News - October 2021
Richard Watts Legacy Bust Unveiled
Richard Watts Charities celebrated at Watts Almshouses on Sunday 19th September with the unveiling of a beautiful new bronze bust of Richard Watts created by sculptor Lynsey Harrison. Peter Smith, the Vice Chairman of the Board welcomed guests to Watts Almshouses where the bust was unveiled by the Mayor of Medway, Councillor Jan Aldous and blessed by Priest Vicar Ade Lawal. The event was attended by the Town Crier who gathered all together beautifully.
When Lynsey visited The Six Poor Travellers' House in Rochester High Street in 2018 she met Elisabeth, the Custodian and discovered that she had a connection to the house via marriage. Lynsey felt so inspired by her family connection, Elisabeth's enthusiasm and the whole Richard Watts story that she volunteered her time to make the bust for The Six Poor Travellers' House.
It was a lengthy process, Lynsey donated a huge amount of time meticulously researching, gathering funds from various sources and finally creating the bust which we believe is a close resemblance to the man himself. The bust will be located in the garden of The Six Poor Travellers' House, though the skill, care and attention put into it by Lynsey has resulted in a bust worthy of a place in the cathedral.
Following the formal proceedings, afternoon tea was served. Lynsey was present together with friends and family including her mother-in-law Monica, grand-daughter of Alfred and Agnes Vinten, who had once lived in The Six Poor Travellers' House.
Grant Awarded to Action for Borstal Community (ABC)
Trustees awarded £415 to Action for Borstal Community to help pay for their annual pre-school summer coach trip to Wingham Wildlife Park. The award means that ABC don’t need to charge parents for the trip and it remains accessible to all the children involved.