The community fundraising “Swing the Bridge” Appeal was formally launched at an event on Monday evening at The Old Wine Vaults Faversham. £125,000 must be raised by 1st October 2015 to build a swing bridge which will allow the regeneration of the Creek basin. Members of the Faversham Creek Trust, the Faversham Society and the Brents Community Association came together to show their commitment to raising this target.
Mark Dance, KCC Cabinet Member for Economic Development said “It has been a great pleasure to be Chairman of the Faversham Swing Bridge Committee, and I have witnessed full support from everyone who sits around the table and will continue to drive this project forward.
However, what I have witnessed tonight is nothing short of amazing. This is about the organisations, the individuals and ex-bargemen and traditional boating folk.
The group I met tonight have assured me of their full support in raising the gap of £125,000 to make this project happen.
I have told everyone in the room ‘we’re gonna build a bridge’”
Chris Wright, Chairman of the Faversham Creek Trust said “It was an enormous pleasure to see the three groups – the Brents Community Association, the Faversham Society, and the Creek Trust – affirming their commitment to work together to achieve the funding target of £125,000 to build the swing bridge. We value the support of the Kent County Council to achieve the aim of bringing the Creek back to life. We are all confident of success.”
Hilary Whelan, secretary of the Brents Community Association, said: “For people in the Brents and North Preston, the bridge and the area around it are an important part of our environment, our everyday lives. The Creek is a huge potential asset for our area, if only we can bring it back to life, with boats in the basin – we want barges and traditional boats, but we also want dinghies and rowing boats and other small craft, and things to do for all kinds of people of all ages. For that we need a better bridge, a working bridge, and this is why we’re happy to work in partnership with the Faversham Society and the Creek Trust in this big community fundraising effort.”
Mike Frohnsdorff, Chairman of the Faversham Society said “We pledge the support of the Faversham Society’s 1100 members and of the shop and Heritage Centre in Preston Street towards achieving the targeted total for the Bridge Fund. The co- operation of the three organisations augurs well for the future of Faversham and the preservation of its heritage and environment”.