Lifeboat Donation

The RNLI lifeboat station at Dungeness has  received a donation in excess of £800.00 from the family of the late Mark Stanley.   The money came from individual contributions made by the many friends and family who attended the recent funeral service.

Mark, who died at the early age of 58, made national headline news, following the disasterous ‘Herald of Free Enterprise’ sinking in March 1987, which claimed the lives of  193 people.  Following the incident Mark had his sea faring licence revoked and the memories of that fateful day were to haunt him for the remaining years of his life.

His family stated he spent many hours on the beach at Dungeness, in quiet private reflection and the family, having a sea faring tradition, felt it appropriate to make the donation to the local lifeboat station.

A sad affair all round!.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Another One Missing?

Dungeness lifeboat was launched just after ten this morning after flip flops found at waters edge.

Search for possible missing person still ongoing together with the air sea rescue helicopter from Lydd.

Always the possibility of a hoax but search has to be made.

We shall see!

Posted in Info, Local Issues | Leave a comment

5 Die in Sea

Five people died in the sea yesterday in the Camber area, just around the corner from Dungeness.
The lifeboat and Air Sea Rescue were called out twice to assist in the rescue.

Camber, unlike Dungeness, which has exceptionally deep water between high and low tide, has 5 miles of very shallow sandy beach which seems to give a false sense of security. Initially it was thought that rip tides were the cause of the incident but the RNLI seems to be of the opinion that it is the very fast incoming tide that catches people out.

In any event a terrible tragedy which seems to have taken the lives of five friends from London.
Car stickers, from the RNLI simply says ‘Respect the Sea! A point to remember wherever you are swimming.

(seems this blog got stuck in the outbox – so a little out of date – but never the less a poignant reminder how cruel even the most innocent looking of the sea it can be dangerous)

Posted in Info, Local Issues, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tart, Tartt or Tarte?

I have received two independent emails from individuals claiming to be relatives of the Tart family at Dungeness.

The ‘Tarts’ are one of the original families to establish themselves here, many years ago.

One subscriber asked me to amend mention of the Tarts originally coming from France and that the name was never spelt with an ‘e’ (on the end) – Tarte!

Coincidently we received a request for help in seeking a ‘glossy’ magazine article (possibly Homes and Gardens’ or similar – from a few years ago). This request came from a person who is writing a book on the family and had traced her family ties back to the 1600’s, when the Tartes came to the area, from France, before moving on to America.

So (and I do hate people who start their sentence with a ‘So’!!!) if anyone has any information on the Tart family – or indeed any articles of yesteryear relating to Dungeness in general, they would be very much appreciated.

Posted in Blogs and thoughts, History | Leave a comment

Recent Film – Afro Punk Girl – Support Needed

A ‘short’ film, entitled ‘Afro Punk Girl’, with the support of ‘Film London’, was recently made here, on the beach and other locations along the coast – namely Camber Sands and the Nature Reserve at Rye (Winchelsea).

Both daughter Tilly and I (reluctantly) ended up as extras, following which we both became involved as ‘runners’, providing support for the day to day production. Tiring for me but useful experience for Tilly who, eventually, wants to end up in stage/film makeup.

Although, ostensibly, funded by Film London, who support and give young directors a platform in an industry which is very difficult to break into, there is still a shortfall in their mediocre budget. Small donations are needed (for no financial gain!) and to date 75% of the required £5500.00 has been achieved. Even a small donation of just £5.00 will go a long way and be much appreciated.

Do have a look at the promotional video where you will have the opportunity to add a few pennies! Donations may also be made through the ‘Donate’ button on this website.

Incidentally the last short film made here a few years ago, with daughter Tilly appearing with Anna Maxwell-Martin and Neil Barry went on to win the Edinburgh Festival award for best ‘short’ film. This is still available for viewing (only 15 minutes long) as director Dictynna Hood has had it added to her last feature length film ‘Wreckers’. Available of course at Amazon

DANIELLE VITALIS in the lead role.

Writer/director Annetta Laufer Producers Shobu Kapoor and Anya Ryzhenkova

Share the project link with your family and friends, on any website or forum you are a part of and help us reach our target.

Spread the word. We are on Facebook and Twitter. Talk about us.

Posted in Film & TV, Info | Leave a comment

Back on the market!

Sadly it seem the sale of ‘Jesmond’ has fallen through – but not knoweth why.

On sale for offers around £385,000.00

Views from the 1st Floor

Uninterrupted views to the Channel – except for the lighthouse

Posted in Info, Local Gossip | Leave a comment


Just when one is enjoying a cup of tea looking across the Channel to France this bloke parks his boat right in front of the window. Couldn’t hear what he was saying – I think he was lost so pointed him in direction of Portsmouth.

Posted in Blogs and thoughts, Local Gossip | Leave a comment

Channel View with outside toilet

A very des res with uninterrupted views across the Channel – with an outside toilet. Reminiscences of the good old days.


At last, after many years of waiting, the old sad ‘Channel View’ property is finally getting a dramatic make-over.

The leanto added exterior has been demolished leaving the old Victorian railway carriage completely naked.

The carriage is being temporarily moved whilst a new concrete base is added to the existing site and then it will be moved back to form the centre piece of the new house.


On the move!

Posted in Info, Local Gossip | Leave a comment

OUT and about

Well we are out of the E.U. so lets hope there is quick action and the fish quotas are revised – sooner rather than later. Whether that will bring fishing back to Dunge is another matter but it would be good to see something positive come out of it all.

It would seem the local action group ‘Friends of Lydd Airport’ (FLAG) who campaigned for the expansion at Lydd airport -now not needing their funds to carry on the good fight have generously donated their ‘cash in hand’ (over £1400.00) to the local Dungeness Lifeboat.

And – talking of lifeboats – On Saturday 2nd July from 7.30 to 9.30pm there will be a brass band concert at the Lifeboat Station. It is a ticket on the door (£3.50) only entrance so it will be a fight to get in. First aid and refreshments will be provided in the crew room.

And (who said you shouldn’t start a sentence with ‘And’)? do not forget you can see what is going on at the lifeboat station by visiting their very good website!

Early next month (July) sees the return of the annual multi-art festival to the Romney Marsh – known as JAM. Growing in popularity every year the festival is genuinely a multi art affair with concerts, theatre, photography and art exhibitions. For more info, see the website or call for free – 0800 988 7984.

As I am ‘plugging’ the arts I thought I would give a mention to Based in the heart of Blues Music – Clarksdale, Mississippi – two youngish men are trying to keep blues alive with documentaries, short films etc. Pay a visit to the website for a series of half hour programmes featuring visits to the area around the Delta and introducing local bluesmen.

I know its not Dungeness – but I like the ‘Blues’

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More ‘Arty’ things from Dungeness


A small shop in Hythe, ‘Shepherds Hut Studio’ owned and run by artist Andreya Stoneman houses an abundance of items all relating to Dungeness.   From cards to lampshades and original art all are very reasonably priced.   Andreya has had a life long fascination with Dungeness and makes all the items for sale herself and all artwork is from her own hand.

Alas Andreya’s website is not up and running just yet but as soon as it is we will provide a link.   All items will be available for mail order but a visit to her shop would be well worth a visit.   And somewhere in one of my sheds I have an old  wood lamp standard which I will now dig out just so I can have a large lampshade!!




Posted in Info, Local Gossip | Leave a comment