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!

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.

Instant Gardener Final

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.

Find out what’s on at Telegraph Hill Festival and get booking

NB Box Office at Telegraph Hill Centre opens Thursday 5th March with a complimentary glass of fizz from the Vicar and the team at St Catherine’s Church. Online booking opens Friday 6th March

£3000 raised for Telegraph Hill Centre

The 2014 Panto – Aladdin – played to packed houses across four shows in early December.   Audiences could not get enough, they said:

“Brilliant!  How I wish this show could show for longer, I’d have come again AND brought more people to see it with me.”

“How do the team manage to make each show better than the last?   I’m so pleased that it is always in aid of Telegraph Hill Centre too, it’s a good place.   I’ve lived here for nearly 30 years but this and a couple of other things at the Centre are the only things I really connect with.   Events like this make me appreciate what we have in the Centre.   Long may that continue.”

“Please don’t stop!   Ever.   Aladdin was just too good.   How you’ll top it next year I don’t know.   But please try, I’ll bring 10 people with me to see it.”

“I loved it, the kids loved, even my great aunt who is quite hard of hearing loved it – there was just so much for everyone and all delivered with such gusto and clear enjoyment by the cast.” 

“I’ve no idea of how much hard work goes into it all but please know that we all love this annual event.   Please, please keep it going.”

The funds raised by Aladdin came to just over £3000 (£3034).   The Centre is a self-sustaining community space which generates income from letting various spaces within the Centre, in addition to receiving a grant from St Catherine’s Community Mission Fund.   The £3000 raised by Aladdin will be apportioned to various continuing improvements to the infrastructure and services within the building – rewiring to the best modern standards, ensuring that there is better lighting internally and externally and so on.   More details on what the money has been spent on will follow in the coming months.

The Panto could never happen without a team.   This year’s team have been incredible.   As ever, Sanjit Chudha produced the Panto (dealing with the logistics from script development months beforehand to clearing away late at night after the last show).   Of course without a script, there would be no Panto, and this year Ian Richardson’s script provided several well judged swipes at authority, lots to laugh at and with, and made room for the performers to shine.   The performers were led by a very generous director in the form of Andrew Clarke who selflessly gave up several evenings a week to ensure that everyone was rehearsed as best they could be.   In this he was aided by Jayne Grimshaw (who also stage managed), Kate Faragher and Laura Graham Anderson.   Wiz Kelly and Anthea Sheahan made a marvellous dragon from, as the script said, ‘a bicyle helmet and some old cloth’.   Of course the cast were flawless and they were:

Aladdin – Roger Mason
Wisheewashee – Elayne Carby
Ababanana – John Burgess
Widow Twanky – Gregory Doey
Nighthawk – Rima Bray
Daisy – Richard Gadd
Wiki – Wiz Kelly
Genie – Helen Bond
Emperor Poo – Paul Milnes
Princess Apple Blossom – Rosa Pearce-Hamilton
Mummy – Loclann O’ Grady
Gossiping Villagers – Gretchen Meddaugh, Durgesh Srivastava / Kate Faragher
Frou Frou – Laura Graham Anderson
Magic Mirror – Maggy Burrowes / Joe Kelly
Guards – Andrew Clarke, Jayne Grimshaw

Huge thanks also go out to all the children involved with the show [names to be updated].

The crew were also amazing.   For lights we thank John Whitfield and John Kelly.   For shifting scenery and helping out generally with setting out and putting away chairs, lights and props, we thank Owen King, Richard Bailey and Maryam Moarefvand.   For clever make-up we thank Fenella Lawrence.

For generous use of rehearsal space:

Telegraph Hill Centre, Pilgrim’s Way Primary School and Children’s Centre and the CCC Club

For help with costumes:

Linda Newman, Jayne Grimshaw and the cast

Bar & Cafe:

Tamsin and Malcolm Bacchus, Rev Sheridan James and St Catherine’s Church Mothers Union

Front of House:

Rosie Wyatt, Kate Pearce, Maggie McMahon, Tracey Warner, Deborah Huisken, Susan Edwards, Maeve McAnallan and Sarah Wanendeya

To everyone involved, thank you so much for everything you did.   We’ll try and do it all again later this year!