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Faversham's Heritage Centre Opens.
It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce the opening of Kent's first Heritage Centre. On Saturday 12th March the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Lord Astor of Hever has been invited to open the Fleur de Lis at Faversham (see KAR Number 45 pages 124-5)-- a project of which the people of this lovely Kentish town can be justifiably proud.
The launching of the 'Fleur' into Faversham's list of places 'not to be missed' has been the culmination of months of hard, dedicated, voluntary work by members of the Faversham Society. Having seen the interior of the building during various stages of its treatment for woodworm, totted timbers, fallen plaster and saggy ceiling repairs, I can well understand why at times the project must have seemed never ending. Determination carried it through to the end and at last the people of Faversham and their visitors can enjoy the quiet perusal of their town's history in the charming surroundings of a 16th century coaching inn. Most of the exhibits have been lent to the 'Fleur' by local people which should create a thoroughly authentic atmosphere. The Canterbury College of Art are mounting a display on the History of Faversham and the background of the 'Fleur' itself which should be well worth seeing. If you want to know more -- come along and see for yourselves.