Groups share centenary funding

More than £46,000 has been awarded to groups across the district to help them mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.


Town and parish councils, charities, schools and community groups are planning a range of events - from poppy planting and a WW1 music hall to a stage production and major centenary events.

Grants ranging from £100 to £10,000 were awarded by Folkestone & Hythe District Council which set up the WW1 Centenary Memorial Grant Fund in its 2018/19 budget.

We wanted to support activities and events that will provide an opportunity for the community to reflect on the impact of conflict and remember the sacrifice of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War. We were pleased to be able to support such a wide range of projects. We will follow their progress with interest and we wish them every success. 
Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, Cabinet Member for Communities

Seventeen projects have successfully secured funding  including 1st New Romney District Scouts' Let's cover the Marsh in Poppies project, which was awarded £2,440; Lydd Ex Services which was awarded £4,011 to help restore the town's memorial garden, and Step Short which was awarded £10,000 for a commemorative event.

The successful projects were:

  • 1st New Romney District Scouts, Let's cover the Marsh in Poppies: £2,440.
  • Dymchurch Parish Council, Commemoration Day: £2,000.
  • FHODS, My Boy Jack: £1,000.
  • Folkestone Town Council Museum, Walter Tull Schools Outreach: £3,250. 
  • Friends of Folkestone Cemetery, When You Go Home Tell Them Of Us: £972.
  • East Folkestone Together, memorial bench, £100
  • Hawkinge Town Council, Hawkinge Remembers: A Tribute to Those Lost: £2,500.
  • Hythe WW1 Centenary Team, Memorial Project: £10,000.
  • IMOS Foundation, Hope All Saints: £1,000.
  •  Kent Marine Cadet Force, Folkestone and Ashford Military Show: £1,000.
  • Lydd Ex-Services, Restoration of Memorial Garden: £4,011.60.
  • Mundella Primary School, Sea of Poppies: £500.
  • Royal British Legion, Cheriton, memorial bench: £995.40.
  • Shorncliffe Trust, 100 Years On: £2,578.
  • St Eanswythes, Music Hall and victory tea: £1,150.
  • Step Short, Centenary Event: £10,000.
  • Swingfield Street Community Group, Centenary Commemoration: £2,758.20.

Published on 4 June 2018