Canterbury Commemoration Society

Celebrating Polly Coburn

The celebration of the life of Polly Coburn, a former trustee and a generous benefactor of the Society, took place at St Dunstan’s church on 10 November. Several former trustees, Sam Holland (the sculptor of the Chaucer statue to which Polly made a substantial donation) and Pam Doyle (the Chaucer …

Polly Coburn RIP

We are sorry to report that Polly Coburn, loyal trustee of the Commemoration Society from 2003 to 18 and the Wife of Bath on the plinth of the Chaucer statue in Canterbury High Street, died on Monday. She made generous donations to the Chaucer statue and to the statues of …

Tales of England Walk

A New Vision of Canterbury’s Past Canterbury’s Tales of England is an ambitious plan to transform the presentation of Canterbury’s history.   Canterbury Commemoration Society has arranged a 1.5 mile walk to introduce the project and visit the main sites involved. These include Westgate Towers, Holy Cross Church, Canterbury Castle, …

Cynthia Hawes Remembered

On Saturday 14 August, a touching memorial service was held in Boughton Aluph church for the Society’s dynamic former secretary, Cynthia Hawes. Throughout her long life she worked steadfastly for a number of organisations, including the University of Kent, and all who spoke praised her efficiency and bright spirit. The …

The Iron Marlowe!

Steve Portchmouth has finished his striking maquette of the Christopher Marlowe statue. The Marlowe Statue Society hope will be stand two metres tall in St George’s Square, beside the church tower. Steve works in scrap iron – he created the famous Bull in Tannery Field – and his work is …

Exciting New Trustees

The AGM last week elected Stewart Ross as the chair of the Society, Charlotte Cornell as vice chair, Alan Turner as treasurer and Brian McHenry as secretary. Stewart is a writer and historian; Charlotte is a writer and campaigner, who is currently working for the Aphra Behn project; Alan is …

Wowed by Aphra

On the evening of 8 July 2021, Charlotte Cornell wowed the CCS AGM with a powerful and rousing talk on APHRA BEHN. This remarkable Canterbury-born woman was the FIRST female professional writer in English; female writer whose work (Orinooco) became a prime abolitionist text; author of a novel in English …