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St Just and St Mawes Heritage Group – World War2 Exhibition

I hope you are all staying safe and keeping busy during these difficult times. Just in case you are looking for something to do our telephone box exhibition is now on display. So if your walk takes you into the village have a look at the exhibition in the box outside the Arcade and then walk up Hillhead and turn right to find the other box on Polvarth Road.

This exhibition has revealed some amazing stories of bravery and heroism and all from people from this parish. Just to whet your appetite there are 2 awards of the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross). 2 who took part in the Raid on St. Nazaire, 1 who helped to rescue hundreds of people from the beaches at Dunkirk. We have researched the people named on the War Memorial, found out that 700 American soldiers lived in St Mawes before D Day and that 2 people spent several years of the war as Prisoners of War in Germany.

I think that this exhibition has revealed more information than any other we have undertaken and I would like to thank Stuart Hall who has researched in great detail the military history of those people on the war memorial also Brian Chenoweth who printed off all the panels on his A3 printer to Peter Teague and Peter Newman for information on several subjects. Also to Yvonne Fuller for her contribution about War Artists.

Of course, the telephone box windows are small and only allow us to display a small amount of the information gathered. Stuart is now putting extended versions onto our web site which will take a while to complete but you can see it as it develops at www.sjsm-heritage.co.uk  For those of you who live “up country” you can access the whole of the telephone box exhibition at www.maweshubrspg.com

Last but not least, Chloe Thomas has been recording items of interest during the lockdown as podcasts (spoken recordings). There are several of historical interest.  On one Peter Teague and Peter Newman talk about D Day, Evacuees and Trevennel gun site. I recorded one talking about D Day and the Raid on St. Nazaire. There are several other podcasts of historical interest and there are currently 12 on the site. You can hear them at www.roseland podcast.com

I hope you find something of interest to inform and entertain you during these difficult times and I hope it won’t be too long before we can start our monthly meetings again because I know there are some interesting plans for future speakers.

Stay Safe

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