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 dungenesslifeboat.org.uk!

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 www.jamconcert.org/season or call for free – 0800 988 7984.

As I am ‘plugging’ the arts I thought I would give a mention to www.moonshineandmojohands.com. 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’

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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!!




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They are Coming!

A boat load of suspected illegal immigrants were found floundering off the coast at Dymchurch (just down the road) late yesterday.   Their rigid inflatable had been taking on water and they phoned home (Calais) for help.  Two lifeboats and coastguards responded to their plight and they were taken back to Dover for interrogation.

The  first of many to be expected over the coming summer months but I suspect had they been carrying fishing rods they could have got away by being legitimate fishermen on a day trip.  Oh well!!



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Art from Dunge

Some interesting pieces of art are now on show at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

Artists Philip & Psiche Hughes are holding an exhibition from today, 13th May until 10th June at the Jarman Building, University of Kent, Studio 3 Gallery, Canterbury CT2 7UG.

Some examples of the art is below and more can be found on their website



Philip Hughes, 2014 Dungeness 2004, C-Type mounted on aluminium[6]

We have also found a very interesting little shop in Hythe, a few miles along the coast, which is selling all things ‘Dungeness’ – from paintings to cushions and lamp shades.

Called the Shepherds Hut, the artist in residence, who makes everything herself, is Andrea Stoneman.

She hopes to have her website up and running very soon but in meantime I will be visiting her studio/shop to take some pics to add to this site.

Also for those who like to ‘Google’ then try ‘Mini Moderns’ in London (but owned by Dungeness residents).  It is  worth a look at for things that are different (and not all Dungeness inspired) – wall papers, cushions etc etc.

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Boat Fire

3 young male prats pretending to be ‘photographers’ on an (illegal) shoot decided to place smoke grenades in canisters in an old wooden boat last evening.   The craft, belonging to local fisherman Kenny Thomas, was, as can be seen completely burnt out.

Evidently there were half a dozen illicit film shoots on the beach yesterday.

  Its about time the ‘Estate’ was closed to all visitors who cannot respect the place.



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Memorial Latest

Despite the weather the new memorial board has been installed.


EDF workers arrived just after eleven this morning and managed to get the bench seat inserted into the beach – and then the rains came!!


And below the man who started it all many years ago – Colin Clayton – with his temporary board which replaced the previous one destroyed in gales a year ago.

Colin has also given his time to setting up other memorials in the area including one down the road at Greatstone in remembrance of an American bomber crew.


and finally……..



One of the Polish visitors who came to pay his respects to the two fallen Polish pilots, on the 75th Anniversary of their death, has set up a Facebook page for their remembrance.

Please give it your support.

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Polish Memorial – 75th Anniversary

Saturday 16th April 2016 will see the 75th anniversary of the two Polish Spitfire pilots killed on that day in 1941.

The hitherto privately maintained memorial – by Colin Clayton – is being replaced by a more substantial structure on Friday morning at 11:00 am, courtesy of EDF and the Polish workers at the power station site.

As it was uncertain as to whether the new memorial would be in place for the anniversary no formal gathering had been planned but it would seem there will be a few visitors to the area on Saturday.

Will post new photos on Friday – subject of course to the weather

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Last year, sometime, I received the following missive – which was immediately lost in the bowels of my PC and together with the ‘help’ of  Microsoft ‘Outlook’  lost all record of the person who submitted these personal memories of Dungeness:-

Shortly a new page will be added to the website named ‘Memories’ or ‘Nostalgia’ for such stories.   Articles welcomed!!

16 March Dunge memories Page 1

16 March Stroy P2 17

16 March Stroy P3 18

16 March Stroy P4 19
16 March Stroy P5 20
16 March Stroy P7 22 16 March Stroy P8 23

16 March Stroy P6 21

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Polish Memorial – Update

This coming April 16th marks the 75th anniversary of the deaths of the two Spitfire pilots shot down and killed here during the war.

We know of a few people who will be visiting on this day to pay their respects, including Colin who created the memorial in the first place.   He had contacted us as to say he  wanted to spruce things up and lay some flowers on that day.   His call was very timely as we had learnt only the day before that EDF have offered to remake the memorial in a longer lasting form and which they hope will be in situ before the 16th.   EDF have a contingent of Polish workers here and it is they who are preparing the new memorial – free of charge.   They are also going to replace the plastic seat with a more substantial bench constructed from old railway sleepers.

As it is the 75th anniversary it has been suggested there might be a more formal gathering including perhaps  local and Polish Vicars and representatives from local RAF Association members even though it cannot be guaranteed the new memorial will be in place in time.

Open to comments.

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Lifeboat Launch System c1957

Just found an old pic which must have been taken on a ‘Brownie 127’ – as that is all we could afford in those days.  A fairly calm day so probably a routine exercise.

16 march Lifeboat 1957 (2)

The photo shows the then lifeboat Mabel E Holland, which was in service between 1957 and 1979   It certainly looks cumbersome and heavy compared with todays boats.   And of course no fancy tractors to haul it up and down the beach – just the ‘wives’ (sorry The ‘Dungeness Lady Launchers) and an old winch.   The ‘Ladies’ not only had to man handle the heavy oak ‘woods’ or ‘skids, upon which the lifeboat was moved across the beach  they often  had to give a ‘piggy back’ to the menfolk of the crew to ensure they were completely dry before setting off.   Much more detail of these ladies and the well written history of the local lifeboat can be found on www.dungenesslifeboat.org.uk/shouts/31-history

Copied below – without the permission of the local RNLI (but hope they wont mind) a list of the ‘shouts’ the Mabel E Holland was involved in during her tenure here at Dungeness.

R.N.L.B. MABEL E. HOLLAND 1957 – 1979

3 Dec 1958 – S.S. Prodromos of Monrovia, landed (12)

4 Dec 1958 – S.S. Prodromos of Monrovia, landed (6)
1 Jan 1959 – Houseboat Petrina of Itchenor, gave help
13 Feb 1959 – F.V. Breadwinner of Hastings, stood by vessel
29 June 1959 – Rubber Dinghy, saved dinghy
7 July 1959 – Cabin Cruiser Kaye of Rye, gave help
12 July 1959 – Rubber Dinghy (4)
2 Sept 1959 – Yacht Glenshane of Chichester, escorted yacht
17 Apr 1960 – Sailing Dinghy, saved dinghy
19 Apr 1960 – Fishing Vessel Morag (3)
19 July 1960 – Sailing Dinghy Sioux Kayak, saved boat (1)
28 July 1960 – Launch Victor and Yacht Lulworth Castle, gave help
12 Feb 1961 – MV. Jacqueline Roberta of Folkestone, saved boat (3)
17 Feb 1961 – Naval Tanker, gave help
18 June 1961 – F.V. Little Dick of Dungeness, saved boat (3)

And again- for overseas readers – the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) which covers the entire U.K. coastline is funded entirely from donations and crews are purely volunteers.

Also noted in last weeks Kentish Express three young lads from the local Marsh Academy,  raised over £1300.00 to be shared between the Dungeness  and Littlestone RNLI.  The lads took photographs, available  from a local Facebook group (Marsh Sunrise and More) and created and marketed calendars.

Great to see local youngsters getting involved in this worthwhile charity.

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