Fundraising Event at Googies for Portacabin

At an event in Googies café bar, Rendezvous Steet, Folkestone on Friday night, £130 was raised towards the fund for the hire of a Portacabin (temporary building) for the dig at the Roman Villa on East Cliff this summer. Organized by Kate Holtham-Oakley, there was a raffle with so many prizes that almost everyone who bought tickets gained a prize, a quiz with questions set by Iain Neilson and a variety of music. Sue Wallace the deputy mayor of Folkestone gave a short speech supporting the event which was also a get together for some of the volunteers who had taken part in the dig last year and the recent test pitting at the Bayle.

The money raised, which included a contribution of £30 by Keith Holland, the owner of Googies, can be added to the £110 collected after the talk by Richard Cross last Wednesday on the history of the Bayle at St Eanswythe’s Church and brings the total of individual donations to £447.  Bids have been submitted to Folkestone Town Council, East Folkestone Change Together and Kent County Council to raise the approximate £1880 needed to hire the building for 16 weeks and equip it.

The building will house printed material on display boards, books and finds for the thousands of expected visitors to the villa dig this summer including school groups, and will also provide shelter in bad weather for volunteers.  As there is nothing set aside in the A Town Unearthed budget for the building, the necessary money is being raised by the Folkestone People’s History Centre on behalf of A Town Unearthed. Many thanks to all those who have contributed so far.

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