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Project Update October 2018

Preparation work for the extension to the café in Kearsney Abbey is underway. The first phase of this has been the archaeological dig on the site of the original Kearsney Abbey mansion building. The dig is due to finish today (Friday 26th October).

Canterbury Archaeological Trust have overseen the dig, with the help of more than forty volunteers and students from Astor College, who have been excavating and recording the site. The findings are helping to contribute to our knowledge of the history of the parks.

The restoration of the billiards room has started, to repair and conserve the original oak panelling, interior wooden features and ornate carvings known as grotesques. We are working closely with DDC’s Heritage Officer to make sure that works are taking place in accordance with listed building specifications. 

The stained glass roof lantern is also being repaired. The lantern features billiard cues, flowers and leaves. There are stained glass panels above the windows and these bear the names of some of the makers and the towns where they were produced. 

Art in the Park

One of our resident artists, Lisa Derand, will be back in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens on Saturday 27th October. She’ll be taking photographs of people using the parks and asking about what the parks mean to them. The photographs and text will be used in an exhibition in the park at a later date.

Jamie Jenkinson will be back to lead another video walk, on Saturday 10th November. He’ll be explaining how to get the most out of your smart phone and will then lead a walk around the parks so you can put your skills into practice!  The videos will be made into a show-reel that will be screened next year. Places are free but must be booked. More information is at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

These events are part of Art in the Park – Kearsney Interpreted, a project that is funded by the Arts Council and is being delivered in partnership with Dover Arts Development (DAD). 

River Tales walk

On Saturday 27th October, River Tales will be leading a walk from Kearsney Abbey into Dover, to explore the industrial history of the river. There’ll also be a visit to the Lorne Road mill pond to hear about the plans for the area. The walk will end in the Louis Armstrong pub where there will be the chance to view films made by local students about the River Dour. More information is at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events 

Visitor survey

As part of the Kearsney Parks project, we have to provide regular updates to our funders (Heritage Lottery Fund) on how many people are using the parks. Three times a year, we carry out surveys in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. It only takes an hour or two and is a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air! If you’d like to help out with our November survey, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

This month’s photo

This month’s photo 'Fight or Flight' was taken by Sue Dixon in Kearsney Abbey. The photo won the Gold Medal and Raymond Wallace Thompson Trophy at The RPS Annual Projected Image Competition 2018. If you have a photo that you would like to share, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

Kearsney Parks Forum

The next meeting of the Kearsney Parks Forum will take place on Tuesday 6th November, from 6pm-7.30pm, in the Club House at River Recreation Ground. If you would like to come along, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk by Thursday 1st November.

Keep in touch

If you have any comments or questions, please email us on kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk or follow us on Twitter @Kearsneyparks

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