The camps have closed, but reminders remain. Many of the large green storage hangers are still there now used by many companies for storage etc.
In the Quedgeley Social Club, a few reminders remain. The scroll takes pride of place on the club wall telling the history of RAF Quedgeley, and the name, The Qunity Bar. It’s not a spelling mistake, it was the name of the camp’s own social club The Qunity Club, Qu.- Quedgeley, nity- United.
Even in St James’ Church a piece of the site’s history can be found, it hangs on the wall and was the old brass fire bell that used to hang outside the main gatehouse to the camp. The Plaque under it reads ‘For nearly 60 years this bell hung outside the main gatehouse of No 7 M.U. RAF Quedgeley. It hangs there now to honour the very many civilian workers who served the station until its closure in 1996. The Church is also where the camp’s standard is laid up.
All the sites have now been sold off and form the basis of the ever growing Kingsway estate being built by various developers under the collective banner of Quedgeley Urban Village Limited.
As of mid 2014 it is estimated that about 2,500 properties are currently built and occupied. On completion the estate will consist of some 3,500 properties.
Already Kingsway Primary School and Waterwells Primary Academy are both flourishing. will open in September 2013. The estate also has some small retail shops, a Marston’s pub & restaurant “The Barn Owl” and several play areas and open spaces.
An ASDA store is now open and building is nearly complete of the new community centre, a sports pavilion and a BMX track which are due to open in September 2014.
Tree Preservation Orders have helped protect many of the older mature trees and the long sweeping row of trees on its Eastern side acts as a good sound barrier between the new housing and railway line.
The Kingsway Resident’s Association brings together people on the estate and to help build a community.