Peter Colman, talking about Danilo Maglov

Peter Colman, talking about Danilo Maglov

Peter Colman worked at the local Heathcoat Yarns factory where he was apprenticed to Danilo Maglov, a European Voluntary Worker from present-day Croatia who settled permanently in Tiverton after WWII. In his interview, he talks about his memories of Danilo (Danny),...

Christine Star, German – soon British

Christine Star, German – soon British

Christine Star is a complementary therapist from Germany. She moved to Plymouth aged 37, and has spent many years living between Plymouth and Okehampton (where her partner lives). Christine is planning a move to Okehampton in the future. Christine worked for nine...

Daniel Leite, Portuguese national

Daniel Leite, Portuguese national

Daniel Leite was born in Portugal. He came to Devon around five years ago, after spending a period of time living and working in France. He now works as a chef, whilst also completing an Open University degree. Daniel currently lives in Okehampton, but has previously...

Mrs C, an Okehampton resident of Filipino heritage

Mrs C, an Okehampton resident of Filipino heritage

Mrs C is British-Filipino. She is a secondary school English teacher, who moved to Devon aged 12, from the Philippines. She now lives in Okehampton with her husband and daughters. In her adult life, Mrs C has been relearning the Visayan language she grew up with, as...

James Richard Halsey, President of the Exeter Hebrew Congregation

James Richard Halsey, President of the Exeter Hebrew Congregation

James Richard Halsey was born in July 1946 in Hertfordshire. He is the President of the Exeter Hebrew Congregation. Richard reflected in great detail about a range of aspects of Jewish life, from friends and parents of friends who escaped from Europe before the Second...

Michal Brandstatter, British-Israeli

Michal Brandstatter, British-Israeli

Michal Brandstatter is a 55-year-old educator and photographer. She came to Okehampton 15 years ago, moved away two years ago, and has recently moved back after living in France and South Devon.  Born in Israel, Michal moved to England at the age of 4, and has since...

Anna Georghiou, British-Cypriot

Anna Georghiou, British-Cypriot

Anna Georghiou was born in Torquay. Her paternal grandparents came to the UK from Cyprus in the 1960s. Anna now lives and works as an artist ​and holistic therapist in Okehampton, after attending university and living and working for a period in Cyprus. Anna considers...

Peter Szypko, Polish heritage

Peter Szypko, Polish heritage

Peter Szypko lives in Sheffield. He is currently undertaking a research project to find out more about his father Aleksander’s eventful early life, including his time spent at the Okehampton Polish Naval Camp during and after the Second World War. Aleksander Szypko...

Adam Hassan, British-Egyptian young person

Adam Hassan, British-Egyptian young person

Adam Hassan is an A-Level student, who moved to Okehampton from Egypt around three years prior to his interview. He is hoping to study Computer Science and Mathematics at university, before going into Finance. Adam was initially surprised by the welcoming reception he...

Carol Williamson, born in Trinidad

Carol Williamson, born in Trinidad

Carol Williamson was born in Trinidad. She came to the UK to study in 1958 - and ended up staying! She now lives with her husband on their family farm, returning to the West Indies for the winter months. Carol has a son and daughter very nearby, and another daughter...

Antoni ‘Tony’ Olszowski, British-Polish

Antoni ‘Tony’ Olszowski, British-Polish

Antoni (Tony) Olszowski lives in North Yorkshire, and is currently looking into his father, Stanislaw’s, life during the Second World War, and how this relates to the Okehampton Naval Camp. After seeing active service in the Polish Navy, Stanislav was sent to...

Ann Zielonka, Ukranian heritage

Ann Zielonka, Ukranian heritage

Ann Zielonka is a part time Health Visitor living in Sheffield. She is currently researching her father, Antoni’s, story. Antoni was in the Polish Navy during the Second World War and spent several periods of time in the Okehampton Naval Camp: both for training and in...