Thanet community news: Tennis, Pie Factory Music, Margate RNLI’s radio club challenge and Pilgrims Hospices

Ramsgate Tennis: Mayor of Ramsgate Trevor Shonk with tennis coaching sisters Amy and Charlotte Tonkiss

Ramsgate Tennis

Ramsgate Tennis held their first ever open day at Spencer Square and it proved to be a fantastic day. The hot weather brought out hundreds of people throughout the day to enjoy free tennis coaching along with free family fitness challenges from Skip2BFit and a junior tennis competition followed by a senior singles and doubles tournament. The Mayor of Ramsgate opened the event and played tennis with many of the juniors and added his support for more youngsters to get outdoors and try tennis.

Anyone interested in trying out tennis can pop along to the holiday club, which is currently running for the children from 10am until noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at Spencer Square Tennis courts. The RUSTY RACKETS class for adults is on every Thursday evening 6pm to 8pm for all levels.

For more information contact Amy Tonkiss 07989797912

Margate RNLI and Hilderstone Radio Club

Margate RNLI’s involvement with a local amateur radio club has allowed a group of young students to explore electronics skills in the surroundings of their local lifeboat station.

Ian Lowe is one of RNLI Margate’s Deputy Launching Authorities also a member of the Hilderstone Radio Club and recently one of the club’s special workshops was held at the station. Five girls from St Joseph’s Primary School in Broadstairs who call themselves the STEMettes (science, technology, engineering and maths) were tasked with building a flashing LED circuit including changing resistors in the circuit to alter the flashing rate.

The all-weather lifeboat was responding to a call at the time of the girls’ visit and two of the station’s lifeboat crew, Nick Titcombe and Rob Strimger were able to join in with the electronics class.

Ian said: “We were able to offer interesting surroundings for the club’s classes as part of our engaging with the local community. One of the girls is taking her foundation licence exam next week, so we are looking forward to her operating the radio for the RNLI special event radio station in January.”

Photo: Lifeboat crewmembers Nick Titcombe and Rob Stringer with the five students from St Joseph’s Primary School (Hilderstone Radio Club)

Pie Factory Music

Pie Factory Music are seeking to recruit a number of new Trustees to support the organisation to achieve its goals as the charity enters its seventeenth year, and looks to continue to develop its creative offer for children and young people.

Could you be the person the charity is looking for?

Trustees offer leadership and support to the organisation by attending meetings and offering their specialist skills, knowledge and experience; attending events; being advocates for the charity; and supporting larger strategic areas of work, such as business planning.

In order to compliment the current makeup of the Board of Trustees, Pie Factory Music is looking for specific skills in the following areas, but welcomes interest from those in other fields:

  • Charity professionals
  • Business strategy experts
  • HR professionals
  • Finance and/or accountancy professionals
  • Legal professionals
  • Fundraising experts
  • Digital engagement and marketing experts
  • Monitoring and evaluation experts

Christina Clark, current chair of the Board of Trustees, said:Pie Factory Music is extremely grateful for the contribution and support of its Board of Trustees, and values the diversity of skills and ideas that each member brings. We’re looking for passionate people who can challenge constructively, who are willing to learn, and who want to drive our vision and mission forward.”

How to apply

If you think you could help us as a member of our Board, please visit our website where you will find an application pack containing all relevant details and an online application form.

The deadline for applying for this role is Friday 19 October, 12pm.

If you would like to speak to someone about this role or the application process, please call our office and ask for Steph on 01843 596777, or email [email protected].

Pilgrims Hospices

A group of colleagues from Spencer Private Hospitals presented a cheque for almost £1,300 to Pilgrims Hospice Thanet.  The amazing donation was raised by the staff team who took part in Pilgrims It’s a Knockout event earlier this year.

The team of ten; each with personal experiences of Pilgrims Hospices care, raised cash and awareness by collecting sponsorship from family, friends and colleagues for their mad-cap team challenge.

They were amongst teams from local businesses, colleagues and friends who rolled, jumped, ran and generally laughed their way across bouncing castles and slippery slides to support their chosen charity.  Jennifer Whitehead, Customer Service Manager for Spencer Private Hospitals said: “Each member of our team had a positive, personal story about Pilgrims Hospices, so it was a natural choice for us to support them.

“It’s a Knockout’ was an absolutely brilliant day for fundraising and I’m so proud of how we did as a team.  The support received and, the money raised is a testament to the hard work we put in as a team and we’re delighted it’s going to Pilgrims Hospices.”

Karen Kenward, Community Fundraising Manager for the Thanet hospice, accepted the cheque and said: “We wish to thank the Spencer team and everyone who supported their efforts by contribution to the fundraising. This very generous contribution will make a huge difference to so many people who need our care locally.

“We have once again enjoyed hearing about the fun the team had at our It’s a Knockout event and, hope that Jennifer and her team will be submitting a team for the event next year.”

If you or someone you know is coping with a life limiting illness and you think you may benefit from Pilgrims support, talk to your GP or Healthcare Professional about the options or click here to read about our Wellbeing and Social Programme.

Lollies at Thanet Hospice

Steve Price with Kate and Lucy

Thoughtful Pilgrims patient Steve Price treated the care team to ice lollies as the temperature in Margate rocketed into the high 20 degrees.

Computer programmer Steve, who took early retirement in 2004, has been spending some time at the Margate hospice to help manage his pain before returning to his home in Deal. Steve was diagnosed with life limiting pancreatic cancer; the Pilgrims community team has been supporting him and will continue to visit his home when he returns there soon.

Steve said: “I thought it would be nice to offer the Pilgrims staff a cooling treat during this prolonged period of scorching temperatures. My daughter, Kate, did some ice lolly shopping before bringing my granddaughter Lucy to visit me at the Thanet hospice.

“Pilgrims chef George found freezer space for the lollies and I was so pleased to have been able to offer some cooling treats to the Pilgrims team. I just thought everyone has been so kind and looked after me, I wanted to do something nice for them.

“The staff have been brilliant, nothing is too much trouble, even though the heat has been quite exhausting for everyone.”


Georgina Braithwaite, Head Chef at Pilgrims Hospice Thanet, said: “It was a lovely surprise and a very kind gesture made by Steve. The mini heat wave has been quite a challenge over the past weeks and the cooling treat was really appreciated.

“My catering team has been working continuously to keep our patients, their families and our staff refreshed and hydrated. Our juicer machine has been working full time to supply cold fresh juice to patients whose appetites are being affected by some of the hottest weather we’ve experienced in a long time.”

Steve’s daughter Kate said: “Everyone has been so lovely to my dad, he’s had time to relax and respond to his treatment. We are very aware that the environment really feels like home and everyone is always ready to offer help and greet us with a kind smile.

“The staff and volunteers have been wonderful and spent time with my daughter Lucy, which has allowed me to have some precious time with my dad.”

Steve is looking forward to going home to enjoy the Deal seafront and also a special visit from family who are arriving from Australia, especially as he will meet a new grandchild for the first time. Proud granddad Steve is also looking forward to sharing ice lollies and other seaside treats with them this summer.

“Although I know I will not be there to see all of the grandchildren grow up, it’s great to be making and sharing some wonderful memories right now.” Steve added.

Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people coping with a life limiting illness and their families. The charity offers a range of services: from end of life care given on its wards, to its new wellbeing and social programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.

Fundraisings Dates for the Diary

A Night to Shine – Broadstairs 22 September 2018

Thanet 5K Colour Run – Margate – 21 October 2018

Visit or call Pilgrims Thanet Fundraising for more information 01843233934