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Afternoon of Christmas music for Catching Lives
baubles On Sunday the 17th December at 3.30pm two of the county’s best choirs, the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir and the children of Elham Valley Voices (winners of Top Choir Kent 2017) are coming together at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys for an afternoon of Christmas music old and new, and the chance to join in with familiar carols and songs, all to raise money for Catching Lives.

The funds raised from this concert represent an opportunity to “secure a place for dinner this Christmas” for a homeless person. Tickets cost just £10 (£2.50 for those under 16) and are available from the Catching Lives Bookshop, Palace Street, Canterbury or book online via this link. Alternatively either email them - or phone 07519 322308.
Exhibition of Arts and Crafts
We held out first Arts and Crafts Show and Sale on November 11th and had the opportunity to admire some wonderful paintings, photographs and crafts. It was also a chance for neighbours to have elevenses or lunch, provided by the League of Friends of Kent and Canterbury Hospital. It was good to see so many people asking questions of the experts and having long conversations about techniques and skills and, of course, just catching up with friends and neighbours. Below you can see a selection of some of the images of day.
Many thanks go to the exhibitors, the visitors, the League for the refreshments and to St Stephen's Church which offered us the hall.
It was a lovely day.
- Pauline
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Open Gardens Day: thoughts & thanks
I, (Pauline), have been thinking about why we planned the St.Stephen's Residents' Association Open Garden Day and, although two charities (Canterbury and District Early Years Project and Porchlight) will benefit, it was really meant as a way for us to meet as neighbours and friends and, from what I saw, it was a success. Several of you have emailed to say you enjoyed the chance to see such incredibly varied gardens but also said how lovely it was to meet neighbours.

It's hard to know where to start with my thanks. First, it must be the generous members who opened their fabulous gardens and the committee members and supporters who 'guarded a garden', baked delicious cakes and helped with the teas. Then I must thank Graham and Angela for providing the teas and then entertaining tired garden owners until around eight o'clock. Finally, thank you to those members who supported us and admired our gardens. I don't think there is a gardener in the world who doesn't love to hear someone say, 'Your garden is wonderful! '.

Next year, it will be the turn of St Stephen's Road, Hill, Close, Court and Green, Tyler Close and Hales Drive. Plenty of time to prepare, in the meantime enjoy some views of the day (below), more pictures on the gardening page.

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