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£945raised of £5,000 target by 35 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 to Save the PLUTO Pavilion at Yaverland, a last relic of the extraordinary WW2 Pipeline Under The Ocean that supplied the D-Day landings.

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The Bay Area, Isle of Wight
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The little wooden pavilion was built in 1932 at Browns Golf Course, designed by the famous Henry Cotton. In 1943, it was requisitioned by the War Office and it began to play a part in the extraordinary top secret Operation PLUTO; a mind-bogglingly ambitious engineering project, Lord Mountbatten's "impossible" plan, became vital to the success of D-Day! Early in the planning of the invasion, the need for large quantities of fuel to supply the advancing ground forces became a real concern for Allied commanders. They knew that as the German army retreated it would destroy fuel storage compounds and as Allied troops advanced through Europe it would be vital to ensure that there was fuel for vehicles. Torpedoes and air attacks would make shipping across the Channel impossible. PLUTO was a phenomenal effort that saw D-Day fuel pipelines rapidly laid across the country to Sandown Bay and on, under the Channel, to Cherbourg.14 pumps at Sandown were hidden in the zoo and the golf course, but almost all of this military effort that once dominated an entire coast is now gone. All except the miraculous wooden pavilion at the bottom of the golf course! This was in fact part of PLUTO’s military infrastructure, disguised as the groundsman's shed it was before, and after, the War Office commandeered it for a bigger role! It remains almost exactly as it was 65 years ago. Its survival is so remarkable and poignant, and its history so fragile, we must make sure it survives and tell its story. We’ve raised enough money to replace the rotten roof but we are still short of the amount we need to repair and replace all the walls. The whole building is close to collapse now and our mission is to restore it to exactly its original design (it is Listed no. 1391723 so everything has to be just so!). We can then protect and preserve the contents and begin the work to deliver public access and proper interpretation to this amazing little building!!

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  • The Common Space

    The Common Space

    4 days ago

    The Common Space

    A huge thank you for the new donations everyone! It's been a real privilege to meet some of you over the last few weeks & we hope you've enjoyed visiting the Pavilion - around 50 people have visited so far! Phase one is now almost done - the building is weather proof and now structurally sound. Next jobs are reconstruction of the windows & remaining doors, & painting of the fascias, door frames & preservation of the elm frontage. Crowd-funding continues right up til 31st Dec -donations could be the perfect Christmas present for your Dad!

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  • The Common Space

    The Common Space

    a month ago

    The Common Space

    Thanks very much again to everyone who's donated so far - we really appreciate the encouraging messages too! Please do spread the word & just in case you missed it, here's the story of the Pavilion on ITV Meridian News yesterday evening! http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2016-11-02/golf-course-hides-secret-wartime-project/

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    The Common Space

    2 months ago

    The Common Space

    Thanks very much to everyone who as jumped in to help us already! Marvellous! If you'd like to come and take a look at the project, or just want to know more about it do please let us know. You can email us on thebay@thecommonspace.org.uk Thanks again and do pass it on to anyone you think might like to help too. cheers The Common Space

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  • Sam Buck

    Sam Buck

    Dec 1, 2016

    Donation from the excellent Gardon Dacombe and friends who came from Dorset to visit the project.

    £100.00

  • George Glover

    George Glover

    Dec 1, 2016

    A very worthwhile programme that we wish to support.

    £30.00

  • George Glover

    George Glover

    Dec 1, 2016

    The Vectis Historic Vehicle Club wish to support this programme and look forward to Tim's presentation in January 17.

    £30.00

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The Bay Area, Isle of Wight

The Common Space is a not-for-profit organisation set up to improve community spaces and public realm across The Bay, on the east coast of the Isle of Wight. TCS projects are all about making places better and healthier, for the people who live here and for those who visit.

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