At the dawn of the new millennium more Gurkha Veterans, Nepalese and their families began to settle, temporarily or permanently, in Folkestone, Hawkinge, Hythe and Dover areas and an urgent sense of need of a Community to bring all Nepalese together to integrate into the wider community by preserving Nepalese culture, tradition, ethos and identity and sharing eventualities as a community developed. Consequently, the Folkestone Nepalese Community (FNC) was, therefore, established in 2005 in Folkestone. 

The Folkestone Nepalese Community (FNC) members present at the Special Meeting on 25th October 2020 consensually agreed that we change our the institution to the Charitable Incorporated Organisation Association Model, therefore a new Constitution has been written according to the Charity Commission guidelines for provision of orderly conduct of Community internal affairs, in dealing with other, and of governing Community members and a resolution passed by voting in favour of a new Constitution.

The objectives of the FNC are:

 [a] To promote for the benefit of the Nepalese and Gurkha veterans residing in
Folkestone and the surrounding area by: 

     (1) The advancement of education and training; 

     (2) The relief of poverty, sickness and distress; 

     (3) The promotion of good health; and 

     (4) The provision of recreational facilities in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving their conditions of life. 

[b] To advance the education of the public on all aspects of Nepalese history and culture. 

[c] The relief of financial need and suffering among victims of natural or other kinds of disaster in Nepal in the form of money (or other means deemed suitable) for persons, bodies, organisations.

The objectives of the FNC are meet through running activities, events and projects from and at the Folkestone Nepalese Community Centre (FNCC) mainly focusing on the following:

  • FNC is working towards combating loneliness by promoting wellbeing through education, training, and recreational activities.
  • FNC is providing the activities that are educational and help in enhancement of the skills of the FNC members and other community.
  • FNC is helping build strong relationships in and across communities by preserving our original diverse Nepalese culture, tradition, ethos, and community identity.

The  projects running at the FNCC are: 

  • FNC numeracy & literacy education program, ESOL & Multiply, as well as one day training courses (e.g. First Aid, Health & Safety, Food Safety).
  • FNC digital & language inclusion programme, Hub secessions such Veterans Drop-in, Hypertension Hero & Gurkha Welfare Trust, and arts & craft sessions (stich & chat, Nepalese Handicraft & water colouring). 
  • FNC festivals and events on originality of diverse Nepalese culture and tradition.
  • FNC collaborates with NHS and other health agencies on health, wellbeing & community research.
  • FNC collaborates on academic research with universities. 
  • FNC outreach to schools, other communities and organisations to talk or present on the diversity.
  • FNC annually host two festival for public; Multicultural Festival World in a Tent & Nepalese Holi Colour Festival partnering with Equator Festival  & Folkestone and Hythe District Council. 


Our Address

Folkestone Nepalese Community

Folkestone Nepalese Community Centre

Baker Road, Folkestone, CT19 4NN


Phone number: 01303 398055