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20 September 2006
To celebrate life on St. Mary's Island and to promote the success of the Island's community centre, members from the different community groups that use the facility have put their artistic skills to the test and have helped design a mural with local artist Rob Turner.
Children from the St Mary's Island Church of England Primary School, karate club, Jo Jingles - a toddler music club, Island Dance Academy, the Church and Caledonian Association have worked with Rob to create a specially designed mural that captures the St. Mary's Island community spirit. The mural will be erected onto hoarding that surrounds Axis, the latest phase of development on the Island.
Christopher Broster, Project Director for Countryside Maritime commented: "The community centre which was built by Countryside Maritime has been hugely successful since it opened a year ago. So many members of the community now benefit from what it has to offer, with 20 groups regularly using the facility. It is great that we have been able to get so many members of the community together to celebrate this. The mural brightens up the hoarding and is a testament to how far the community centre has come."
Local artist, Rob said: "It was fun to get involved in this project and work with such a large group of people. Everyone was pleased with the final design and it looks great now it is up on site."
Jonathan Sadler, SEEDA Project Director for Chatham Maritime, added: "We are delighted that the community on St Mary's Island have been so helpful on this project and got so involved. We know it has taken a lot of hard work and are pleased that so many people took the time and effort to be a part of it."
Countryside Maritime is a joint venture project between Countryside Properties and SEEDA (the South East England Development Agency). St Mary's Island is a 150 acre residential redevelopment and Britain's only planned new Island community. Over 1,000 homes have currently been built and approximately 2,000 in total are planned for development, providing homes for over 5,000 residents. St Mary's Island forms part of the 350 acre Chatham Maritime regeneration project in Kent.
The community centre is run by Moat Homes Ltd in association with a steering group of local residents.
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Information correct as at 20/09/2006