Twin Town Tea Party

BASH hosted a Twin Town Tea Party on Saturday 21st June 2015 in St Peter’s Church to celebrate the Messages project, the 375 anniversary and twinning. 

Cream teas and an edible version of the twinning charter were enjoyed by many. Information about the twinning and BASH’s related projects was on display, alongside the signed Twinning Charter and a slideshow of photographs old and new from both towns. BASH’s secretary Sonia Frost read an official letter of greeting from Wendy King of Sandwich MA, and Rev. Mark Roberts gave a short speech. On the same afternoon (with a 6 hour time lag!) Sandwich, MA held a celebratory heritage tea in their founding church, First Church of Sandwich, an iconic Cape Cod building. The Massachusetts tea was given an English theme in our town’s honour. Our thanks to the Friends of St Peter’s for their support.

Henry’s elephant! The first elephant to tread on English soil disembarked at Sandwich in 1255, on its way to Henry III’s Tower of London menagerie. The BASH elephant (above), adapted by Jim Marshall from the engraving by Matthew Paris, become an exchange mascot for Sandwich, Kent. Copies of Henry’s elephant were decorated by children from Sandwich Infant School and sent to schoolchildren in Massachusetts. The colourful elephants could also be spotted at the BASH Twin Town Tea Party.

Messages to MA

It all started with a ‘Sandwich Story Tree’ at the annual Festival of Trees in St Peter’s Church, in December 2013. Using large luggage labels, BASH asked visitors to write messages of greeting to the people of Sandwich MA, or to share their own stories or memories of Sandwich. They could then hang the labels on the Story Tree. The resulting labels, with the first greetings from one Sandwich town to another, were included in the Messages to Massachusetts parcel.

town crier
Kevin, Sandwich town crier and sergeant, rings in the news

Our BASH post boxes were launched at The Sandwich Food Fayre in early May 2014. BASH volunteers Jan Cooper and Jim Marshall gathered over 70 postcards of greetings during the event. Jim’s Cape Cod sandwich tribute – the Lobster Pot – even won second prize in the annual sandwich competition!

Buggy Walk

diamond windowa fun, buggy-friendly guided walk for pre-school children

Tuesday 2nd August

meet at the Guildhall forecourt at 10am

Reclaim the narrow streets of Sandwich! Dress up your pushchair with flowers or bunting, pack a little picnic and join us for a gentle guided walk of Sandwich. We’ll be spotting buggy-level details on buildings, seeking out shapes and strange creatures and using our senses to explore the town. The walk will finish by the river, where we’ll feed the ducks (duck-friendly seed provided) and end with the chance to picnic and play at the Butts play area.

Led by Sonia Overall.

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Creative Writing Walkshop

bending arrowwith novelist and poet Sonia Overall

Sunday 18th September

meet at the Guildhall forecourt at 12 noon

Embrace your inner psychogeographer and encounter Sandwich as never before. Using dérive-based exercises, this creative writing workshop for adults will send you out into the streets in search of story seeds and poetry fragments, followed by the chance to shape and share your ideas. Suitable for all levels. Bring a notebook and pens/pencils.

FREE – no need to book

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part of the Sandwich Arts Week programme

Sound Map Walkshop

Make a sound map of Sandwich  
treebarka creative walkshop for families

Saturday 17th September

meet at the Guildhall forecourt at 10am

Shhhh! It’s time to let the town tell its own story. Help us to make a sound map of Sandwich by listening in and recording the rustles, chirps and echoes of the streets. You’ll be given a special ‘listening post’ to record at, then report back with your findings to make a giant sound map of the town. Materials provided.

Led by Sonia Overall.

FREE – no need to book

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part of the Sandwich Arts Week programme

Reading Buildings

3 Kings Yard sky portalunlocking architectural heritage

Friday 9th September 

meet outside St Peter’s Church at 6pm

Find out how to read buildings and unlock some of their secrets. A gentle circular tour of Sandwich’s features led by Sonia Overall, with expert guides Rowena Willard-Wright of English Heritage and John Hennessy of Sandwich History Society. NB: The full tour will take approximately 2 hours.

FREE – no need to book 

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Discovering Sandwich

horse pond sluiceaccessible family-friendly tour

Tuesday 30th August

meet at the Guildhall forecourt at 12 noon

A guided history walk based on the Royal Geographical Society ‘Discovering Britain’ trail of Sandwich. Led by Sonia Overall, with local historian John Hennessy of Sandwich History Society. Accessible route suitable for adults and children, wheelchairs and pushchairs.

FREE – no need to book

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Ghost Pub Crawl

Kings HeadA tour of lost pubs

Monday 22nd August

meet at the Admiral Owen at 6pm

Sandwich once boasted numerous public houses and hostelries. Join us on a circular walking tour of some of the lost ‘ghost’ pubs of Sandwich, accompanied by readings in praise of hop, grape and grain. Those who have worked up a thirst may wish to stay on for an after-walk drink at the bar.

Led by Sonia Overall.

FREE (buy your own drinks at the bar!) – no need to book

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Sandwich Safari

golden lion knockerAN interactive trail for families

Monday 8th August

meet at the Guildhall forecourt at 10am

Join us on safari in Sandwich, seeking out illusive animals and mythical creatures lurking on buildings in the town. Record sightings on your explorer’s map and share the story of your discoveries. Materials provided.

FREE – no need to book

 

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Noon & Night Walk

fishergateflagsquiet wall walk

Saturday 6th August

meet at the Guildhall forecourt at 12 noon and 12 midnight

A town wall walk, taking place at midday and again at midnight. Come along to observe the changing ambiences of the town and experience the differences between daylight and moonlight walking. We will follow a circular route, joining up the sites of the ancient town gates. NB: aside from opening and closing discussion, these will be silent walks. Please dress for the weather. There will be a crescent moon: you may wish to bring a torch.

Led by Sonia Overall.

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