Polish Memorial – Update 3

Following an article we had published in the local ‘The Looker’ magazine (see links if you wish to read this article – and others) we have received a phone call from the person who has been, over the years, the creator and custodian of, not only the Dungeness memorial but others on the ‘Marsh’. For this individual, who prefers anonymity, it is his personal tribute to those who lost their lives in the area. We are to meet later and hope to have a more detailed report.
And a final ‘thank you’ to ‘The Looker’ for printing the article and of course to ‘Anon’ for doing what he has done.

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Dungeness B&W

We recently received an email from Nicolas Piergallini who writes ‘…… and I wanted to share some images I shot at Dungeness a few weekends ago. I am originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but currently living in London, and in my blog you can see some images of the places I’ve visited in the UK so far. Hope you like them.

Yes, particularly like B&W images as they always seem to be more atmospheric. Nicolas’s pics are reproduced on the following slide show – and no need to click!:-

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Brenzett Aero Museum

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Brenzett Aero Museum is some 5 miles from Dungeness and is located in former WW2 buildings on what was a 300 acre site developed as an advanced landing ground in September 1943.   The first aircraft to use the base were Spitfire IX’s of 122 Squadron.   Later they were joined by 129 Squadron and two Polish Squadrons – 306 and 315.

The museum, which is a registered charity, contains many artifacts of the era and is well worth a visit.   Run by volunteers all donations go to the upkeep.   And donations can be in the form of hardware – the last being an aircraft  machine gun with live ammo ‘up the spout’ and caught in the nets of a local fishing boat.


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Polish Memorial – update 2

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The above photos are of the recently resurrected memorial to the two Polish Spitfire pilots.   But who is responsible for going to all this trouble?   No one seems to know.  As previous posts have indicated there are a great number of people who are interested in making a contribution towards  the re-instatement of the original memorial and finding the creator of the recent and previous memorials is a must.

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Polish Pilots Memorial

It looks as though the MOD (Ministry of Defence) are willing to assist in getting the memorial re-established but it does look as though someone has been affecting local repairs – and we would like to know who it is –  so as not to step on any toes.   Is the person making the repairs the same person who erected the site in the first place?   Please contact us if it is you or if you know  the person concerned.

In the meantime it looks as though things are moving and we understand through contacts with the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee  that they would also like some input.   We also had pledges and donations towards the costs (these were refunded by PayPal due to lack of activity).  So overall still a lot of interest.

There is a meeting tomorrow to outline proposals on what way to go but in meantime if there is anyone out there with thoughts on the matter please make them known through the 'contact' page.

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Farewell to local entrepreneur

Last Thursday saw the funeral of local Terry Carroll who passed away on March 14th after a short illness.   Not a name known to many outside of the local community but his hand made fishing rods, under the brand name  Zziplex, are known throughout the world.

Starting their business from home at Dungeness in 1980 (moving later to a small industrial unit  in New Romney)  Terry and wife Barbara strove to produce the perfect fishing rod and their dedication to, not only their business but one another, lead to their eventual and deserved success.

Until recently every single rod produced by the factory was made by Terry himself, making him the biggest single influence on the casting and fishing scene in the U.K. His creations are much copied but never emulated and can be seen at every saltwater or casting venue.   He was also the U.K. casting champion several times during the sixties and seventies and it was this success that eventually lead to  making his own rods – and the rest is history as the saying goes.

A quite couple, Barbara and Terry  however supported local issues and back in the 'good old days' when there was a more involved local community Terry would be around for the annual Mayday Festival and Lifeboat fund raising.

A sad loss and condolences to Barbara but long may the name Zziplex continue in his memory.



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‘B’ Station Donation

'B' Station nuclear power plant has made a donation of £14,000.00 worth of 'EcoManagers' to be distributed by AgeUK throughout the shipway district.

The devises which monitor consumption of electricity in the home  also indicate how much appliances cost to run  and can also  control and switch off appliances from one central source.   I purchased a similar (but not as elaborate) item years ago – but alas no longer working and would look forward to comparing new technology from that of yesteryear.

At present the items have been provided to the Folkestone office of AgeUK and should be distributed through local offices including New Romney.

Martin Pearson, station director, at the 'B' Station has stated 'Energy efficiency is a high part of the educational work we do at  Dungeness 'B' and throughout EDF Energy'.


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Polish Pilots Memorial – updat

There has been a fantastic response to the original blog regarding the destruction of the little memorial for two Polish Spitfire pilots lost in the area during the war – and not just the many hundreds who have viewed the blogs but directly from individuals who have made donations and  pledges to help in re establishing a memorial.   Thank you for those.

However it is possible a local interested party will offer to construct  a new memorial, along the lines of the original and in the same location, all for free.   Details of proposals should be known in a couple of weeks and these will be circulated to all interested parties for their comments.

Owen Leyshon of the Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership, the overseers of the management of Dungeness Estate, has confirmed the new memorial will remain in the current quiet location but there will be  a small signpost within the car park area directing visitors to it.

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Dungeness Lifeboat Action

Dungeness lifeboat was called out on 28th and 29th January to search for a missing Belgian fishing boat with four souls on board which had lost contact in heavy seas some 20 miles off the coast.   Some debris was found but little else.   Two bodies eventually turned up on the coast of Boulogne.   Just a reminder what dangers there are to bring food to our tables.

On a brighter note the annual car washing day was held at the Lifeboat Station on Saturday 31st January where, for a fiver, the crew, fully and sensibly decked out in their bright oilskins cleaned dozens of cars netting over £1000.00 for the lifeboat charity.   Advertised locally as SOS  (soap our saloons) a queue had formed from the opening time of 10am and a steady stream of dirty cars kept everyone busy well into late afternoon.   Great!

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Nuclear Power Extension

Dungeness 'B' Station has been granted an operational extension for a  further ten years of operation extending power output to the year 2028.   This will safeguard up to 750 jobs of which it is stated 75% of the workforce reside within a fifteen mile radius of Dungeness.

It would seem the consensus of opinion with locals and others that keeping the plant in operation is a good thing for the area.

Local M.P. Damien Collins is still fighting for the construction of a third power station to replace 'B' when that finally closes.   It seems odd that Dungeness was ruled out by government to even appear in the shortlist as to where future nuclear plants are to be located.

The 'A' station is currently being dismantled and you can watch this happen live on the Magnox website  or on 'twitter'  @magnoxsites.


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