Reach Out Gospel Choir concert

The Reach Out Gospel Choir will be performing at an evening concert at Barham Village Hall on Saturday 14 July in aid of The Fifth Trust.

There will also be a special performance by The Fifth Trust music students during the interval.

More information and tickets will be available soon.

Reach Out Gospel Choir

Stock up on Christmas goodies!

Stock up on Christmas gifts and goodies at our popular annual Craft Fair, which takes place this year on Saturday, 2 December from 11am to 3pm.

Pottery for sale
There will be an opportunity to buy unique works of art and crafts created by Day Centre students in our Art Gallery, as well as plants, holly wreaths and Christmas trees in our Garden Centre. Also on sale will be our own homemade wines, jams and pickles.

Seasonal refreshments will also be available.

Kent Police Property Fund award

Cheque presentation
A big thank you to Faversham Town Football Club, who made an application on our behalf to the Kent Police Property Fund. We were delighted to be awarded £750! Pictured are General Manager Nikki Marley receiving the cheque from Chief Inspector Mark Wellar, accompanied by some of our students.

Gold for Canterbury

We were delighted to hear that Canterbury had once again been awarded a Gold in the South and South East in Bloom Awards!

Whitefriars Canterbury
The Fifth Trust’s horticulture team and students were responsible for the design, planting and maintenance of the Whitefriars displays, which played a major part in securing the top award. The judges also praised the Canterbury shopping centre for its close partnership with the Trust.

Family Fun Day raises over £7,000!

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Family Fun Day held at Godmersham Park on 15 July to raise funds for the Greenbanks skills centre redevelopment project.

Family Fun Day
The day started with a cricket match which included Fifth Trust students, their families, members of the community, staff, volunteers and friends. It was a great success and prizes were awarded at the end of the match by Richard Ansell, who did an amazing job providing the music for the day and a non-stop party atmosphere.

Fifth Trust Patron Pam Ferris entertained visitors with a Q & A session in the Orangery and kindly presented all the prizes at the end of the day. These included a bottle of Bollinger for each of the adult ‘Welly Wanging’ champs!

Even a passing shower failed to spoil the fun, as children and adults alike continued to enjoy the wide variety of sideshows, games and attractions on offer. The giant ball pool became a paddling pool for a short while… and the children enjoyed that just as much, if not more!

The event raised over £7,000 for the appeal – a fantastic achievement. Many thanks to everyone who helped with donations, assisted on the day or came along to support.

A special thank you to Fiona Sunley for allowing us to use beautiful Godmersham Park for the event and to Fifth Trust trustee Anita Robson, whose tireless efforts and organisational skills ensured the day was such a huge success.

Schubert recital hits the right notes

A candlelit Barham Church looked magnificent as it welcomed those attending a Schubert recital in aid of our Greenbanks skills centre appeal.

Julian Hubbard and Aoife O’Sullivan
The evening was a sell-out, with some 155 people purchasing tickets to enjoy the immense talent of two professional performers: tenor Julian Hubbard and concert pianist Aoife O’Sullivan. The concert was introduced by the Appeal's ambassador, Pam Ferris, who briefly outlined the story of ‘Die Schöne Müllerin’, which was performed in German (though translation sheets were provided!).

With gratitude to them, our kind sponsors, and all others involved, we were delighted to be able to add £2,700 to the appeal as a result of this event.

Junior Bake-Off contestant pays a visit

We had a wonderful time with Yasmin Gladstone, who was a contestant on Series 4 of Junior Bake off. Yasmin had made a superb chocolate ladybird cake on the programme and wanted to show us in Cook Club how we could make one.

Yasmin Gladstone

Yasmin stayed with us all day so she could teach both morning and afternoon groups. Tobias, Gillian and Sam helped mix the dry ingredients together and then the wet. We used an ice-cream scoop to measure out the mixture into the cupcakes which meant same size cakes and less mess!

When the cakes were baking we made buttercream to help hold our cake decoration in place. To make our ladybirds we used golf ball size pieces of fondant icing. Yasmin used her cookie cutter as it was the perfect size for the cupcakes. Then we got to paint on our ladybirds. Yasmin showed us the best way to paint them using red and black. However, Brett, Rachel, Louise, Nancy and Jenny all used their own artistic ideas and created Ladybirds of their own style!

Once the cakes were finished we made sure that Cook Club was clean and tidy… just in time for tea break, where we could sit with a lovely cuppa and enjoy all our hard work!

Trees recycled into garden furniture

Local trees otherwise destined for landfill are being turned into handcrafted garden furniture and other bespoke products in a joint venture between The Fifth Trust, Canterbury City Council and its parks and grounds contractor, Serco.

The Fifth Trust Horticulture Manager Peter Buscall explains: “Occasionally a tree must be felled in one of the Council’s parks or gardens, or it falls down or becomes diseased. With this new sustainability scheme, timber from these trees can be turned into furniture or other products, giving it a new lease of life. We benefit from being able to sell the resulting products and the Council saves money in landfill costs.”

The trees are sawn into planks by Serco and delivered to The Fifth Trust. Skilled carpenters work with the students to carefully craft the recycled trees into bespoke items available to order, with tables costing £330 + VAT and benches costing £185 + VAT.

Canterbury City Council’s Senior Contracts Manager for Commissioned Services, Tracy Flower, who is co-ordinating the sustainability project, says: “We have built a strong relationship with The Fifth Trust over the past six years. The charity’s Vineyard Garden Centre supplies us with plants and hanging baskets and their garden maintenance teams have helped out in our community gardens and cemeteries, as well as supporting In Bloom entries in Canterbury and Herne Bay.

“With this new joint venture sustainability project, every plank can be traced back to its original source. When we remove a tree from an area, we will replace it where appropriate. Other parts of the felled tree can also be reused, with smaller pieces utilised for bird boxes and other wood products, and the remainder seasoned and made available as logs for wood burners. Money raised from selling benches and tables will be spent on the area from where the tree was removed. It makes for sound environmental good practice, provides additional amenities for the public and supports The Fifth Trust’s work.”