Photo exhibition will take visitors down memory lane

30 August 2016

Barry Wright, a resident at Chipstead Lake Sevenoaks residents are being invited to take a trip down memory lane at a photography exhibition which traces the fascinating history of a local care home.

The Sevenoaks community came together to start fundraising for Chipstead Lake home, run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, in 1969.

Eight years later and the home was built as a result of many kind donations.

Archive photography from the care home will be on display at a free exhibition at the Kaleidoscope gallery, in the Sevenoaks library, from 2 to 15 September.

Among those to feature in the exhibition is Daphne Shipman, who has been fundraising and volunteering for Chipstead Lake since 1969.

She said:

‘For many years I helped with fundraising, including helping to raise funds to build the home.

‘Now I come in every week to help with activities, but there isn’t a typical day.

‘Today we’re painting, some days we cook. We do lots of different activities. We do whatever people need.

‘What keeps me coming back all these years is befriending people. I’ve had some very good friends here.

‘This is a local set up and I’d say to people, if you come in and see people at Chipstead Lake, they become your friends and it’s very rewarding.’

Also featuring in the exhibition are residents Barry Wright, who moved into Chipstead Lake in 1983, and Christine Simpson, who has been a resident since 1980.

On the support Chipstead Lake still enjoys from the local community, Barry said:

‘The local pub The Bricklayers has been very supportive, they have raised lots of money for the home too.

‘We have had many volunteers over the years, their support has been tremendous.’

Christine Simpson said:

‘We have been very lucky with the support from volunteers over the years.

‘Many are from the local community.’

The photography exhibition has been made possible through Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Rewind Project, an exciting initiative supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which gives people the chance to learn more about the charity’s history and disability in years gone by through films, photographs and journals.

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