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Inside your bumper Summer issue: #Out with the Old The Co-op building and Bingo Hall make way for the future

#Fishy Business How fish is on the menu for events season

#Young Champion Local teen breaks world record, again & again

We take a stroll down memory lane as the newly redeveloped harbour arm gets ready to open

Issue Four - July 2015




Out with the old… The Harbour Festival



10 Welcome back Our photographer Freddie Lee Thompson


23 A new Friday night


Letter from Ed W

elcome to our bumper summer edition of The Folkestone Status. With so much going on we have added even more pages to keep you informed of what’s happening here in Folky Town. Not only do we have contributions from some of our young people, our very own Cloud Master takes a trip down memory lane with us as we look back at the site that has been reduced to rubble, while it makes way for a ‘first of its kind in the world’ indoor skate park. We also had the great pleasure of doing a photo shoot on the harbour arm for this issue with stylist Di Burns. A special thank you to Vintage Space on the Old High Street for supplying the clothes and to DJ Emma ‘Dolly Doowop’ for modelling her own vintage swim wear. We found out ahead of the arm’s official opening to the public this summer, what you can expect on the site with one of the best views in Folkestone. And don’t forget you can keep up to date with all the latest events in Folkestone on our website: which has a handy calendar along with features on some of the events happening to help you plan your free time. As always, thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy your Summer Issue of Folkestone’s free magazine.

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Close the door on 44 ‌ As plans for the new skate park reach a world-wide audience, we look back at the former building which used to be a Co-op, a bingo hall and a nightclub‌.. Photos by Freddie Lee Thompson



It’s a sign of the times that an old bingo hall and Co-op building is to be replaced by an indoor skatepark. Now the site is all but cleared to make way for exciting plans for Folkestone’s future, we managed to sneak a look inside the old bingo hall and Co-op building ahead of its demolition.

Christmas decorations and bits of carpet just left. With the buildings purchased by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, it was determined that they were beyond economic repair.

“We hope to recycle 97 - 98%” Demolition started on the site earlier this

Prior to demolition, the Co-op building had seen a mini makeover thanks to the Dover Road’s Residents Association, who raised money and organised a mural competition. The result was an impressive piece of artwork featuring Diana Dors and Folkestone landmarks, painted on the side of the building that was originally Couch’s, a plumbers and paper hanging store.

That particular part of the building which faced Dover Road had long been empty and saw different owners seemingly unable to develop the site resulting in the nickname: ‘Folkestone’s Eye Sore’. The Co-op was part of the town’s history and with some of the original features inside including wood panelling and parquet flooring still standing, the site had, prior to demolition become dangerous and severely neglected. Only last year the site came in for another blow when the bingo hall closed, although when we visited the site it felt like it had been empty for much longer, with old staff uniforms, tills, fax machines,

year by DSS Demolition and the Folkestone Status met Eric Rosay, the Contracts Manager for the company, to find out what problems they expected to encounter: “One of the main concerns has been the basement which joins the public highway.” Engineers have had to be consulted to ensure that when the building is taken down they don’t undermine or have any detrimental affect on the highway - meaning the roads don’t fall into the basement. With the old bingo hall full of paraphernalia, rubbish and equipment, clearing it seemed a bigger job than demolishing the site: “A lot of the old bingo hall equipment we are giving away to charities around the area. All the rubbish we will take out and recycle at source and what we can’t do at source, we will take to a recycling facility where they will do the remainder of it. “We hope to recycle around 97-98%. The only thing we can’t recycle is the asbestos.”



The Co-op A timeline by Sue Sheppard - Folkestone Co-operative Society (FCS) founded - Moved from19 Tontine Street, first to No. 27 and then No. 67 - FCS also start trading from 31 Canterbury Road - FCS join the National Movement - The Co-operative Wholesale Society and the Dover Road store opens - Building affected by war damage and wooden door blasted off hinges - The film ‘Lady Godiva Rides Again’ starring Diana Dors features the building - FCS Merge with the Dover Co-operative Society - Dover Road store put on market - Part of empty building let to Sundowners Nightclub

Our Family Ties By Ian Johnstone While trying my best not to come across as being like Albert “during the war” Trotter, I have fond memories of the now demolished Dave's Gym, Luxor nightclub and the Bingo Hall as part of the building was called The Sundowners Club which was co-owned by my uncle Martin Jones (pictured above) the keyboard player and writer of The Sundowners. During the heady days of the '70's I was only around eight years old and far too young to be involved with the late night disco dancing scene but because my mother and other relatives of mine were the club's official Saturday morning cleaners, she used to take me along with her. Back then I spent most of the school week looking forward to the weekend so that I could play in what had become my very own playground. It was here that I often used to rearrange the chairs in rows and would pretend that I was driving a train or try to lose myself in the labyrinth of rooms and hallways. The memory that stands out the most during those times was when I would pester my Uncle Martin to turn on an overhead coloured gel projector lamp. I would spend ages just gazing at the swirly lava-like pattern appearing on a wall that was covered with silver foil. Looking back now at a demolished site, the building was a big part of my childhood and it is easy to feel as though part of my childhood has been reduced to rubble. But one thing I've learnt in life is that while it is all too easy to get misty eyed in nostalgia, change is inevitable whether we like it or not. No matter how hard we try and keep things as constant as possible, we have to try and embrace such changes and hope it'll be for the best. And indeed, that change is going to be in the form of the new indoors activity centre and I'm sure most people can take comfort knowing that the area which has been left forgotten for years is going to be breathing with new life and possibilities once again, and that can only be a good thing for the local area.



something old, something new……..

Behind the plans The complex plans have been designed by multi-award winning Hythe Architects Guy Holloway, who also designed Rocksalt, Pobble House in Dungeness, The Folkestone Primary Academy and Three Hills Sports Park. The building at the top of Tontine Street and Dover Road will accommodate a variety of popular urban sports including skateboarding, BMX-Ing, rollerblading and scootering. It will also attract trial bikers alongside climbers as there will be a 10 metre high climbing wall within the structure. Ryan Shedden from Guy Holloway said the plans were really exciting for the sport: “I am a skateboarder so I’ve visited a lot of skate parks in my life. If you provide something that is competition level as well as beginner, then you give that space to not only Folkestone but the whole of Kent and the whole of the UK.

With ambitious plans for a new multi-storey skate facility on the site it is believed the building, if approved, will be the first of its kind in the world and attract visitors from all over. Supporting community and youth projects in Folkestone for many many years, the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust have also heard complaints about what there is for young people to do in the area. This has resulted in initiatives that have included the building of the Three Hills Sports Park, setting up the Shepway Sports Trust and investment in play parks and sports facilities. Trevor Minter from the Trust said about the new site: “We’ve been really ambitious about this, we want to do something that is going to be regionally and maybe nationally recognised where people will travel for miles to come and use. The problem is when you are on the coast, you don’t have a 360 degree market so you’ve got to be really good for people to travel to.”

How difficult is it to build? “It’s like getting a pyramid and putting it upside down.” As well as the urban sports facilities, plans have been put in place for a potential boxing club space in the basement, a large first aid area, classroom space and recreational space, where young people can hang out.

The plans are for the indoor skate park to be financially accessible to young people, from all circumstances which will be supported by higher rates from people travelling from outside the district: “This key facility is for young people of Folkestone and the Shepway district to be able to access a challenging, fun and healthy facility and we don’t want them to be excluded because of price. We’re going to make it extremely reasonable for them to have access but people coming from outside the area will pay a commercial charge, and that's what will help subsidise the paying of the lights, the running and everything else.” Inclusion is key for the Trust: “It will be at the heart of the community and we see it as being a community asset where young people can go, people can have parties/events and come and participate. Hopefully it will be inclusive to everybody around there.” Speaking to skaters at the Shed Project where the plans were launched, 12-year-old Brandon said: “I think it will be a really great thing for Folkestone and we could get people from a lot of other countries coming here.” Folkestone, watch this space. Keep up to date with us on our website:





Q&A Q:What is the meaning of your piece? A: Its official title is The Morehall Mural, being a fusion of past and present aspects of the Morehall area of Cheriton. At the start, I was given a list of ideas for things that could go into the mural by the commissioning body 'Go Folkestone' which included elephants, dormobiles, Castle Hill, cherry trees etc and then I was given a free hand to incorporate them in an initial design. That developed as more ideas were requested by the group and I became more familiar with the area. I wanted to add extra touches of my own so that's when Stan, the Turkish Van cat who lives at 'Safe Hands' and is often to be seen resting in their window, came into the picture along with the Davis and Davis clock and the wavy garden wall like those nearby in Cheriton High Street.

Phillippa Goddard is an artist who has created many murals in the local area including the Sunflower House Mural. She has just completed another in Cheriton on the gable end of the Safe Hands building.

By Courtney Knowles

association with the Gurkhas, groves of cherry trees, hints of former structures on Castle Hill.. Q: Have you created any other pieces, or are you planning to? A: This is my 9th large-scale mural since 2011 when Briony Kapoor of the IMOS Foundation asked me to paint a wall by the library in New Romney. It’s also the second this year following on from an alcove at Bradfoord Court Sheltered Accomodation in Foord Road that has now become a painted Bluebell Wood at the request of residents. For now, it's back to normal sized art work with up-coming exhibitions in August as a member of both Romney Marsh Art Society and hART (Artists of Hythe and Romney Marsh).

Q: Are there any hidden messages? A: Well, I spent many camping holidays as a youngster with my sister, mum and dad travelling to different parts of Britain in the family's Bedford Dormobile. So, in tribute, the couple in the mural's dormobile are my mum and dad as they were in the 1960’s.

Q: Why did you choose this spot in Cheriton? A: I didn't! It had already been selected as the location for a 'Morehall Mural' by the commissioning group, 'Go Folkestone' for its central position within the Morehall area of Cheriton and had all the necessary permissions from the owners of the building.

Q: What inspired you? A: The stories that the Morehall area had to tell. Elephants walking through the street when the circus came to town, the long

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Due to open in early August, we find out what’s next for the Harbour Arm, years since it was last used……….

Owned by the Folkestone Harbour Company the harbour arm is near completion and will open to the public on 8 August. Not just a harbour arm, there are rooms along the harbour platform that were likely to have been waiting rooms and the Jeffrey sisters’ Mole Cafe or Harbour Canteen. This summer there will be new life breathed into them with a programme of pop ups and events. Diane Dever, a member of the Folkestone Fringe and 2014 Triennial Artist (PentHouses with Jonathan Wright) is now the curator of the harbour arm and will select what happens on the new site. The rooms that have views over the sea from the harbour to the white cliffs will evolve but initially Diane has plans for food: “Although some people have mentioned that it’s out of the way, the views from the arm are spectacular so key to the plans are creating a place where people want to spend their time.” When it is open to the public Diane is planning for there to be pop ups for food: “People who already have businesses in the town really want to get involved with having something down there such


as Follies who would be looking at serving their pizzas and the Pullman who want to serve pie and mash. I’ve also asked ‘That Burger’ and ‘Crabbie Shack’ but this is just the beginning. “While the weather is still good it’s an opportunity to try out some new things with a view to having something more permanent next year.” It won’t be all about food though. Diane wants there to be a programme for events for everyone, including having local music and informal DJ nights: “It's about creating that atmosphere where people can have fun, go along to events with their families, eat some good food, go to hear some great music. You could just take a stroll down the arm and admire the exemplary restoration work and incredible views or simply just enjoy people's company in a great location.” The arm will initially be open on weekends but the weather will be a factor on some days: “The waves top over the arm throwing stones and even rocks when the wind picks up. “If the winds are coming in an easterly direction it’s hard to stay standing but if it’s coming from the west, it is super sheltered.”




The colours on site are heritage blues which were chosen to reflect what was originally uncovered: “There’s no real evidence of what the original colours were“ said Ben Boyce, Contract Administrator, “but when we took over there were different tones of blue.” The arm is now also equipped with modern technology; street lights have been fitted along the length of the arm right up to the lighthouse and there will be internet available. Originally planned for the tail end of the harbour redevelopment, the decision to bring forward the harbour arm renovation was made last year as part of the World War One commemorations, recognising the site’s importance as part of Folkestone’s war time history. For Diane, the site alone will be a fantastic new public space: “It's the only place in Folkestone where you can actually look back on the town. It's a site rich in history, you can feel and see that.” “It's incredible to see how much work has been done and the level of care and attention to detail.” Diane will be working with other people on the plans and is still looking for anyone else who would like to help: “I've got some great people involved who love Folkestone and want to see the town grow and everyone is welcome to join in. So if there are things you want to do or take part in creating, I'll be looking for volunteers; people with ideas and energy who also want to see this place be another great asset to the town for residents and visitors alike. “Most of all I am really looking forward to seeing the public being able to walk onto the site for the first time, it's never been open to the public before so that’s really special. What a gift to the town.” The Harbour Arm will open to the public on Saturday 8 August.

Keep up to date on information about the official opening and programme of events with our website: Photographer: Freddie Lee Thompson



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At just 14, Folkestone Academy student Matthew Csiszar has just broken four World Records, but the cost of travelling means future titles for the teenager are at risk. Thrashing the previous records by a long way, 14-year-old Matthew Csiszar is dominating the world weightlifting circuit. However despite his incredible success there is no guarantee he will be able to make it to the Vegas International Tournament, purely because he needs a sponsor. The Folkestone Academy student trains for two hours every day after school, in a makeshift youth weightlifting club behind a curtain in the Hawkinge Community Centre. It is here, training with his father Andras, that Matthew has becoming the World and European Champion with a total of 11 international records to his name. The more competitions Matthew has, the harder it is to compete because of the cost involved: “It’s not easy at all. Last year it was the European competition and to be honest with you we had the money for the travel, the ferry and the petrol but we didn’t have the money to be in a hotel, so we slept for nine days in the car in


the Czech Republic” said Andras, Matthew’s father and trainer. “Then when we had finished competing we asked someone to have a shower and we came straight back home.“ The next competition is in Las Vegas and unless they can find a sponsor Matthew will not be able to compete: “We need to get into the big international competitions. Last year it was Brazil and Matthew could have won it, in fact it was on paper that he would but we didn’t get there because of the cost. That meant the title did not go to Great Britain. “Somewhere like Las Vegas means it will take two weeks because you have to be there a week before just to get ready and then it just depends on what day you are put on. Last time in Eastbourne there were over 600 people competing from all over Europe so it has a schedule.” Not only has Matthew recently won four World and two


European records, in total the fourteen year old Folkestone boy has 11 international records under his belt, and has nearly broken every single lift record for his age, despite only competing for a year. Regardless of Matthew’s international success, Vegas is still out of reach: “It’s very difficult to get sponsors, and to ask people to give you something year after year but we can give something back. There are lots of opportunities to show them what we can do and we could travel all around the world competing. That’s a good advert.” Matthew first started training when he was 10-years-old after going to the gym with his Dad. He then progressed after the youth club started and took part in his first competition when he was just 13. Matthew’s father started the weight lifting youth club at the Hawkinge Community Centre because of problems with some young people. Trying to make a difference however, landed Andras in hospital: “My wife has a small beauty salon and she was complaining all the time saying ‘I can not get peace for my clients because the kids are all hanging around outside the window, they’re so noisy and they just do what they want.’ So I went to the community centre and said there is an issue, could you help us. They asked me to help them so I said I would try my best to change the atmosphere around here. “So I brought my equipment over, set up a Facebook group and I asked for help, I started doing some training and so there was a

wide range of children that knew what we were doing. But some of them with really challenging behaviour didn’t want any change so they brought some tough guys from Folkestone to provoke the youth club and me, so one day I went out to see them and six of them jumped me, broke my leg and beat me up. “I ended up in hospital with a bruised head, bruised body and broken leg, but that did not stop me.” Also a world champion Andras at the time was due to defend his world title just two months after the attack, so he forced the cast off, trained and successfully won: “I did win, but with lots of pain.” Showing the same level of dedication with the weightlifting youth club, Andras turned it round: “It needed another six to eight months before those kids realised that I wouldn’t stop and the youth club wouldn’t stop and then a few of the big lads joined the club and started to enjoy themselves. “Everything has slowed down and the whole atmosphere has changed and now I can proudly say that Hawkinge Community Centre is a peaceful place now, not just because I am here but I found some good kids who want this place to be better and better, they are the ones who have changed the atmosphere, they’ve said they don’t want to come here to mess around anymore – they want to come and train and to socialise and make new friends. “That could go further with more support, with parents support who can help to chip in with their time and we could then get some new young people”.



The club takes 10 to 17-year-olds, and has been a great success. Andras has recently taken a group of the teenagers to Birmingham for a competition, where all five of them broke some British records. The club, started by Andras, has grown but the space is only six metres by six metres, making it difficult for all the young people to train together. Training is vital and takes hard work and dedication which Matthew has learnt: “There were really tough times where I struggled, I set a target for myself and it didn’t always go to plan, it was then I failed. But my Dad reassured me and said do it again, do it next week do it the same, and every week I progressed I trained more and I got stronger.” “The more you practice and the stronger you get the more you progress up in the weights to what you can lift. It’s just little steps at a time.” Matthew has also become an Ambassador for Shepway Sports Trust which involves going into schools: “I will go into assemblies in primary schools to talk about what I’ve done, when I started the sport, how I get inspired. It’s also giving them some knowledge about me and I also put a little bit of a show on with a bit of a demonstration.” The Trust recently held an awards ceremony where Matthew was recognised for his hard work and dedication, winning Junior Sportsman of the Year. With all of Matthew’s recent achievements, Andras says that his son also helps to train the other teenagers in the club and he’s delighted with how well he is doing in the competition circuit: “I am over the moon, so very very proud.” For more information about the club and to contact Andras, email:





Ahead of its arrival in its new home, the ground at the Folkestone Garden of Remembrance is blessed in anticipation of the country’s first official Gurkha Memorial

Marking 200 years of Gurkha service in the UK a Gurkha Memorial Statue will be erected this year in the town’s Garden of Remembrance. Marking the start of the construction, a ceremony took place to bless the site and to pray that all involved will be kept safe, in line with Gurkha and Nepalese tradition. There was also a two minute silence led by the Chairman of the Gurkha Memorial Fund, Dhan Gurung: “We remember our comrades, those who have sacrificed their lives for this country in WW1 and WW2 and in recent conflicts all over the world. And of course we also remember those recently who lost their lives in Nepal.”

our community and it’s almost 6-years to the day, since we the Folkestone people gave them the freedom of our town. We are very proud to have you here and we’d like to thank Dhan for all his hard work.” Also a former councillor and retired Gurkha, Dhan started the project in 2009 to fundraise for a statue and since its launch has raised over £60,000, all from private donations. The Statue of a modern day Gurkha has been sculpted by Rebecca Hawkins and will be cast in Bronze.

The service was attended by members of the fundraising team, representatives from the Brigade of Gurkhas, the Folkestone Nepalese Community and local dignitaries. Symbolizing the mix of religions within the Gurkha community, the ground was blessed by the Buddhist and Hindu Faiths along with the Folkestone Chaplin.

The Memorial is expected to be unveiled in early October and when in place will be 12ft high: “So far in Afghanistan we have lost 13 comrades and we will commemorate them with their name engraved on the plate. In the future if there is any Gurkha Brigade involved in any conflict and who sacrifices their life for this country, we will also engrave their name in this statue.“

Speaking at the ceremony The Mayor, Councillor Emily Arnold said: “14-years-ago the Gurkhas came to Folkestone and became part of

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Le Sailing Voyage A Council project is strengthening the ties with our French neighbours, as Shepway & Boulogne students sail the English Channel…… Photos by Freddie Lee Thompson

As part of a cross country project, a large group of teenagers from Shepway and France sailed across the English channel, to learn new skills and raise aspirations. The tall ship Artemis led by a German crew, arrived at the harbour arm in Folkestone to collect Shepway’s students and bring them together with their fellow French sailors. Funded by Shepway District Council and The Roger de Haan Charitable Trust, the youngsters and their families greeted the ship’s arrival with cheers. Leader of the Council, Councillor David Monk said it was a fantastic opportunity for Shepway’s teenagers: “It’s a great life experience and sets them up, teaches them how to interact with other people, how to be resilient, how to live away from home and how to survive without iPads and televisions.” Waiting to board the Artemis, one student from the Folkestone Academy, 15-year-old Storm was not put off by the language barrier: “I think I’m looking forward to communicating with the French the most because it’s going to be a new experience. I guess it will be like Charades.”


Describing the challenge that both sets of teenagers would experience, Councillor Monk said it would be like communicating without words. He explained why the project was important to the Council: “We believe in preparing young people in the future. We have great faith in our community but we have to broaden horizons.” Five days after we waved the students off, the Artemis made its grand entrance into Boulogne-sur-Mer for this year’s Sea Festival. Arriving to traditional French song and various stalls, parents, along with the leader and deputy leader of Shepway District Council, welcomed the children back from their sailing trip. They were also greeted by the French Transport and Fisheries Minister Frédéric Cuvillier, who said he was: “so proud of the journey and the project that the two towns had done together. It gives sense to the policies that have been put in place, art culture, and education.” Joining her fellow crew on stage at the Sea Festival, Storm thanked the sponsors of Le Sailing Voyage. We asked her if communicating


with the French students had been as she had imagined five days earlier: “It was really difficult, the language barrier has still not been broken. It’s so hard communicating with them but we slowly taught each other some select words.” 15-year-old Oliver had a different experience: “The best bit for me was meeting the young people from both England and France and spending time with them and having a laugh together. The communicating was quite hard, but I tried to think of ways like picking something up and asking them what the word was. I think my French has improved and I now know more words.” Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities at Shepway District Council, Jennifer Hollingsbee said she was delighted with the project: “The first time was so successful that we wanted to do it again. I fought quite hard to keep it in the budget so I’m absolutely delighted that it’s been so successful again.” The selection process was down to the secondary schools across the district, all of whom were invited to take part: “It’s wide open, the schools have the opportunity to nominate students that they think would really benefit from this programme, and I think it’s been amazing. Some youngsters who would never get an opportunity like this have been able to take part and to actually widen their horizons” said Councillor Hollingsbee We spoke to many of the young people after their arrival and they all had different highlights from the trip: “It was really nice to get to know the French students and experience some of their culture. The highlight for me was climbing the mast because I was really

scared of heights” said 14-year-old Natasha Phillips. The Captain, Mario, said he was proud of what they had achieved: “In the name of my crew I would like to say that it was a great pleasure to sail with these young people. We had big waves from Folkestone to Calais, so we saw how it could be sailing the English channel.” Storm said that the chef provided some interesting meals when they were on board: “It was pretty bad in the week, it was…….” “Progressive” added 15-year-old student Kyle. Michelle O’Callaghan, the Community Project officer from SDC also sailed with the students: “When we set sail from Folkestone there was a lot of nerves and anticipation from the young people but once they started to embrace the experience and realised that actually they can do stuff, they can tie knots they can pull ropes and get in to the rigging and do these amazing things, then you could just see their confidence starting to grow and it was really great to see that. “Some of them did not even want to interact with each other but by the end of it they were talking and hanging out together. Even over a very short period of time, I just started to feel like it threw windows open for some of these children, they had a chance to see that actually there is something different out there. “It’s like a stone that’s been dropped into the ocean and all of the ripples are coming out and that experience will have that affect on them.”


What’s On

A night to

remember A full night of music in Folkestone and all for a good cause…..

After the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Folkestone promoters Blue Sky Pie were approached by a friend to help raise funds. A full night of live music has been planned in aid of The Mountain Trust charity. With music from Native People, Killaflow, Talk us Down, Tin Foil Astronaut and A Thousand Lights, the packed line-up will also include special guests Long Blu and Mumble MC. Organiser Di Burns said it would be an amazing night out: “Expect a mini music festival with a fantastic night of live music.”

“They also run a weekly English language course over the airwaves called Radio Guru.” The money raised will mainly send builders out to a remote area in Nepal to help with the rebuilding work before the monsoon season begins. Here in Folkestone, Di has been overwhelmed by people’s generosity: “The support from local bands wanting to get involved is incredible along with brilliant support from Mark Jones at Wall of Sound record label, who organised Killaflaw to come from Liverpool to play. The Quarterhouse have also been fantastic as have local company Frizbee who have printed all of our posters.”

Money raised from the night will go to The Mountain Trust: “We thoroughly researched them and discovered all the amazing work they do on the ground in Nepal, we were really impressed” said Di.

Blue Sky Pie for Nepal will be at the Quarterhouse, 7pm on Saturday July 25. Tickets cost £5 in advance or £7 on the door.

“They buy what they need in India and drive it over the border, thus helping the economy there and making any donation money stretch further.

Tickets can be purchased through the Quarterhouse box office open 10am to 5pm daily or calling 01303 760750. You can also buy tickets through the website


What’s On

Nicola @ Cursley & Bond

Welcome to Folkestone’s Old Town…….. On the first Friday of every month, The Old High Street and Tontine Street have started to come alive in the evening as businesses open until 8pm with some offering drinks and nibbles to customers. During that time there are also discounts and special offers to be had. The decline of high streets across the UK has meant trading has been difficult for many businesses but the independents are hitting back. Nicola from Cursley & Bond, the jewellers and gallery on The Old High Street, came up with the idea of Old Town Fridays where once a month from June to September traders are opening their doors. More businesses are joining up every month. “I wanted to create a buzz about the place, where people know that if they come on a Friday in the summer there is something to see, something to do, something to buy and also for the businesses

to re-energise themselves so that The Old High Street becomes the destination it deserves to be, not just a walk through” said Nicola. “This is the first time we’ve done this but long term we want businesses in Rendezvous Street and Church Street to merge with us, so we can all show what we have to offer. There are also plans for a Christmas version starting from the last Friday in November and then weekly until Santa has made his own visit. It will be a great way to discover local traders and also purchase some unique gifts. “Folkestone’s independents are a great alternative to Canterbury, Just come and see us.“ We couldn’t agree more.


What’s On

Trawl through your diary & book it in …. The Trawler Race Weekend by Courtney Knowles The Trawler’s Race returns again “for a day of fun for us all to let our hair down” says local fisherman Terry Noakes. After having a break for 5 years and starting back up last year, the crew are truly excited to be back at the event which entertains locals and visitors at the harbour.

Members of the public can show off their cooking skills and share tips and recipes with the other contestants. This year the judges will be Rocksalt, Blooms, the Mayor of Folkestone, and Terry himself: “We produce the winner and they’ll get a bonus, probably a little cash prize.”

Not only do the trawlers race towards Dover and back a few times, they are also dressed up: “The dressing up is all for fun with top secret themes, so if you want to find out what it is you’ll have to come down and see it” said Terry.

As with the Trawler’s Race, each year there is a theme for the pies: “Last year the theme was spicy, not my sort of thing but we had some good entries” so perhaps fortunately for Terry, this year’s pie theme is ‘with a Flamenco Twist’.

Anyone is able to participate however there are still rules “It’s called the Trawler’s race but we do get a couple of outsiders but they need insurance. Even though it’s a fun thing it is still serious; the rules of the road on the sea”. If you do want to enter and you have a boat with insurance feel free to see Terry at the Trawlers shop along the harbour.

For anyone who wants to enter, all entries must be put forward at the Mariners Pub by 1 o’clock on the Sunday with £2.50 to enter.

The Trawler Race will take place on Saturday 1 August alongside various stalls, live music, food and fairground rides which will continue throughout Sunday. There will also be the annual fish pie contest on Sunday and although it’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved, could it be that the judges just want a free lunch?


Before the fishy weekend, rub up on your fishing knowledge with The Folkestone Fishing Heritage Museum, which is located at the Old Booking Hall in the Harbour’s old Port Terminal. We can’t guarantee that you can get any tips for your fish pie entry…well maybe if you ask nicely. For a fantastic FREE weekend for all the family and an opportunity to support our local fisherman, head down to the Quay. “The whole idea is just for fun.” We’ll see you there Terry.

Folkestone Trawler Race Weekend - 1 & 2 August

What’s On


We meet Mike Edson, founder of the Folkestone Harbour Festival to find out what is planned for this years event….. By Yr 8 Folkestone Academy students, James and Joe

Q: What inspired you to do the Harbour Festival? A: It was more to do with the rescue boat and getting some people down to patrol the beach and raise money for the RNLI. Q: What have you added to the Festival this year? A: We’ve got a full fun fair coming down, 17 bands, we’ve got the classic cars coming down and the VW Custom camper-vans coming and of course we have the Police who will do demonstrations like last year, plus the RNLI. Q: Why is it important? A: It’s important to keep Folkestone going, having a free event like this and keeping people happy is great for Folkestone. Plus it’s for all the family. Q: When did the Festival Start? A: It started 14 years ago with the Raft Race and slowly year by year it has developed into the Harbour Festival. Q: What happens at the Harbour Festival? A: Hopefully families come down and people have lots of fun.


Q: Will there be food? A: Yes there will be lots of stands this year with a huge variety including Caribbean food, German food, chocolate delights, seafood and much more. There will be about a dozen different types of food. Q: What is the latest news about the powerboats? A: Unfortunately they have cancelled so we will not be seeing the powerboats this year but we are seriously thinking about having parachutes coming into the festival which would be great to see. And don’t forget the raft race is the main event and is always fantastic to watch, plus the classic cars and the VW campers, loads of live music so there will be plenty to going on. Q: How can people get involved? A: Well we always need volunteers so anyone that could help us out over the weekend would be great.

Contact Mike or Kate @ Q: Why do you do it? A: Because no-one else will do it! But seriously it’s something to do for Folkestone, it’s to help put Folkestone on the map and try and keep it there, that’s one of the main reasons.

Folkestone Harbour Festival 15 & 16 August

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What’s On

What’s On? The highlights….. Family Toy & Train Show at the Hawkinge Community Centre with lots of stalls. Sunday 19 July from 10am - 2pm. Radnor Park Boot Fair. In aid of the Folkestone & Hythe Sea Cadets. Sunday 19 July. Teddy Bears Picnic with Homestart @ the Amphitheatre, Lower Leas Coastal Park. A FREE family fun day for children aged 0-8. No need to book. Billy Smart’s Circus @ Radnor Park 29 July to 4 August. Grass - Explore the ground and its wriggly inhabitants with this dance show for young children. Showing @ Quarterhouse on Sunday 2 August @ 2.30pm. Pay what you can on the day. Dr Longitude’s Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie, a family show is suitable for all ages and packed with puppets, music and dance. @ Quarterhouse Sunday 9 August 2.30pm & 4.30pm.

Entertainment Quiz Night with ARRCC @ their Tontine Street Studios. Including a taste test and raffle, take your own drinks and nibbles. Friday 24 July @ 7pm. Jimmy Carr presents ‘Funny Business’ @ Leas Cliff Hall. Saturday 1 August. Spanish Supperclub @ The Firkin Alehouse. Book ahead with the ‘A Crust Eaten’ for a place on her latest pop-up dining experience. Sunday 2 August The Legend of Sleepy Hollow @ The Tower Theatre - 27, 28 & 29 August @ 7.30pm.

Film The Second Best Marigold Hotel will be showing @ Silver Screen Cinema with the Folkestone Classic Film Club. 23 July @11am Cert PG. Watch a live performance of Andre Rieu’s 2015 Maastricht Concert via Satellite. 18 July @ Silver Screen Cinema. 7pm Cert 12A. Includes Us 2: Autism Friendly Screening of a family film at Silver Screen. 12 August @ 10.30am. Ida - A film set in Poland in 1962 is about Anna an orphan. 13 August @ 7.30pm - Cert 12A @ Quarterhouse.

Music Music Night for Nepal - Page 22 Help raise vital funds for Nepal with a night jam packed with music by Blue Sky Pie. Held at Quarterhouse Saturday 25 July @ 7pm. Joan Armatrading will be performing at the Leas Cliff Hall this summer. Friday 31 July. Bands @ The Leas Bandstand: Every Sunday there will be performances from a variety of bands from 2.30pm - 4.30pm. Hawkinge Music Festival @ Hawkinge Cricket & Social Club 1 August.


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