Thanet community news: Procession, yachting and history

The Procession at St Augustine Photo Brian Whitehead

St Augustine’s Week

The Procession of the Relic of St. Augustine took place yesterday (May 26) as part of St Augustine’s Week.

The festival of activities celebrates Augustine of Canterbury who landed near Ramsgate in 597 and became the first Archbishop of Canterbury.

Talks, activities, tours, a coach trip, and other events are planned

Sunday 27th May
*2.30pm Meet at the Pegwell Bay Viking Ship for the Procession to the Augustine Cross and the Augustine Sermon preached by Fr Simon Heans followed by Tea at Minster Abbey

Monday 28th May
*2.30pm The Blessing of the Sea
*7.30pm The St Augustine Concert (£10 – tickets at the door)

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The Shrine is open each day 10am to 4pm. Guided tours at 3pm

St Augustine & Pugin: Shrine and Visitor Centre
St Augustine’s Road

More events for the week here

Photos and video by Brian Whitehead

Thanet Community Development Trust

An organisation that relieves poverty amongst vulnerable and disadvantaged residents in Thanet has been awarded £1,000 by housebuilder Persimmon Homes South East.

Thanet Community Development Trust, in Ramsgate, made a successful bid to the Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme to help people raise their skills, gain qualifications, look for work, and start their own businesses.

Andrew Morris, from Thanet Community Development Trust, said: “We receive no core funding but work in partnership to deliver projects which change the lives of Thanet residents. We’ve changed the lives of thousands of people.

“Our community development work helps neighbours come together and has transformed neighbourhoods forever. Our main focuses are helping people into work and heritage. We’ve created full and part time employment and voluntary positions for hundreds of local people.

“Our beneficiaries include the unemployed, veterans, the mentally/physically impaired, the lonely and isolated, care leavers, ex-offenders, etc. Our work has been recognised by being named Thanet’s Charity of the Year 2017.”

When receiving the £1,000, Mr Morris said: “It’ll really help with the Ramsgate Military & Heritage Trail and especially with putting on the exhibition for our hard-working volunteers.”

Martin Crick, sales director of Permission Homes South East, said: “We are pleased to make this donation of £1,000 towards Thanet Community Development Trust. Their successful bid means they will receive their blue plaque and funding to cover a week-long exhibition to celebrate the hard work carried out by The Ramsgate Military & Heritage Trail volunteer researchers.

“Thanet Community Development Trust prides itself on helping residents, which I think is amazing for the community. I hope the exhibition is thoroughly enjoyed.”

The Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme has proved popular and selecting monthly winners is a difficult choice from so many worthy causes.

Mr Crick added: “If people were unsuccessful last month, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next Community Champion.”

To nominate and to find out about the terms and conditions people can visit

Margate Civic Society

This year’s Town Pride Awards, held on 10 May, was a resounding success with an incredible 2 Plaques and 5 Commendations being awarded.

On 15 May, a group also went on a day trip to Ypres which was thoroughly enjoyable and poignant, ending the day watching the Last Post Ceremony at The Menin Gate.

Our next meeting will be held in the Ballroom at the Walpole Bay Hotel, Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville on Thursday, 14 June at 7:30pm – attendees are requested to be seated by 7:15pm.

The meeting will start with Members’ News, followed by our guest speaker:  Rod LeGear MCIfA (Vice President, Kent Archaeological Society, Chairman, Kent Underground Research Group) who will be giving an illustrated talk entitled “Margate Caves & Thanet’s Underground Heritage”- which will be followed by an opportunity for any questions.

As always during the evening, Raffle tickets will be on sale (£1 per strip or 6 for £5) with the draw taking place at the end of the evening.

All are welcome – nominal entrance fee is £3.00 for non-Members.

The 5th National Civic Day will be held on Saturday, 16 June, which is a celebration of what makes the place where we live attractive, enjoyable and distinctive.  This year, Margate Civic Society has decided to celebrate the continuing regeneration of the Cliftonville Conservation Area and will be stewarding at 12 Arthur Road, Cliftonville (which recently received a plaque at this year’s Town Pride Awards.)

This is an excellent opportunity for Members and the local community to visit this beautifully restored late Victorian house (part of the Dalby Square Townscape Heritage Initiative) which will be open for public display.  Entrance is free and all are most welcome.

If you are interested in joining Margate Civic Society, or wish to find out more, please see our website for further details.

Cote d’Opal , Challenge du Channel –  May 19-20

After a five year absence the traditional Link Cup / Penguin Trophy, Cote d’Opal weekend returned to Ramsgate this month.

After feeder races in from Dover, Boulogne, Calais nd Gravelines on Saturday, some 50 competitors enjoyed dinner Saturday evening in the club before getting ready for Sunday’s activities.

On Sunday the fleet joined in 2 Classes with 13 IRC entries and 10 in Cruiser Class.

First mark for all classes was the North Quern, first round was Kylla from the IRC Class followed by leading Cruiser, Carpe Diem from Gravelines. The fleet split at this point with the IRC class rounding the Brake and the Cruisers rounding South Brake before all classes re-joining the course at the Downs Buoy off Deal.

Next was the leg to the B2 with some boats flying Code 0’s and some trying their luck with symmetrical kites for a short while. The fleet split with some taking the left hand side via Pegwell Bay and some edging up the Brake Sand’s side to the finish.

Peter Jackson’s Assassin took line honours but on handicap the winners of the Link Cup was Kym and Heather’s Corby 36, Kylla. The line honours in the cruiser class and winners on handicap went to Jean Marc Devos’s Feeling 850, Carpe Diem.

It is hoped the event will be repeated and expanded on in 2019.

Details with thanks to Yachting Press