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Posted by: Robin
« on: September 24, 2010, 11:05:05 »

Hi Carol.

I joined HQ No 1 Group a little before you in 1970, and worked on Crew 3 under Dennis Brown.  Stayed on the crew until stand-down in 92/3, finishing up as Crew Officer in charge of Crew 3, Crew 1 was then run by Terry Giles, who is still around, and Mike Mott was in charge of Crew 2, sadly, Mike passed away a couple of years ago.

Posted by: carolmapley
« on: September 23, 2010, 22:43:27 »

It was lovely to see the pics, I joined the ROC in 1973 at Maidstone and served on Crew 1 which was led by a lovely wee officer Grace Townsend. Back then we were still using teleprinters and I often used to work in the tape relay centre on the lower ops room floor. This could get quite hairy as my job was to file incoming message on to "springs" on the wall and also retransmit messages onto sector at Horsham and RGHQ then at Dover Castle, but I wasn't supposed to know that!

Other jobs I used to do were manning display A which involved standing at the rear of a large map display and writing in information from a teller on the balcony above, This involved learning the new skill of being able to mirror write very quickly so that the scientific team at the front could read the information. I also used to have to man the post display boards on the balcony above where you spoke to the posts and displayed the information they gave you on rotating boards. Looking at the photographs they have now been removed. I also used to write the log charts again on the lower floor, this involved writing in information told to you over headphones and written on a logarithmatic chart so that the science team could keep a check on fallout levels. This was quite an awkward and somewhat difficult task insomuch just as you finished doing the 5 minute post readings you'd have to start all over again with the next burst of readings.

On the big annual NATO Intex exercise the nice ladies from the WRVS used to cook meals for us in our small kitchen. However on the more frequent Warmon exercises we had to make do either with ration packs or bring your own food in.
Posted by: medwayboy
« on: May 20, 2010, 17:08:29 »

Posted by: medwayboy
« on: May 17, 2010, 00:49:48 »

Hello Cliveh ....  Indeed it was me...    Glad you enjoyed it as much as me.... Well worth the entrance fee  :)
Posted by: cliveh
« on: May 16, 2010, 17:55:16 »

It was a very worthwhile and intersting little tour. The guy that gave us the talk beforehand and showed us around was the last Commander of the Post. It was his first time back there since it stood down 19 years ago!

Took quite a few pics but would only be duplicating what's already been posted.

Was that you medway boy standing next to me on the balcony near the site of the Triangulation Table?
I was the short fat bald ugly bloke wearing the beige shooting waistcoat & yellow polo shirt! :)

Posted by: medwayboy
« on: May 15, 2010, 16:30:29 »

They did say a lot of the equipment went to Newhaven fort ( I'm sure that's what they said ) . They were hoping to get some of it back to make a better experience... Fingers crossed
Posted by: medwayboy
« on: May 15, 2010, 15:43:32 »

Went on the tour this morning and had a brilliant time. Bigger than expected. Had a quick briefing about the R.O.C before venturing into the bunker. We were told they have one next week which is fully booked, 1 in June and 2 in July depending on demand.
looking at previous pictures nothing much has changed apart from the racking being cleared in the lower level. Put a couple up and linked all my pics for anyone who wishes to see them  :)

Posted by: cliveh
« on: January 22, 2010, 08:12:29 »

Double centre page spread in todays Kent Messenger about this ROC post. Looks like Maidstone Museum Foundation will be offering tours of the post, in the next few months, for a maximum of 20 people at a time. They give a phone number 01622 602838 for further info.
Posted by: kyn
« on: September 09, 2009, 14:39:19 »

Posted by: merc
« on: September 04, 2009, 13:36:29 »

I've just recieved a copy of a letter sent from Brachers to the Heart of Kent Hospice,Preston Hall,Aylesford  :)

Dear Sirs

Re: Donation from Kent History Forum

Please find enclosed a cheque in the sum of 50 being donations from members of the Kent History Forum as a result of them being given a tour of the Cold War Bunker that we have on our premises.

Yours faithfully

Carol Vizzard

Office Manager
Brachers LLP

Posted by: karlostg
« on: September 01, 2009, 09:00:13 »

some different angles and peeps

(the roof, errr what ladder?)

It was a brilliant trip, cheers for sorting it Merc
Posted by: kyn
« on: August 29, 2009, 21:06:25 »


Posted by: BenG
« on: August 29, 2009, 20:37:07 »

Here is a few of my shots from todays trip.

Posted by: kyn
« on: August 29, 2009, 18:39:30 »

Thanks to Merc for arranging this.  It was good to see you all today  :)  I think we were all surprised by the size of this bunker, it was alot bigger than i expected!
Posted by: merc
« on: August 26, 2009, 17:31:49 »

Friday,June 10,1960


General Sir Sidney Kirkman,Director-General of Civil Defence,will open the first of a number of specially constructed Group headquarters for the Royal Observer Corps at Maidstone on June 25th.
The R.O.C. for many years the "eyes" of R.A.F. Fighter Command in an aircraft spotting role,now has resposibility for reporting nuclear fall-out,  and the new buildings have been designed to allow members of the Corps to operate for long periods,completely self contained,in the event of a nuclear war.
Maidstone will be the headqarters of No. 1 Group R.O.C., a similar subterranean HQ will be opened for No. 17 Group at Wrexham,North Wales by Lord Brecon,Minister of State for Welsh Affairs,on July 9.

Over 700 out of a total of 1,500 heavily protected underground R.O.C. posts have also been built around Britain in the past three years in which volunteer observers linked to the Groups controlling them,would work during nuclear warfare,the air ministry announce today.

The new air conditioned headquarters at Maidstone consist of an Operations room,Officers Dormitories for men and women,Contamination-cleansing rooms, a Kitchen and Canteen,Training and Storage rooms.
The walls are furnished in a coating of anti-condensation material.
The functions of the nuclear-age headquarters would be to receive an coordinate information of fall-out from the Posts they control and from other Groups and pass it on to the Civil Defence authorities,the services and other interested organisations.
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