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St.Stephen's in the Snow

The snowy weather early in 2018 did not deter some residents from getting out with their cameras and taking some photographs of the area blanketed in a layer of the white stuff, occasionally looking even more beautiful thanks to a clear blue sky.

Thanks to all those who submitted their handiwork!
Exhibition of Arts and Crafts
We held out first Arts and Crafts Show and Sale last November and had the opportunity to admire some wonderful paintings, photographs and crafts. It was also a chance for neighbours to have elevenses or lunch, provided by the League of Friends of Kent and Canterbury Hospital. It was good to see so many people asking questions of the experts and having long conversations about techniques and skills and, of course, just catching up with friends and neighbours. Below you can see a selection of some of the images of day.
Many thanks go to the exhibitors, the visitors, the League for the refreshments and to St Stephen's Church which offered us the hall.
STOP PRESS : I have been asked about whether we are organising a fair again this year and I'm happy to report that we are. It will be on November 24th from 9am until 5pm, thanks to the very kind agreement of the church hall committee and the rector.
It was a lovely day.
- Pauline
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Open Gardens Day: thoughts & thanks
I, (Pauline), have been thinking about why we planned the St.Stephen's Residents' Association Open Garden Day and, although two charities (Canterbury and District Early Years Project and Porchlight) will benefit, it was really meant as a way for us to meet as neighbours and friends and, from what I saw, it was a success. Several of you have emailed to say you enjoyed the chance to see such incredibly varied gardens but also said how lovely it was to meet neighbours.

It's hard to know where to start with my thanks. First, it must be the generous members who opened their fabulous gardens and the committee members and supporters who 'guarded a garden', baked delicious cakes and helped with the teas. Then I must thank Graham and Angela for providing the teas and then entertaining tired garden owners until around eight o'clock. Finally, thank you to those members who supported us and admired our gardens. I don't think there is a gardener in the world who doesn't love to hear someone say, 'Your garden is wonderful! '.

Next year, it will be the turn of St Stephen's Road, Hill, Close, Court and Green, Tyler Close and Hales Drive. Plenty of time to prepare, in the meantime enjoy some views of the day (below), more pictures on the gardening page.

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