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GPG 7793The summer house in the corner of the garden at St Peter's Row, named 'Henny's House' after Denis and Jill's much loved daughter, Henny.Scotts Project Trust was founded in 1990 to build homes for people with learning disabilities when Jill and Denis Scott could find no place available in the south-east of England for their daughter Henrietta, known as Henny. Their aim was for a special caring community for adults who would benefit from a structured environment, designed to help them reach their full potential through learning and leisure.

Scotts Project Trust was set up as a Registered Charity in 1991 and a Board of Trustees established.

At the end of 1994, a beautiful three-acre site north of Tonbridge was given to the Trust by Honeygrove Properties Limited, together with a superb community hall, which was built in 1996. This Hall, is used for Day Services.

By 1997 our hard-working Trustees had raised enough money to build St. Peter's Row. This delightful terrace of three houses was formally opened by H.R.H. The Duke of Gloucester in July 1998, when the first of our 14 residents, including Henny, moved in.

An old Barn (with an earth floor) on the site was refurbished into a delightful Day Activity Centre, which was opened by Dame Norma Major in June 2000. This incorporated a beautiful dining room, which doubled for literacy, numeracy, and current affairs sessions; an excellent kitchen was added for cookery, and the Hayloft became the Art and Craft and Pottery room, the kiln for the pottery being installed in the Woodwork Shop behind the Barn. Computer Studies, Dance, Music and singing all popular sessions took place in the Delarue Hall. The Day Activity Centre started to cater, not only for our own residents but for a further 50 students from the surrounding areas.

At the end of 2003 we were offered two newly-built adjacent houses, The Oaks and The Willows, a third of a mile from our main site and within easy reach of all local facilities. We always envisaged a second Phase for those of our residents who could progress to a more independent way of life, and who would wish to do so, and this was an opportunity not to be missed.

However, we had not sufficient capital to fund the two houses, and for the first time we had to take out a loan. Obviously, we needed to clear this debt as soon as possible which was achieved during our Phase II fundraising Appeal.

The Oaks and The Willows would accommodate four residents; our first four ladies moved from St. Peter' s Row into The Oaks on 1st September, 2004.

Very sadly, Jill and Denis Scott's much-loved daughter Henny, the inspiration for the Project, died unexpectedly in February 2004. But in her memory the work goes on.

A special memorial fund was set up to build an all-seasons Garden Room, to be known as Henny's House, for which we needed £25,000. This would be used throughout the year as a very much needed place where some of our young people can entertain their friends, and also for day activity sessions, especially gardening. Henny loved being in the garden, and this building is a very special memorial to her.

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Scotts Project Trust
Delarue Close
Shipbourne Road
Tonbridge
Kent TN11 9NN
Registered Charity 1051947

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