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Gardening Interest Group: Spring Bulb Giveaway and Ideas swop on pruning

gardening Saturday 13th October 2018 10.30am to noon

Pauline Walters is very kindly hosting the next SSRA Gardening Interest Group Event in her amazing garden. We have spring bulbs to give away (funded from the proceeds of the plant swop event). We also hope we can share our ideas on pruning some shrubs and getting the garden ready for winter. Pauline's address: 25 The Crescent. It would be helpful if you can let Pauline know if you are coming to this event so that sheI can make sure she has enough refreshments!
We look forward to seeing you then, Jenny Robson and Sue Herivel

St Stephen’s & St Dunstan’s League of Hospital Friends

league of friends Saturday 6th October 2018 10.00am to noon

The St Stephen’s & St Dunstan’s League of Hospital Friends warmly invite you to our Autumn Coffee Morning on Saturday 6th October at the home of Margaret & Alan Carver, 1 The Terrace, St Stephens.
Home Baking, Books & Puzzles, Cards, Raffle.

Entry £1 incl tea/coffee.

Litter Pick
litterSunday October 7th 2018, meeting at 2 pm on the Green outside Manwood Almshouses

A litter pick has been arranged for Sunday October 7th meeting at 2 pm on the Green outside Manwood Almshouses. We shall work together as a team, moving along St Stephen’s Court and Pathway, then into Beverlie Meadow where we plan to meet up with litter pickers from St Michael’s Rd Residents’ Association. We have been promised support from local Student Champions, so it will be a good opportunity to meet with them afterwards. There will be a group photo next to the litter bin at the end of the pathway on Beverlie Meadow where all the litter will be collected by Serco. We have been offered tea and cake in St Michael’s Place for those who have time afterwards.
Litter picks are good ways to get to know your neighbours as well as keeping our area clean and tidy. I hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us. If you have your own litter picks, gloves and hoops, please bring them with you, otherwise there will be some available to borrow.
It would be helpful to know who will be coming, so an email would be appreciated to Sue as soon as possible please.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday. Sue
Exhibition of Arts and Crafts
Saturday 24th November: from 11 am to 5 pm., in the Church Hall
This will take place on Saturday, November 24th in the church hall. This will be our second exhibition of arts and crafts to showcase the skills and talents of local residents and their friends. Follow the link at the bottom of this page to see some images from last year's Arts & Crafts Fair.
Open Gardens Day 2018

tomatoes The Residents’ Association had a very successful Open Gardens Day on June 24th when fourteen members’ gardens were open to visitors. It was a gloriously hot day and having tea and cake in Jenny’s garden rounded off a memorable afternoon. Quite apart from the beauty of the gardens, there was wine tasting and the opportunity to talk to passionate gardeners about plants, shrubs and topiary. A magnificent yurt in one garden transported visitors to the exotic East and there was a pirate ship in a tree, a bar in another garden, a suspected haha, one garden where the owner had labelled shrubs and flowers, a tranquility garden, a secret walled garden and many other intriguing glimpses into areas that we never normally have the chance to explore.

Thanks are due to the generosity of those who opened their gardens and to our visitors. We raised £675 which we shared between the League of Friends of Kent and Canterbury Hospital, the Pilgrims’ Hospice and the Samaritans. Below you can see a selection of images from the day.

open gardens 2018
Visit to Bus Company Island
What is Bus Company Island ?
For those of you who don’t know, it is a piece of land situated between The Causeway and Kingsmead School Field, and the two rivers. The only permanent access is via the bridge behind Dennes Mill retirement flats. The reason for the unusual name is that it was once owned by the local East Kent Bus Company and was purchased from them by the City Council some years ago, to be kept as a nature reserve. There is a pond containing great-crested newts, but it also provides a habitat for reptiles such as grass snakes and slow worms.

When the council first acquired the site, there was a great deal of interest, both by the council’s environmental department and the Residents’ Association. The council was responsible for maintenance, while the RA planted wild flowers etc. Unfortunately, council cuts have meant that they no longer provide maintenance which is now carried out by a group of volunteers from Friends of the River Stour who cut back the vegetation twice a year. The RA is still involved as we have two members who are key holders and who carry out regular checks for vandalism and damage. We recently had our members’ visit after the Friends of the Riverside completed their spring maintenance work, below you can see some pictures taken during our visit.
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