A small 100 seat theatre owned by FHODS where we carried out one or two improvement projects (re-siting of lighting box over side alley and addition of 12 gallery seats in its former position plus Victorian-style bar and green room), later 1970s 'modernisation' externally removed and the original Victorian non-conformist Church architecture re-expressed, stonework repairs and replacement of cast-iron rainwater goods with reproduction grp.
The Tower Theatre
The theatre group later bought St Mark's Garrison Church at Shorncliffe Camp, and sketch drawings were prepared to support the bid for a sealed bid purchase from the MOD. The building is now a fully-functioning 350-seat theatre, renamed 'The Tower Theatre', with full flying facilities - RJ sketch.
Southern Way Play Area
This disaffected amenity land, donated to the town by Southern Water when they built a new pumping station, was adopted by the pupils of the local Primary School. They decided to launch a campaign to get play equipment installed, and, working with the Local and Council Authorities (Community Wardens), Southern Water, the schools and a pupils' Council, we succeeded in achieving a cherished facility, that is cared for by a community committee.
Here, we worked with a Trust that was granted use of an old transit shed in Folkestone Harbour, by new owner Roger De Haan, via his charitable Trust. Many meetings later, working with a large number of agencies, and with pro-bono 'in kind' donations, the disaffected young people of East Folkestone have a meeting place, with skate-boarding facilities, with input from youth officers, to give them 'a place of their own'.