Fundraising appeal in Folkestone receives cash boost

Date: Wednesday 18 March 2015

Website - Shorncliffe Heights Tower Theatre

We donated £500 to the Tower Theatre in Folkestone, Kent, which is fundraising for a projector to allow them to show movies.

The Tower Theatre, which used to be the garrison church of Shorncliffe barracks, was purchased by FHODS (Folkestone & Hythe Operatic & Dramatic Society) in 2001.

The charity then converted the building into a theatre with a 300-seat auditorium, opening officially seven years ago, although it will take some years more to complete improvements. Fundraising is ongoing to pay for further work and maintenance, and support continues to be sought from local people and businesses.

Spokesman for the FHODS Charity, Theatre Manager Peter Heselden, says, “Taylor Wimpey’s donation is the first part of the latest fund raising scheme. This is a just the kick start required to get us on our way.

“The Tower Theatre is already a big part of the community and once the new development of housing takes place the theatre will be smack in the middle. We think a neighbourhood cinema will be much appreciated by the community as a welcome addition to our current provision. 

“The charity has to rely on kind donations such as this, as we receive no government (local or national) support, so we are extremely grateful to Taylor Wimpey.”

We have plans to build a new residential-led mixed-use development on the MOD Shorncliffe Garrison site. A planning application for the Shorncliffe Heights development was submitted to Shepway District Council in May 2014.

Joanna Webb, Senior Land and Planning Manager for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “We are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes and so are delighted to be able to help the Tower Theatre – which lies right between two of the phases proposed for development at the Shorncliffe Garrison and is a fantastic venue for local people.

“Our donation is a great example of the partnerships we can forge with local groups and organisations and we’d like to wish the theatre every success in its fundraising for a new projector.”

Our masterplan for the Shorncliffe Garrison site includes up to 1,200 new homes, together with a mix of other uses including new and improved recreational facilities, a nature conservation area, community uses and a primary school.

We’ve put forward detailed proposals for the first phases of residential development at St Martin’s Plain and The Stadium, along with plans to preserve the ecological heritage of the site and to improve the local highways network.