Some of the people who went to chat

Submitted to the Folkestone Herald

Folkestone students listened to the stories, backgrounds and experiences of people who live or work in the town.

Care 4 Calais, Kent Police and Napier Barracks were just some of the guests invited to take part in the month-long initiative led by the Turner Schools Trust.

Folkestone Talks saw over 70 members of the local community chat with pupils from Turner Free School, Morehall Primary, Martello Primary, Folkestone Academy and Folkestone Primary.

Noah, who is in Year 4 at Morehall, said:

“I really enjoyed meeting a lot of new people and learning about their life, their feelings and their work.”

In a speed networking style, small groups spent 10 minutes with each guest before moving on to the next person.

They included representatives of Nepalese and Roma communities; various churches and religious groups; the councilors of the municipal council and the district council; and the Rotary Club.

Enjoy a conversation at Martello Primary

The initiative aimed to prepare children for life in a modern world and help them feel proud of their city by celebrating its diversity.

Haydee Blaskett, of Folkestone and Hythe District Council, said:

“We really enjoyed the morning and would like to say how wonderful and polite all the children were. They were really engaged and asked brilliant questions that were really relevant to our role and about the city.

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Events like this play an important role in building community cohesion, said Kent Police‘s Mick Cronin.

He added: “It has been a great opportunity to bring together different groups in the community and celebrate the diversity that exists in the city. Initiatives like these play an important role in building community cohesion.

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