The testimonials on this page were sent by people who were present at the opening of the Tweedsmuir Camp Exhibition, including those who participated in establishing it. It has been a pleasure to have provided a venue for them to meet.
The testimonials included are in no particular order.
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM CHRIS SHEPHEARD, DIRECTOR OF THE RURAL LIFE CENTRE
Dear Zen and Wies,
Just a short note to say thank you both very much for the tremendous work you have done over the past few years to bring the Tweedsmuir exhibition to the museum.
I hope you are both pleased with Sunday's event which I think was a fine and fitting tribute to what you have achieved. None of us could know what would happen on Sunday with regards the wider public interest but it was truly astounding to see so many people present for this momentous occasion.
One of the comments overheard was that you have achieved what many had thought or tried to do previously but had failed.
I estimate the numbers to be somewhere between 300 and 350 of which around 250 paid to come into the museum on the day.
Following your appearance on BBC TV South Today at lunchtime on Monday, we even had people turning up here on Tuesday to see the exhibition plus many 'phone calls!
As to the future - How about combining the book launch with an event where people with memories and/or photographs can bring them along to share with you? Perhaps an evening in March which would give the project another "burst" of publicity as the museum begins its 2013 summer season. [...]
Once again many thanks to you both from us all here. Yesterday's coffee meeting was the most positive we have had for a long time and everyone was in agreement that your event was the best here for a long time. All felt that the atmosphere was superb. Some also went and bought copies of the DVD and those that had already seen it thought it very moving.
Congratulations and see you soon.
Just wanted to say you both deserve a huge gold star for all your hard work. On behalf of my family I would like to say thank you for your dedication to this project and seeing it through to the end.
I hope you enjoyed the day as much as we all did. Have a rest before you start part two. Please keep in touch. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Take care you are both very special people.
Love and best wishes to you and your families,
Danuta x [Project Participant]
Hi Wies and Zen,
I know I should have emailed you sooner but you know how it is. I want to thank you for the Opening Ceremony for the Tweedmuir exhibition. I thought it went very well and it was so nice catching up with some people that I hadn't seen in 55 years. The trouble is I didn't get their email addresses. So if Mrs Sudnik or Pauline nee Glinkowska (I don't know her married name) get in touch with you please could you ask them if you can forward their email addresses to me or give them mine. I thought I would see Mrs Sudnik later but I didn't.
We had such a lovely day and the weather was so kind to us. Has there been a report in either the Surrey Advertiser or Farnham Herald? I have been looking on line but not seen anything.
Of course, the next thing is a reunion!!
With best wishes to your families and fond memories.
Maggie Lee [Project Participant]
Hi Wies and Zen,
I know it's a bit after the event - but I just wanted to say how very much we enjoyed the opening of the new exhibition at Rural Life last Sunday.
It was so lovely to meet so many interesting people - all with very different and interesting pasts. I know Dad was very pleased to meet up with so many Polish people - several from Milford Church, previous neighbours and also share some of his stories with those that were interested.
I am sure I speak for many people in saying how much it is appreciated that you both had the vision and the enthusiasm to see the project through to completion - can imagine that it took many, many hours of work.
After the very successful opening it will surely be a very important and informative exhibition for RLC - and we look forward to hearing about the annual Polish event there!
I hope you will not mind me contacting you again in a few weeks, regarding taking some of Dad's papers to the Surrey History Centre.
With kind regards,
Dear Zen and Wies,
May I congratulate you on a fantastic achievement in bringing the whole project into fruition. It was remarkable, moving and poignant, bringing people together after 65 years.
We went there in a convoy with Wacek [Gąsiorowski] following us through Thursley as we wanted to stand again where we spent our youth. We arrived at Tilford not quite knowing what to expect but it turned out to be absolutely perfect. Wacek just said it was an extraordinary day.
My husband Alun felt very privileged to be there and now fully realized the hardships that everybody suffered although oddly it seems to him that the children enjoyed it due to the community spirit.
Thank you so much for an unforgettable day.
Elzbieta [Hopkins nee Zimna]
Well done both of you for putting on a fine show, Hazel and I really enjoyed ourselves, thanks.
The opening was very well attended and the display inside the hut was very professional, it will be worth another visit when I'm in the area again.
Mike [Kot] [Project Participant]
Dear Zen and Wies,
We got home from Greece last night and I popped up to the RLC this afternoon in the hope of catching you there, but I guess you were taking a well earned rest! Pete told me that the day went really well, and I saw the DVD on sale in the shop. I thought the cover looks really nice - so I'm glad you were able to change it.
Congratulations on an amazing achievement!
I hope we catch up soon.
All the best
David [Fairhead - Director and editor of In their Own Words]
Many thanks to both you and Wies. I had a fantastic day and it was humbling to see so many guests.
The time and effort you both must have put in leaves me in awe.
With many best wishes for the future and please do stay in touch.
Carl [Corrigan - son of Grazyna Kot]