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Cheese & Wine Entertainment in Kings Orchard
We recently held two very successful events in a marquee we were kindly given the use of by The University of Greenwich.
The first one was a Cheese & Wine party, which was very well attended. We were entertained by the Balgores Band, a 1930’s style folk band, who also very kindly volunteered their services freely.
Our grateful thanks go to helpers Helen Bannister, Andrew Coulson and Jara Carter.
DRINKS RECEPTION IN KINGS ORCHARD
The next night the Dean and Lord Astor (Chairman of Rochester Cathedral Trust) hosted a drinks reception which was also very well attended and gave us the opportunity to say thank you to some of the many people that have helped us on our fund raising journey over the past few years.
Fun Walk for Cathedral
On 7th September a team of 18 women from the Cathedral took part in the Adidas 5km Women’s Challenge in Hype Park. This is an annual race was organised by the London Marathon Company and 15,000 women participated.
Winifred ‘Win’ Lang, who turns 90 in January, took part in the race and raised £325 for cathedral funds. She said: “I have never done it before, but I really enjoyed it – we had a lovely day and I had no aches, pains or anything like that.
I haven’t yet decided whether or not I will be taking part in next year’s race, I will make a decision nearer the time”
Everybody completed the race in good time (we are walkers – not runners) and despite the rotten weather, we had a fun morning.
Our thanks go to all our team for their effort and their sponsorship fundraising. Funds are still coming in and we hope to be as successful as lat year.
Barn Dance in Kings School Hall, Rochester
We had great fun at the Barn Dance. The Skinners Rats are really good fun.
Special thanks to John and Anne Sears for the tremendous amount of work they put into it.
Also to Betty Trollope for her help with the raffle, and Mary Woodfield for her help with the Hot Dogs.
Before expenses we raised almost £650.
Our thanks to the following High Street businesses that sponsored raffle prizes:
The Candy Bar
Dennis Green Jewellers
Dickens House Wine Emporium
garden House Cafe & Deli
Pips of Rochester
The Dolls House
Leeds Castle kindly donated a 1 year family membership pass
The donation was made via the KM Community Chest programme
Eileen Coleman donated a delicious Christmas cake.
Thank you to all.
Grand Auction in Kings School Hall, Rochester
SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2008
The auction was great fun and we raised over £2,000!
Our thanks go firstly to John and David Sandon for the auctioneering. To Dr Ian Walker and Mr Kevin Jones of Kings School for kindly allowing us to use their facilities, and to all the helpers on the evening, Betty Trollope, Pam Gonsalves, Felicity Osborne, and the Kings School boys that made excellent runners!
Last but not least our very grateful thanks go to all the people that donated sale lots.
As part of our fund raising effort for the cathedral, the congregation have got together to produce a book called “Rochester Remembers”. The concept was partly started to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WWII and partly to tell the fascinating stories of ordinary local people during that time.
“Rochester Remembers” is all about the lives and experiences of people during the war, as told by themselves, who now live in Rochester. As you can imagine they are fantastic memories, some heart breaking, some amusing, but all interesting and thought provoking. Photographs are included.
The book goes to print during October and we hope to have it ready for sale at £10 per copy by the end of November. Mr Henry Sandon kindly wrote the Foreward to our book, he is a Patron of the Evacuee's Society. He say's, "It is nice to be invited to write a foreword to Rochester Remembers. As a Londoner my pre-war memories of Kent were limited to an occasional steamer trip to Margate and my wartime years were spent as an evacuee in Buckinghamshire. Life as a “Vaccy” could be like the curate’s egg (even curates only got one egg a week on the ration), we missed our parents and it was very difficult to live with strangers.
I am a patron of the Evacuees Association, together with Michael Aspel, the long time presenter of the BBC Antiques Roadshow and This Is Your Life, and we hear some heartbreaking stories of the treatment of some vaccies. But we survived and I became a little cog in the wheels of the Royal West Kents in Shorncliffe Camp, wangling my way into the South East Command Concert Party, which was a little like “It Ain’t ‘Arf ‘Ot Mum”. As the resident baritone I must have sung in most towns in Kent and give a belated apology to any who suffered.
In recent years I have been closely related to Rochester through my son David singing in the Cathedral Choir and I have even sung a few times with the choir myself. So I wish all the best to the book of Anne and John Sears and to the great City of Rochester.
Henry Sandon M.B.E.
The book will be on sale at Baggins Bookshop and The Visitor Information Centre in Rochester High Street, and at Rainham Bookshop as well as here at the Cathedral in the shop and from the office. Click here to order
If you have any difficulty in obtaining the book, please contact the Development Office in Garth House on 01634 810074
Please note that £1.50 postage and packing will be added to postal orders.
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