More cash for community projects

Community groups across the district have been given a boost thanks to grants from councillors' ward budgets.

Each member of Folkestone & Hythe District Council has up to £3,000 to spend on local projects and almost £7,000 has been handed out in the latest batch of funding.

This includes:

  • £277.97 from Cllr Michael Lyons for a new table tennis table for Lympne Village Hall;
  • £595 from Cllr Roger Wilkins to Dymchurch and District Twinning Association for new equipment to mark their 20th anniversary;
  • £750 from Cllr Clive Goddard to help clear an overgrown area at Brenzett Village Hall;
  • £300 from Cllr Malcolm Dearden for weekly singing sessions for clients of Age UK in Hythe; and
  • £500 from Cllr Mary Lawes for the Town Sprucer for graffiti removal and path clearing in Folkestone harbour area;       

Cllr Goddard and Cllr Len Laws contributed £1,250 between them to Lydd Methodist Church to create a disabled toilet and baby-changing unit, and Cllrs Dick Pascoe, David Monk and Rodica Wheeler provided grants of £1,000 between them to Bayle Music for celebrations marking the 880th anniversary of the dedication of the new church of St Mary and St Eanswyth. The anniversary is on 12 September.

Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, Cabinet Member for Communities at Folkestone & Hythe District Council, said the grants were intended to help smaller projects access much-needed funding.

I'm delighted to see such a range of groups receiving the funding from councillors' ward budgets.
Hundreds of people right across the district will benefit from the projects we are supporting and in many cases they will have a lasting impact on our communities.
The grants are designed to be easy to access and I really would encourage anyone involved in a local group, school or even a parish or town council, to get in touch with their councillor and find out more about applying. Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, Cabinet Member for Communities

Organisations have until 28 February 2019 to apply for the 2018/19 grants. For more information visit

Published on 08 August 2018