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    Posted: 13 March 2013 at 8:47pm
For those old enough to remember, there was a large Polish community living in the area back in the 1950's - see link

http://www.polishresettlementcampsintheuk.co.uk/hodgemoor1.htm

As a young boy I remember being taken by my aunt to Hodgemoor Camp (it seemed more like a village), because she married a Polish ex-soldier who had fought at Monte Cassino in Italy. I remember it was around Easter because a Polish person living there gave me a highly decorated Easter egg. I thought it was going to be chocolate but it turned out to be a hard-boiled hen's egg! Was I disappointed, you betcha!

So there is a history of many Poles living in this country long before the more recent influx of Polish plumbers and painters/decorators!


Edited by Rich Kid - 13 March 2013 at 8:48pm

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Anita Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 March 2013 at 11:30am
What a lovely storey Rich Kid I am sorry however about your egg. I hope you have made up for your disappointment by now and eaten plenty of chocolateWink
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I remember the camp. Our country owes much to the Polish community. I employ many Polish people who are great workers.
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My Grandad's Polish, hes featured in a book about Polish war hereos. And hes still alive and well at the age of 90.
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There's a little bit about 'Polishtown' (in Hodgemoor Wood) in the new book 'The Chalfonts & Gx at War'. They had their own church and even their own football team. Many worked at Mars in Slough and the community drifted to Amersham after the war. A fine body of hard-working folks, as always.
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