Events

Imagining a New Stoneford Cottage: Reminiscing Session at Valence House

Fri 29 October 2021
2-4pm

Valence House Visitor Centre,
Becontree Ave,
Dagenham
RM8 3HT

Company Drinks with Valence House

Company Drinks are thrilled to be working with the National Trust on coming up with ideas for the Stoneford Garden in Dagenham. As part of the second phase of our consultation we're organising a special Garden Reminiscing Session at Valence House Visitor Centre. You'll be able to look at archive material about the cottage and garden, see the early design ideas for the site, and have your say about what you think should happen this new community garden. Sign up is essential, numbers will be restricted for covid safety. We'll be running two drop in slots. At 2-3pm or at 3-4pm. Please book using the link below or email cam@companydrinks.info with your preference. *IMPORTANT* If you are a member of the Thursday Group / Happy Hoppers, you will be joining for a special closed session at 12-2pm, please stick to the plans shared by Pip.

Photo kindly shared by Rosemary Rodgers.

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Please book here

Or email cam@companydrinks.info if you would like to attend. You’ll need to let us know if you want to join at 2-3pm or 3-4pm. We may need to stagger entrance to the space to allow for social distance and covid safety.

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OR FILL IN OUR SHORT+SWEET ONLINE SURVEY

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Company Drinks are thrilled to be working with the National Trust on coming up with ideas for the Stoneford Garden in Dagenham. We’ll be hosting a series of visits and ‘Dreaming’ sessions, and asking YOU “What would you like to see the garden become?”…. We’ll be talking to local groups (including our own), dreaming up ideas, looking to ‘Gardens We Love’, learning about the biodiversity of the site and trying to answer these questions together. This project will consist of a series of visits, workshops and creative idea-generation sessions. We’ll advertise these on our newsletter. If you would like to register your interest in this project, please email cam@companydrinks.info.

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Stoneford Cottage is a Grade II listed house, located in the Village Ward of Barking and Dagenham. It was built in 1858 and bequeathed to the National Trust in 2018. The garden is large, wild and nature-rich with numerous out buildings.

Read a great post on the history of Stoneford Cottage at the Barking & Dagenham Local History site here