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Community Fund – Garden Gate Project – January Update

During this cold weather, we at the garden have immersed ourselves in arts and crafts during the month of January…

We have been hosting lots of creative collaborations… Tuesday mornings, Whitstable based artist, Ben Dickenson is running a printing workshop at the garden, starting with the basics of mono printing then progressing on to lino printing. 

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Community Fund – Garden Gate Project – December Update

Happy New Year from The Garden Gate Project!

December was a busy month and we all definitely entered into the festive spirit… From the end of November we were getting creative and making lots of Christmas goodies…

We hosted bauble decorating sessions, a wreath making workshop, the pottery group got busy making tree decorations and our apprentice, Joe learnt some new wood working skills and made some fantastic Reindeer’s.  

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Community Fund – Garden Gate Project – November Update

art show 4All is good at The Garden Gate…

On the 26th November we held our first art show exhibiting work made at our Tuesday afternoon ‘Collage Club’.  Artist, Sadie Hennessey has been working with us since Easter and our guys have made some amazing work… It was a sell out show and we raised £874.28 for the garden!

We are now busy making decs for Christmas and looking forward to The Garden Gate Christmas dinner on the 22nd

Community Fund – Garden Gate Project – October Update

Hi from The Garden Gate Project Ltd… 

In October we hosted our ‘Falling Leaves’ Autumn Arts and Crafts festival.  There were plenty of cakes, pizza and soup to keep everybody going throughout the two-day festival.  Local artists and makers came along to the garden to engage the community and our service users in a whole host of activities ranging from… Tie dying, smudge stick making, crafting jewellery, painting and firing pots, collage, colouring and candle making.

We welcomed lots of old and new friends to the garden and despite the wet weather everyone had great fun. 

Community Fund – Garden Gate Project – August Update

Hello from the Garden Gate, everything is going well here… Today is the first day of autumn and we are seeing the garden transform as we start a new season.

We have had a fabulous summer and have been very fortunate to be involved in some great projects… We were asked to make work for the ‘The Festival of Love’ with artist Sadie Hennessy to be exhibited in a beach hut on the Southbank.  We were tasked with filling the hut with love, so we held a big community day and invited everyone to the garden to make hearts and love bugs representing things that are special to them.

We also ran a wonderful 6 week pottery course through the holidays with Bridget McVey.  All ages joined in and everyone enjoyed the course and made some great work to be displayed in the garden.

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Community Fund – Garden Gate Project – July Update

Hello from ‘The Garden Gate Project Ltd’…

 We have been having a lovely summer filled with lots of exciting activities…

 The big event of the summer was the ‘Garden Gate Music Day’.  We were expecting a good turnout, the local community were buzzing about the event, we anticipated about 250 people to come along, however we were thrilled when nearly 500 people came through the gates!

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Community Fund – Garden Gate – May Update

Hello from the Garden Gate…

Joe Gardening Course[1]It’s a beautiful sunny day in Margate and we are busy making arrangements for our Music Day on Saturday 18th July, entertainment is being organised for a fun filled day… We will keep you posted with our progress in our next update…

We recently recruited our first apprentice support worker, 23 year old Joe Guy from Westgate, who has also become the 900th apprentice to be placed through KCC’s Kent Employment Programme. Joe is fast becoming a real asset to the garden and we are very happy with his progress.

We have just completed our ‘Introduction to Gardening’ course.  This is the second year we have run the 8 week course in collaboration with East Kent Colleges ‘Learning in Communities’ initiative.  Everyone really enjoyed the course and learnt lots of new skills.