Ever fancied learning one of the ancient crafts associated with our Kentish woodlands and countryside? A wide range of rural skills is taught by Alan Sage of AJS Crafts, from spoon carving to hedge laying. Courses are held at Godinton House or in Sparkes Gill Wood near Rolvenden, and costs vary from £30 up. Check out the full list by clicking here or on the photo.
If you have the sort of family which does sewing crafts as well as gardening, you may be interested to find 'Emporia' at the top of Bank Street Ashford, with lots of lovely things for sewing projects.
Patchwork expert Mandy Munroe is holding a "Beginners Patchwork" workshop on August 2nd, 10am to 3pm. Call in at the shop to find out if any places remain. Click here to go to the Emporia blog and list of classes.
Hawkinge allotments were set up only in 2010, after five years of campaigning. New village sites like this are a lesson to us all, with their enthusiasm and hard work. Hawkinge have just opened their site under the NGS Open Gardens scheme (click on the picture for their report on their website) and the day was a great success, raising hundreds of pounds for charities.
The allotments will be open again for National Allotments Week on August 9th, from 10am till 3pm.
Support the Pilgrim's Hospice Summer Fair by bringing your surplus produce to our fund-raising stall on August 2nd
For many years now the Allotment Society has supported the Pilgrim's Hospice with a stall selling surplus fruit, veg and plants to raise funds. Plotholders please take the time to pick some of whatever you can spare for the stall, to make a good show, raise loads of money and show off the lovely stuff we grow.
The hospice Summer Fair is on August 2nd; you all know the hospice, it is just past Tesco Crooksfoot on the A20 towards the garden centre, after junction 10. Set your satnav for TN24 0NE
You should bring your produce direct to the hospice Summer Fair for about 9.30 to 9.45am, where Penny will be waiting to receive it and set it out. You can park in field opposite the hospice, but to deliver only (there is a free 'park & ride' for anyone coming to the fete). Anything sells well, so bring cut flowers, spare plants and of course vegetables and fruit. All the money made goes to the charity.
The Summer Fair is free and starts at 12 noon. (Closes at 4pm) There is a huge range of fun for all. To save traffic chaos, the Hospice is operating a free 'park & ride' to the hospice gates - leave your car safely at the 'Secret Garden' carpark a little further down the A20 at Mersham Le Hatch and hop on the bus! Click here to go to the Hospice website - scroll down the page to see details of the Fair.
Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Society
This website is happy to publicise all garden-related events.