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Meeting report – Hastings in Wartime by Ken Brooks

The illustrated talk for March was given by the local historian Ken Brooks. He began by showing a photo of a Zeppelin seen during WW1. Then photos of the first 680 conscriptions following the outbreak of WW2, also of the beach still packed with visitors in the following May.

But the evacuation of Dunkirk greatly heightened hostilities. A number of little boats from Hastings tried to help at Dunkirk, but only the lifeboat succeeded in bringing back survivors, even sustaining shrapnel damage below the waterline.

Ken showed many photos such as of child evacuees, and of Canadian soldiers billeted at the Queens Hotel, laying down barbed wire all along the seafront, also ‘ Dragon’s Teeeth ‘ tank traps installed. Even some vain attempts to build small walls around the Queens Road.

Also of dismantling iron railings for scrap around Alexander park and the cemetery, and removing the old Russian Gun. Likewise of the floor boards being removed from the main pier, when both piers were partially dismantled, and of bomb damage even the bullet hole still in the Statue of Queen Victoria. Likewise the use of St. Clements Caves as bomb shelters, schools, and homes for the homeless following bomb damage, and the Air raid Siren still standing at Silverhill.

Ken also showed and schools the board in the town centre showing donations totally £5,000 for building a Spitfire with the Mayor donating £1,000. To combat the onslaught of the V1 and V2 heavy Anti Aircraft guns were deployed along the seafront as below Ken’s very interesting talk culminated in photos of street parties celebrating the end of hostilities.

Meeting notes taken by Gordon (M3YXH).

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Vital Spark Archive

Vital Spark newsletter articles

Take a look through a large selection of articles written by club members over the years which have been published in the monthly Vital Spark newsletter .

Used Ham Radio Equipment

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Every four weeks, HERC's Used Ham Radio Equipment for sale list is updated on the site. Bookmark the gear for sale page to re-visit easily and take advantage of the used equipment on sale through the club.

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Month on the Air - G3MGQ's popular monthly DX contest/expedition list.
Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup - The clubs annual operating event in the memory of Wilf Gaye M0GYE.
St. Richard's College Buildathon/STEM/ARISS - HERC attends St. Richard's Catholic College for their various events surrounding the Tim Peake ARISS contact.
G3BDQ - John Hey's Rare QSL Cards.
Sussex Electronics Radio Fair - SERF Sussex Electronics Radio Fair 2016.
Vital Spark - A selection of articles re-published from the Vital Spark.
RSGB News - Find out how to get RSGB news on your mobile or PC.
Experimenters Corner - A selection of Proteus projects by Bob Gornal (G7DME)
BBADL - Bath Based Distance Learning Course.
Conquest Hospital Radio - Presented by HERC member Antony (G4CUS).
Radio Rallies 2016 - An up to date list of radio rallies scheduled for 2016.
Club QSL Cards - A selection of QSL cards the club has received over the years.
Other Newsletters - Excellent newsletters and magazines from other clubs.
TX Factor episodes - Take a look at the TX Factors YouTube videos.
John Taplin - A bio of the late John Taplin.

Amateur Radio Resources

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