THE SANDGATE HERITAGE TRUST LIMITED
The Sandgate Heritage Trust Ltd is the legal owner and guardian of the Old Fire Station.
In 1976 the Sandgate Society rented the disused engine room of the Old Fire Station, refurbishing it as their headquarters. The first floor library had relocated to new premises and Kent County Council gave notice to the society to quit, they needed to dispose of this surplus building. In response to local feeling, a Steering Committee was formed to try and aquire the building for community use.
Following an Extraordinary General Meeting, and having formed a company, Socialview Ltd a offer of £15000 was made to KCC, then an increased offer was made and £18100 was finally accepted and the premises secured.
In August 1983 Socialview Ltd became Sandgate Heritage Trust and was given charitable status The purchase was made possible through the generousity of Sandgate residents and the object was to preserve this unique building for the benefit of Sandgate residents and visitors to the area.
Today its only income derives from the rent of the Engine Room and from the hire of the beautiful Reading Room for group meetings and events. This barely covers maintenance, while short and long term repairs require additional finance. As a registered charity, it welcomes support in the form of donations, covenants, gift aid and legacies.
Charity Number 287281
Company Number 1645228