Lottery grant to help explore Folkestone’s heritage
Today, Pavement Pounders Community Interest Company has received a £22,700 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘Between the Storms’. The project will offer a range of workshops and help people gather local memories to preserve Folkestone’s story.
Between the Storms was devised and will be managed by Pavement Pounders CIC which is based in the Old High Street within sight of Folkestone Harbour. The first stage of this three part project will start after Easter 2014 and the whole project is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Over the next 18 months there will be lots of opportunities for community involvement in each of these stages. Project activities will include:
Provide Oral History Society training for volunteers to collect and transcribe oral histories of local people's memories of the port, as workers or travellers and reminiscences from the great storm of 1987;
Run workshops for volunteers on devising and delivering guided walks and how to use visual material to illustrate local heritage;
Provide a writing workshop to encourage people to write about memories of crossing the channel from Folkestone and the heritage of the town as a port;
Publish a collection of written memories and stories and a new brochure containing the walk, drawings and photos;
Work with Academy FM, a local community radio station to broadcast 2 half hour programmes featuring oral histories collected;
Create a temporary exhibition of the material from the project for the new Folkestone Museum and a new website.
Two great storms hit the town; one in 1703 which destroyed the town’s fishing fleet and showed the need for a harbour, and the second, in 1987 which caused the ferry Hengist to run aground. . The intervening years saw many changes in Folkestone including the development of Folkestone as a fashionable seaside resort, the dramatic effects of two World Wars, the coming of the railways and the creation of the Cross Channel ferry service.
David Lay a director of the company said: “We at Pavement Pounders are delighted to be awarded this
Heritage Lottery Fund grant to carry out this long cherished project. We can now make the vital
transition from working for the community to working with it.”
Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said:
“Folkestone has been affected and shaped by storms, industrialization and war so has a long and diverse
history. It’s great to know that this project will help local people collect and preserve valuable memories
from key moments in the town’s history and encourage volunteers to dig deep into their local heritage
and learn important new skills along the way.”
About Pavement Pounders Community Interest Company
Dr. Maryanne Traylen and David Lay founded the firm in The Creative Quarter Folkestone as a
community interest company in April 2010 with the aim of exploring the heritage on our doorstep. The
core activity was delivering guided walks but has expanded into publishing , running workshops and
devising and managing heritage and community arts projects.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting
difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage
economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural
traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 36,000 projects
with more than £6bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk.
For further information, images and interviews, please contact David Lay, at Pavement Pounders CIC on
01303 227150 Mob: 07505813297
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/PavementPoundersPage
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