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Project Update February 2017

In the last month, Kearsney Abbey has been on national TV, we’ve published a new collection of photos and our events programme is beginning to take shape!  

Information about all our events will be online on our events page at  

Historic photos available online

A collection of more than 100 historic photos of Russell Gardens and the privately owned Kearsney Court are now available on our website at They give a fascinating insight into life in the early 1900s. We’ve named the collection the Harding Archive, in honour of the late Ralph Harding. Ralph was a resident of Kearsney Court who was keenly interested in preserving and restoring Kearsney Court and Russell Gardens. His wife, Josie, very kindly gave us permission to put the photographs online.

Kearsney Abbey on TV

Kearsney Abbey recently featured on the BBC TV programme, ‘Big Dreams, Small Spaces’ with Monty Don. The ruins of the former paper mill provided the inspiration for a back garden in Essex. 

Photography workshop

If you’re interested in photography, join local artist Sara Madgwick for a free workshop in the parks, on Friday 17 March, from 10am-12.30pm. The theme will be ‘Patterns in nature and architecture’. You’ll need to bring a camera or phone with you. There are only 12 spaces available, so if you would like to come along, please email to reserve a space. There will be more workshops later in the year.

Spring celebration

Join us in Kearsney Abbey café on Sunday 19 March, from 6pm-8.30pm, for a free evening of music and stories. Paul Chenour (flute), Francois le Roux (cello), Bill Howarth (dulcimer) and Richard Bundy (electric piano) will be joined by Barry O’Brien (Dover Tales) to celebrate the spring equinox on 20 March. Entry is free, but places are limited, so please email to reserve a space.

Kearsney Parks Forum

The next Kearsney Parks Forum will take place in the café at Kearsney Abbey on Wednesday 22 February, from 4pm until 5.30pm. If you would like to get involved and help shape our plans for the project, please come along. Please email by this Thursday, 16 February, if you’d like to attend.

. Keep-me-posted.