I work with a wonderful group of Guernsey evacuees (aged between 73 and 91) in Northern England. We formed a community group and meet to share wartime memories with each other and the community, and to strengthen friendships. We also gather wartime documents and photographs that relate to the evacuation, which are not held in other archives. This group grew out of the evacuee reunions that took place in Stockport and Bury in June 2010, the 70th Anniversary of the Evacuation.
SUNDAY 2ND JUNE 2013
SOME OF OUR GUERNSEY EVACUEES WERE HONOURED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MANCHESTER DAY PARADE
This year’s theme was ‘Wish You Were Here’ – a celebration of place, people and identity. We travelled on a vintage double decker bus during the parade, which gave us a wonderful view of the event! Here is one image of the day and there are others on my main blog page here: http://guernseyevacuees.wordpress.com/writing-my-book-blog/
If you took a photograph of our bus that you would like to share, please contact me through the Comments box at the foot of this webpage:
ON 3RD MAY 2013 Channel Television flew to Manchester to interview myself and 6 Guernsey evacuees from our WW2 community group, who did not return home after the war. If you click on the link below before 8 June 2013, you can watch their news report of 9th MAY 2013 which shows these interviews, PLUS footage of the Evacuee vintage bus that I organised in Guernsey on Liberation Day for 28 former evacuees. http://www.channelonline.tv/channelonline_channelreports/
THE AIM OF OUR COMMUNITY GROUP:
We aim to record these evacuation stories for future generations in several ways. We organise workshops for schools, museums and history groups, and also arrange community events so that people can meet the evacuees to learn about the evacuation, and view personal wartime possessions.
We rely on public donations to continue our work, and profits from the sales of our booklets and DVDs. You can purchase our limited edition ‘Guernsey Evacuation’ Booklet, or our Channel Islands Evacuation DVD from my Shop page here: http://guernseyevacuees.wordpress.com/channel-islands-calendar-2011/
If you would like to receive updates on our work, or want to book us for an event, please contact us via the Comments box at the foot of this webpage. We also enjoy participating in Wartime themed events!
FUTURE EVENTS – WATCH THIS SPACE
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‘Guernsey Evacuees: The Forgotten Evacuees of the Second World War’ go to:
HERE ARE DETAILS OF SOME OF OUR PAST EVENTS
On Sunday 3 June 2012 we took part in Bury’s annual ‘World War Two Weekend’ at Bury Transport Museum in Lancashire. The weather was awful, but despite this, the afternoon became really busy. The evacuees met the public, shared their stories and listened to other people’s memories of wartime. I showed children an evacuee suitcase and arranged for them to write their own Red Cross letter to their parents. We also screened my film ‘Channel Island Evacuees in Bury, Lancashire’. Below is a photograph taken on Sunday.
On Sat 3 March we took part in the Manchester Histories Festival.
The evacuees and I spoke to visitors, and screened our film ‘All my Worldly Possesions: Channel Island Evacuees in Bury and Tottington during World War Two’
Our Community group and volunteers won the Festival’s Highly Commended Community Award on 2 March. We were delighted!
On 8th February 2012 I gave a talk to the Cheshire Local History Association in Wilmslow, see their website at:
THE PUBLIC MET THE GUERNSEY EVACUEES AT THE MANCHESTER PEOPLE’S HISTORY MUSEUM ON SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2012 BETWEEN 11am and 12.30pm. THEY SHARED THEIR WARTIME EXPERIENCES – CHILDREN WROTE A RED CROSS LETTER AND PEEPED INSIDE A REAL GUERNSEY EVACUEE’S SUITCASE. I SIGNED COPIES OF MY NEW BOOK ‘GUERNSEY EVACUEES: THE FORGOTTEN EVACUEES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR’
A VERY BIG ‘THANK YOU’ TO THE 300 PEOPLE WHO CAME TO OUR STOCKPORT EVENT ON SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 2011. YOU CAN WATCH BBC GUERNSEY’S NEWS REPORT AT THIS LINK:
This interactive event took place at Stockport War Memorial and Art Gallery, and was entitled “We’ll Meet Again”. Visitors had a chance to meet the Guernsey evacuees who fled their island in June 1940, and found safety in Northern England. We ran activities for all ages, including film screenings, a chance to meet the Guernsey evacuees to hear their stories, and view their wartime documents and photographs. Visitors also listened to a live performance from Britain’s best George Formby lookalike singer, P E Caspar!
Visitors also had the chance to peep inside a real Guernsey evacuee’s suitcase, whilst children took part in a ‘Guernsey Evacuation Ship’ activity, and wrote their own Red Cross messages. Visitors were also invited to share their own wartime memories with Stockport Heritage Trust, over free tea and coffee! This event was part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science and was fully funded by the ERSC
On Saturday 27 August 2011 we held a storytelling event at the People’s History Museum, Manchester, called “Meet the Past”.
Visitors had the opportunity to meet and talk to real World War 2 evacuees who came from Guernsey to the North West in 1940. This special event included a hands on activity for all ages – they could look through a Guernsey child evacuee’s suitcase from the period. They also viewed original documents and watched my film about the Guernsey Evacuation before meeting the Guernsey evacuees t hear their stories, ask questions and see photographs from the time. This experience was a must for those interested in the social history of the period, local history and wartime memories.