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FROM THE CHAIR  Colin Farnell     The summer season has well and truly started despite the changeable weather. All the Museums are  open and the Visitor Centre has been extremely busy. We have had a lot of cruise ship passengers  walking around both Harwich and Dovercourt and the volunteers who come out on cruise ship  transit days are to be congratulated on their sterling work. The Society has received many emails complimenting the town and the friendly people who are there to help. I think this has probably  been one of the busiest starts to the season. Visitor numbers are up already in all our sites.  Amazing!    I would like thank all those Society volunteers who turned up on the Dovercourt clean up day.  Along with the gardening group, who have put a lovely selection of plants in the new granite tubs and cleared the Rose Screen in Kingsway, the presence of the Harwich Society in Dovercourt town  centre was most appreciated.    As the weather improves and the school holidays arrive, we can expect to be even busier. If you  live locally or are coming for a visit please look at the activities that are taking place in the town, in  a lot of which the Society, or at least a Society member, is involved. The Redoubt has several  things happening including the Open Day on August 25. This is when the draw for the Redoubt Raffle takes place. There is a change for the 'bottle collection' this year. The Society is asking  members who have a bottle or bottles to donate, to take them to one of six collection points. Previously we have asked for volunteers to go and knock on members’ doors to collect bottles but  this is proving more and more difficult. The 'bottle stall' is an important fund raiser for the Redoubt.  Whilst on the subject of the Redoubt, visitors will note that we now have a smart CCTV system  covering both the entrance and rooms inside. We were able to do this due to a grant from Harwich  Town Council.    Finally, enjoy the summer months and when you are in Harwich do not forget to say 'hello' to volunteers manning our locations, they always appreciate a visit from other society members. We  still need volunteers for all the museums so if you have a spare couple of hours please contact any  member of the Executive Committee.  Happy Holidays                        FORESTERS & HARWICH SECRET GARDENS  Foresters will again be opening its garden as part of Secret Gardens in Harwich  on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July 11am to 4pm and the entrance  will not be through the front door! Harwich is an old town with house fronts to  the street, gardens and yards often hidden from view. There will be about 22  hidden gardens and courtyards open with some new ones and some old ones  resting.   Tickets costing £4, will gain entry into all of the gardens (accompanied children free) and this will  include a brochure which will show a map giving entry points to the gardens. Teas and coffees will  be provided at St Nicholas Church. Proceeds from this event will be shared by local charities. Entry  brochures will be available from the Ha'penny Pier Visitor Centre, Market Street Post Office, St  Nicholas Church and Old Bank Studios, Kings Head Street nearer the time. 
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