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Visit to Rockdale Sevenoaks Garden

SI Sevenoaks have a special relationship with the Rockdale Centre, a wonderful facility in Sevenoaks combining housing for the elderly with assisted living and residential care. Rockdale is set in the heart of Sevenoaks but has extensive gardens to which the residents have access. SI Sevenoaks are privileged to meet there, in part due to one of our founders, Beatrice Wilson, being a prime mover in setting up Rockdale back in 1948. To celebrate 75 years, the Rockdale Management invited members to a guided tour of the grounds, which have many features and wonderful plants, followed by a chance to view residents’ art and craft work, and some tea and delicious cake! Eight SI Sevenoaks members attended, led by President Pauline Payne (in the centre of our picture); our new Town Mayor Cllr Claire Shea and other Councillors were also in the party together with Rockdale CEO Mr Chris Munday. Our tour was excellently led by head gardener Annette; we were lucky to dodge the showers so a lovely morning for us all, plus some very helpful gardening tips!