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

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Inconsiderate

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.

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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.

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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.

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On the move!

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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

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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

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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……..

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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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