Save the Leas Pavilion - Stage One

by flpfolkestone in Folkestone, Kent, England

Friends of the Leas Pavilion are hoping to restore the Pavilion to its former glory and for it be part of the Folkestone community once more

by flpfolkestone in Folkestone, Kent, England

We did it
On 27th October 2016 we successfully raised £9,690 with 199 supporters in 56 days

New stretch target

We did it in less than a week! Thanks to all our lovely pledgers - we have achieved our initial goal of £4000.  Simply amazing and only goes to show how much people love this building.  

But it doesn't stop here, so now we've  stretched our goal and are going to aim for some extra funds which can  help us secure possession of the Pavilion and then actually secure the Pavilion itself as it's in great danger from the weather and intruders.  We will be able to cover costs of reproducing the lovely architectural drawings from 1902, which are being offered as rewards to some pledgers and to finance fundraising events. 

Every penny pledged goes towards saving the Pavilion and it's going to need a lot of pennies!


The Grade II Pavilion is currently derelict, having suffered years of neglect since it fell into disuse in 2010. Planning permission was granted in April 2015 to build 68 flats to surround the Pavilion. As a response to local community concerns the Friends of the Leas Pavilion (FLP) was formed in April 2015 to try to bring the building back into sustainable use as a community hub as part of the regeneration of Folkestone. Our intention is to gain ownership/control of the building through liaison with the current owners to obtain a 100 year lease.

Stage One is  for start-up funding  to allow the project to go forward and apply for a Heritage Enterprise Grant.  We have applied for a Start Up Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund but this has a £10k cap and we need a bit more funding to get things done. This includes:

  • To fund mentoring/training for those involved in the project to enable us to lead and deliver, and make informed decisions.
  • Legal fees for lease negotiations with the owner.
  • Detailed surveys to firm up on the capital requirements of the project. 
  • To establish FLP as a Community Benefit Society in order to engage the community.
  • Business planning to firm up on the revenue needs of the project post-completion.

The start-up project will enable us to research and develop detailed plans for restoration and ongoing conservation management. Restoration will allow the Pavilion to play a part in the ongoing regeneration of Folkestone and become not only an asset to the community but also a visitor attraction. When the project is completed the building will have multiple uses for the local community, opening up the heritage to the maximum number of people. Our aim is to manage the restoration project and plan for the future heritage maintenance and economic viability of the Pavilion. 

Everyone who pledges will get first refusal to purchase community shares and a huge thank you. Remember, if we don't reach our Crowdfunding target, then your pledges won't be processed and you won't receive your rewards so please promote this project to friends/family/the world!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A thank you on social media for believing in our project and first refusal to purchase community shares!

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 Reward

Absolutely Fabulous! Receive a photo of Edwina and Patsy, signed by Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders.

£15 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£15 Reward

Receive a signed photograph from our lovely supporter, Jo Brand. You also get a big thank you from us!

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 Reward

We would love to give you a signed photo of Dame Helen Mirren, one of our famous supporters. You'll also receive a big thank you from us.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

An invitation to the grand opening plus a thank you e-card for believing in our project!

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

Have a read of Dame Barbara Windsor's extraordinary life - pledge and receive a signed copy of her autobiography. You'll also be invited to our grand opening and receive a thank you e-card.

£30 or more

4 of 2 claimed

£30 Reward

Receive a signed and personally dedicated copy of the new Hairy Bikers book, Chicken & Egg. Plus you'll get an invitation to our grand opening and a thank you e-card.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

Enjoy a good read - receive a signed copy of Jo Brand's autobiography. Plus you'll get an invitation to our grand opening and a thank-you e-card.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

Eastenders fans - here's a chance to receive a signed copy of June Brown's autobiography 'Before the Year Dot'. Also included is an invitation to our grand opening and a thank you e-card.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 Reward

A fantastic lunch (for 2) with a view? Pledge and receive a voucher (to the value of £30) to spend at the wonderful Cliffe Restaurant on the Leas. You'll also receive an invite to our grand opening and thank you e-card for your support.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 Reward

Love Indian food with a twist? Receive a voucher for lunch for 2 (to the value of £38) at the Holy Pundit at the Imperial Hotel, Hythe, Plus you'll be invited to our grand opening and receive a thank you e-card.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Your name will be listed on our donors 'wall' at the Pavilion.

£60 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£60 Reward

Another Bell is ringing - this time a Sunday Carvery for 4 people (to the value of £50) at the Railway Bell in Temple Ewell. Along with a fantastic lunch, you're name will go on the wall, and you'll receive an invitation to our grand opening as well as a thank you e-card.

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£60 Reward

A meal for 2 (to the value of £50) at a lovely country pub, the Lydden Bell. You'll also have your name on 'the wall' and receive an invitation to our grand opening, as well as a thank you e-card.

£60 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£60 Reward

Walk on the wild side! Receive two tickets for Howletts or Port Lympne Wildlife Park. You'll also get your name on the wall, an invitation to our grand opening and a thank you e-card.

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£70 Reward

Your chance to receive a limited edition, framed aerial photograph of the Leas. Dated pre 1940s (as the pier is still in the picture), this photo has not been seen since the 1950s and has been reproduced by The Sandgate Society. As it's a limited edition of only 50 prints, we can't post an image in case it's snatched off the internet, but it truly is a lovely thing. As well as this special reward, you'll get your name on the wall, an invitation to our grand opening and a thank-you e-card.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Receive a framed A4 picture of the original architectural drawings plus all of the above.

£250 or more

5 of 10 claimed

£250 Reward

Receive a framed A2 sized picture of the original architectural drawings (instead of A4) plus all of the above.

£500 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£500 Reward

You'll receive an invitation to the VIP Preview event (plus one guest) plus a framed A2 picture of the original architectural drawings as well as your name on the wall, etc.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Be an 'official ribbon cutter' at the opening event and receive a framed A2 picture of the original architectural drawings as well as your name on the wall etc.

£4,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£4,000 Reward

Have a wing of the Pavilion named after you and receive a framed A2 picture of the original drawings and a VIP Grand Opening invitation for you and a guest.


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