My mum contacted me to let me know that one of the local cluster of churches (Stedham) has a memorial to the glider troops in it.  I am hoping to get down and have a look before the event.  I have pasted in below the article she has placed in their parish magazine.

"The Glider Pilot Squadron, its link to Stedham and Project 65.
On the 6th June 1944 at 0016hrs  three gliders came down, silently, in Normandy to take what is now called Pegasus Bridge and start  D Day  and the beginning of the freeing of Europe. Hanging on the wall of Stedham Church is the standard of the Glider Pilot Squadron, laid up there because Brigadier George Chatterton of Stedham Hall commanded the squadron. Project 65 is both a celebration of that wonderful feat and an effort to raise funds for service charities.
 June 4th  2009 sees 200 runners starting from Tarrant Rushton in Dorset, whence the gliders were towed, to Pegasus Bridge ( 65 miles). The runners’ route will take them via Lymington, Southampton, Fareham and Portsmouth to the ferry-midday 5th.June. On the other side each will don a T shirt with the name of one of those men who were there 65 years ago, be put into three groups to match the three gliders and run to Pegasus bridge to arrive at 0016 on June 6th the exact time of the gliders’ arrival. Each runner has been challenged to find £1000 in sponsorship which will go to the Army Benevolent Fund, BLESMA, Royal British Legion, St Dunstans and Help for Heroes. A small amount will be used to put up a permanent memorial at Pegasus Bridge to those who braved the German defenses in the dark to start D Day. My son, Kester Wilkinson and his friend Hugh Peachey, are two of the runners. If anyone felt that they could support this cause it can be done via either his website/blog- (with all the gory details of his attempt to get fit enough!) at http://thestrawhouse.weebly.com/project-65.html       or me, Katharine Minchin, Kelross, Lutener Road, Easebourne, Midhurst GU29 9AT.  01730  813586. Thank You."

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    What am I doing ?

    On the 4th June I am taking part in a 65mile run for Project65.

    Why ?  I hadn't planned on doing any runs this year but as my mum phoned and asked me I thought I best oblige.  I feel very privileged to be able to take part in this event.  My stepfather Bill is an ex para-trooper and has not been too well recently, this event has really fired his imagination and he has already supported me by paying my entrance fee. 

    Both my parents were in the forces and my stepfather's brother was a sergeant navigator who died in the war so I am delighted to be involved in the D Day commemoration.

    "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them."

    if you would like to support me and make a donation please go to:  www.justgiving.com/kesterwilkinson

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