Jane has written about the Windrush Poles for the Guardian, the Sunday Times (letters), the Daily Telegraph (letters) and the Polish UK newspaper, Tydzien Polski. She was filmed by the BBC in 2018 as part of their 'Three Stories' for the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush.
Jane and Janina's daughter Teresa appeared on BBC One's The Repair Shop, series 5 episode 26, when a team of craftsmen repaired a wooden trunk which had belonged to Janina's mother, Ewa Folta. Ewa had brought the trunk with her from Mexico when she travelled as a refugee on the Windrush in 1948. It had been kept in Janina's shed for years. Teresa found it after her death, and it has now been beautifully restored as a family heirloom.
In January 2023 Jane gave a talk about the Windrush Poles to the Windrush Foundation, chaired by Arthur Torrington CBE. She subsequently lobbied Peers to mention the Poles in their Windrush 75 Debate on 7th July 2023. This was done with the support of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poland. See blog for British Poles website 10 July below.
Janina Folta's daughter, Teresa, with Ewa Folta's restored trunk.
Left to right: cabinet maker Will Kirk, Teresa Sothcott, metal restorer Dominic Chinea.
*** Letter published in response to article by Waldemar Janusczak The Sunday Times: 25th June 2023