The Rotary Club of Dover took the lead and contributed hundreds of man (and woman) hours to the repair and revitalisation of the ancient Biggn Hall in Dover
This historic building, nestled in the shadow of the Maison Dieu, Dover’s ancient Town Hall, had suffered many years of neglect. Dover Community Association, whose Trustees include several Dover Rotarians, purchased the building from the local authority, and the Rotary Club of Dover set to work to renovate the building and transform it into a thriving community hub.
In a major success story, it is now run by Future Foundry as a Creative Start-up Space, supporting young entrepreneurs and testing their ideas for new businesses. Future Foundry took up residence in Biggin Hall in May 2017, continuing to make it available for the local community to hire for markets, events and celebrations as well as an area that will be for the sole use of Future Foundry.
A fundraising campaign is underway to develop the space into a Creative Start Up Space, offering access to space, support and training along with traditional making equipment and some exciting 3D printers and lazer cutters to introduce digital manufacturing.
Future Foundry has already raised funding for the first entrepreneurs training programme that will run in the space. Close the Loop
will introduce young people aged 16 to 30 to creative enterprise and the Circular Economy, support them to develop and test their ideas for new businesses, innovative products and services or even events, artworks or workshops.