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Polishness
My Husband's father arrived in this country after the second world war. It was only last year that we realsied that we have family living in Wroclaw we will be visiting them in August!
jean Adamiec

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Polishness
Hi All! I'm currently writing my dissertation of Polishness outside Poland and was wondering if you could help me a little bit. What do you associate with Poland and Polishness, what makes you feel Polish, what is typical?
Just a few comments would suffice...Dzieki!
Olivia Serdeczny
London

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the war
My Grandad was Polish, and indeed came over from the war. Not quite sure where he was from, but intend to find out. I think it began with K, maybe Krakow. Date: Hi All! I'm currently writing my dissertation of Polishness outside Poland and was wondering if you could help me a little bit. What do you associate with Poland and Polishness, what makes you feel Polish, what is typical?
Just a few comments would suffice...Dzieki!
Christopher Drosdzowski y
London

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Polish Lessons
Hi Joanne! there is a big Polish centre in the city centre of Derby (keddleston Road).
I myself very much interested in learning Polish and I have been told that it could be a good place to interact with the Poles and learn Polish.
Omar laiq
Derby

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Polish Language lessons
Gary, are you still interested in Polish lessons. How about in Congleton/Biddulph?
Urszula Jelen-McNulty
Biddulph

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Old Polish folksong
March 12,2006.-- In the early 40's, Mother used to sing an old song about a little girl whose Mother had died.
The girl was looking for her grave in the cemetery-"Szla dziewczynka szypkiem kropem" to tell her Mother that-'nowa mama jesc nie daje, tylko suchy chleb, tylko suchy chleb."
It's been along time since I thought of that song & because my mother also died, there's no one else in the family that knows the rest of the words. I'm hoping that perphaps someone in this region might know the words. Ever hopeful--
Barbara
Wilmington, Delaware, USA

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-> Natalia Birmingham
Hello Can you tell me if there are any Polish Catholic Churches in Birmingham please and when and at what time they run? Thanks.
Are you sure you're looking for Polish catholich church, not Roman catholic?
tru


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Learning Polich in Bournemouth Area
Anybody know of any Polish language teachers in the Bounemouth area? Preferably cheap :-)
Colin
Bournemouth

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origin of surname
I'm trying to find the origin of my surname which is SMURA. My father was born in Poland but the surname is unusual.Can anyone help
richard smura
stafford

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any one out there?
responding to Gosia: I'm also au-pair and I am looking for friends in the Knutsford area. I've got Sundays and Mondays free and evenings as well.
Sabina
Knutsford

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JAN PIETRZKIEWICZ
My uncle was Jan Pietrzkiewicz from a family of 13 near Stanislawo. My father is Frank Pietrzkiewicz who is 93 this year. One of my Dad's brothers lived in Prudnik and had 4 children before he died in 1998. Please send me your grandparents names as I think we are related.
Ryszard Marian Pietrzkiewicz (Rick Piet)
McGregor, Ontario

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book about the Polish community at Blackshaw Moor.
I have recently had requests for the book we produced about the Polish community at Blackshaw Moor, Borderland Voices
We still have copies, so please inform anyone who would like to get in touch. our address is changed It is now:- Sheena Barnes c/o BORDERLAND VOICES 55, Queens Drive Haregate Leek Staffs ST13 QF6 Many thanks
Sheena Barnes

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re: Carolyn Dutton
Hi Carolyn Your father and grandfathers experiences were not uncommon however I suspect your dates might be a little confused although I would not presume to know your families history or circumstances.
Between 1940 and 1941 the Soviet Union deported some 1.5 million Poles to Siberia, many of whom did not return. Those that did, did so by the route your father took. These people lost everything and there was never any question of reparations due to the fact that at the end of the war, the Soviet Union was an ally that had sacrifised a great deal.
Therefore it would have been,shall we say, rude to excuse this great ally of attempted genocide. Anyway, there is plenty of information out there and I would suggest starting with: http://www.aforgottenodyssey.com/ This is a wealth of information and links which should help you enormously. Also - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kresy-Siberia/ This is a Yahoo group of deportee's and their decendents, however this doesn't refer to the Belorus region, it's more to do with those deported from what is now the Ukraine. I believe there is a similar group for Belorus deportee's and somebody there could probably point you in the right direction.
Also http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/C1267 - Lots of excellent stories courtesy of the BBC which will mirror your father experience, and http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/A8874093 and this is my fathers story.
And finally, if you want to know how they all settled into life in the UK, http://www.northwickparkpolishdpcamp.co.uk/ I hope that helps.
Jurek Biegus
Stoke on Trent

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Polish community
I am Chairman of the Cheshire Federation of Women's Institutes Public Affairs Committee. We are organising an international day on 10th May 2006 at Byley Village Hall between Middlewich and Knutsford. The theme is Spotlight on Poland.
I am trying to get a varied programme of shortish sessions covering Poland today and a bit of history too if I can as Poles settled in South Cheshire too so your project would have relevance.
Carolyn Wilde

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English teaching
Hi, I am a well experienced English teacher. If there are any Poles who need assistance with English language (children or adults), writing formal letters, filling application forms
Domi
London

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Cycle Ride to Warsaw
I thought you would like to know about a very special cycle ride that Marie Curie Cancer Care we are organising in September (9th – 15th) this year. We are a major UK cancer charity with an obvious connection to Warsaw.
In 2004 we had 80 cyclists ride from Krakow to Warsaw raising money for our Hospices in the UK. This was so successful that we have organised an even larger event for 2006. ‘The Great 500 Cycle Challenge’. Will involve 500 cyclists riding from 5 different cities – Krakow, Gdansk, Prague, Berlin and Vilnius – all arriving in Warsaw at the same time.
It is the largest event of its type ever undertaken by a UK charity and it has attracted considerable press attention in the UK. We have already recruited over 350 of the riders but are looking to have all 500 signed up by April.
We thought that this event might be of particular interest to the Polish community, particularly the Gdansk route which may have specific significance to many. My name is Jim Cooper and I am the event organiser. You can find out more about the event at www.great500.co.uk but if you would like to talk to me about other idea etc then you can find my contact details on the website.
Jim Cooper
London

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Message - Wadws from Marcus Holmes, Kuopio, Finland from Stoke-on-Trent
Dear Marcus, I was very interested when I rad your message. My Great Grand Father - George Edward Leat (born 1880) and lived at 72 Charles Street, in S-on-T, was also a Potter.
I am currently trying to put our family tree together, and have in the process found a couple of family members, as you can imageine this has been something beyond description!.
However, I would like to know if you have any history on the Potter's of G. G. Dads time? We still have a tea set he produced.
I shall get the address and pass it on to you via this medium, alternatively you are welcome to send me an e-mail - I would really appreciated it. Regards from South Africa.
Cindy Maitland (nee Leat)
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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learning polish
i read your message regarding wanting to learn polish, my father was polish and i too would like to learn his native tongue, he died many years ago, but i still wish to learn and live in notts so if you have had any success can you let me know from where/
marie knowles
mansfield notts

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polish community
Hi just wondering if you found anything about the polish community as am try to find out if there are any polish community groups or projects in Preston.
Paulette Graham -Adullam housing association
Preston

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polish Jewish groups
Love your site re Poles in Staffordshire.
My interest is that my father is polish. His father was arrested by Stalinists 1n 1938 and never heard of again. Their land and property was confiscated and my father had to escape via Siberia he joined the Polish army and then in the middle east joined the RAF. This is how he ended up in Manchester.
When the allies ceded eastern Poland to Russia many Poles were unable to return home. Over the years Jewish groups have had a voice and received reparation from Germany but I can find no similar voice for the Polish people who lost family and property in what is now Belorus.
Any chance of you finding out if anything can be done to raise the profile of what is an elderly group of brave people? . Over the years I have written to Mp’s but got nowhere.
Many thanks
Carolyn Dutton
Nantwich Cheshire

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newcastle upon tyne
hello/witamy Alicia, my friend is polish, and we hope to join or meet polish peolpe in newcastle.
david
newcastle upon tyne

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polish school
hi , I looking polish school for my daughter in Bermingham area , maybe someone could help me, thank you
renata
Halesowen

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teaching Polish language
I am Polish teacher. I can give you polish language lessons.
Izabela
Milton Keynes

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Rita
I seek assitance from the Polish community who may have any recollection of Rita Langstraat nee Haines of Soho Hill B'ham.
The Polish gentleman I would like to contact may have lodged in Naden Road B'ham in 1949. For further details please contact.
David Spears
Wakefield

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Rita
There is a message posted by my friend 'Jan Czerski, Sale-Manchester' that is subject headed 'Doddington Polish Camp/BIESIADA/Wybunbury' etc..and in this he refers to me as 'Jurek Kelner'..ie a spelling error..it should read 'Jurek Kerner' etc...can you therefore please correct this on the message board accordingly...? many thanks
Jurek Ian KERNER
Southport ( & Manchester )


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To Hayley Trow re documentary on Poles
Hi Hayley, I am doing reminisnce work with a Pole from Lodz who was in Polish army, 2nd corps, out in Italy in WW2 and then became a miner in Yorkshire. He has interesting things to say about the discriminatory way he was treated as an Alien, over here, when he felt he had fought as 'one of us' and should be treated as such I think he'd be prepared to be interviewed. He lives near Pontefract, ie near Wakefield and Leeds. Could you tell me about more about your project so I can introduce him to it? Cheers. Jo
Jo Stanley
Bradford

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Catholic Churches in birminhgam
try this link: click here
Joanna M.
Redruth/

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patalong
My name is gareth patalong and my grandad was sent to the anzio camp in blackshaw more in 1941.
HIs surname was shortend becouse it was to long and i have been trying to find out what it was,could anybodey help me.
gareth patalong
leek town

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Looking for large Polish family
My grandfather had 12 brothers, he came to America around 1912 and I would love to know how many relatives I really have.
His name was Adamciewicz. Once I was in a club in Manhattan and this guy and I looked at each other and we had the same face.
Janet Kuharich
Clearwater, FL

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Polish
I am looking for Polish people around hayfield or new mills area. There is a work availabe. szukam Polakow z okolic New Mills.
Alicja

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To Terry Abrahms
Hello. Your father's name would be in polish: Henryk (same as Henry),
The sace gets more complicated with your uncle. If his name come from "Maurice" (and that's the only thing I can think of)he would be called Maurycy. But it is not for sure.
Joanna
Redruth / Cornwall

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' PO PROSTU NOWA BIESIADA '
For all followers, fans and friends of 'PO PROSTU NOWA BIESIADA'...the Polish Singing Group from Manchester...this is just a brief reminder that we shall be appearing and singing at the forthcoming 'POLISH DANCE SPECTACULAR' ..at The Swan Theatre, St. Mary Street, High Wycombe, Bucks., HP11 2XE ...which is being held on 11th & 12th February 2006...Saturday at 7pm..Sunday at 4pm...Tickets from the Box Office 01494-512000 or visit their website: www.wycombeswan.co.uk

We are pleased to mention that 'POLONEZ MANCHESTER'..our fellow Polish Song & Dance Group also from Manchester..will also be appearing and performing at the same 'POLISH DANCE SPECTACULAR'... along with song & dance groups from other towns and cities around the UK... see the 'POLONEZ MANCHESTER' website: www.polonezmanchester.org.uk For more info, news and forthcoming events etc on 'PO PROSTU NOWA BIESIADA'..please visit our website: www.biesiada-manchester.com We hope to see you all soon at High Wycombe...
Jurek KERNER
Southport & Manchester
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Humanitarian Aid Work
I work for the Fire Service and a group of Fire and Police personnel are going out to Poland in April to do some Humanitarian Aid Work. We would like to make contact with anyone in the Stafford Polish Community with a view to help with our fundraising activities.
Sue Fowler
Stone

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accommodation
Hello Sarah, I have a double room in a nice house in Chislehurst Kent/s.e. London area, sharing the house with 3 other Polish people & one French person for £290.00 per month inc. council tax & tv licence. Easy access to city of london, Bromley & croydon
Paul Duffy
London

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POLISH/RUSSIAN FIRST NAMES
I am trying to research my father's and uncle's Polish equivalant of their anglisised first names, so i can search for their birth certs. I hope you can help. My father was born in 1895 and and had the name of Abramovitch / Abramowiez. He came to the UK and changed his name to Harry (Henry) Abrahams. My uncle to Morris Abrahams. Would you know their possible Polish / Russian first names please?
Terry Abrahams

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Church
Hello Can you tell me if there are any Polish Catholic Churches in Birmingham please and when and at what time they run? Thanks.
Natalia
birmingham

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Sausage!
Ahhh, does anyone know anywhere in London where i can buy polish sausage??
mandy
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Nickname for John
Right spelling is Jasio

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To Theresa
Right spelling is MIKOLAJ

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Dziuk
I am looking for Paul Kaspar Dziuk, my grandfather married to Martha Elisabet Nee Gaugliz. He was born January 6, 1887 in Polish Neudorf (Nova Wies) His Mother was Johanna Kampa, his father Franz Dziuk
Ulrike H. Graf
Des Plaines IL USA
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Polish workers in Hartlepool
I'm trying to make contact with the Polish Workers community in Hartlepool or the North East of England. Can you help?
Roger Murdoch
Hartlepool

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Polish in Preston
Hi! If you looking for someone who speaks Polish, plase write to my. Czesc, jesli szukasz kogos z Preston z kim moglbys porozmawiac po polsku napisz do mnie.
Merek Lenartowicz
Preston
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www.americansinpoland.com
Hello Everyone, I am the administrator of a new web site called Americans in Poland (AIP) www.americansinpoland.com . This site is geared towards helping all native english speakers who are living in, working in or visitng poland.
Please stop by have a look and use the resouces contained within including link list and message board. Thank you.
Michael bRADLEY
POZNAN

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wanting to learn
hi mirela i would love to learn polish as im of polish descent and have always led a lifee around polish culture. could you help ?
simon wesolowski
stoke-on-trent

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PBF Sell Out in Balham
I have just found this site and I wanted to add my views and let as many people know what is happening in Balham Klub London.
The Club over the years had started to decline. A group of younger local mlodziez put forward proposals on keeping the klub to continue to be run for the community by a seperate body with good intentions and profits to be ploughed back into parafia.
PBF and Rektor in their wisdom handed it into private hands to do what they wanted as a business venture.
A year down the line, Balham Klub is a mess, it no longer serves the parafia but caters for 'Najgorsze hooligani z Polski'
The police are called to the club as there is always trouble, there are wet T-shirt competitions and the state of the club is disgusting.
The local Polish community are so upset that this has happened and is happening and the people and their families who had paid for this club no longer feel welcome and are extremely upset because they have lost their focal polish club to a greedy businesss venture agreed by PBF.
Joanna Ostrowska
London

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Santa Claus/Nicholas
I've a nephew named Nick. My Dad always called him Mikolwai(?) It means Santa Claus. Tell me the right way of spelling that, please!
Theresa Lipski
Kansas CIty MO USA

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Re Jan Kowalski from Manchester
Jan Kowalski's sweeping assertion branding all recent Polish immigrants to Britain as dishonest, corrupt and simply evil is not only misleading but also a downright lie.
He obviously has not met any of these new arrivals, nor read in the British press the favourable comments about them. If he had taken the trouble to do so, he would know that there are thousands of competent Polish doctors, nurses, dentists, teachers and other professionals working here already, as well as many skilled and unskilled workers-farm labourers, builders, plumbers, waiters, aupairs etc, etc. Each and all regarded as valuedx as honest, hard working and reliable employees. A credit to Britain and of course their own country, Poland.
George Hebda and Talfryn Turschmidt
Cheadle, Staffs

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music teacher
My name is Olga. I'm from Poland.Few months ago I moved to England,I live in Manchester.I'm looking for job but it's no so easy.I have GSCE of Music High School and this year I finished Academy of Music so I graduated M.A. degree.I can't work as a musicien because I have got my own instrument(cello),so looking for job as a music teacher or anything connect with music,but I can't find anything.
Can I ask about advice and help me to find anything or give any clue where I should look for.Please send me reply.Thank you.
Olga
Eccles

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Polish Catholic Centre, near Digbeth, Birmingham
Hello My boyfriend has recently moved from Poland and I have been recommended to take him here. Has anyone else been to this place and know what happens there - what people do - or is it a social club where people sit and drink!
Also do people speak English there or is it simply just for Polish people. If anyone has got any information about it can you please post a reply!
Ana
Birmingham
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Felix
Hi again Linda, You have your cousin Regina Milaszkiewicz who lives in UK. She is a medicine doctor. Best regards
Antoni Jankowski
Warszawa

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teaching poles aged nine
dont bother wait till they learn. why put ur self out? let the parents learn them before they come
Pete Jones
northampton

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Polish Langauge
I am currently have a girlfriend who is Polish and speaks quite good english but I don't speak any Polish. I would like to try and speak the polish langugage. Can any body help Me? I live in cheshire but are willing to drive if some one can give me lessons.
Gary Russell
Macclesfield

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spelling of nickname for John in Polish
It is spelt 'Jasiu' I hope this helps. Pozdrowienia
Michal Frackiewicz
Wallington

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seeking lost relatives
my father in laws name was bronislaw kijewski he came to this country after or during the second world war i think his fathers name was barnard.we have no other information .
maureen kijewski
st neots,huntingdon,cambs

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Nickname for John/Jan in Polish
I am trying to figure out how to spell the Polish version of the nickname for John - pronounced YA-SHOO. Can someone help me out here?
Mary Barto
Melbourne, FL

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Felix
Hi Linda, You have 2 aunts (Janina Niedzwiedzka, 83 years old and Jadwiga Kruk 67 years old) and 1 ankle (Henryk Milaszkiewicz, 79 years old) in Poland, and a lot of relatives because your father had here 4 sisters and 4 brothers (2 in UK: Felix and Josef). Josef, your father is my ankle because my mother, Marianna is his sister. You have 22 cousins in Poland altogether. Best regards
Antoni Jankowski
Warszawa

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Help with Polish Children in our school
Hi Mirella I am at a governor at Brailsford Primary school and next week (07/11/05)we are looking forward to having 3 polish children join us. The staff have no experience of Polish and the help the LEA (Derbyshire County Council) will give us is as yet unknown. Any help from you or any of the Polish community in our area would be very much appreciated. We would be very grateful if you could help us. Best wishes Bev Cuthbertson
Bev Cuthbertson
Brailsford, Ashborne, Derbyshire

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"Poles in Britain" 1980's tv documentary
I am trying to trace a copy of the above. One programme covered my fathers life in britain. He came to Britain in 1947, was de-mobbed near Cardiff and married a welsh girl. He worked in the welsh coal mines, loved music, played the accordian, and renovated and lived in an old cottage in wales. He died in 1993. The family has lost a recording of the tv programme and are desperate to get a copy of the documentary to show his grandchidren
Jan Pietrzkiewicz
blandford forum, dorset

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Homefront Recall
Please note that the date for this event is Sunday 13th and not the 15th as stated previously.
Joe Cairns
Newcastle under Lyme
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Polish Children Education
Can anyone help me, i am trying to find information on schooling for polish child aged 9 who does not speak any english.
andrew shelley
staffordshire

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job / teaching english for polish people
I moved to the UK two months ago and I'm looking for a job. In Poland I was a qualified English teacher, so if anyone requires private English lessons in the area of Stoke on Trent, please contact me.
Mirella
Blythe Bridge

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Sunday 13th November 2005
We're holdig a HomeFront Recall at Knutton Community Centre, Knutton Lane,Newcastle, Staffs ST59HF at 4pm.
It is celebrating the diversity within our community and the impact that the Eastern Europeans (especially the Polsh Community) have meant to our community, and the contributions to our society since the end of the second world war.
thier will be stories from the Polish community of how they managed to overcome some of the barriers they faced, and local peoples stories of when they first meet people from Eastern Europe.
there shall be good music,excellent food and Bingo. this a chance to bring back some the memories of times gone bye. Transport can be arranged free of charge for people who have difficulties getting here.
Contact -Joe Cairns 01782 614071

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wot no new friends out there!!!!!!
au pair from poland looking for new friends in and around stoke on trent/stafford area.
gosia

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Like to meet Polish workers
There is a Polish Mass on Sunday 11.15 at Longton, Battisson Crescent. Many of the new Polish workers come to meet others. I would suggest your friend comes to the mass and meets others like himself.
Alicia
Newcastle

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branka's message
could not help, but i know the author.
best wishes from hot san diego, moca
momo savovic
san diego

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Hoping to hear from Poles in Manchester
In response to Sonya Conteh's message. I am half-Polish and speak intermediate-level Polish (I have just spent a year living in Krakow).
I would like to develop my Polish through conversation lessons. I would be happy to help a Polish person in the area in return for any help I can offer, or to pay for private lessons, or even just meet for a coffee. I live in Atherton (M46 postcode) and go to the University of Salford. Hoping to hear from you! Pozdrawiam
Stefan Mikulin
Manchester

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Polish names - help
Tadeusz is not simply an endearment. My father's name was Tadeusz. He was often called Ted by his English speaking friends and colleagues. Polish people would call him Tadzik or Tadzio.
Val
Oldham

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new Polish food store/delicatessen
I just want to inform the Polish community in staffordshire that there is a new Polish food store/delicatessen in wolverhampton with products usually only available from Poland.
The address is 85 Rugby street, Whitmore reans, wolverhampton wv1 4pg.
It's just off the newhampton road - customers welcome!!!
Store is open 9am - 9pm 7 days a week and the delicatessen is open 12pm - 9pm 7 days a week.
Val
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any one out there?????
hello my name is gosia, i am staying in the uk as an au pair for a local staffordshire family. i have evenings and weekends free and would love to meet with polish people and socialise.
gosia
tittensor

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Wladyslaw Kochanowski
I'm tryint to trace Wladyslaw kochanowski. He would be in his 70's or 80's now. He was a member of the Polish Army in WW2 and was in the polish resettlement camp at Diddington. He was a friend of my parents. Can anyone help ?
Yolanda Szuminska
Cheshire

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Polish Community site for people coming to work, live and meet people in the UK
This is a fantastic site in which i have helped many Polish people settle in the UK, it is full of advice and help on putting Polish people in touch with work, accommodation short and long term, friends and sporting communities. It is tailored towards just Polish people looking to settle in the UK. the site is applecatcher.com.
George Wright
Edinburgh

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Polish goverment in exile
Can anyone tell me more about Polish government in exile that was alleged to be in Gloucestershire during the mid 1950's?
Glenys Thomas
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polish clubs in north staffordshire
there is a White Eagle Polish Club, Riverway, stafford & a Polish group meets in the Sacred Heart Church hall in Newcastle-under-Lyme; Thursday I think
Anna Warrington ( nee Kroczak)
Slindon, Stafford

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Polish women reaearch
I was born here (1954), am totally fluent - never spoke English at home; we still have a Polish Christmas & paint eggs at Easter.
Anna Warrington (nee Kroczak)
Slindon, Stafford

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Sour Soup - kwasnia zupa
I'll ask my mother (80), I remember her making this soup............ tho'I hated it.
Anna Warrington ( nee Kroczak)
Slindon, Stafford

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White Eagle Polish Club
Yes - very well attended. Lots of younger people. Not sure when they meet tho'. Its at Riverway, Stafford
Anna Warrington (nee Kroczak)
Slindon, stafford

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Polish born people now living in the UK, please help me!
Hello, I’m conducting research into the experiences of Polish born people now living in the UK, especially their working experiences and education. It is for my Undergraduate Dissertation in Geography.

If you are now living in the UK and were born in Poland, I would be very interested in interviewing you about your experiences. This could take the form of a MSN Messenger or Yahoo Instant Messenger conversation at a time specified by you, for your convenience. If interested, please contact me via this site. I hope to make the interviews as rewarding as possible, and hopefully the opportunity to talk about experiences and future plans will be a valuable chance for reflection. Thank You
simon miller
london

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Polish Food Shop
You can buy Polish Food at Polish Millenium House, Bordesley Street, Birmingham. You can also buy a superb sausage called "Wiejska" at Morrison's in Walsall by the Arboretum
J. Lopuszynski
Walsall

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Like to meet Polish workers
There is a Polish Mass on Sunday 11.15 at Longton, Battisson Crescent. Many of the new Polish workers come to meet others. I would suggest your friend comes to the mass and meets others like himself.
Alicia
Newcastle

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POLISH NICKNAMES
Tadeusz is NOT a nickname. It is a normal name. Look up Thaddeus in the List of Saints named within the Eucharisctic Prayer Number I of the Roman Catholic Church. If you match that with the Polish translation of Eucharistic Prayer I, or with the original Latin of Eucharistic Prayer I, you will find what you are looking for. Also look up the very famous polish citizen Tadeusz Kosciuszko. "Ed" is short for the Polish name Edward, which in English happens to also be "Edward".
J. Lopuszynski
Walsall

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Polish lessons/courses in Preston
I've just spent two months teaching English in Poland and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I plan to go again next year so I want to learn some Polish. Does anyone know of anywhere in Preston or the surrounding area that offers Polish language lessons?
James Martin
Stoke/Preston

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Poles of today
I can not believe the comments made about the Poles of today.
We have found releatives of my late Fathers in Poland and have visited each other recently. All I can say is good about the Polish people. They are extremely hard working, very polite and hospitable. They are also very intelligent and believe greatly in the merit of learning all they can to help them in life. It is a great pity that more of our fellow countrymen are not of the same ilk.
Sheila Bannister
Chesterfield

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like to meet Polish workers
A friend of mine has recently come to the UK to work and is currently working and living in the Newcastle, Staffs area. However he would love to meet up with fellow Poles living in the area. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.
Stephanie
Newcastle

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Nottingham/Derby would like Polish Lessons
I would like to learn polish, I have started and am getting on well, but would like to improve.
I live in Nottingham but also near to Derby.
I know that Nottingham has a Polish Club with a school, but they have not replied to any of my letters or phone calls for help.
I kwow there is a club in Derby, but cannot find the contact details. Can anyone help? Thank you.
Joanne
Nottingham/Derby

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Anyone want to link with Polish school?
We have been contacted by a Catholic school in Poland that wishes to set up links with an English school. Unfortunately we are busy developing links with a school in Italy at the moment.
Can someone contact them and perhaps link them with someone in the Polish community locally? Their e-mail is: szkolakat@interia.pl. The address is: Anna Stachura, Katolickie Gimnzjum I Liceum w Brzesku, U1. Browarna 15, 32-800 Brzesko, Poland.
Hoping that you can be of some help to them in this matter.
Pat Adamson, Deputy Head
St. Dominic’s Priory School, Stone.

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Polish Lessons
I live in Bicester near Oxford and am interested in learning Polish. My husband's parents are Polish and I have made many Polish friends through this family connection. I would love to be able to converse with them when we visit.
However I have looked into Polish lessons and cannot find any outside of London. Maybe someone can help me find a teacher in the Oxford area.
maggie
Bicester

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working in the uk
Hi, i am thinking about working in the uk as a self employed cleaner. Has anyone got any advise on tax and my working rights. çheers!!
Joasia

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Searching for Polish twin friends of my Father
I am looking to find two twin friends of my late father Wojciech Wojchiechowski if anyone can help. One lived in Nottingham and one in london. They came to visit us in 1964 approx and brought my Fathers stepmother also. If anyone can help locate them I would be extremely grateful.
Sheila Bannister
Chestefield

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Polish names - help!
Hello! I was wondering if you could help me! I have a question about Polish names/nicknames. My husband and I recently joyously welcomed into the world our first son - we named him Theodore. My mother in law told us that his name in Polish is Tadeusz.

Everything I've found on the internet says that his name, Theodore, is translated as Teodor, although it said that Tadeusz often nicknamed "Ted" as is Theodore. When I told this to the family, it kind of ruffled some feathers...
Her brother (my husban'ds uncle) sent me an email saying that: "Tadeusz in polish is simply an endearment and has the same relation to Theodore as Jack to John. Edeusz, is equally an endearment for any of the Ed variations, Edmund--Edward. these endearments are most never used literally. The endearments would only be used by the family and close friends. These are nicknames expressing familiarity and love. I am proud of mine." (His name is Edmund)

I don't speak Polish or have immediate Polish family ties, so I don't know if this is a common way to shorten a male name. I couldn't even find "Edeusz" with an internet search, so maybe it was just a family thing? Is Theodore (or Teodor) called "Tadeusz" in Polish as an endearment as he suggested? I might be in a battle of pride, but I DO want to know what to put in the baby book! haha Thank you in advance for clearing up this mystery! Sherry
sherry
Troy

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polish food shop
try wolverhampton market

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Re Jan Kowalski from Manchester
When was the last time, he visited Poland? I was there recently. the Poles of today are just like the Poles of my fathers era, hard working, very polite and extremely intelligent. They have not forgotten how there forefathers died for them through the nazi's nor the communist regime. The Poland of today is full of statues and war memorials, erected and paid for by the young Poles of today, in rememberance of thier country past.
Talfryn Turschmid
Stoke-On-Trent
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to Doug Strycharczyk
hi there, i have always thought that Warwasinski is such an uncommon name that it is highly unlikely to meet any, even in Poland. Not to mention abroad! If you want to talk drop me a line
Anna
Wroclaw

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Today's Poland
Good solid advice..... Be very warry of today's Polish people from Poland. 50 years of communisim has bred minds that are dishonest, corrupt and simply evil.
The Poles who emigrated to all corners of the world after WWII were honest hard working patriotic , very decent people.
On the other hand, those who lived under communisim ... Don't trust the recent Polish immigrants ...just bad news.
Jan Kowalski
Manchester

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polish food shop
please can some 1 tell me where the polish food shop is in the west midlands, as i have plenty of polish friends that work with my husband and have recently visited poland 4 a polish wedding
mary
walsall west midlands

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Karl Kudlek
Karl Kudlek was my grandfather. The Kudlek family are still in Stoke on Trent.
Alexis Kudlek
Stoke on Trent

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PBFcontinue to disregard the needs of the beneficiaries
I write a a thoroughly disgusted beneficiary of the PBF.
Last Saturday I had occassion to take my niece to Polish school at the OSRODEK in Nottingham.
PBF have deemed that privitisation is the so called way forward. I would personally like to question is this morally justified in light of what is now happening to the buildings??? They have now effectively become a glorfied watering hole for roughnecks less than twenty-five metres from our church which has always been our pride and joy. The sight which I saw last Saturday was totally appalling,broken glass strewned in all sorts of places and excess amounts of vomit everywhere which the children had to be exposed to. As there was obviously a health and safety issue I promptly took my niece home.
This privitisation clearly demonstrates the detrimental effect it has had towards the beneficiares of Nottingham.The community is now effectively locked out of the premises which they solely funded independantly so many years ago and in their blindeness of trust vested the buildings in the PBF. This privitisation has cost the community dearly which is clearly demonstrated in the financial accounts which were presented at the AGM at the end of June.

As an old Polish saying goes 'It is easy to be generous with other peoples money' The Nottingham community is now on the knife edge of total distruction. the community as it stands could be in financial ruin within the next twelve to fourteen months and alas it appears that we too will become another Longdon. Is it small wonder that there was no-one stupid enough take on positions on the LMA. there has been no benefit to the beneficiaries of Nottingham and private enterprise cannot go hand in hand with charitable objectives.
The time has come that resignation is the only honourable way out, so that once again we can continue to be able to celebrate our rich culture and heritage in buildings which our forefathers funded through their hard work and dedication and which were to be enjoyed by future generations of true Poles.
A Makabra
Nottingham

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SEEKING DELIVERY DRIVER
Well established distribution company looking for experienced delivery driver. Aged 25 - 40 years old. Must speaks good English and live or willing to live in Manchester. Business located in central Manchester. Good hours and good pay. If interested, please contact by email with contact number.
Sam
Manchester

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fathers family
researching my fathers family,
jozef wojciechowski he was born in 1919 in jalowka bialystok. his parents were anna and jan,he said he had brothers and at least one sister called either leila or lidia.
also he mentioned being in a mine in russia then making his way through the middle east to britain. he joined the polish grenediers in march 1941 according to his papers and fought at tobruk. when he came to britain he trained as a paratrooper and served in arnhem with the 1st polish independent brigade,under general sosbowski.
he was in a few camps in britain before settling in forres morayshire scotland until his death in 1994. any help would be much appreciated
ann gerrie
forres

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assistants & support from the polish community in manchester
i have recently made a new friend who is polish. my friend does not known anyone in manchester and she need to find any organisation or charites, who can point us in the right direction for assistants and support for my friend. my friend would like to talk to some one who has been in her postion and manage to make a new begining of a good and peaceful life, with support and guidance of a charity or organisation.
mrs sonya conteh
manchester
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Po Prostu Nowa Biesiada at Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes
Po Prostu Nowa Biesiada will be appearing at the annual Fig Pie Wakes in Wybunbury, near Nantwich, Cheshire this Saturday, 11th June 2005 with a varied programme being performed a number of times during the afternoon. For more details about this group, please go to www.biesiada-manchester.com
Ric Gwizdek
Timperley, Altrincham

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Accommodation for Polish Candidates new to the UK
I run a company called BritBound - my role is to assist employers recruiting employees from overseas countries. In short we arrange accommodation, bank accounts, NI numbers and provide a wide range of services and advice to ensure those new to the UK settle in quickly, comfortably and above all make the most of their time here in the UK.
The reason we are needing help is that we have just been asked by a major UK retailer to assist with the arrival and integration of 200 Polish candidates into areas around the UK.
I need some advice for links to accommodation - I am able to find some short-term accommdoation such as hostels but my concern is how to help the candidates move into long term accommodation. Any links / suggestions to good accommodation both short and long term would be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to hearing from you all....!
Sarah
UK

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polish lessons
HI, I've just red the message about teaching polish as a foreign language. I'm intrested in if it's still available. Could you please give me more details about that?
magda
glasgow

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Warwasinski
To Anna from Wroclaw. I am in contact with Warwasinski'a in Poland. My mother wasa Warwasinska. I would be very interested to hear from you. My grandfather had several brothers but lost touch before the war.
Doug Strycharczyk
Chester

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