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Calling local artists !
paint I have become aware that there are a number of members who are gifted artists, not only in painting and drawing but in all types of craft work and photography.
So, with this in mind, I have booked the church hall for Saturday 11th November, from 11 am to 5 pm, for an exhibition of arts and crafts to showcase the skills and talents of local residents and their friends. There will also be refreshments in aid of the League of Friends of Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
We could do with some more exhibitors. You are welcome to sell your work and there is no charge either for participating or visiting. Someone who makes Christmas flower or plant arrangements would be especially welcome.
Please let me know if you would like to take part.
       - Pauline
Great British Spring Clean Litter Pick in the press

The fine efforts of residents across the city, including our own group in St.Stephen's, in contributing to the Great British Spring Clean made a spread in the following week's Canterbury Times, (below).
Click on the image for a larger scan of the article.
Canterbury Times
Hat Heaven is here !
red hat The all-new St.Stephen's RA hat lending service, known as 'Hat Heaven' is here!
Hat Heaven brings together hats that members are willing to lend to each other for special occasions with potential hat wearers looking for that special hat.
To view the available hats, just go to the 'Hat Heaven' page via this link >>>
If you are happy to lend a hat, please send Pauline a photo of the hat and your name and address so we can add it to the Hat Library. We are happy to leave it to you to decide if you would like to accept a donation for the loan of a hat for your favourite charity.
Canterbury then and now
Thanks to The KCC & Mapping Kent and the National Library of Scotland you can now compare how Canterbury looked from the air in 1946, on a number of old maps and from satellite. Check out the links on our History page to explore.
St Stephen's three ways
Age UK Canterbury’s new Computer Tutoring sessions
age uk Have you ever wondered how to do job searching? Make benefit claims? Or learn how to generally use a Computer? Then why not join Age UK Canterbury’s new Computer Tutoring sessions called ‘Senior Surfers’.
This new service is committed to providing high quality one-to-one tutor sessions tailored especially for individual customers over the age of 50.

Find out more on our new dedicated Age UK Canterbury page.
Kingsmead Field Town Green !
fieldAn update from the Friends of Kingsmead Field
The Council’s Policy & Resources Committee voted yesterday (October 6th) evening to voluntarily designate 80% of Kingsmead Field as a Village / Town Green and to provide forward-funding for key enhancements to the field prior to designation. This is superb news, especially considering how little hope we had of saving any part of the field five years ago. A small proviso was added to the Village Green commitment pending legal clarification, but it was clear that this would not be used to block designation.
Thank you to everyone who came to the Guildhall and thank you to all our local councillors for their help and to previous councillors who have continued to provide us with invaluable support. Hopefully within the next year, Kingsmead Field will officially be designated as the first Village / Town Green in the city. This will be an amazing achievement for the Friends group, the local community and for Canterbury as a whole.
Thank you once again for all your support over the last few years.
Best wishes Sian (on behalf of the committee of the Friends of Kingsmead Field)

Check out the new Friends of Kingsmead Field website : here.


The Friends of Kingsmead Field has recently been awarded ‘Outstanding’ in the RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ (IYN) competition. ‘Outstanding’ is the highest category in the IYN scheme so it is a real achievement to have gained such recognition. We scored particularly highly on community involvement, so we would like to thank you for all your support and involvement. Congratulations also to St Stephen’s Residents Association, Market Way Area Residents Association, Love Hambrook Marshes and Tyler Close Neighbourhood Group who also did extremely well in the IYN awards.

If there is a problem with . . . .
Potholes, Broken pavements, Street lights or Overhanging branches/shrubs :
Phone : 03000 41 91 91 or If it is an emergency, Call : 03000 41 81 81
Or you can go online at Kent County Council’s website
In case of evidence of anti-social behaviour/drug use etc., please see the Neighbourhood Watch area of the site.
Canterbury remembered facebook page
You may not yet know about the Canterbury Remembered Facebook page, which is full of photos and chat about the city, Click here.
Also the Canterbury Historical and Archaeological Society website which is brilliant [I'm not biased, even if I (Pauline Walters) am the current Chair!], Click here and you are guaranteed to spend far too much time on the link.