Fam­i­lies fol­low trail for har­vest good­ies

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Fam­i­lies were hot on the trail of fresh pro­duce dur­ing a har­vest fes­ti­val hunt in Maid­stone.

Young­sters used maps to help them track down bas­kets full of food con­cealed around the town cen­tre on Satur­day, Septem­ber 30.

Sev­eral of the hid­ing places also in­cluded ma­te­ri­als which chil­dren could col­lect to help build scare­crows at the end.

And those that suc­cess­fully com­pleted the trail re­ceived a spe­cially pro­duced fa­ble writ­ten by the Rev Canon An­drew Sewell of St Paul’s Church in Box­ley Road called The Grow­ing Ma­chine.

Or­gan­ised as part of the Way­point Pro­ject, a part­ner­ship in­volv­ing more than 20 churches and or­gan­i­sa­tions that work to­gether to put on com­mu­nity events, it is the first time the fes­ti­val has run in the town.

As well as a fun fam­ily ac­tiv­ity, it was put on to cel­e­brate Maid­stone as the County Town of the Gar­den of Eng­land.

Way­point Pro­ject direc­tor Heather May said: “Our Easter Egg trail proved very pop­u­lar so we thought we would do some­thing sim­i­lar for har­vest – a time when it is good to pause and give thanks for our food and all our re­sources.”

With that in mind, the fes­ti­val also col­lected tins for var­i­ous home­less char­i­ties and food banks in a trac­tor trailer in Ju­bilee Square, off High Street, Maid­stone, and held a tool amnesty, with all un­wanted equip­ment col­lected des­tined for com­mu­ni­ties in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

Pic­tures: Matthew Walker FM4941835/FM4941841

Pixie Jeff, seven and, right, Kaira Mil­burn, six, with mum Anna-Li­isa on the Har­vest Trail

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Olivia, three, and Lu­cia, eight, Her­nan­dez Cox with Va­lerie Hilder, left, and Caro­line Mills, Tony Jones, Mark Burr and Kel­lie Ed­ney with public do­na­tions for food banks and home­less char­i­ties, right

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An­drew Tins­ley, Mary El­ph­ick, Sam Smith and John El­ph­ick from the Na­tional Fruit Show with Amanda, Steve Jeff, Pixie and Jamie Jeff, left, and Daniel Mercer, six, right

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Mia Wil­liamson, seven

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