This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens. The author spent the latter part of his life residing at Gad’s Hill Place where he wrote some of his most famous works. In addition to Higham, many buildings and landmarks around Gravesham feature in his works also.
On Tuesday 9th June 2020, to recognise his strong links with the village, members of Higham Parish Council and the Mayor of Gravesham, placed geraniums (Charles Dickens’s favourite flower) beneath our beloved (and newly-painted) ‘Higham’ signpost located on Gravesend Road.
Strictly observing Government social distancing guidelines, the Chair and Vice-Chair of Higham Parish Council (Councillor Grey and Councillor Mendzil, respectively), the Parish Clerk and Councillor Gilby (also official photographer), assisted the Mayor in placing the planters below our Charles Dicken’s ‘Higham’ sign (recently repainted by Terry Morris, a local signwriter). The planters will be present for the entire summer giving a splash of colour to passers-by as they drive through our village.
The Mayor said:
Thank You very much for inviting me today and for the photo, the sign looks fantastic with its blaze of colour, a real credit to all those on the Higham parish council. You should all be applauded for looking after the village for everyone to enjoy and celebrate being part of the Charles Dickens legacy.
I hope we can all get together again soon
Cllr John D Caller, Mayor of Gravesham
Higham Parish Council would like to thank a few people that made this commemoration possible: Councillor Liz Jeffery for organising the event; the Oakleigh Garden Centre, Higham for the planters; Terry Morris for ensuring our village sign was looking its best for years to come and also a thank you to Carol Janz (local resident) for volunteering to keep the displays watered throughout the summer – a most generous undertaking for which we are very grateful.
For photos of the morning, please see below:
Higham Parish Council