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£620
raised of £1,500 target by 20 supporters

    Weʼve raised £620 to fund the materials necessary to ensure The Richard Watts Legacy Bust is cast into bronze & installed in the Six Poor Travellers' House.

    Kent
    Funded on Saturday, 22nd August 2020

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    The Richard Watts Legacy Bust- A Work in Progress

    Inspired by the legacy of Richard Watts, artist Lynsey Harrison has volunteered her time to produce a bust of the philanthropist. On visiting the Six Poor Travellers' House in Rochester, in 2018 and meeting the current custodian and curator Liz, Lynsey was entranced by her passion, knowledge, warmth and hospitality, and was excited and moved to find out that by marriage she also had a connection to the house. Lynsey’s wife Emma hadn’t realised it, but her Great Grandparents Alfred and Agnes Vinten were also custodians of the house. On the 20th of July 1940 the Poor Travellers House closed its doors, as the Second World War considerably reduced the amount of applications and admission of poor travellers. The house was never to open again for the reception of poor travellers, as after the war, social conditions had changed, and travellers were very few. The Trustees decided to use part of the house for two flats to accommodate two elderly couples. Alfred and Agnes Vinten were one of the last couples chosen and housed, before the decision was made to restore the building to its original condition, thus turning it into the museum you see today. The connection to Richard Watts didn’t stop there for Lynsey on her visit to the house. In 1560 Richard was appointed by Queen Elizabeth to be Surveyor of works at Upnor Castle. Lynsey had got married just the year before her visit to the house in that very same castle! After Lynsey’s informative conversation with Liz, the custodian expressed her enthusiasm for a sculpture of Richard Watts within the courtyard garden. This was the final coincidence and Lynsey shared that she was an artist, and currently worked within an interdisciplinary art studio as a professional mould maker and bronze founder.

    The impact that Richard Watts has had on so many people within the community through the Richard Watts Charity is phenomenal, and his legacy continues to improve various lives from all walks of life. This legacy from Richard to the community had a profound impact on Lynsey, and inspired her to volunteer her time and start creating the Richard Watts bust that Liz imagined.

    Lynsey has donated her time and the materials needed to make the Richard Watts Legacy Bust in clay, and the photograph you see is the unfinished work currently in progress. This Just Giving page has been set up to try and fund the materials for the making of the mould and to produce the work in bronze, so that it can then be donated and installed within the courtyard garden of the Six Poor Travellers' House, Rochester, for permanant exhibition.

    Any support for this project would be greatly received. Many thanks.

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    • Lynsey Harrison10 months ago
      Lynsey Harrison

      Lynsey Harrison

      10 months ago

      .......I can’t thank you enough for all of your support and for making this sculpture a reality for The Six Poor Travellers’ House. There will be a grand unveiling in September within the garden and I would like to invite all who have supported the process along for that special day. Many thanks Lynsey.

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    • Lynsey Harrison10 months ago
      Lynsey Harrison

      Lynsey Harrison

      10 months ago

      To all my supporters I thank you so much. I have fantastic news, as well as the Just Giving fundraising I have been in contact with various other organisations seeking support...and I am sure you will be pleased to hear that I have secured the rest of the funding for the bronze, with thanks to the City of Rochester Society and the Richard Watts Charities. I shall still continue to fundraise, as the Richard Watts Legacy Bust will be in need of a plinth and a bronze plaque to accompany it within the courtyard garden.......

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    Supporters

    20

    • Helen Heath

      Helen Heath

      Dec 12, 2019

      You're so talented Lynz. I look forward to seeing your progress x

      £25.00

    • Julie Beaney

      Julie Beaney

      Dec 11, 2019

      👍🏻👍🏻😘😘😘xx

      £25.00

    • Auntie Liz

      Auntie Liz

      Dec 11, 2019

      you are an inspiration to us all, very talented and a beautiful person x

      £20.00

    • Dawn

      Dawn

      Dec 11, 2019

      Good luck with the fundraising Lynsey - a great project

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 10, 2019

      Mum would have supported you

    • Tee. Xxx

      Tee. Xxx

      Dec 10, 2019

      Make your bearded man!

      £25.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 12, 2019

      Love from Lisa and Mary. Xx

      £15.00

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