Base Camp Now Open!
Open 8-5 Monday to Saturday
Free to book rooms for clubs and groups, cafe serving hot & cold drinks, sandwiches & snacks.
Nine months after the people of Kent voted for the RBLI project to win the Big Lottery People’s Millions, our project, Base Camp, has opened its doors.
Veterans, local residents, students, businesses and community groups all came together to support us in winning £50,000 to transform the old Doctor’s House into a community hub and café in the heart of Royal British Legion Village in Aylesford.
Base Camp will bring together veterans and people living in the area to socialise and take part in a variety of regular activities, helping reduce the isolation among veterans and offering better integration with the wider community.
Chief Executive of RBLI, Steve Sherry, is delighted to see the project come to fruition: “Ever since the generous public voted us to victory we’ve been hard at work renovating the old building into an accessible and welcoming venue.
“We’re extremely pleased with the results and can’t wait to see the local community start using the venue and making it their own.”
An official ceremony launching Base Camp took place on Friday 4th September 2015 when MP for Chatham and Aylesford, Tracey Crouch cut the ribbon and unveiled a plaque marking the event. Guests from Tonbridge & Malling Council, Aylesford Parish Council, Golding Homes and local charities then had the first ever refreshments in the Base Camp café.
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