘The Few’.

Jul
13
Sat
Poetry in the Bookshop @ Walkers Bookshop - Stamford
Jul 13 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Take the weight off your feet during a bustling, busy Saturday and join us in our beautiful bookshop for our monthly poetry event.

Stamford SignSome of Stamford’s finest thespians and poets perform for us on these Saturday mornings and they will even read your requests, so be ready to tell us your favourite poem.

Richard BarterThese are lovely relaxed mornings. You can browse the books, if you are feeling brave, have a go and read a poem yourself or simply sit in the comfy sofas and soak up the atmosphere.

There are no tickets and it’s completely free too, just come along and join in the fun.

Jul
27
Sat
Book Signing: Chris Granville-White “War Amongst the Clouds” @ Walkers Bookshops Stamford
Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Call by our upstairs book department in Stamford on Saturday 27th July to meet Chris Granville-White, the author of the fantastic new book: “War Amongst the Clouds”.

This is a story written by a young man who trained as a pilot, and then flew with the Royal Flying Corps in France during the First World War, eventually to become an ace. It is one of survival against the odds at a time when the conduct of air operations depended so much on individual skills, innovation, courage – and luck. Hugh White flew F.E.2D Scout aircraft as a reconnaissance patrol pilot and later in the war was promoted to squadron leader of squadrons flying the S.E.5a which was Britain’s best fighter aircraft at the time.

During the two years of flying, he experienced and survived a series of escapades including a dramatic mid-air collision with the enemy. Told by Hugh in his own words, he gives a unique insight into war in the air. With the break-up of his squadron and being reduced to a substantive rank – simply because of his young age, Hugh’s writing ends in 1919.Stamford Sign

From this point, the story is continued by his younger son Christopher. He describes Hugh’s life and RAF career from flying in India during the 1920s through the Second World War until his retirement as an air vice-marshal in 1955. This book includes a foreword by Sir Frederick Sowrey (Hugh’s nephew) which puts Hugh White’s early wartime service into context.

It is a timely reminder, following the centenary of the end of the First World War, of the difficulties that young pilots faced at the time. A must-read for those interested in wartime exploits.

Aug
10
Sat
Poetry in the Bookshop @ Walkers Bookshop - Stamford
Aug 10 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Take the weight off your feet during a bustling, busy Saturday and join us in our beautiful bookshop for our monthly poetry event.

Stamford SignSome of Stamford’s finest thespians and poets perform for us on these Saturday mornings and they will even read your requests, so be ready to tell us your favourite poem.

Richard BarterThese are lovely relaxed mornings. You can browse the books, if you are feeling brave, have a go and read a poem yourself or simply sit in the comfy sofas and soak up the atmosphere.

There are no tickets and it’s completely free too, just come along and join in the fun.

Sep
7
Sat
Poetry in the Bookshop @ Walkers Bookshop - Stamford
Sep 7 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Take the weight off your feet during a bustling, busy Saturday and join us in our beautiful bookshop for our monthly poetry event.

Stamford SignSome of Stamford’s finest thespians and poets perform for us on these Saturday mornings and they will even read your requests, so be ready to tell us your favourite poem.

Richard BarterThese are lovely relaxed mornings. You can browse the books, if you are feeling brave, have a go and read a poem yourself or simply sit in the comfy sofas and soak up the atmosphere.

There are no tickets and it’s completely free too, just come along and join in the fun.