General Election 2015: Hustings

Hustings at St Catherine's Church Hatcham 26 April 6-8.30pm

This Hustings at St Catherine’s Church – on Sunday 26th April, 6 to 8.30pm – is a free non-ticketed event open to all.

With the General Election fast approaching, 2015 is a year of decision. Our society is facing some fundamental challenges – rising levels of poverty, inequality and austerity, a housing crisis, challenges facing children and young people and the prospect of climate crisis.

This isn’t new, but whoever forms the next government has a tough job and key decisions ahead. These will ultimately shape the type of society that we become.

A coalition of churches have developed a positive ‘2020 Vision‘ of the kind of ‘Good Society’ they want to help create over the five years of the next parliament, with impacts locally, nationally and globally.

The 2020 vision addresses everything from making ethical choices in the food we buy, the causes we choose to support and the active participation we make to help effect positive change in our society.

Please come to the hustings on Sunday 26th April.

The Secret Garden

The Old Vicarage Garden will be open for an event being run by the Sensory Trust.

Today from 11am-2pm, there will be tea, cake and free dementia-friendly activities. It’s going to be a lovely day – and the Old Vicarage Garden is in full bloom – apple blossom, cherry blossom… all out in full.  Continue reading

Plant Fair Roadshow: 2015

A glorious plant filled day at Telegraph Hill Centre as the Plant Fairs Roadshow returns on Saturday 30th May – 1 to 4pm.

The ‘Plant Doctor’ will be offering free consultations to diagnose your ailments and provide prescriptions for a beautiful garden … there will be lots of plantspeople offering amazing and unusual plants alongside classic favourites. Get your garden looking tip-top!

Plant Fair Roadshow

Exhibiting nurseries include:

  • Johnson’s Sweet Peas and NurseryJohnson’s is a family run nursery, based near Sittingbourne. They specialise in Sweet Peas, home grown seeds and plants. A good selection of hardy perennials are also propagated at their nursery, especially alpines. Johnson’s were awarded a Gold medal for their first display of alpines at the Kent Garden Show in 2014
  • Pineview Plants – Run by Colin & Cindy Moat, Pineview Plants offers a wide range of perennial plants ranging from rare, new or unusual, to easy, interesting and reliable. Their extensive range primarily reflects plants which Colin and Cindy find of interest and believe to be of outstanding garden merit. These include mainly hardy herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses, which complement them, plus an extensive range of shade-lovers
  • Swallowfields Nursery – This small specialist nursery is set in the heart of the Kent Downs and is not normally open to the public. The family–run Swallowfields Nursery grows a range of traditional cottage-garden plants as well as many unusual and interesting perennials – specialisms include a Primula auricula collection and hardy salvias
  • Blueleaf Plants is a small nursery that specialises in succulent plants such as agaves, aloes, echeverias, crassulas, graptopetalums, sedums, haworthias, mesembryanthemums etc.  Using one-off pots and containers for inspiration, Blueleaf Plants’ owner, Fiona Wemyss, likes to create designs that show off the gem-like colours and architectural shapes of these diverse and fascinating plants
  • Brickwall Cottage NurseryBrickwall Cottage Nursery is a small nursery which specialises in Geums.  Sue Martin holds the National Collection and grows over 100 different cultivars in her garden which is open for the National Gardens Scheme
  • Invicta HerbsInvicta Herbs is a specialist nursery growing culinary and useful plants on the family smallholding in Kent. Varieties are selected for flavour, fragrance and vigour. Plants are raised sustainably ensuring edible parts remain safe to be eaten. Classic culinary favourites, edible perennials, British natives & those new to British cuisine from around the world …

Garden Owners: New BBC Show looking for contributors

A new BBC pilot ‘The Instant Gardener’ (working title), are looking for contributors with a garden or outside area that is in need of a makeover.

Please see the details below.   In addition, the Plant Fair Roadshow returns to Telegraph Hill Centre on Saturday 30th May 1 – 4pm.   Drop by and get expert advice from plants people, buy plants and learn new techniques. Continue reading

Telegraph Hill Festival 2015: Wow!

Telegraph Hill Festival has been several months in the planning – our huge thanks to the team behind it who make it all happen, to the event managers who produce individual events and the teams who tirelessly staff the box office, set up, clear up, move and set up the PA, Lights and more.

Here’s a fantastic picture of the sold out show Guys & Dolls which played four shows across two days on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March at St Catherine’s Church.

With a cast of 270 – 270! – larger than most West End shows – Guys & Dolls was a storming success.

Guys & Dolls - St Catherine's Church - Telegraph Hill Festival 2015
Guys & Dolls – St Catherine’s Church – Telegraph Hill Festival 2015

Telegraph Hill Festival 2015

Telegraph Hill FestivalTelegraph Hill Festival is 21 years old this year.  

Telegraph Hill Festival is an institution and has been a real labour of love for everyone involved in it.

The Festival started when the Vicar of St Catherine’s Church met with local residents and agreed to give the fledgling Festival the help it needed to not only survive but grow.   Since those days, when the Festival was a picnic in the park, the Festival has grown year on year.   2015’s Telegraph Hill Festival has more than 110 events taking place, more than ever before. Continue reading