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.
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.
Minor Canon Row
Glory of Rochester to be Wonderfully Restored
Rochester Cathedral has announced that Minor Canon Row, one of the historic jewels of Rochester, is to be restored by specialists The Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust. They will restore the Row to its original 7 town houses, and re-capture its Georgian integrity. The Trust will also be responsible for restoration work on the medieval 'Priors Gate' adjoining Minor Canon Row.
Further details are available in the press release.
Medway Park wins Green Flag
The Vines at Rochester has received a prestigious Green Flag Award.
The Medway Council park is among a record 742 publicly-accessible green spaces across the country to have received the award this year.
“The Green Flag Award is the national standard for quality parks and green spaces and I am delighted that these two Medway open spaces have received this superb accolade,” said Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe.
Open spaces that are awarded a Green Flag have been judged as welcoming and well maintained and to reflect the support and involvement of the local community.
“The Vines is a thriving urban park that plays a key role in the quality of life enjoyed by local people,” explained Ian Fleming, Green Spaces Operations Manager.
“Rochester is nationally recognised for its links with Charles Dickens and The Vines hosts activities associated with the popular annual Dickens Festival. The council aims to ensure the essential character of the park is enhanced for the benefit of the local community and is delighted that it has achieved Green Flag accreditation.”
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.