Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

Save The LEAS PAVILION Folkestone – Fundraising Video

I was very sad to see the parlous state of The Leas Pavilion Theatre in Folkestone as in the video above. Built originally as a tea room in 1902, it is a stunning example of an Art Deco theatre that has seen many a concert and theatre production during the last 114 years. I did a season there in 1983 under the auspices of the late Charles Vance and it was a delightful summer.


The company of 1983 (the arrow points to me!). Photo courtesy of actor, writer & producer Ben Shockley who is Vice-Chairman of Friends of The Leas Pavilion. Click to enlarge.

The good news is that the campaign has achieved a magnificent result in these early stages for they have received a £10k start-up grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund.  This just the start if the theatre is to be brought back to life for the local community and the tourists who visit this charming seaside town. Please make a donation if you can and help to spread the word via social media.

Thank you.

Click here to donate

The Leas Pavilion Theatre Facebook Page

© Sarah Vernon.


5 comments on “Save The LEAS PAVILION Folkestone – Fundraising Video

  1. hitandrun1964

    What a wonderful video.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Brian Erskine Bartle

    I was the designer and scenic artist at the Leas Pavilion back in the early seventies. It was my first job in the theatre, and I have such happy memories of a glorious season of around 24 plays in ‘weekly rep’.We had full houses throughout the season! I hope the theatre can be restored and used once again as a theatre on occasions. I have photos of productions from my time in Folkestone if anyone is interested.
    My best wishes to the fundraising team, and thank you for trying to restore such a wonderful building.
    Brian Erskine Bartle.

    Liked by 1 person

    • First Night Design

      How interesting! Yes, it is excellent that something is being done. If you want to share your photographs, I would love to post them here. Let me have your email address and I will contact you and then you could send me some.jpgs. That would be wonderful. If you would prefer your email not to be public, I can delete the comment with it as soon as I’ve taken note of it.


      • Brian Erskine Bartle

        Dear Sarah,
        Thanks for your response to my post! the photos are in my house in Italy (I live in Hong Kong now) but I will find them when I go there at Easter and send some to you. My e mail is
        Best wishes
        Brian Erskine Bartle

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Henry Brooke

Musings, Memories and Miscellanea

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Daily summary of the life/movie world.

When Angels Fly

Author site of S. Jackson & A. Raymond

off the leash

History, technology, books and baseball.



Writer Site

Memoir, poetry, & writing theory


faces gourmet world of fashion, design and art

From guestwriters

Lifestyle magazine and Readers Digest

The Vintage Toy Advertiser

Suffering ink-stained fingers and occasional staple wounds to bring you wonderful images of retro toy ads and pop culture paperworks

Sauce Box

Running my sauce box about my humorous human encounters and probably some other stuff. Enjoy!


Theatre, Film and TV.

Smart History Blog

Compelling Stories of Russian History

Newcastle Photography

Photography Blog by Chris Egon Searle

Brave and Reckless

Reclaiming my inner badass at 50

Gretchen Del Rio's Art Blog

Watercolor paintings

Today in History

"Tell me a fact, and I'll learn. Tell me a truth, and I'll believe. But tell me a story, and it will live in my heart forever." - Steve Sabol, NFL Films

The Architect & I

The Nazis assigned him a number but I wanted the world to know his name.

Basic Archaeology

Archaeology News, Interesting Facts and More


Being a web log for the observations of actor, author, cartoonist, comedian, critic, director, humorist, journalist, master of ceremonies, performance artist, playwright, producer, publicist, public speaker, songwriter, and variety booker Trav S.D.

LOIS BRYAN Photography and Digital Art


A Green future for the Isle of Wight


a world travel photo blog by Jackie Hadel


Music means something


Literatura y consejos.


A Backward Look Forward


Freelance Film Critic

Christine Parker Art Blog

Sharing my paintings


The Novel

Susan Brazier Illustrations

Various Illustrations both previous and ongoing.

Wolves in London

Making stuff and pootling in the garden


it's all about the story, possums...

Art Bacchant

drunk on the arts

Professional Pin-Cushion in Makeup & Mittens

Loving yourself & Living with Scleroderma!

London Wlogger

Walking blogger exploring London's hidden gems, sights and history!

Winkos: a straw bale building adventure in Poland

A journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle


Online zeitung

The Elegant Mind

"The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it." Diana Vreeland

National Trust Press Office

National Trust news, events and insight


Art, Literature, Poetry, Politics and a little History

Gemma's Journey

Culture Blogger | Theatre Lover | Follow my Journalism journey | BA Journalism Grad. 2016 @SunderlandUni | Views are my own

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

%d bloggers like this: