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Ramsgate TownCouncil Quarterly | May - July 2014

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to the third issue of the Ramsgate Town Magazine.

CONTENTS From the Mayor 4 Councillors6 Council Meetings 13 Ramsgate Tunnels 16 Events Guide 18-23 Active Ramsgate 27 Groups & Clubs 34-35 Published by Community Ad Web Ltd 01843 834160 email web The views expressed in any published content are solely those of the contributors. The Publishers and Ramsgate Town Council accept no responsibility for the accuracy of any information contained in the publication. The contents of this magazine including images may not be copied, reproduced, distributed, downloaded or displayed in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of Ramsgate Town Council and/or Community Ad Web Ltd. Unless otherwise specified, the authors of the literary and artistic works in the pages in this magazine have asserted their moral right pursuant to Section 77 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of those works. The Publishers reserve the right not to publish a submission or part of a submission that they consider defamatory or otherwise inappropriate for publication.

Inside you will find information on the town, the council, the Mayor, forthcoming events, Ramsgate’s history and the different community groups. This is the third issue of the magazine, which has been published alongside our website; we would like to thank all who have contributed to the magazine and Community Ad for assisting us with its creation. Send us your pictures of Ramsgate for a chance to have them displayed on the front cover. We look forward to receiving any articles you might wish to submit, plus your letters and views. You can send them by email to or write to: Ramsgate Town Council, The Custom House, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP.

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From the Mayor When I became mayor last May I made it clear that I saw it as a job and it is one I have taken very seriously. I hope that I have been a great ambassador for Ramsgate wherever I have gone. I was asked to attend an Esperanto congress to which people came from all over the world - the fun I had learning a speech in Esperanto! I was blessed to be allowed to go to Conflans, our twin town in France, and was allowed to lay a wreath, in the name of Ramsgate, at the Arc de Triomphe. I attended a memorial service for Baron Jean de Selys Longchamps in Minster, where I met family members from Belgian royalty. They were very happy that Ramsgate was represented. I attended an opening of Age UK where I was asked to cut the ribbon. If they didn’t mean me to actually cut it, why give me a pair of scissors? A I was really humbled by the people who were in awe of meeting the mayor. In fact it was I who was in awe of them. I have been to castles, garden parties, civic services, etc. I have met cleaners, homeless people, lords and ladies, but I was always myself and I made sure people knew of Ramsgate and that they should visit. I travelled as far afield as London, and other mayors have travelled here. We attend each other’s functions to raise money for our own local charities and to raise awareness of our beautiful towns and villages. I have been part of a team raising money for Ramsgate charities. This year it is for the Admiral Nurses, who care for the carers of people with dementia, and the Thanet Galaxy disabled football team.

The best part was how people got involved to help in small or big ways. Gerry’s café held an ‘Allo ‘Allo day, where we all dressed up. Martin has bingo in the Newington Community Centre every Wednesday and they have one game where all the proceeds has been given to the mayor’s charity. Ralph Hoult has run quizzes, the casino held a quiz for us and there have been many other examples. Together we have raised a considerable sum of money. I helped change the format of National Holocaust day. I very much wanted to remind people it wasn’t just Jews that were slaughtered but people of all religions who have been killed and are still being killed today. I was able to invite children from our local schools and had a speaker in the King’s Theatre who helped to educate us on how we can forgive and move on. I spent many days in churches and cathedrals honouring those that have died for us. As a Christian and a royalist, I could not have been more blessed. I have been part of a tradition which has been around for hundreds of years and will go on for hundreds more. Sadly, I will not be standing again for personal reasons, but I would like to wish my successor the best of times and I hope they will enjoy being mayor. It’s not about the hats you wear or minding your Ps and Qs, but about being an ambassador for Ramsgate and remembering you’re not above anyone, we are all in this together. It’s just some of us have been blessed with the opportunity to be able to “shout out for Ramsgate”. Cheers! Cllr Kim Gibson Mayor of Ramsgate

Newington was identified as one of the 150 most deprived areas in the UK in December 2012. As a consequence, the Big Lottery fund has now awarded the residents £1 million to improve the area and make it a better place to live and work. Newington Big Local have already held a number of different engagement events to encourage the residents to get involved. These include a Launch Event, a Music Festival, a Halloween Party and a Christmas event. Big Local have also invested money and time into projects such as The Copse, a small woodland area opposite Newington Park, in which there are plans


to clear the overgrowth and make the area safe for the community to use. On June 1, the Big Lunch will be held at Newington Community Centre 11am3pm. Bring a packed lunch, meet new people in the area and play games. Big Local are holding Newington’s second Music Festival on July 12 at The Marlowe Academy. There are also plans to create a credit union in the area to help the residents who may be struggling with money management. For more information or to get involved, please contact Cara via email: cara@ or call 01843 609686

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Friends of Montefiore Woodland 2014 Spring Report What a difference a year makes when you have an enthusiastic team of volunteers working in a woodland. Some trees, which were deemed to be unsafe or unhealthy, have been removed, together with some of the fast growing saplings allowing more light into the lower levels and encouraging a greater diversity of wildlife. Large pieces of wood have been used to make rustic seating, log piles create shelter for wildlife and wood chippings are used to improve the pathways. Small native trees, donated by the Woodland Trust, have been planted by various members of the community and a further package of hedging plants has been applied for. Sponsored bird and bat boxes were installed in the woodland and monitored throughout the season. There was little take-up by the birds, but hopefully this year will be better now that they have had more time to choose their nesting sites. The wildflower meadow blossomed over

Village Green Application The Friends of Montefiore Woodland were delighted to learn from Ramsgate Town Council that it had been successful in its application to protect the Woodland from future development, by having the land registered as a Village Green. As Ramsgate Town Council states: “Village Green Status won’t affect the day-to-day work of the volunteers or council, but in the long term whatever happens in the


the summer, producing a wide range of wild flowers, which in turn encouraged many species of butterfly to visit. The meadow was strimmed at the end of the season and the cuttings spread in various areas of the Woodland. Members of the public were invited to join us for the Butterfly Day in August, when we participated in the Big Butterfly count. This was followed by a Bat Walk and Moth Evening, which were very well attended. People using the woodland frequently remark on the improvements and the fact that the area now feels safer and more welcoming. Lisa Hunt Chair Friends of Montefiore Woodland rest of Ramsgate there will still be a piece of woodland for residents and visitors to visit long into the future.” Having the land registered as Village Green Status means that it will be protected from development in perpetuity. Ramsgate has an intensive urban infrastructure and green spaces are at a premium. By protecting the woodland Ramsgate Town Council has ensured that one small piece of green space will remain available to the public, for quiet enjoyment far into the future.

Ramsgate Town Website The new Ramsgate Town website, commissioned and managed by the town council, has had over 200,000 visits in the first year. We are always looking for new businesses and events within Ramsgate to publicise. If you have an event or business that you would like put on there, you can send an email to or phone 598751 and speak to Dean Williams, the technical officer. Previous issues of this magazine are now available to download or read online, so you can access a copy anywhere, whether you receive one through your door or download/read it online. We now have a Flickr account, which we intend to use for archiving and promoting Ramsgate and run regular competitions on Facebook and Twitter, with prizes given to the correctly answering participant. Resident Association Groups Request We are now calling for anybody to come forward with any contact details for local Residents’ Associations, as we intend to display this information on the website for people to join, contact or just for public information. If you can help, please get in touch with Dean Williams, the technical officer on 01843 598751 or send an email to like us on Facebook follow us on Twitter find us on Flickr

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The Micro Museum Relaunching as The Micro Museum after a break of nine years, Mike and Carol Deer’s museum, celebrating more than 30 years of collecting computers and home-based technology and games, opened in Church Hill, Ramsgate, at Easter. Visitors will see a selection from the owners’ private collection of vintage home computers, entertainment and other electronics. The focus is on the 1970s, 80s and 90s, when computers were changed forever from being tools used solely by scientists and academics to become an invaluable part of everyday life. The history, ideas and some of the major inventions leading up to and through this important time are illustrated. Displays of home computers, games, handhelds, calculators, toys, accessories, novelties and more will interest, intrigue and amuse. There is a history quiz - designed for children, but anyone can have a go.

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Have you ever wanted to take a croquet mallet and hit someone over the head with it, although perhaps not literally? Well, the opportunity to get to grips with a mallet will present itself at the Ramsgate Croquet Club’s public open day on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26 (1-5 pm). All the equipment you need will be provided, so flat shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions of the day are the only requirement. Croquet is an increasingly popular sport for both young and old. It provides gentle exercise, the chance to socialise with like-minded people, and over the years Ramsgate’s active junior section has provided the croquet world with several international players. Ramsgate Croquet Club is located on the Royal Esplanade, West Cliff, CT11 0EY.

Ramsgate Bowls Club on the Westcliff has the use of two greens with 12 rinks, which are open to from April to September, 10am to 6pm. Anyone is welcome to come and try the game. We offer four free taster sessions and coaching is available, but we welcome visitors at all times and refreshments are available. We also would like people to pop along and see our games, details of which will be on Facebook. We hope to have our own website shortly. The club’s open tournament will be from July 28 to August 9 and all bowlers are welcome to apply.

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Ramsgate Town Team The first quarter of 2014 has been a time of consolidation for the Ramsgate Town Team (RTT), who have already started partnership working with the Friends of Ramsgate Seafront (FORS) on cleaning up designated areas of Ramsgate and its environs. Full details of all RTT schemes are released and regularly updated on the Ramsgate Town Team Facebook page TheRamsgateTownTeam and we are always keen to receive new suggestions on how we can help improve the town and forge links with existing stakeholders. Further projects are scheduled for the second quarter of the year, including a Town Trader’s partnership scheme, identification of existing and new improved signage and wayfinding and working with other stakeholders on recruitment of volunteers. This will enable the team to plan for further projects throughout the remainder of the year. We are fortunate to have been allocated £60,000 to spend on the town by Thanet District Council and another £10,000 of public money by Laura Sandys MP.

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Ramsgate Town Team are keen to promote events in the town and have been actively involved in the Easter Eggstravaganza taking place for the children of Ramsgate and the fourday music event scheduled by FORS and happening over the Bank Holiday weekend in May. Look out for our bright new logo with the seagull!

We have some wonderful ideas for introducing vibrant colours into our existing landscape - more news about this in our next bulletin. If you are keen to support our work, or have suggestions about where you think we should focus Town Team attention, please email us at info@ We look forward to receiving your comments and working together to improve our lovely town.


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Ramsgate Carnival back on track We are please to announce that the Ramsgate Carnival Association committee has reformed under the chairmanship of Clive Richards and that Ramsgate Carnival this year will be on Sunday, July 20, starting at 4pm at the Royal Esplanade on the Westcliff. A fairground will provide rides and entertainment for all the family on Government Acre on the Royal Esplanade over the weekend. The committee will work closely with the Miss Ramsgate Organisation, inviting the Miss Ramsgate Court to lead the Carnival and other Carnival queens from Kent to attend. We would like to invite individuals (children and adults), clubs, pubs, businesses, bands, schools, shops and youth groups to step forward and be involved and have fun entertaining visitors and locals and also promote your organisation or business. Each class

will compete for a trophy. Application forms can be obtained from the Ramsgate Visitors Centre, The Custom House, Harbour Parade, also in McDonald’s restaurant in King Street. On each Saturday from May 10 until July 12, the committee will have a Carnival information and application table in McDonald’s between 10am-2pm for locals to obtain more details. Ramsgate Carnival Association would like to thank Ramsgate Town Council, the Isle of Thanet Gazette, McDonald’s in Ramsgate and the Racing Greyhound pub for their support. We would like to hear from any individual, organisation or business which would like to assist in sponsoring the Carnival. For more information please call 07899 037561 or go to

CARNIVAL ROUTE! The Carnival will leave the Royal Esplanade at 4pm and proceed along the following route: _ Royal Esplanade _ St Augustine’s Rd _ Paragon _ Royal Parade _ Harbour Parade _ Madeira Walk _ Wellington Crescent _ _ Plains of Waterloo _ King St _ Queen St _ West Cliff Rd _ Grange Rd _ Royal Esplanade Previous Ramsgate Carnival, (pic courtesy of Thanet Tourism)



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The Ramsgate Tunnels HRH The Duke of Kent has very kindly agreed to reopen the tunnels with an official ceremony as his father did in 1939. Prince Edward, the Queen’s first cousin, will cut the ribbon at the tunnels on Tuesday 27 May before taking a tour across Thanet. Details will be available via the local media nearer the time. There will be a public event to celebrate this, which will be held on the 75th anniversary of the royal opening Sunday 1 June. The 1940s themed event will be held outside the tunnel entrance on Marina Esplanade and will include entertainment, displays and stalls. Entertainment will be led by A Salute To The 1940s variety show, packed full of the stars who kept the nation entertained during the dark days of war. See or www. The Ramsgate Tunnels comprise a former Victorian railway tunnel and two and a half miles of deep shelter air raid precaution tunnels with entrances around the town. The railway tunnel is almost one mile long and was opened in 1863 to bring the London, Chatham and Dover Railway to the Ramsgate Harbour station, adjacent to Ramsgate Sands.




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All Starlite Entertainers Productions and Old Ramsgate Nostalgia Evenings are staged at the King’s Community Theatre Club, King Street, Ramsgate to the rear of the Red Lion pub in the town centre. MAY 2014 Wednesday April 30 to 7 Ivor Barnard – Solo Exhibition York Street Gallery Thursday 1 | 7.30pm The World’s Worst “Serial Killers” The Granville Theatre Saturday 3 | 7 for 7.30pm The Town Mayor’s Fun Quiz Night St. George’s Church Hall, Broad Street Saturday 3 | 10am-noon Historic Churchyard Tour At Saint Laurence Church - resting place for royalty & well known personalities. Saturday 3 | 7.30pm A Night of Queen The Granville Theatre Monday 5 | Daytime Summer Shuffle Special Jazz Concert The Bank Holiday Show Harbour Parade by the Victoria Pavilion. Monday 5 | 7pm Vertical Scratchers Ramsgate Music Hall, Turner Street


Sunday 11 An Evening of Clairvoyance Fa’s Diner, 4a Broad Street Wednesday 14-21 Rebekah Sunshine Solo Exhibition York Street Gallery Thursday 15 | 7 for 7.30pm Old Ramsgate - A Trip Down Memory Lane: Ramsgate Workers & Trade King’s Community Theatre Club, King Street, Ramsgate. Tickets £4. Saturday 17 | 7.30pm Make Me A Star 2014 Heat Four Thanet’s answer to TV’s X Factor/Britain’s Got Talent at the King’s Community Theatre Club, King Street, Ramsgate £6/7 Saturday 17 | From Midday May Fayre Friends of Ellington Park Ellington Park, Ramsgate Saturday 17 | 10am-5pm Handmade Fair Albert Court, off York Street Saturday 17 | 7.30pm The Amazing Snakeheads Ramsgate Music Hall, Turner Street

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Wednesday 25-31 St. Augustine’s Week All meetings at St. Augustine’s unless stated otherwise • Sunday 25 (7pm) Concert with Victoria Consort 2014 • Monday 26 (11am) Procession from St. Augustine’s; (12noon) Latin Mass Solemnity of St Augustine from the Ecclesiastical History of the English Peoples; (7pm) Public Reading of the coming of St Augustine • Tuesday 27 (2.45pm) Guided Tour of Minster Abbey, (meet at Abbey Gate); (7pm) English Mass Solemnity of St Augustine with Archdiocese of Southwark Episcopal Vicar for Kent. • Wednesday 28 (10am-4.30pm) Coach Trip and tour to sites connected to St. Augustine in Thanet. Departs from St. Ethelbert’s. (Cost of guided tour and coach £10, entrance tickets extra.); (7pm) The cult of St. Augustine through the Ages, (St Ethelbert’s Parish Hall)

• Thursday 29 (4.30pm) Pugin and the Light of the Gospel - Lecture and Tour of the Stained Glass.; (6.30pm) Sung Latin Mass of the Ascension with the Victoria Consort • Friday 30 (2pm) A Pugin Ramble around Ramsgate with Catriona Blaker of the Pugin Society (meeting outside The Granville Theatre); (7pm) Principles and Practice: A. W. N. Pugin’s relationship to industrial production. • Saturday 31 (2.30pm) Procession fom Pegwell Bay to St Augustine’s Cross – The St. Augustine Sermon (meeting at Hugin Viking Ship); (6pm-9pm) Evening youth event with L’Arche Community and Catholic Underground at Minster Abbey.

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Monday 26 | Daytime Seaside Shuffle Special Jazz Concert The Bank Holiday Show Harbour Parade by the Victoria Pavilion. Monday 26 | 7pm Smoke Fairies Ramsgate Music Hall, Turner Street Wednesday 28-4 June Cheryl White Solo Exhibition York Street Gallery Thursday 29 | doors 12noon, show 1.30pm East Kent Mencap Spring Fair and Variety Show The Red Arrow Club, Newington Road Friday 30 | 7pm Fun Quiz Night St. Laurence Church Hall, Saint Lawrence High St End of May The Mayor’s Jolly Outing Magical Mystery Tour details to follow JUNE 2014 June TBA Organ Recital and Organic Tea Saint George’s Church Hall, Broad Street Sunday 1 | All Day Dubs @ the Dock Ramsgate Port, Western Undercliff

Sunday 1 | All Day Grand Re-Opening of the Ramsgate Tunnels Ramsgate Sea Front. Sunday 1 | 10am Bucket & Spade Rally Government Acre & Royal Esplanade Wednesday 4-11 Linda & Andy Grayling York Street Gallery Thursday 5 | 7.30pm Town Mayor presents a Starlite Entertainers Production The Ramsgate Story: The Story, The Movie, The Show A Night of Nostalgia at the King’s Community Theatre Club, King Street, Ramsgate £5 refreshments & raffle Saturday 7-5 | all day, closed Sunday Cedric Christie, Curated Drawings UpDown Gallery, Satis House, 11 Elms Avenue Saturday 7 | 7.30pm Make Me A Star 2014 Semi Final Thanet’s answer to TV’s X Factor/Britain’s Got Talent at the King’s Community Theatre Club, King Street, Ramsgate – Tickets £6/7

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Saturday 19 | 9am Raising of the Royal Standard of HM King George IV over the Royal Harbour of Ramsgate at the Town Flag Pole in Wellington Crescent Saturday 19 | 7 for 7.30pm The Town Mayor’s Fun Quiz Night Saint George’s Church Hall, Broad Street Bring your own drinks & glasses. £5 Saturday 19-20 | all day Ramsgate Carnival Fair Government Acre West Cliff Saturday 19 | 10am-5pm Handmade Fair Albert Court, off York Street Sunday 20 | 4.30pm Ramsgate Carnival Parade through the town Tuesday 22 | 7pm Ramsgate Costumed Walks East Cliff meet Albion Gardens Wednesday 23-30 Pat Carlton - Solo Exhibition York Street Gallery Saturday 26 | 7.30pm Herman’s Hermits in Concert The Granville Theatre Friday 27-3 August Love Parks Week details to be announced


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Ramsgate seafront is set to play host to a four-day music festival over the late May bank holiday weekend. Running from May 23 - 26, the Ramsgate Front Festival will celebrate the best of local music and musicians. Organised by the Friends of Ramsgate Seafront (FORS), with financial support from Ramsgate Town Council, Thanet District Council and others, the festival will celebrate the town’s seafront and local residents. The weekend has four days of music with clear musical themes on each day. To kick the festival off there will be an evening of ska, northern soul and reggae on Friday starting at 6pm. Saturday will see the best local DJs playing a variety of contemporary dance music on both stages.

Sunday is all about live music played by local bands. And to finish the festival, Monday will be a party day. “We are extremely excited about the musicians who will be playing for us. It really is the best of local talent playing for a local crowd”, said Duncan Smithson of FORS. In addition to the music, there will be a variety of community stalls, food and drink and a beer tent.

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Friends of Ellington Park These are exciting times for the Friends of Ellington Park. Our next major event is the annual May Fayre, taking place on Saturday, May 17 (from midday). There will be plenty of music on the bandstand, a wide selection of food and drink, our famous Fun Dog Show, and more attractions than ever before. On Sunday, July 13, we are holding Ramsgate’s main World War One commemoration event. We will be decorating the park with red flowers and ribbons, and there will be marching bands in full colour and a drumhead service. Proceeds from this event will be split between the Poppy Appeal and the Friends of Ellington Park. We are also pleased to report that the Wildlife Garden Project has been progressing excellently: the temporary beechwood fencing is in; with the help of dedicated volunteers, hedge-planting is

well under way; pond plans are also well in advance; and toilets are to be installed in the coming months. By late June, we will know whether the first phase of our exciting Heritage Lottery Fund application, for the £2.2 million regeneration of the park, has been successful. If so, we will need to raise £220,000 of match funding and will require all your support to help us proceed to the next stage. Even if we are not successful (this time round), it won’t stop us working towards the park’s full regeneration, including a new lease of life for the bandstand, improved children’s area, refreshments and a visitor centre. To get involved, please contact our volunteering co-ordinator, Diane Reilly, on 01843 279275. You can also follow us on Facebook (EllingtonPark) or Twitter (@FofEPRamsgate).

Active Ramsgate Active Ramsgate is a joint project between Ramsgate Town Council and Explore Kent. Its aims are to increase visitor numbers to Ramsgate and to offer activities for those visitors. Cycling is fun, healthy and a wonderful way to reconnect with the landscape around you. Whether you’re looking for panoramic views across the channel, an insight into some fascinating local history, or you simply want to get away from it all on a unique Kent holiday, you’ll find the routes from the Active Ramsgate programme as enjoyable as they are accessible. Take the 27 mile (43.5km) Viking Coastal Trail on the Isle of Thanet peninsular, the point where Vikings first landed in Britain. Designed to suit both experienced cyclists, novices and children, it includes beautiful sandy beaches and bays, often against a backdrop of spectacular chalk cliffs, some pretty Kentish Villages with ancient churches and a host of partner shops, restaurants, inns and attractions offering some exclusive discounts. Active Ramsgate also offers walking trails taking in the coast and the architectural points of interest in Ramsgate. Go to activeramsgate or call 01843 598750 or come to the Visitor Information Centre at The Custom House


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St Laurence Church is the oldest of the four churches which make up the Team Parish of St Laurence-in-Thanet and can trace its history back to 1062. The Grade I listed church is the oldest building in Thanet, apart from Minster Abbey. The architecture is a mix of Norman, Early English and Victorian. St Laurence is rich in history - Archbishop Thomas Cranmer preached in the church in 1536. The East Window commemorates the life of Queen Victoria, who worshipped in the church when visiting Ramsgate as a child. Victorian additions include the enlarged nave, a pulpit installed in 1890 and alterations to the tower. A medieval font was discovered in a church on Romney Marsh, restored and brought to the church in 2005. The historic churchyard covers three and a half acres and contains over 1,400 graves dating back as far as 1656. As well as providing an insight into the social history of the parish, the churchyard is managed for the benefit of wildlife and is an oasis for flora and fauna. The Friends of St Laurence

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Churchyard care for the grounds with weeding, planting and tidying. From the beginning of May to the end of September, the church will be open for visitors on Saturdays and Sundays (10am to 4pm), who will be able to look around the church, admire the stained glass windows, study the many monument plaques or just sit in peace and contemplation. Tours of the churchyard will be held on the first Saturday of each month starting from May to October (excluding August) at 10am. Our regular Sunday morning services are held at 8am and 10am, and you will receive a warm welcome.

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St. Augustine’s Premier History and Culture Week at St. Augustine’s: May Half Term, May 25-31 St. Augustine’s, on Ramsgate’s Westcliff, is one of Ramsgate’s most interesting heritage and cultural sites. It was built by the internationally-renowned architect, Augustus Pugin, who also designed much of the Houses of Parliament. Ramsgate was his home and, as well as having eight children, called St. Augustine’s “my own child.” Pugin, an international figure, is buried inside this spectacular building. We are proud to announce a series of exciting events in May: Ramsgate’s premier history and culture week - St. Augustine Week 2014 (May 25-31). We have concerts, lectures, a coach trip day, and more. This promises to be an informative and revealing week for all who come, and excellent diversions for the half term holidays. All are welcome.

St. Augustine’s is one of Ramsgate’s gems that is being rediscovered by local people as well as national and international visitors. Pugin is buried here, in his own creation, and so draws people who admire him and his outstanding work. The church also contains the last known remains of St. Augustine who landed close to Ramsgate in 597AD bringing Christianity to England, and so brings pilgrims to the shrine. The Heritage Lottery Fund are supporting the development of St. Augustine’s through essential works on the roofs, stonework and windows; local people have generously supported the restoration of special pieces of the world-class stained glass. The Heritage Lottery Fund are supporting a bid for a new project which will see a complete Education, Research, and Visitor Centre established on the site which will provide visitors with proper facilities and exhibitions, helping them really understand the glories of St. Augustine’s.

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Letters Dear Ramsgate Town Council, I have recently moved to Ramsgate and appreciate your Community Ad Magazine which I find very useful, as it advises us of your future projects, etc. I was particularly interested to learn of the proposed plans for the old Westcliff Hall. I note that the Edwardian pavilion at the Main Sands stands empty. Recent news is that funding for sports projects is now easier to obtain. At the end of the recent winter Olympics, the commentator Graham Bell emphasised that many of the athletes commenced at indoor venues – refining their skills skateboarding, skating, gym, etc. Could the council consider sports use for the pavilion, rather than further pubs and restaurants? Ramsgate used to be famous for sport, with its healthy seawater marina pool. Could the loss of that 1930s icon be redeemed by “The Edwardian Sport Pavilion”? Dr P Haslett Boayan

Please send letters intended for publication to Richard Styles, Town Clerk, Ramsgate Town Council, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP or email and mark your correspondence “Community Ad Magazine”. The council reserves the right to moderate and edit the content of any correspondence according to the requirements of the magazine. If there is insufficient space to publish all the correspondence received, we may instead post it on the Town website. 32

Dear Ramsgate Town Council, We moved to Thanet 15 years ago and find that Ramsgate always seems to be left out when it comes to making it a better town. The casino has been closed for a long time now, which is a waste. Instead of it being vandalised it could be used for somewhere for the kids to go. It would make a great skating rink and give them something to do. We live near the Pleasurama building site, which was going to be apartments and shops. It has been left to become a dumping ground and does not look good for the town. Also we have a dog and have noticed that there are not enough bins for dog mess, or waste bins, so the owners are leaving it in a bag and discarding it anywhere. Some are also just letting the dogs mess and not picking it up. The worst place is the steps near Augusta Road. There is always mess on the steps where the children walk down to the beach. I think that if a bin and a camera could be put there it would stop a lot of people, and the vandals as well. Ramsgate always seems to start something to make the town look better but it never gets finished. It’s not fair that Margate is being made to look better, just because they have the Turner Centre. Ramsgate has a lot of history and it could be a lovely town again if jobs were finished. Thank you for reading this letter. We all wish for Ramsgate to be a place where we can be proud to live. Mr & Mrs C North

Did you know that our town is twinned with Conflans (France), Chimay (Belgium), and Frederikssund (Denmark)? The link-up is managed by the Ramsgate Twinning Association, which is run by the current mayor at any given time, who acts as president, and three officers: the chairman, Sally Rosebourne; the treasurer, Mary Watts; and the secretary, Cllr Par Moore. We hold coffee mornings and other fundraisers to attract new members, whom we make very welcome. We also organise visits between the twinned towns. A party of 40 children and some adults were due to come to Ramsgate for a day from Chimay in Belgium on May 2. They hoped to see the Maritime Museum, Manston Spitfire Museum, Hornby Hobbies and Dickens House before they return home. Visitors from Conflans and Chimay are planning to come to Ramsgate in May to play petanque. They range from teenagers to older people. There is no age restriction on playing petanque. There is a youth programme in Chimay in August and we are trying to arrange


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Local Groups & Clubs Ramsgate Active Retirement Association The Odds Club, 142 High Street, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9TY Contact Shirley 01843 5816500 • Sequin Dancing - Alternate Mondays 10am-12pm • Gentle Exercise - Every Tuesday 10am-11pm • Line Dancing - Every Tuesday 11.15am-12.15pm • Table Tennis - Every Friday 10am-12pm • Monthly Meetings 2nd Monday of each month Salvation Army Friendship Group and Lunch Meet for friendship and social lunch. Opening Times: Every Wednesday 11.00am-1.00pm Salvation Army Friendship Group and Lunch, 167a High Street, Ramsgate Kent CT11 9TT 01843 599066 Over 60s Club Chat, bingo, cream teas, outings, Christmas shopping, raffles, annual fee Opening Times: 2-4pm Fridays St Georges Church Hall, Broad Street, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 8QR Contact Mr N.F. Allen 01843 591071 Ramsgate Croquet Club Play croquet. Join in with social activities based around a competition in the summer. We also have quizzes and other activities throughout the winter. Open Mon-Sun 9.30am-dusk May-Oct but you can play all year except Jan & Feb (weather permitting) Westcliff Lawns, Royal Esplanade, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 0HE 01843 588878


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The King’s Community Theatre Events take place in The King’s Community Theatre, behind the Red Lion Pub. For details contact Ralph Hoult on 07969 672674 • Old Ramsgate – a trip down memory lane Every third Thursday every month 7 for 7.30pm • Starlite Entertainers Variety Show March until June Thanet and District Sports Association for Disabled People Thanet and District Sports Association for Disabled People (TADSAD) run a junior section for disabled children aged 5-11. The new club will meet at Ramsgate Leisure Centre on Wednesdays between 4.30 and 6p.m. For more details contact Karen on 01843 590614 Ramsgate Children’s Centres If you have a child under 5 then come along and find out what your local children’s centres can offer. We have three centres in Ramsgate and families can access health services, adult learning opportunities, drop in stay and play groups, support in accessing childcare funding for 2, 3 & 4 year olds, along with advice and support and signposting to other services such as Citizen’s Advice Bureau the centres also offer events for all the family during holidays. Come along to your local centre to register with us and meet your Community Involvement Workers - why not come along to our drop in stay and plays and experience fun ways to support your child’s learning and development, fun and support for you too! • Newlands Kiddywinks and Bizzy babies is Tuesdays 1pm-2.30pm and incorporates a group for babies as well as toddlers. No need to book.

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Affordable Independent Education on your Doorstep Strong academic results at 11+, GCSE and A Level Small classes offering close individual attention Excellent pastoral care with a Christian ethos Expert sports coaching at all levels Exceptional facilities including 500-seat Theatre, Sports Complex and Indoor Swimming Pool Scholarships and Bursaries available

Nursery & Junior School T: 01843 572912 E: Ramsgate, Kent CT11 7AE

Senior School T: 01843 572931 E:

Ramsgate Town Council Community Magazine  

3rd Edition, May - July 2014

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