The IMPS Weald Area (formerly Imps West Kent Area) covers the very heart of ‘The Garden of England’. The Weald of Kent is known for its famous rural farmlands of hop gardens, apples, plums, cherries, strawberries etc and the best vegetables, the picturesque villages and towns, the famous towns of Royal Tunbridge Wells in the south and stretching north to Westerham and Sevenoaks, the famous locations of Chartwell and the WW11 RAF fighter station Biggin Hill before reaching our boundary somewhere on the South London borough borders.
Our monthly meetings are held on the second Monday each month at the Kings Arms pub (recent move), Leaves Green, near Biggin Hill. Our membership turn out is between 20 to 30 members each month. You do not have to own a military vehicle to attend these meetings.
Our area members are very keen and enthusiastic with the club, the military vehicle world and the many charities we have supported over the years – supporting all the IMPS events and local rallies and shows. Each year Its all hands on deck for the ‘Poppy Appeal ‘ collecting, over the last 5 years Weald area have raised/collected nearly £16.000.00 for this charity.
Our Christmas party attracts 50 plus members each year. We organise regular local ‘run outs’ in our military vehicles, sunny Sunday mornings through the country lanes of Kent or to the City and the West End of London – the worlds tourists do appreciate seeing our WW11 vehicles driving around Westminster, Piccadilly and the Kings Road on a sunny Sunday morning. There is always a comfort break for a lemonade refreshment en route.
We field a good team of members and vehicles for the Pas de Calais Liberaton parade in France event each year – now Souchez.
Many of us will be in Normandy in June 2014 for the 70th Anniversary Remembrance Parades.
We look forward to you joining us for the monthly meetings and or events.
The Kings Arms
8 Leaves Green Road
2nd Monday of the month
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I have been Weald Area Secretary since 2004.
A ‘ Man of Kent’ I am – starting life in the heart of the Weald – Goudhurst, Kent, living and educated in the Weald of Kent.
My military vehicle interest started with the Kent Army Cadet Corps in the early 70’s, being transported in Bedfords and Landrovers. Later I began military vehicle kit building where I met Tony Lawrence, James Baxter and Allan Ede. A trip in Tony and James’s Jeeps to Duxford and Thruxton in 1980 started the real ache to own my own WW11 Jeep. I attended the first War and Peace shows at Tenterden as a guest/spectator.
I joined the IMPS in the mid 90’s (without military vehicle). I acted as Jeep co – driver on a few trips (Bethune France) and helped run the then 3 day IMPS War and Peace Shows.
In 1999 I bought my 1944 Willys Jeep. As they say ‘ that was it – we’re off ‘ – I haven’t stopped since – The War and Peace show became a 5 day show in 2000 – I became more involved in IMPS and the War and Peace show – becoming an Official for the show – spending 2 weeks each year helping set up and run the largest military vehicle show in the world. I took over as Weald Area Secretary in 2004. I organised IMPS involvement in the Biggin Hill Airshows for some years, started the Imps ‘Blossom Run’, organised the 70th Anniversary Jeep parade at Woolwich Barracks, London, assist with the IMPS ‘ Combined Ops’ event as well as more local rallies and events.