This project celebrates Windrush people in Devon

WINDRUSH is used to describe the post-war immigration of West Indian people to the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.

Many of the people who came over to England from the Caribbean during this period came at the invitation of the British Government, as British citizens from British-owned colonies, to help rebuild war-damaged Britain after WWII. They paid their own fares.

Members of the project have shared their stories

Each has provided information on their heritage and connection to Windrush ... follow the links to find out more

Eutens slide from pdf

Anne's Story

Barbara's Story

Dave's Story

Des's Story

Euten's Story

Faye's Story

Krish's Story

Merris's Story

Rose's Story


Black Caribbean immigrants experienced racism on many different levels and there were no laws to protect them.

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Tuesday 22nd June 2021

In conjunction with Devon County Council, the Devon Windrush flag will be flying at County Hall during the week

Dave Samuels (Windrush in Devon group) and Cllr Trail (Chairman, DCC) spoke at the flag raising ceremony

We have run a successful programme of events during the year. Zoom recordings of the 2021 events are available on YouTube

Celebrating Windrush in Devon Monday 22nd June 2020

3.45 - 4.45pm Caribbean Cook-along, with Chef Euten Lindsay - all the family can join in.
5.00 - 5.50pm Sharing personal stories, with time for questions and reflection.
6.00 - 6.50pm Windrush and the NHS: from Mary Seacole to the present day. Faye Doris and Lucy MacKeith.
7.00 - 8.30pm The Gathering, to celebrate Caribbean stories, poetry, music and DJ set from Somatic.

Black History Month: Start the Week Monday 12th October 2020 6pm. Celebrating Windrush in Devon: Our Windrush Stories

Members of the Windrush generation living in Devon will share personal stories

Thursday 21st January 2021 7.00pm to 8:15pm Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks and my family’s involvement in UK Civil Rights. 

David Samuels will talk about his father’s involvement in the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963

Thursday 28th January 2021 6pm to 7:15pm Celebrating Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago.  

A presentation by Jaydon Pavy Errington (aged 14), prepared as part of his Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award.

 Monday 8th February 2021 6pm to 7:30pm Global Book Club.

‘Voices of the Windrush Generation: The Real Story told by people themselves’, by David Matthews.

 Thursday 18th February 2021 6pm to 8pm COVID, the NHS and the effects on the Windrush and BAME Community

 A panel of speakers will share information and personal reflections.

Thursday 4th March 2021 6pm to 7:15pm World at Six. Celebrating Fairtrade in the Caribbean.

Fairtrade Devon Interns will lead this presentation during Fairtrade Fortnight

Tuesday 9th March 2021 6pm to 7:15pm Fairtrade Bananas and St Vincent, Windward Isles.

Alison Derrick (Fairtrade Devon) offers this year’s Fairtrade Devon Primary Schools Conference to adults!

Saturday 20th March 2021 2pm to 4pm Intergenerational Reflection

Three generations of people from the Caribbean reflect on their different experiences of life in the UK.

Monday 22nd March 2021 6pm to 7:30pm Global Book Club.

‘Windrush Child’, by Benjamin Zephaniah.

Tuesday 23rd March 2021 7pm to 8:30pm Our Windrush stories.

Members of the Windrush generation living in Devon will share personal stories and music.  

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We hope you enjoyed our Windrush Day Celebration ... here are a few photographs of the cook-along

BBC Spotlight interviewed Lucy and Sandhya on 10th June at the time of the Black Lives Matter protests ... watch the video

Plymouth chef Euten was caught in the Windrush scandal and threatened with deportation, despite having lived in the UK for 40 years … watch the video

The Windrush Exhibition: Kuumba Productions celebrates and honours individuals, groups, and organisations from the African Caribbean’s past, present and future generations.

The Wind at the Docks: A Virtual Windrush Exhibition. Artist Michael Elliott narrates and showcases a journey through paintings examining the effects of the Windrush Movement of 1948.

Messages of support ...

"I'm sorry not to be able to join you today for what looks like an excellent afternoon of events. I am very grateful for the contribution the Windrush generation has made to Devon and to the UK as a whole and I hope you enjoy a wonderful celebration."

Best wishes, Ben Bradshaw MP for Exeter.

Message from John Mathews, Chair of Devon County Council

Videos used during the intervals of the Windrush Day Celebration:

Who are the Windrush Generation?

Barbers shop is at the heart of the British Community

The Bristol Bus Boycott - 1963

Where does the story of the Windrush Generation in Britain begin?


Euten's recipes for the Caribbean Cook-along

Sweet Potato and Callaloo Galette

Rice and Gungo peas

Piquant Tomato Sauce

Windrush Foundation: Pioneers and Champions (10MB pdf) Previous commemorations have highlighted the contribution that Caribbean men and women have made and continue to make to Britain’s well-being and prosperity. Yet, the contribution their ancestors have made goes back to the 1500s.

Windrush Foundation: KS2 Lesson Plans (11MB pdf) for Studying the Empire Windrush and Caribbean migration.

Windrush Review: will lessons actually be learned?  Lina Idrees reflects on recent events

27 August 2020 Windrush payout scheme not fit for purpose, say lawyers. Letter to home secretary says many applications appear to be lost in ‘bureaucratic limbo’ 

27 August 2020 Nine in 10 Windrush applicants still waiting for compensation payouts. New data shows just 143 out of 1,480 applicants to scheme have had their claims settled.

18 August 2020 Life after deportation: 'No one tells you how lonely you're going to be'.