Samuel Squeaks

Saturday 10 and 17 June 2017

For our younger visitors we have our very own friendly rat character, Samuel Squeaks.

Samuel will be popping up in various places to help everyone understand the story of the Battle of Medway.

He’ll explain how he grew up in London during the plague, how he fled the great fire, and how he ended up on board a ship on that fateful day in June 1667.

You'll also meet Samuel’s friend, a rather flamboyant Dutch rat called Andries, and find out how their friendship grew.

So follow Samuel for fun and frolics during the Battle of Medway fortnight, find out where he is each day and come and say hello. Samuel is a very friendly rat and has great stories to tell, so why not invite him to come and visit your school or event?

We're holding stories and crafts with Samuel Squeak for under 8s at the 4 main hub libraries of Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Rochester.

At the event you can hear how Samuel Squeaks escaped the plague and ended up in Medway 350 years ago – you will also meet him in person. This storytelling session is mixed with arts and crafts and is one not to be missed.

The times and locations of the sessions are:

Saturday, 10 June, 11 to 11.45am at Chatham Library, Community Hub Chatham

Saturday, 10 June, 2.15 to 3pm at Gillingham Library, Community Hub Gillingham

Saturday, 17 June, 11 to 11.45am at Strood Library, Community Hub Strood

Saturday, 17 June, 2.15 to 3pm at Rochester Library, Community Hub Rochester

Sessions are free however booking is essential. Please call 01634 337340 to book your space.

You can also look out for Samuel Squeaks as he pops up at the following locations:

(Please note the below timings are based on Samuel Squeaks appearances, they do not reflect the actual timings of the event)

Monday 29 May, 8.45 to 10.45am - Chatham Maritime Food and Drink Festival / Rotary Club Big Purple Fun Run

Sunday 4 June, 9am to 10am - Medway 10k, Medway Park           

Friday 9 June, 1.45 to 3.45pm - British/Dutch Football match, Army football ground                        

Sunday 11 June, 12.30 to 2.30pm - The Dutch are coming!

Tuesday 13 June, 12 noon to 2pm  - Mini Youth Games football, Anchorians, Gillingham        

Saturday 17 June, 3.30 to 5.30pm - Medway in Flames, Chatham Marina

Tuesday 27 June, 1.30 to 3.30pm -  Mini Youth Games athletics, Medway Park


He loves a photo and a selfie! So if you meet him out and about, be sure to share your photos with us on Twitter #BOM350.

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