The Friends of Milton Regis Court Hall has announced it will be opening the Court Hall to visitors as a part of the National Heritage Open Days, September 13 and 14, from 10am-4pm.
What visitors will see is not so much what the group has achieved so far, but the enormity of the task that lies ahead of them. It will be their opportunity to show what they have taken on and what they intend doing next.
Conservation architect, Lee Evans Partnership has been appointed to organize and oversee the restoration work, and it is hoped work will begin soon. The Court Hall still contains many artefacts of local interest and much of this material will be on display. A shop will be set up where visitors can buy souvenirs and books, and colleagues from Sittingbourne Heritage Museum and HRGS will be on hand to promote themselves.
The annual National Heritage Open Days are held at all sorts of venues and sites across the UK, some of which are not generally open to the public, from September 11-14 and the organisers offer free publicity and public liability insurance to all participants. An event doesn't have to be open for all of the days, or even for a full day, but it must be free and special.
Ahead of the opening, Friends members face the enormous task of cleaning the old building which has been closed and neglected for a number of years. They are being helped in this task by HSS Hire, a local plant hire company who have offered most generously, the use of any equipment needed, free of charge.
Any other offers of help, especially manpower would be most gratefully accepted by Paul David on 01795 471876.