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Custom Folkestone, East Yard, Folkestone Harbour Arm CT20 1QH | hello@customfolkestone.co.uk

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September 2019

PROGRESS AT LAST!

As you may know, we've had a bit of a funding gap to plug in order to get started on our expansion project. Well we've still got a little way to go but we have made some progress at last! We now have enough money in the pot to get started on a phased process of expansion.  Subject to booking in the contractors and getting all the relevant permissions, we are hoping to get phase 1 underway in the next week or 2 so it's ready for our amazing Arts Weekend "Something Held in the Mouth" (more on that soon) at the beginning of October. EXCITING.

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May 2019

CUSTOM FOLKESTONE IS GROWING

Custom Folkestone C.I.C. opened in October last year in the East Yard, with the mission of becoming a creative space for community driven food and art practices, centred around a truly exciting restaurant with a strong ethos of hyperlocal sourcing. We’ve been blown away by the support and love we’ve been shown since then, including great reviews and feedback on the food; huge support for our community programme (thanks to our Chef’s Table, Kent Community Foundation, the Red Eagle Foundation and Folkestone Town Council) resulting in our lovely kitchen garden created with volunteers from The Beacon school and Touchbase Care Folkestone and a fantastic start to our artistic programme which has just received seed funding from SECCADS for the next stage.
We’ve got some incredibly exciting events planned for the summer/autumn and we want to open up our community bartering and exchange work on a much bigger scale. All this needs space, so you might have seen that we’ve bought a new container to expand into. We are working with brilliant architect Zoe Tallon, but are still waiting on a bit of funding to get started on the building work, so for now it’s just getting a paint job whilst we are still open in our original space right behind it. To find out more, please come in and have a chat - but forgive us if we look a bit weary, sleep is a distant memory!

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The arrival of the new container, May 2019

photography by Bartle Halpin Photography

Visual of the planned temporary paint job