Part of the work of the officers at Eastgate House is to respond to suggestions and queries raised by visitors. So when a number of people said ‘where’s the kitchen?’ it set in train a series of actions.
It is quite likely that the original kitchen was in an outhouse that has since been demolished. This was common practice, greatly reducing the risk of fire to the main building.
On a lovely evening in June, a goodly number of members gathered at Eastgate House for the sixth Annual General Meeting of the Friends.
Our Guest of Honour was the Deputy Mayor, Cllr, Habib Tejan, and the Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Tejan.
What lovely weather we had for the summer Dickens Festival. I was so glad it was not wet, but I did feel the heat a bit.. The Friends’ stall was in the craft fair in the castle gardens. We had the use of a gazebo loaned by the Rochester City Centre Forum, so many thanks to them. Being dark red it rather warmed us up sitting underneath it, so a pretty tablecloth as a back drop and a white tablecloth as a fly sheet, served to keep it a little cooler.
Back in the autumn, our Chairman, Sue, provided a number of English bluebell bulbs. They were planted on October, and this spring the first ones to survive the transplanting ordeal have come up. We hope that they will flourish in their new home under the magnificent beech tree by the entrance gate to the garden.
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