The Kent Miners’ Festival is made possible by a team of volunteers, led by the festival committee. A great deal of behind-the-scenes work is needed to make sure this Event is a success. Careful planning and many hours of hard work, takes place ahead of the event, as well as attention to detail on the day. Some of the 2018 team are listed below:
I was born into a Mining family, with both Grandfathers, Father, many uncles and cousins, all being miners.
I still live in the same street that I was born in and I still belong to that big mining family.
Many from our miners’ family are no longer with us and many more will follow, mainly due to the conditions that they had to endure, working in our mines here in Kent.
Moving the Miners Statue onto the Miners Way Trail was just the start of preserving our Mining Heritage. This festival is another cog in the wheel of keeping our Heritage alive. We must not let their struggles through life be forgotten or allow our Community Spirit to die along with them. The story of the Kent Miner is not finished yet.
The flame is still burning. Never let it die.
Colin Varrall & Imogen Balderston
Colin is the son of a Tilmanstone Miner. Mixing his daytime job of being a paramedic, with being a lifeboat volunteer, writer and historian of local community life, past and present, does not leave him much time but somehow he manages to help with organising our community festival. Colin is fast becoming a well-known figure in our mining communities and he is making a big difference where it is needed and is a valuable member of this team.
Events & Site Manager
Chris Tough & John Worthington
Organisers of the Health & Wellbeing Marquee
Member and Community Advocate (free advice service) of the Betteshanger Sports Social Welfare Club. A former Deal Town Council Mill Hill Ward Councillor. Director of ‘Trudy`s Wheels’, a charitable project to serve those wheelchair Bound visitors with specialist transport needs to reduce isolation and increase community cohesion. A Former Trustee to the Citizens Advice Bureau. Now seeking to regenerate East Kent Youth in Europe projects. We aim to use our experiences to help community groups to reach the expected 10,000 visitors to the festival.
Jim Davies. Last Miner in Kent. Historian and founder of the Miners & Friends Reunion at the Festival.
Steeped in mining, rugby and socializing within the mining community for many years now, he is well liked and a well respected members of our community and our team and is a great ambassador for the Miners of Kent.
Beech Grove Community
Thanks also to the Beech Grove Community from Nonington who will be providing stewards for the day. Available on their stand will be free copies of the new book ‘Their Name is Today: Reclaiming childhood in a hostile world‘ by Johann Christoph Arnold.
Anita Luckett & Andrew Denyer
Promotions, programme design and website
Live Heritage CIC have been pleased to put together a design and print packages for the Festival since 2012 and also manage the festival website.