For the Dedication of the Polish War Memorial, Saturday 23rd Sept

Thursday, 14 September 2023 12:22

What's on the Hill

Special Edition
For the Dedication of the Polish War Memorial, Saturday 23rd Sept
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As you will have seen from Ian Lawson's article in the August "What's on the Hill", the dedication of the new Polish War Memorial will take place on Saturday 23rd September. This is the culmination of lots of hard work by several villagers, (co-ordinated largely by Ian himself), the Parish Council, and representatives of the Polish living history group, "First to Fight", who commemorate the 1st Polish Paratroop Brigade. The event includes activities all day, largely run by the "First to Fight" Group, and we will be hosting and welcoming many visitors to the village, including some from Poland, and some VIPs from the Polish Community in the UK. Polish TV are covering the event and other media have been invited.

We are not advertising this widely but of course we hope that the village will turn out to welcome our guests and honour the memory of some very brave men who spent time in Easton on the Hill during WW2 and fought bravely in Operation Market Garden in particular.

The day's programme is below, and we ask for everyone's understanding on the day with traffic restrictions and parking pressures. We have no way of knowing how many visitors from the Polish Community outside the village will travel to attend, and we're doing all we can to mitigate parking pressures, but some minor inconvenience is possible. Please be patient and understanding if this is the case.

We could use some help in the final preparations if you would like to get involved; 

1. We are having a tidy up of Spring Close ready for the polish memorial re-dedication this Sunday, 17th September at 11am - any volunteers would be MOST welcome! You will be greeted with teas, coffees, flapjack and very grateful smiles!
2. The church marquees will be erected at the Blue Bell on Thursday 21st from about 5.00pm, and the usual moving of tables and chairs will need doing. A few more hands would help get the job done swiftly.

Here's hoping for decent weather and that the village shows itself in the best possible light for our guests and wider audience.

Tim Nicol