8 Oct: TSE Walking Group – ‘Burnt Norton’

The group met for an introduction at Turner Contemporary, and aim of the session was of walking together and stopping for readings at stages along the route.

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It was not a day conducive for walking but we carried on regardless and the weather did improve as the time went  on.

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Alongside  reading from the poem, Elspeth had also arranged for some of the visitors to set up ‘Walking Books’ sessions and various people signed up for a session beforehand.

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The group walked from the gallery along the seafront and ended up at the Garden Gate Project.

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Keith, a member of the group read one of his poems at the end of the walk.

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It is now nearly a year (17 November) since the group formed and we went on the first walk.  It has gone from strength to strength with Elspeth ensuring that each walk has  a main focus.  Alongside the main aims, friendships have emerged and the parameters have been extended as to how the group has developed offering a positive prospect for the future.

7 Oct: The Garden Gate Project

The Garden Gate is an inspiring project that has been set up at Northwood House, Margate and provides various activities aimed at helping people with learning difficulties; ranging from gardening to craft activities.

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On 7 October was a fund-raising day when the site was open to the public.  There was everything from a photography darkroom which had been set up in a shed, a Canterbury Cathedral stall where visitors were able to make paper stained glass windows to freshly made pizzas (donations only!)

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Elspeth from the TS Eliot Walking Group invited me to go along and I took the following images together with helping to paint some of the gardening boxes frames.

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