In mid-September 2017, Year 6 pupils from Stella Maris and Christ Church primary schools came to Step Short’s visitor centre (‘the Hub’) to discover more about the First World War in Folkestone.
Both schools spent an afternoon with Step Short for their First World War topic, a feature of the Year 6 curriculum. Vice Chair Ann Berry welcomed the groups and explained the work of the charity. Step Short director Geoff Tolson then shared a brief history of WW1 and Folkestone’s important role in the conflict. The children completed a quiz created by Step Short’s Heather-Gail de Souza, based on the information boards and artefacts at the visitor centre, followed by well-deserved refreshments.
“We had a great afternoon with both schools. The children were enthusiastic and asked interesting questions,” said Ann Berry. “And some were already aware of the Mole Cafe on the Harbour Arm.”
Please contact Ann Berry (01303 278644 or [email protected]) if you would like to arrange a school visit or other educational activity with Step Short.
Three of our new volunteers were thrown in at the deep end on Sunday 3 September, offering refreshments at the Mole Cafe during the opening weekend of the Folkestone Triennial 2017.
With the Harbour Arm buzzing with visitors, Bobby Reader, Sandra Carpenter and Rosa Hewer got stuck in with the Harbour Canteen regulars serving up tea, coffee and cake.
Folkestone’s fourth Triennial exhibition (Double Edge) features 20 pieces of art located in public spaces around the town from artists including Antony Gormley, Sinta Tantra and Richard Woods.
As with each previous Triennial, many of these pieces will remain in Folkestone as permanent installations. There are a number of exhibits, past and present, in the Tontine Street and Harbour area close to the Step Short Visitor Centre and the Mole Cafe.
The Folkestone Triennial runs until 5 November 2017.
Photo: Diane Cronin
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Step Short, email [email protected] or phone Heather-Gail de Souza (01303 269181) or Ann Berry (01303 278644) for the Mole Cafe and Carl Plummer (07766 796006) for the Visitor Centre.