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Make a Lasting Impression

We’re asking members of the community to create a memory leaf that describes or says something about their experience of the pandemic for a new project we are co-ordinating in partnership with Tunbridge Wells Hospital, part of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

The Lasting Impressions project will create a quilted memory tree wall hanging; collecting and sharing the community’s reflections, memories and experiences of living through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The memory tree will first be displayed at The Amelia Scott when it opens in spring 2022, before taking up permanent residence at the hospital.

Keeping history alive

Councillor Andy Fairweather, Cabinet member for Communities and Wellbeing said:

The pandemic has impacted on so many of us in so many different ways. This lasting memory tree will give us chance to reflect. I do encourage everyone to create a leaf for the tree.

John Weeks, Director of Emergency Planning and Communications at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, commented:

Amelia Scott was a social reformer who focused her work on the needs of young, working class women and mothers and was instrumental in transforming the old workhouse into the Pembury Hospital, including working at the hospital site during the influenza pandemic in 1919.

It’s a fitting tribute that we are working with The Amelia Scott project and are keeping history alive with this memory tree. It recognises the amazing work that has been carried out across the borough during the COVID-19 pandemic, that has in turn also supported the hardworking staff and volunteers at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

How to create your memory leaf

Full instructions on how you can create your own memory leaf can be found on Lasting Impressions page at TW Social and finished leaves can be sent to the Town Hall, Civic Way, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1RS.

Please submit your leaf by 6 March 2022.

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