Past Events
Public Consultation at Fort Amherst September 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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The Friends had manned the stand at the ‘Great Lines City Park’ consultation event at Fort Amherst, and had recruited some more members including Vanessa and Jez Dean. Thanks to Mid Kent College for printing 300 more FoAG leaflets. The event was quite well attended, although Vanessa Dean felt it should have been advertised more widely. The public were able to see sketch proposals regarding the Great Lines City Park at the Fort Amherst event, put stickers on flip charts, listen to the design brief, and discuss the proposals (including a possible new name for the Park). There was egg launching for the children, and guided tours of the Fort. A summary of the event, what came out of it, and what will happen next can be viewed on the Chatham World Heritage website:

Time Capsule project with Mid Kent College; January to March 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Mid Kent College commissioned Tina Lawlor Mottram, local artist and a member of the Friends of the Lower Lines, to work with children and young people in Mid Kent College, Skinner Street Primary school and New Brompton College.

Adam Price also helped out on the project, in which children worked on the Gillingham town crest in their individual styles for inclusion in a book, which was buried in the Time Capsule in March 2008. Several students in Skinner Street are active members of the FoAG group since the beginning. Max Hart took part in the burial ceremony on the day along with other children from both schools.

Barbecue at Fort Amherst PDF Print E-mail
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Barbecue at Fort Amherst and tour for members of FoAG

The Friends visited the Fort for a guided tour and a barbecue in September 2007. Almost 30 members showed up and enjoyed tours of dark tunnels with expert knowledge from members Keith and Gerd. Sun shined all day and everybody brought along food to barbecue and share. Another enjoyable day out!

Tour de France 2007 PDF Print E-mail
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Tour de France 2007

The Friends joined in the fun for the Tour de France, manning a stand at Fort Amherst to give out information about the group to visitors. This was a great opportunity to talk to visitors and residents about our new community park. Some new members were recruited at the event.


The Annual Picnic PDF Print E-mail
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Each year since the group was founded, members meet for a picnic at the edge of the park, close to Cumberland Avenue. This is an opportunity for members to meet up, share some food and drink and enjoy the spot.

In 2006, the first picnic was held and everybody brought along some food to share. Sunny skies and football playing for children while the grown ups enjoyed the free beer provided for everybody by Michael Parkes Surveyors.

In 2007, it was quite changeable weather. Keith Gulvin, a member of the group who works in Fort Amherst, provided the group with a historic tour showing us details of the walls and historic remains onsite. Keith’s little booklet can be downloaded from this site. (add link when I get it) A brief storm meant sheltering under the trees! For children, (and wine makers) blackberry picking was the order of the day.

In 2008, 20 members of all ages showed up and Paul Clark MP, and enjoyed some refreshments and drinks provided as part of the funding received from Chatham World Heritage.

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