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Unfortunately due to the global COVID-19 virus outbreak all current CART public events are postponed until further notice.
In other news, behind the scenes work is progressing well on our new website. There is a huge amount of data to transfer, so bare with us. It will be worth it as the new site will have more information and will be easier to navigate. We will preserve the legacy of the brave Auxiliers.
We are delighted to inform you that a memorial will be unveiled in recognition of the Pelynt Patrol Auxiliary Unit.
This will take place on Saturday 21st March at Pelynt Village Hall, (near Looe), PL13 2LP. We will have a display of Auxiliary Units equipment and local patrol information inside the village hall from 12:00pm. The unveiling of the memorial will take place by the Lord Lieutenant Edward Bolitho OBE, at 2.30-3.00pm.
The memorial will be sited in the garden area directly outside the village hall where a place for it has been specially prepared. All welcome.
Link to the Pelynt Patrol report on the CART website here: https://www.coleshillhouse.com/pelynt-auxiliary-unit-patrol.php
Unveiling of the Ferndown (Dorset) Operational Base plaque Sunday 1st March has been postponed.
Due to a deteriorating weather forecast this event has unfortunately been postponed. No new date has been set yet – as soon as we have it we’ll pass it on.
Also, many thanks to The Colyton Parish History Society for the great turn out last night for the talk of the Aux Units in East Devon.
We got a number of really exciting leads which we will be following up over the next few weeks hopefully trying to clear up some of the ‘confusion’ that remains about patrols in the area!
Late notice, but CART will be presenting at Colyford Memorial Hall on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm.
If you’re in the area and want to find out more about the Aux Units, especially those in East Devon we’d love to see you!
There will also be a small display of pictures and information of local units.
Sunday 1st March at 10 am
Fitzpain Road, West Parley, Ferndown, Dorset. Between numbers 60 and 62.
Welcome speech, talk from CART, unveiling of memorial plaque and refreshments.
Please pass this on to anyone else who you may know who would like to attend.
The rediscovered Ferndown O.B. was excavated last year by CART. With support from the local council, part of the bunker will be permanently viewable.
The rediscovered Ferndown O.B. (Dorset) was excavated last year by CART. As is quite common, the local kids used to play in it, but perhaps were unaware of the significance of the structure – definitely not an air-raid shelter.
With support form the local council, part of the bunker will be permanently viewable, complete with the unveiling of an information board.
It was hoped that this would take place this coming weekend, but due to the very bad weather forecast and expected storm Ciara, this had been postponed. We will update you when we know more. All are welcome at the unveiling.
Some great coverage about the Ferndown bunker in Dorset. Many thanks to the Bournemouth Echo for their story (see here: https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/…/18184877.pictured-top-…/) and if any families of the members of the patrol are available for the official opening of the site, please get in touch.
The rediscovered Ferndown O.B. was excavated last year by CART. As is quite common, the local kids used to play in it, but perhaps were unaware of the significance of the structure – definitely not an air-raid shelter !
With support form the local council part of the bunker will be permanently viewable, complete with an information board.
We had the great pleasure of talking to the Sid Vale Association yesterday afternoon, in one of the more glamorous venues we get to talk in!
Many thanks to the people of Sidmouth who turned out to listen. We picked up a few leads of patrols in and around the area, so we’ll make sure that we keep you updated on anything that comes from them.
Just as a reminder we have another talk for the Colyton History Society coming up in February. Wednesday 26th February 7.30pm at Colyford Village Hall. It would be great to see you there!
We were very sad to hear about the passing of Sheila Trevaskis (nee Harrington), very likely to be the final member of the Aux Units ATS and maybe the final member of the Special Duties group as a whole.
See obit here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/…/sheila-trevaskis-intrepid-wi…/
It appears that we have a remaining operational Aux Unit member still alive in Wales and possibly one in Dorset – if anyone knows of any other remaining veterans do let us know!
A date for your diaries in January.
Wednesday 15th January at 2.30pm we will be talking at the Sidmouth Manor Pavilion Theatre with the Sid Vale Association. Manor Road, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8RP
All are welcome (£3 on the door), it would be great to see you there to learn more about the Auxiliary Units and the patrols in and around East Devon.