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.
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.
'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'.
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.
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!
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.
Talks which have been ongoing for over a year as to whether it is feasible to charge a fee to visit Dungeness (after all it is a private estate) have been finalised and we now see a positive step forward to achieve this goal.
A section of land at the entrance to the estate has been cordoned off – and this will be where the future toll booth will stand. The current plastic fencing has been erected to ensure no new wildlife will be affected in the construction of said booths.
There is still some discussion as to how much and to whom the 'entry fee' will be levied but it is rumoured fees will only be applied during the summer months.
Residents will have a permit and anyone visiting residents will be issued with a pass. Sounds like prison!
First an apology to those who read the initial post re alleged vandalism of the memorial.
We have received instant responses from many – and with kind offers to help recreate a new site. It transpires the Polish Embassy were unaware of this remote memorial but thanks to a local contributor the revised original blog has been sent on to all interested parties in Poland and beyond.
The facts behind the origins of the memorial site are sketchy as it is not known who was responsible for its erection in the first place. Does anyone know?
Owen Leyshon of the Romney Marsh Countryside Project, they who oversee the goings on at Dungeness, is in full support of having the site rebuilt and possibly moved to a place nearer to the car park at the train station/old lighthouse. It was originally in that area but due to visiting vandals using it for target practice with air rifles it was moved to a more peaceful area, yet outside of the general public view. Since the introduction of regular armed police patrols in the area vandalism seems to have been eliminated and it is felt that a new site, that visitors to the area could readily see, would seem to be a viable option.
It is tentatively proposed that the new memorial will be based on similar lines to the original – i.e. a more personal display, with photographs and a short write up, rather than a cross or slab of granite. To be able to see the faces of these two young airmen who, with thousands of others, gave their lives for our freedom is, in my opinion, preferable to an impersonal lump of stone!
It is early days yet but as funds will be needed to finance the rebuilding of a memorial, no matter what form it may take (and suggestions welcome) anyone wishing to donate through the ‘Donate’ button can rest assured that, no matter what form the memorial will take, all monies will be passed to whomever is taking up the mantel to get things organised.
Thank you again for all who responded. It’s good to know people still care!!
A sad victim of our recent bad weather we had here on Boxing Day memorial to two Polish pilots, P/O Boguslaw Mierzwa & P/O Mieczyslaw Waskiewicz both of 303 (Polish) Sqn RAF, who gave their lives to enable us to walk free in this country?
This small, privately erected memorial, sits in the area where one of the Spitfire pilots crashed and died during 1941
Fresh flowers often appear at the site, which is set beyond the car park at the railway cafe, on the beach at Dungeness. The original memorial had photographs of the two airmen and details of their very short lives. Thoughtfully, whomever erected the tribute placed, as can be seen, a plastic chair for those wanting to sit in quiet reflection on these two young lads – for that is what they were – far from their homeland and who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of freedom.
Perhaps it would be possible for the memorial to be moved to the car park area so that visitors to Dungeness can see it and perhaps, not being out of site as it is now, there will be a degree of added security. I am sure there a few pounds held in the coffers of the local residents association which could be donated to re-erect the memorial and I am sure Shepway council et al would not object too much. Donations can be made through this web site and any received will be acknowledged.
Is it the EU creeping up on the UK to finally swallow this little Island up?
The picture does seem to indicate France is getting a little close. Must admit the coastal outline has never been so clear or so far out of the water.
I realise in times gone by we were joined to mainland Europe but having been separated for many thousands of years we have got used to looking after ourselves and the majority of inhabitants do not wish to be governed by Brussels. Still who is interested in what the population want? – certainly not members of Parliament