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Project Update September 2018


You’ll begin to see a lot of work happening in the parks in the next few weeks. We also have more events coming up and we are running some free teacher training sessions. Details are at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

Works update

Work will begin in Kearsney Abbey on Monday 8th October.

As part of the work to extend the café, we’ll be closing the car park next to the café in Kearsney Abbey on the afternoon of Sunday 30th September to prepare the site. There will be no parking in this area. There will still be pedestrian access to the toilets which will be staying open throughout the works.

The western car park (the one opposite Russell Gardens) will still be open. We are aiming to provide some disabled parking in this car park while the works take place.

The last day that the current Kearsney Abbey café will be open to the public is Friday 28th September. A mobile café, serving hot and cold drinks and snacks, is due to be on site from Monday 1st October. This will be near the playground in Kearsney Abbey.

When the new, extended café opens it will have fully accessible toilets and seating areas. Dover District Council’s cabinet have confirmed that there will be funding for a changing places facility which can be used by people of all ages.

The old billiard room of the mansion house (which has been used as the café) will be used as an extra seating area, and it will also be available for community groups. We are aiming for the new café to be open by the end of next summer.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused but this is an essential part of the project works.

Archaeology dig

Archaeology is returning to Kearsney Abbey! Join us on the Great Mansions of the Past archaeology dig. We’ll be getting out our trowels in the car park near Kearsney Abbey café, to try to uncover the layout of the old mansion house.

The dig will take place from Monday 15th – Friday 19th October and Sunday 21st - Friday 26th October. If you’d like to get involved, more information is at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

The dig follows on from our excavation in April when we discovered a prehistoric round barrow on Coxhill Mount.

Art in the park – Kearsney Interpreted

We’re continuing to be busy with Art in the Park – Kearsney Interpreted. This project is funded by the Arts Council and is being delivered in partnership with Dover Arts Development (DAD).

We have a new date for River Song – A Twilight Art Event by artist Katharine Beaugie. This will now take place on Saturday 13th October from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. It will include a walk along the River Dour, a gallery exhibition featuring new photographic artwork and a water and light installation. The walk back through the park will take place in the dark, and you'll need to bring a torch. It’s free to attend but places are limited. You can book tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/river-song-tickets-49931755224

On Friday 12th and Saturday 27th October, Lisa Derand will be in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens to take pictures of people in the parks, hear their stories and learn about their relationship to the parks.

One of our resident artists, Alma Tischlerwood, has applied for planning permission to create a small performance space for the top of the slope opposite the old outdoor theatre. It will be made of wood and 5m in diameter. You can view the planning documents by going to www.dover.gov.uk/planning and searching for the reference number 18/00860. The consultation is open until 24th September.

You can read about what our artists have been up to so far through their blogs, which are available at http://www.dadonline.eu/projects/art-in-the-park-kearsney-interpreted/. There’s also an update on the Park Bench project which has involved 50 visual artists and poets.

Free teacher training

This autumn we are organising free teacher training for primary school teachers. ‘Learning outside in Kearsney Parks’ will include planning and managing in the outdoors, writing a benefit risk assessment and how the park can be used for learning across the curriculum. If you work with children and would like to come along, more information is available at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

Parks Development Officer

We’ve welcomed a new member to the Kearsney Parks team since the last update! Jo Shrimpton is the Parks Development Officer. She’ll be organising volunteering activities in the parks, including the community orchard. If you’d like to get involved, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

Kearsney Parks annual survey

Every year, we carry out a visitor survey to find out more about what people think of Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. We’ll be in the parks during September and would like to talk to as many people as possible. You can also complete the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XMXK9MV

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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