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events
River-dipping event on Kingsmead Field
dipping Saturday 29th September 2018 from 11am to 1pm

The ‘Our Stour’ project has kindly offered to hold a river-dipping event on Kingsmead Field on Saturday 29 September from 11am to 1pm for residents in the Kingsmead and St Stephen’s area. River-dipping is a fun way to learn about the mini-beasts that live in our river, and there will be the chance to take a closer look at some of the creatures in the Aqualab vehicle. The event is primarily aimed at children and young people, but anyone is welcome. If the event proves popular, we will hold another one next year. The event is free, but booking is required as there are a limited number of spaces available. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
For more information or to book a space, please contact Lauren on by email or 07921 038049.
Nosh and Knowledge Evening
church Saturday 22nd September 2018, 7.00 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall

Friends of St Stephen’s Church, Hackington are hosting a Nosh and Knowledge Evening on Saturday 22nd September, 7.00 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall.

Join us for a Ploughman’s Supper & Quiz. Soft drinks will be provided but feel free to bring your own favourite tipple. Tickets £6 per person available from the Church on Sundays, the Acorn Cafe in the Church Hall on Wednesdays, or from Revd Kevin Maddy (revkmaddy@gmail.com). Tables of 8 or individual tickets available.
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
Exhibition of Arts and Crafts
Saturday 24th November: from 11 am to 5 pm., in the Church Hall
There was an error in the newsletter regarding the date of the Craft Fair which will in fact 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.
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.
bus company island