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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 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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Born in Ashford a long time ago I have had a lifelong relationship with Dungeness having spent every year here for a fortnights holiday up to the age of 15. In those good old days there was no electricity and hence no radio, no running water and no adequate sewage solutions. Nothing to do other than enjoy the vast expanse of the Ness and all it offered for the young children of that era. Out after breakfast and back before nightfall. There were lakes to swim in. Same lakes to boat on (well large logs). A derelict school in which to play.(Add pic on school roof) Gun emplacements, underground shelters. Sheer bliss. That all ended at 16 when I joined the RAF, finally purchasing a shack – as indeed it was then – in 1971 for the princely sum of £750.00. Only 15 years prior to that we could not afford the £250.00 asking price for what was then known as ‘Windwhistle’, the former Queen Victoria’s Pullman carriage. Still there today but concealed behind painted shiplap. Leaving the mob I travelled, retuning ‘home’ as oft I could, and realistically, only becoming a permanent fixture since 1977. In those days there was a vibrant community here with annual gatherings for the Mayday festival – spit roast and all and open days at the Lifeboat station – with bosuns chairs, zip wires to keep the kids happy. I think Health and Safety put paid to that and other activities, as did the moving away of many locals. The result of which , today there are probably less than 40 persons residing here permanently, in probably less than 20 out of the 80 shacks still here. (I have been told not to use the word ‘shacks’ as now at £3000,00.00 plus they are desirable bungalows in a well sought after locale. So ‘Shacks’ they are! End.

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