101 High Street

 Open Door Project

                             101 Front

The 101 Open Door Project is a community facility for local residents offering information, advice and support as well as access to meeting room facilities. There is  a shop selling Christian books and a range of goods in support of St Leonard’s Church. It was opened on 21st September 2022 by Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin and the Right Worshipful Mayor of Hythe, Councillor Jim Martin

   We are open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm

                                THE SHOP


The Bookshop offers a selection of books with a Christian theme along with a selection of other titles. There is a growing range of arts and crafts including cards, knitted goods, and Nettie Wren’s ever popular ginger marmalade - top seller in the shop.

Local craftspeople are encouraged to display their work with a percentage of each sale going towards church funds.


A number of charitable and voluntary groups offer their services on a regular weekly or monthly basis with trained staff and volunteers from organisations including The Royal British Legion, the Rotary Club, Dementia Forum, Rainbow Centre, South Kent Mind, and Tynwald.

Display boards and leaflets promote local events and support services, providing visitors with the contact details of a range of local groups.

A Welfare Information Officer from Folkestone and Hythe Council offers monthly information and advice, no appointment is needed.

The Hythe Environmental Community Group operates an Electrical Waste Drop Off Point for small electrical items every Saturday in front of the shop from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

 101 has a small meeting room with kitchen facilities, internet access, a printer, and a screen for presentations with seating for up to 20. A newly designed garden area will be open soon.

Church and charity groups, craft sessions, a WI committee, and others use the meeting room for their activities, coffee mornings, crafts and much more.

A trained volunteer is available to take visitors’ blood pressures and show them how to do this themselves.


101 Open Door is a Community Interest Company which oversees the management and further development of the project. There are 8 directors – the Rev Michael Darkins, John Wren, Gill Cox, Alex Fitzgerald, Kelvyn Brown, Steve Jones,     Ali Chambers and Derek Maynard.


A group of volunteers staff the shop and reception in half -day slots. If you are interested and would like information about volunteering at 101, contact Gill Cox on 01303 260144. We are pleased to welcome new volunteers – full training is given.

OPENING HOURS  Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

ENQUIRIES, BOOKINGS and information about the weekly timetable, contact the Volunteer Administrator Laura Taylor    open doorhythe@gmail.com

Better still, pop in and find out what’s on offer.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION about 101 contact the Centre Manager John Wren on 01303 487285.

OUR FACEBOOK page:  https://www.facebook.com/101OpenDoorHythe                               

THE POSTAL ADDRESS is 101 High Street Hythe CT21 5JH 

The Parish of St Leonard, Hythe 

Oak Walk 



CT21 5DN