The Trust is pleased to provide support for a wide range of charitable projects and organisations in Folkestone’s neighbouring towns Hythe and New Romney, as well as other parts of the Romney Marsh.
Arts, Creativity, Events and Festivals
The landscapes and buildings in the area provide both the inspiration and locations for creative work and performances. Organisations supported by the Trust include the IMOS Foundation, JAM on the Marsh, and Art In Romney Marsh (AiRM).
RDHCT has also made grants on several occasions to the organising bodies of Hythe Venetian Fete and Hythe Festival which take place in alternate years. These festivals offer complimentary events that provide focal points in the cultural life of the town. Both events depend heavily on contributions from large numbers of volunteers. The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust helps by providing funding for some of the unavoidable costs of staging such large-scale events.
The Trust has also provided support to organisers of concerts, performances and other events in the area, including the Day of Syn and Turn the Tide in Dymchurch, and various concerts at St Leonard’s Church in Hythe. It has also contributed towards a new pavilion for Hythe Town Concert Band (for a new pavilion).
Playgrounds and Recreation Areas
Over the last few years a consistent theme of the Trust has been to help support play areas for young people in Hythe and Romney Marsh. The Trust has awarded grants to support numerous play parks and recreation areas including Fairfield Road Adventure Playground in New Romney, Dymchurch Recreation Ground, Grange Road playpark in Saltwood, New Romney skate park, play equipment at Newchurch village park, new play equipment at the Rype in Lydd, and a recreation area that includes an outdoor gym at The Greens, Littlestone.
Community and Well Being
Many groups and organisations in Hythe and across the Romney Marsh provide amenities, care, support, training and development for people of all age groups. The Trust has welcomed applications from a wide variety of these organisations, including youth organisations such as Scouts and Sea Cadets.
RDHCT has also made grants to charities that provide specialist services that benefit people in the area, including Age UK, Marie Curie, Samaritans. Causes that provide support for lonely people, those with disabilities or specific medical conditions, including dementia, and advice and support counselling services for bereavement, mental health, well-being, mediation and abuse, have also benefitted from Trust grants.
Churches and halls play an important role in community life and the Trust has supported work to improve and these across the area, including: repairs and refurbishment at St Stephen’s Church Lympne; restoration of the organ at St Leonard’s (Hythe); new toilets at St Peter and St Paul (Newchurch); creation of disabled facilities at St Nicholas (New Romney); repairs to the bell tower at St Peter and St Paul (Saltwood); installation of new toilets at the Methodist Church (Lydd) and improvements and repairs to village halls in Saltwood and Lympne.
Since 2013 The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust has provided major funding to establish The Shepway Sports Trust (SST) which works to promote participation and excellence in sport, building close partnerships with schools and sports clubs across the whole of Folkestone and Hythe, including Romney Marsh. One of their key objectives is to improve access to coaching and amenities for people of all ages who may not otherwise be able to take part in sports activities. SST has established key partnerships with many sports clubs and organisations across Hythe and Romney Marsh and RDHCT has provided direct support to many of these over and above its funding for SST.
One such organisation is The Varne Watersports Club, which offers a range of activities for members and to the wider community, including fishing, personal watercraft, powerboat and water-skiing, sailing, windsurfing, SUP and land yachting. RDHCT has provided grants to create a new ramp/slipway and to extend training sessions for young people who might otherwise be unable to afford them.
Other projects in the area that have received grants include a £30,000 contribution to the Hythe Town Council’s appeal to improve South Road Recreation Ground; £10,000 to help Hythe Lawn Tennis Club to renovate courts; grants totalling £33,000 towards maintenance equipment, replacement of nets and renovation of the pitch at Hythe Cricket and Squash Club; and smaller grants to Saltwood Cricket Club, Seapoint Canoe Club, Hythe Aqua Swimming Club, Hythe Green Cricket Club, and Hythe Table Tennis Club.