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All 2014 Events

Updated 26 November 2014

Our main events for 2014 are now finished. We do have some Bulb Planting remaining this year! We hope you had a great time throughout the year if you attended any of our events and look forward to seeing you again next year.

To download a copy of the Friends Of the Vines 2014 events in PDF format, Click Here

There will be a number of days during the year when you can come and help out with planting in The Vines – Keep an eye on the Notice Boards in the park for dates. For more information on any of the events or to join The Friends of The Vines please contact us on:

We are also adding to our Events page throughout the year. Please check back here again for further updates and visit the Blog pages for further details on the events below.



Monday 24th Nov Saturday 29th Nov & Monday 01st Dec 2014 (Blog Link)

Bulb Planting – In response to comments that people would like to see some more colour in The Vines, we have ordered loads of bulbs for spring and summer flowering, to plant in various borders around the park. We’ve gone for bulbs as they are easy to plant, and won’t need watering while they get established. Hopefully, they will look fantastic next year.

Thursday 23rd October 2014 (Blog Link)

FoTV talk on the history of Broomhill – Local historian, Odette Buchanan is giving a talk on Broomhill Park in Strood. Odette is an excellent speaker, and having looked at some of the information on the Friends of Broomhill website, it promises to be extremely interesting. Tickets will be available on the door at £4, and include light refreshments.

Saturday 30th August 2014 (Blog link)

FOtV – Batty About Bats – Kent Wildlife Trust will be leading a walk around The Vines and environs, in search of the bats that roost in Rochester. Find out more about these fascinating animals and how your garden can make a difference. More details to follows soon.  NB:  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free Event.

Sunday 10th August 2014 (Blog link)

Picnic Under the Rainbow – The fun continues with another picnic event in The Vines on Sunday 10 August, from 1 – 4pm, organised by the local LGBT community group – flyer attached for information.

Sunday 13th July 2014 (Blog link)

FOtV – CHERRY PICNIC – For the sixth year running The Friends of The Vines are holding their Cherry Picnic event.  Delicious Kentish cherries, crafts stalls, face painting and many more activities, including the Cherry Dessert competition.  Further details and poster can be found on our Blog pages!  Free Event.

Sunday 8th June 2014 (Blog Link)

Full Frontal – Bring along your divided garden plants, excess seedlings, cuttings, plug plants, bulbs, seeds and any other garden goodies to help new and existing Full Frontal groups around Medway. See your plants find new homes around Medway streetscapes! Free Event.

Saturday 10th May 2014

FOtV – IT’S A BUG’S LIFE – Kent Wildlife Trust will be bringing their bug hunting equipment to help children go on a mini-beast hunt around the Vines. More details to follow soon. NB:  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free Event

Saturday / Sunday 01&02 March 2014 (Blog Link)

Medway Master Gardeners –  Medway Master Gardeners are looking for 20 volunteers to join our current Master Gardeners.  Full training is given at a local weekend induction course on March 1 & 2.

Sunday 2nd February 2014 @ 10.00am – 2.00pm (Blog link)

Ranscombe Farm Reserve: – Big Winter Walk. Explore the winter countryside around Ranscombe, with a warming drink provided along the way.  Approx. 6 miles. Bring a packed lunch.

27th January 2014 @ 7.30 (Blog Link)

Eastgate House Gardens: Rochester Library, Eastgate, Rochester ME1 1EW – One of our members has passed on details of a talk on the history of Eastgate House Gardens, organised by the Friends of Eastgate House to raise funds for the conservation of wall paintings on the third floor of the house. Please see the flyer for more information. Please Click Here for a copy of the Flyer in PDF format or visit the Blog Link for further information.