The Restore Rochester Castle website will soon be undergoing a complete revamp so don't forget to keep checking back regularly. We apologise in advance if the revamp causes any issue with access to the website.
Restore Rochester Castle is pleased to announce the date for our Sponsored Walk to raise money to help save The Peoples Castle! The date to put in your diaries is 15th July and we hope we see you there ready and willing to get walking. Check out our Events & Tickets page or Facebook Event (Running the Castle - Sponsored Run - Walk) for more information and to put your name down.
Sponsorship Form now available to download. Click to download
Report from our day at Dickens Festival will be available shortly under this section so remember to check back soon.
Our charity Status application is currently underway and we shall make an announcement soon.
We will also be moving in to our new offices at MHS homes Dockside soon. Big thankyou to MHS homes for their support.
About the group
Restore Rochester Castle is a public inspired & led non-profit conservation and restoration group. We are dedicated to putting the future of Rochester Castle on firmer foundations. The castle has been slowly eroding for over four hundred years. Much of the fabric of the castle have been lost over the centuries. Sadly recent evidence indicates the decay has accelerated alarmingly. New cracks have appeared in the keeps towers and invasive safety netting is now required just to keep the castle open to visitors. You can help us by making an online donation below.
History of the Group
Restore Rochester Castle group launched as a pressure group on the 19th June 2010. By Christmas over six thousand people has signed a petition to have the castle repaired, restored and protected. And we were demanding a greater say in its future.
In January 2011 we entered negotiations with Medway Council and English Heritage to give the people of Medway a voice in the conservation and future restoration. The restoration of the floors and roof are now in future plans for the castle.
Since January 2011 we are the only public group allowed raise funds for research, conservation, restoration and improve the public experience through enhancements to the fabric at the keep.
In July 2011 the campaign group formally evolved into the primary fund raising body, with a new constitution and elected a new committee to drive forward fund raising efforts to raise the intial £40,000 required for the detailed study.
What are our future fund raising aims
Once the detailed assessment work has commenced we will begin to raise funds for a new Educational Centre which we aim to be free for all Medway School children. We will also look to raise the money for the essential conservation work that will enable the removal of the invasive safety netting which is detracting from the publics perception of the keep.
If you want to get more involved in helping to save one of the greatest Norman keeps ever built then please do use the 'Contact Us' page.
We very much welcome the support of Medway Businesses, Public, Volunteers as the future of the castle and increased tourism will have a significant impact on local businesses, future employment and give a improved educational experience for the school children of Medway. Also the restoration of the roof and repair of some elements of the stonework offer unique training and skills opportunities to our young people in medway. Longer term once restored we will need people with the expertise to maintain the castle and who better to do that than the people of medway themselves.
If you wish to sponsor this group, make a donation, offer your services, give us a message of support then please do just click on whatever you want to do.
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