Documentary tells story of GIs who came to Devon
Over-paid, over-sexed and over here! That was the response of many disgruntled young men to the arrival of American troops in East Devon during the latter stages of the Second World War.
Good-looking GIs in smart uniforms, with pockets bulging with cigarettes, nylons and chewing gum were, however, greeted with open arms by the girls.
The impact of this invading force is told in an archive film of the period being screened Blackdown Healthy Living Centre in Hemyock this week.
The free big screen showing of Dunkeswell War Stories is an opportunity to see a moving and fascinating documentary charting 1940s life in the Blackdown Hills. The hour-long film brings to life an extraordinary period of Devon history when Dunkeswell, near Honiton, was the site of the only US naval air base on British soil.
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Organiser Katherine Findlay said: "It is full of the memories of local people and US airmen, who were thrown together by war. Recent interviews have been interspersed with archive photographs, film and music to create a touching, surprising, funny and sad account of a time which is disappearing from our collective memory."
In one scene, a local man who was a boy at the time gives an insight into the mood of the era, when he says: "We knew when D-Day was coming – though apparently it was top secret. It's strange that Hitler didn't know about D-Day – because we kids did."
The film was produced by Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and Dream Machine Media as part of the Dunkeswell War Stories project, which also created a free online resource for schools and the community.
"The screening will be an ideal opportunity for anyone who has been unable to see the project online or on DVD to relive 1940s life in the Blackdown Hills," added Katherine.
Dunkeswell War Stories will be screened at Blackdown Healthy Living Centre in Hemyock at 7pm on Friday, October 25. Admission is free but booking is advisable on 01823 680681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK
Village Hall: Craft and Table Top Sale. Saturday 10am-noon.
Whitecross Village Hall: Fowey Harbour Heritage Society talk on Murder on the Moor and much more by Barbie Thompson. Friday 7.30pm.
Shire House Suite, Mount Folly: Blood donor sessions Tuesday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.
St Petroc's Church: Autumn Bazaar. Many stalls. All welcome. Saturday 9.30am-1pm.
Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm. Closed Sunday and Bank holidays.
Parkhouse Centre: Blood donor sessions Friday from 1.00pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.00pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.
Village Hall: Monday night Bingo in aid of the Bugle Silver Band Supporters Committee eyes down 7.30pm.
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Parish Rooms: Talk by Mr M Pepper entitled One Year at Coleton Fishacre, starting at 7.30pm on Friday.
The Boot Inn: Elaine Davies, sax, Sunday 1.30pm.
Old Chapel: Matthew Halsall Quintet. £16 on the door. Friday 8pm; Jean Toussaint Quartet. £19 on the door. Sunday 8pm.
Car park (below church) 586464: North Devon Ramblers walk Knapdown-Great Hangman-Sherrycombe-Holdstone. Eight miles Saturday 10.30am.
RAF Memorial Museum: Open daily from 10.30am-4pm. Donations appreciated. Details 01840 213266.
Museum, Barton Terrace: Galleries covering all aspects of Dawlish life. Wed-Fri 10.30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-5pm.
United Church, school room: buffet lunch. Saturday at 12 noon.
Powderham Castle: Divertimento Clarinet Quintet. Friday 7.30pm.
The Palace Gate Centre, Baptist Church, South Street Exeter Folk Dance Club meet on Friday at 7.30pm with caller Pam Hayes and live music, all welcome.
Exeter College, Queen Street: Icelandic Volcanism – how it affects our Airspace with Dr Frances M Beckett, of the Met Office. Tues 4.45pm.
Cathedral Chapter House: Exeter Bach Society Recital of Baroque Music with guitarist and soprano. starts Sunday 7pm after a special evening service in the Cathedral starting at 6pm with the Exeter Bach Society Choir and St Peter's Singers.
Westpoint: The Exeter Kit Car Show. Sat/Sun 10am-5pm.
Phoenix: What the Frock all female comedy club. Saturday.
Royal Standard: Euchre Drive Monday 8pm sharp.
Village Hall: District & Old Cornwall Society meeting on Friday at 7.30pm
Paynter's Lane End Hall: Country Market Tuesday 9.15-11am.
Parish church: Divertimento Clarinet Quintet. Sunday 7.30pm.Tickets at the door.
Eagle House Hotel: Launceston Electronic Organ Club presents Brett Wales from Nottingham. Admission non members £6. Tues 7.30pm. Wheelchair access.
Victory hall: Table Top sale every Thursday 5.30pm, sellers/buyers 7pm.
Eliot House Hotel: Liskeard Concert Series with Simon Latarche jazz quartet. £10 on the door. Thursday 7.30pm.
Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-12noon.
Memorial Institute: Christmas Craft Fair. Saturday.
Menheniot church: The Callington Singers. Tickets £7 on the door. Saturday 6pm.
Fistral Beach Hotel: Newquay Pentire Probus club Lunch. Wednesday 11.30am for 12 noon, guest speaker Clive Benney.
Courtenay Centre: Rebel Country Friday, 8pm until 11pm 'Carl Shay' admission £6.
St Andrews Church: The 2013/14 Poppy Appeal Launch, an evening of music and songs. Friday 7 for 7.30pm.
The Gott Hall: Par Old Cornwall Society meet with Mr Paul Matthews who will talk on the life of Marc Brunel, son of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Wheelchair facilities. New members welcome. Saturday 7pm.
The Gott Hall: Prize Bingo, raffle and homemade supper. Wheelchair access. Visitors welcome. Thursday 7.30pm.
The Gott Hall: Coffee and Craft Group meet every Friday from 10.30am-12.30pm. New members welcome.
St Edward's Church Hall: Plymouth Railway Circle Rail rover tours talk by Peter Bragg. Visitors very welcome £2. Monday 7.30pm.
Devonport Guildhall: Pictures at an Exhibition art exhibition. Free. David Gray features his paintings with a Cornish theme. Mon-Nov 2.
Community Centre: Blood donor sessions Thursday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.
Village Hall: Whist drive Tuesday 7.30pm.
Victory Hall: Whist Drive. Friday 7.30pm.
Roundswell Community Centre, Gratton Way: The Barnstaple Keyboard and Light Music Club presents Brian Hazelby. Admission visitors £5. Tuesday 7.45pm.
Wesley Church: Saltash Ladies Choir, Festival of Remembrance for Saltash Branch RBL. Saturday 7.30pm.
Museum: Open daily 10.30am-5pm. Until end of October. Admission free. Until Nov 2.
Claytalc: St Denys Old Cornwall Society with speakers Mr and Mrs Alan Cox on Cornish Curiosities. All welcome. Monday 7.30pm.
Various: North Cornwall Book Festival Three Days of author talks and workshops, Daymer Bay and St Endellion. Details www.northcornwallbookfestival or 07787944935. Until Oct 27.
New Craftsman Gallery: Colin Orchard RBA: In Time and Place with sculpture by Joanna Wason. Until November 15.
ST MELLION, SALTASH
St Mellion International Resort: Devon and Cornwall Area of National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies are holding their area show. Tues 10am-6pm and Wed 10am-3.30pm.
The Wharf: Tavistock Musical Theatre company Present Annie, Thurs-Fri 7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
The Anchorage Centre: Quiz Afternoon at TASS. Teams of up to four. £2.50pp. Thursday 2.15pm.
Museum: Open daily major exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of US 29th Infantry Division arriving for training in SW Devon in May 1943 onwards. Open daily from 11am-3pm. Until October 31.
Corfe Village hall: Rag Market in aid of the Breast Care Unit at Musgrove Park Hospital. Saturday.
South Devon Arts Centre: Robbie Boyd plus Support. Wednesday 7.30pm.
Hall for Cornwall: Truro School and Prep School Annual Concert, Tues 7pm; Sarah Millican, Wed 7.30pm; Camborne Town Band, Last Night of the Proms. Thursday 7.30pm; Stewart Lee, writer and comedian. Sat 7.30pm.
Carrick Sports: Blood donor sessions Tuesday from 1.15pm-3.30pm and 4.45pm-7.30pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.
Hall for Cornwall: Barbara Dickson, Tuesday 7.30pm; Verdi Nabucco, Thursday 7.30pm; La Boheme, Friday 7.30pm; Verdi Aida Saturday 7.30pm; Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, harpist and kora player. Sunday 7.30pm.
Shuttleworth Hall: Parish of St Breoke and Egloshayle Fun Quiz, teams of up to six people. Pasty supper and nibbles including in entrance fee. Bring your own wine etc. Saturday 7.30pm.