Stover Park (Ilford Park)

Stover Park camp as its known is one of 45 camps/hostels ran by the National Assistance Board

catering for the needs of displaced Polish people who survived the war

the traumas of deportations into the depths of Siberia and exile.

Over the years the young and able were leaving the camps in search of jobs and a better life.

The old, infirm, and psychologically scarred by the traumas of war remained behind clinging to the security and relative certainties of camp life.

As the numbers in the camps declined the National Assistance Board was gradually consolidating and closing down camp after camp.

Individuals and families that still needed the security of camp life moved

to the more solidly constructed camps such as Northwick Park and Stover Park.

By 1969 Northwick closes and all are moved to Stover/Ilford Park camp. 

Like other camps, Ilford Park had its own chapel with a resident priest Fr. Glarzewski looking after the spiritual needs of the community.

A doctor’s surgery and a sick bay looks after the less seriously ill so avoiding

the stress of being took out of the community they knew and into hospitals

and institutions where they felt alien and alone.

A communal kitchen and dining hall catered for all those who could not look after themselves.

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