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Project Update April 2017

Kearsney Parks - April update

This month, we have more events to announce and we’re looking for volunteers to get involved with the project. We are also looking for help with tracing relatives for some of those who are commemorated with memorial benches.

Memorial benches

As part of our work to restore Kearsney Abbey, we have assessed the condition and location of all the benches in the park. We have identified over a dozen different bench styles and a number that are now in poor condition. We are planning to move some of them so that benches of a similar design are located in the same area of the park, as well as refurbishing some and replacing some which are beyond repair.

We have spoken to many people who have memorial benches in the park, but have been unable to contact the friends or family of the following people who are commemorated with memorial benches:

  • Bill Wilkinson
  • Stan & Ian Adams
  • Dick Blythe
  • Anne Blythe and Dot Naylor
  • Jaycee

If you can help us to contact their friends or family, please get in touch at Kearsney.Parks@dover.gov.uk

Grounds maintenance coming in-house

On 1 April, Dover District Council brought the maintenance of its parks and open spaces in-house.  The team of 25 staff will work on council-owned land across the district, including Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. This will give the council greater control over the quality and consistency of parks and open spaces maintenance.

Open-air cinema

On Friday 26th May 2017, we will be holding open-air cinema in Kearsney Abbey! Join us under the stars for a screening of Disney’s The Lion King (cert U). Gates will open at 7.30pm, with the film starting around 8.45pm. Tickets are £5.50 each plus a transaction fee. More information is at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/cinema  

Shakespeare Rewired

In 1951, Kearsney Abbey celebrated the Festival of Britain by hosting performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With the help of Sky Blue Theatre company we’re going to put on a new performance of the play. The Shakespeare Rewired workshop will take place on the site of the old outdoor theatre, on Saturday 17th June from 2pm-4pm. We’ll be looking for lots of audience participation! The event is free but places are limited. To reserve a space, email Kearsney.Parks@dover.gov.uk


We are looking for volunteers to help with some of our project activities. During May half-term, we’ll be carrying out surveys in the parks to find out how many people visit them. We’re also looking for volunteers to act as stewards at some of our upcoming events. If you’d like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you! Please email Kearsney.Parks@dover.gov.uk

Kearsney Parks Forum

The next Kearsney Parks Forum will take place in the café at Kearsney Abbey on Wednesday 26th April, from 6pm – 7.30pm. If you would like to help shape our plans for the project, please come along. Please email Kearsney.Parks@dover.gov.uk  by Thursday 20th April if you’d like to attend.

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