St Martins (Dover)
Archcliffe Road, Dover
Kent CT17 9EL
Contact: Maureen Gale, Community Leader
Phone: 01304 204550
Dover Shop: Archcliffe Fort, Archcliffe Road, Dover, CT17 9EL
Canterbury Shop: 47 Northgate, Canterbury, CT1 1BE
Shop Opening Hours:
Dover Shop: Mon to Fri: 08.30 - 17.00. Sat: 09.00 - 16.30
Canterbury shop: Wed to Sat: 10.00 - 16.30
Telephone Dover Shop: 01304 204550, Canterbury Shop: 07423 435305
Welcome to St Martin's Emmaus!
Based in a recycled Tudor fort, utilising recycled buildings furnished with recycled furniture and running a recycling and re-circulating business, St Martin's Emmaus does its best to preserve the environment. While the business helps to keep the Community alive, the Companions themselves are the reason for its existence.
Each Companion will have his or her own history that may or may not be revealed, but each will arrive with one need or many. Within the Community he/she has a secure home with a private room and shower room; companionship is available; long-standing friendships may be made; there is the certainty that encourages the redevelopment of self-respect. As a journalistic headline put it, Emmaus creates "Recycled Lives"! Our patron is Terry Waite, CBE.
The Community was opened by a call from the gate on 30 December 1995. A co-ordinator was in residence, but her house was far from wind and watertight and the remaining buildings were in worse condition. However, Sean became the first Companion in makeshift accommodation and was soon joined by two others. Over the years up to 1999 St Martin's Emmaus grew as buildings were restored, first to 3 Companions, then to 7, then to 10 and ultimately to its capacity of 21.