Gravesend gets its own Christmas stable thanks to students

PUBLISHED: 11:27 13 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:27 13 December 2013

The joinery students show off their handiwork in Gravesend

The joinery students show off their handiwork in Gravesend


Gravesend now has its own stable in the middle of its community square to put the finishing touch to its Christmas festivities.

Joinery students from Dartford’s North West Kent College in Oakfield Lane built the stable at the square, off Windmill Street.

In September, Gravesham Borough Council officers met with the joinery students and their tutors, John Hopkins and Andrew Martin, to set them the challenge of designing a stable to complement the council’s Twelve Days of Christmas festival.

They were asked to bear in mind environmental factors and were given sponsorship for materials by local businesses.

The project’s aim was to give students real life experience of planning, designing and construction.

The stable was mainly built at the college and was erected on December 5 on the square in front of the Civic Centre.

The students worked alongside members of the council’s building maintenance team.

School groups and other performers will use the stable as a space to perform Christmas carols and to host other festive events over the holidays.

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