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DOVER SOCIETY EXTRA MEETING

 

Monday 16 May 7pm at the Town Hall

 

THE REFURBISHMENT AND FUTURE USES OF THE TOWN HALL

 

The Dover Society started lobbying the District Council as the owner of the Town Hall about its deteriorating condition in 2010. Since then we have been promoting the history of the 800 year old building by offering guided tours every Wednesday and at other times for prebooked groups. Tour fees and donations have raised some £10,000 for our Town Hall Fund. The purpose of this fund is to enable The Society to make a contribution to the substantial cost of any refurbishment project.

Over the same period The Society, Dover District Council and Dover Town Council have been considering how to refurbish the building, how to expand its use and how to meet the substantial cost.  Consultants were appointed 18 months ago to make recommendations and they have now submitted their report.

On 16 May the consultants will present their findings to the Society as a major stakeholder and explain the next steps. Members will be able to comment, make suggestions and ask questions.

The presentation will begin at 7.30 but from 7pm there will be an opportunity to see parts of the building not normally used by the public eg the former Mayor’s Parlour and the Council Chamber.

This extra meeting has been arranged specially for members to be consulted at an early stage in the life of the Town Hall project so please come and find out more about this exciting development. Yet another sign that Dover is on the road to recovery.

Remember to come to the Town Hall not St. Mary’s Parish Centre.

 

Dover Town Hall, Maison Dieu - old print, probably early 1800s. Postcard of 1904 showing Dover Town Hall and tram

 

DOVER – THE ANCIENT TOWN HALL:

“A subscription is opened at Dover to finish the ancient town-hall. The estimated cost is about £16,000. The grand picture of the Duke of Wellington is affixed in the hall; and leave was obtained of the council at their quarterly meeting on Tuesday to place it by a portrait of Her Majesty, should her royal sanction to a sitting for the purpose be obtained.”

(Kentish Gazette 12 February 1839 p.3 col.2)

 

Heritage Lottery Fund Application
 
proposed Repairs
A new vision for the future of the building
Options include; educational/tourism opportunities
Commercial potential, feasibility of concert hall/theatre
 
Various Speakers
 
at
 
The Maison Dieu Dover Town Hall
 
on
 
Monday 16th May at 7.00pm

 

Thursday 21st April 2016 - Lighting of the Beacon at Dover Castle

                                        to celebrate the Queen's 90 Birthday

 

Saturday 23rd April 2016 98th Anniversary St George's Day

at St James'Cemetery

2016 The Zeebrugge Bell Ceremony at Dover Town Hall

 

Saturday 28th May 2016

Visit to the 40 acre site of Historic Houses and Agricultural Buildings from the 13th century to Victorian times. Weald and Downland Open Air Museum - Singleton, Near Chichester, West Sussex 

 

 

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