Day 1 – Saturday 16 July


Minster Village Fayre in Minster Abbey Grounds from 10am to 3pm


The Fayre will be held from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the grounds of the Grade I listed Minster Abbey (which is a Saxon building and dates back to 670AD. It is jointly organised by the Abbey, the adjacent Gatehouse museum and Minster Parish Council.

There was a royal charter issued in 1290AD for a Minster Village Fayre which we claim! This year the event will be opened by Matt Ransden, editor of the local Times Guardian newspaper.

There will be performances from various groups (including the local Folk and Blues club playing in the Abbey itself.). Around the grounds are stalls, games, the Heritage micropub, refreshments and delicious real beefburgers from a local butcher and cooked by the 7th Sheppey scout group. This year we are planning to have a teddy bear Zip wire from the roof of the Gatehouse. The Gatehouse museum will also be open for visitors

Anyone interested in performing or taking a stall please contact Andrew Parr on 01795-875835


Artist studio – Georgia Wyver at Tumbledown, Whybourne’s Chase, Minster. ME12 2HZ  from 11am until 4pm – FREE ENTRANCE


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Free: Meet local Sheppey Textile and Felting Artist Georgia Wyver who is opening her house to the Public over 2 days, 16th and 17th July.  View her Artwork, chat to her about how she creates it and enjoy a cuppa.  You may find something that you cannot leave behind!

Full address: Tumbledown, on the corner of Whybornes Chase and Queenborough Drive, Minster, ME12 2HZ


UK Paper Band play at Beachfields near leisure centre from 2.30pm until 4.30pm – FREE EVENT


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This will be the third time the UK Paper Band have played Sheppey Promenade Festival, they are back by popular demand. This brass band play play a very varied selection of film music, themes from films, traditional marching music and popular tunes including the Beatles.


Exhibition – The History of Flight on Sheppey at the Aviation Room, Eastchurch from 10am to 3pm – DONATIONS


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The Aviation Centre tells the story of the early aviators at Shellbeach (Muswell Manor), at Eastchurch and at Leysdown.
– 1910 – The Aero Club of Great Britain
– 1914 – Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Flying Corps airfield
– 1918 – RAF Eastchurch and RAF Leysdown
– 1950 – HMPS Eastchurch then HMP Standford Hill

FREE entry, FREE car parking.

Cafe will be open on each day, except Sunday


Art Exhibition – Open Aviary at Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities 11am to 3pm – DONATIONS


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List of artists – Julie Bradshaw, Gen Doy, Lynn Dennison, Anna Bridges, Anne Ho Cooper, Karen Crosby, Paul Crocker, Laurie Harpum, Gabrielle Hoad, Amanda Hopkins, Beth Lanning, Victoria McBride, Linda Newcombe, Micheala Nettles, Nicole Mollett, Susan Petticrew, Jane Oldfield Mark Sosbe, Hugh Ribbons, John Gervais Ross.

Island Projects is working in partnership with Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust and the Promenade Festival 2016 to create a platform for contemporary art on the Isle of Sheppey. The mobile art space ‘Room’ has been installed next to the Sheerness Dockyard Church. ‘Open Aviary’ is the first of such exhibitions, and will bring together a selection of high quality artworks which respond to the theme of Flight.


Photographic Exhibition – Sir Stanley Hooker – cafe times – Healthy Living Centre, Sheerness – FREE ENTRANCE


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This exhibition reveals the outstanding achievements of one of Britain’s greatest aviation engineers, who few realise was born on Sheppey. It features the life and work of Sir Stanley Hooker, who made an incredibly significant contribution in developing the engines of our most iconic aircraft, from the Spitfire, through to the Vulcan and ultimately Concorde.


An Evening of Popular items from Opera, Operetta and Musicals at Holy Trinity Church: High Street, Queenborough, Kent, ME11 5EP – 19:30 – 22.30 – Tickets: £10 from Nic’s Restaurant, 4 Railway Terrace, Queenborough ME11 5AY Tel: 01795 661146 


An evening of popular items from opera, operetta and musicals.  Marilyn Hill Smith, the internationally renowned soprano and great favourite of Radio 2 audiences through her many appearances on ‘Friday Night is Music Night’, will be singing with Colin Morris, in Holy Trinity Church, Queenborough. Colin has performed this repertoire at Sadler’s Wells, the QEH and on tour in the USA. and he and Marilyn have sung together many times in the UK, Singapore and Malaysia.  Timothy Barratt will be at the piano.

Please support this beautiful fifteenth century church, which needs to replace its temporary vestry with a much more permanent structure.


Flight on Sheppey – poems and art work – see Castle Connections website for opening times – Castle Connections, Queenborough – FREE ENTRANCE


Linda Brinklow

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This exhibition will feature places visited by members of the Aspirations group over the years;  like the Aviation Museum at Eastchurch, Muswell Manor (home of the first aircraft factory in Britain), the Eco Centre at Brambledown , Elmley Reserve, Barton’s Point, Halfway Cemetery and Queenborough. This is a quirky look at some of the best bits about Sheppey
The history behind the visits
– The Research- From local news- papers courtesy of Minster Gatehouse Museum  and the Eastchurch Aviation Museum (annex  to the  Blue Town Heritage Centre)

Tributes to
– The artist Julie Bradshaw
– The author David Hughes
– and historians Peter West and Rosemary and Martin Hawkins (Eastchurch Aviation Museum)

The glue that binds this exhibition together will be the poetry.

For more details please ring Linda on 01795 664718 or email lindabrinklow820@btinternet.com


Some Enchanted Evening – a musical revue at The Criterion, Blue Town Heritage Centre at 7.30pm – TICKETS £15


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Featuring some of the industries most talented professionals, performing musical classics from some of the most iconic Broadway and West End Shows, including South Pacific, Oklahoma, Mamma Mia, Wicked, Les Miserables and many more.   The show began in 2013 when two young producers, Grant Koper and Paul Ewen came up with the idea to produce a musical revue. It played to three venues – Grantham, Gainsborough and Sutton.   After hearing of the success of the show, it was invited to play in the Criterion Music Hall Theatre in summer 2014.   Spring 2015 saw the production embark on its first full scale tour, performed to audiences across the country. Featuring the company’s most talented cast to date, the show was a resounding hit with the audiences it played to.   Due its popularity, Some Enchanted Evening is touring in July and September 2016 with new theatres and a brand new show. Truly not to be missed.

Saturday 16th July – 7.30pm – £15 (Doors Open 30mins prior to performance) Box Office 01795 662981 69 HIGH STREET, BLUE TOWN, SHEERNESS, ME12 2AW www.thecriterionbluetown.co.uk