Thanet community news: Movember, fashion, business awards and expansion and more

The Gym at Westwood will be supporting Movember


Throughout November the personal trainers and members at The Gym Thanet Westwood Cross will be aiming to raise £1000 for the Movember Foundation.

The Movember Foundation is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health and they’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. By 2030 they aim to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.

Challenge 1 is growing a moustache in the ‘Grow a Mo for a Bro’ challenge! Challenge 2 is to walk, jog or run 60km throughout the month in the ‘Move for Movember’ challenge and finally, The Gym will be hosting a ‘Mo-ment’ on November 14 where members and non-members can come along for a fun packed day of fitness challenges to raise funds for the Movember Foundation.

Matt Finch, General Manager of The Gym Thanet Westwood Cross, said: “We are all really excited to start the challenges and raise awareness of men’s health along with raising vital funds for the Movember Foundation. We are always amazed by our members generosity and support so hope to collectively exceed our fund-raising target of £1000 be the end of November.’’

To find out more and to donate, please visit

Ramsgate Rotary Club

A past president of Ramsgate Rotary Club, renowned for her fundraising exploits, Julie Miller, took part, with many other Rotarians, in a climb up the O2 dome The event was staged to raise money for the Rotary Eradicate Polio fund.

With the help of her fellow Ramsgate Rotarians and members of the Inner Wheel she raised £200.

She said afterwards:  “The day was great fun, the weather stayed good and the climb was challenging but not over taxing. Thanks to everyone for their support.”

QEQM League of Friends

The League of Friends of the QEQM Hospital recently held a Fashion Show & Supper at the Winter Gardens in Margate.

Local stores Amber Rose, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, La De Da, Laura Ashley, Roman & The Saltworks are all very kindly lent some of their fashions, which were modelled on the evening. Those attending also enjoyed an excellent two-course meal.

A raffle was held with excellent prizes all of which had been generously given by local donors including artist Mike Samson of the York Street Gallery in Ramsgate (an original oil painting by him), Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Thorley Taverns & The Saltworks. Plus, there was a tombola with 200 prizes on offer, also all donated.

Over £1,800 was raised which will be used to buy equipment and facilities to benefit our local hospital.

The League of Friends is a local registered charity (charity no. 210234), entirely run and manned by unpaid volunteers, that raises funds to provide equipment and facilities for the Hospital that would otherwise not be available. More information about the League of Friends is available on their Facebook page or at

Boys & Maughan

Thanet and Canterbury solicitors Boys & Maughan won no fewer than five trophies at the ESTAS Conveyancing Awards on Friday 19 October 2018.

Presented by TV property expert Phil Spencer at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, Boys & Maughan won:

  • National Best Local Group, 2-5 branches – Gold winner
  • Best In County, Kent – Margate
  • South East (South) Regional Gold Award – Margate
  • South East (South) Regional Silver Award – Canterbury
  • Grand Prix Awards Best Single Office in the UK (given to the offices with the most public votes in the country) Bronze for Boys & Maughan Margate.

Senior Partner Robert Moulsdale said: “Our five trophies to add to the five we won at last years’ ESTAS are a great reflection on our conveyancing team. To be named the best firm of our size in the country and for our Margate office to get the third most votes in the country overall, along with the other awards, is an amazing achievement.

“Across our firm we aim to provide the best possible service to all of our clients, so we are absolutely delighted with the high scores they consistently gave us in the ESTAS independent survey. The results show that everyone in our residential property team delivers exceptional customer service.”

The ESTAS Conveyancer Awards are the only industry awards where the winners are selected purely on customer feedback.

Thanet Caremark

Garry Costain and Jayne Costain have owned and operated Caremark Thanet since October 2012. The married couple will soon be bringing their impeccable standard of care to clients throughout Sandwich, Deal and the surrounding areas, as they launch Caremark Dover.

Caremark Thanet, based in Margate, already provides over 2,200 hours of care every week to local residents. When clients in Dover started to enquire about in-home care packages, Garry, 59, and Jayne,52, made the decision to launch a new office, entirely committed to meeting the needs of clients across Dover and the surrounding areas.

Garry said: “In the six years since we launched Caremark Thanet, we’ve built a reputation as one of the best and most trusted in-home care providers in the area.

“We’re often approached by individuals with care needs in neighbouring Dover so, we decided to launch in an area with a real demand for quality care. We are so thrilled to expand the business and we are determined to bring the very highest standard of care to our new clients.”

Garry and Jayne are looking to build a team of like-minded support staff and care workers. A key focus for the couple is to recruit individuals who are keen to replicate their caring and hardworking mindset.

Jayne said: “Having already employed over 100 office staff and care workers at our Thanet office, we’re looking forward to bringing employment to a new area. Offering sustainable employment opportunities in a sector with real prospects is something we both feel extremely passionate about. Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be looking to expand our team of care workers so that we can offer support to more people and change more lives for the better.”

Garry and Jayne came to launch a care business together after successful careers in management and nursing, respectively.

Caremark Thanet has recently been commended by the Department of Work and Pensions, for being a disability confident employer. Working with the local Job Centre Plus (JCP) offices, in Margate and Ramsgate, Garry and Jayne have worked with many care workers who have come to the business through this process. The community minded couple regularly work with the local JCP offices to help people with disabilities find employment.

For more information, please visit or contact the team on 01843 235910

Westgate & Birchington Inner Wheel

At the recent meeting of the Westgate & Birchington Inner Wheel Club, President Lily Doody was delighted to welcome several guests and our speaker for the evening, Daniel Wilds and his wife, Laura. After a delicious meal, President Lily invited Daniel to speak to us.

Daniel said he took over the jewellers in Birchington village from Stuart Bartlett about a year ago.  He had brought with him for the evening a display of several pieces of his jewellery, all of which he designs and makes himself.

He said he attended Herne Bay High School and then went on to Broadstairs College where, as part of an art and design course he undertook a jewellery project.  He followed this with a jewellery course at KIAD in Rochester and then worked for an independent jeweller.  He has been self-employed for the past fifteen years and as well as the shop in Birchington has had a hut on Herne Bay pier for the past six years.  He said his main work comes from commissions and re-modelling, but he also provides a watch repair and battery replacement service, though he does not do this personally.

Daniel spoke about the different qualities and benefits of varying types of gold, silver, rhodium, palladium and platinum.  He answered members’ questions particularly concerned with cleaning jewellery.

Past President Rose thanked Daniel and his wife Laura for attending the meeting, speaking to members and particularly for bringing the wonderful display of his pieces.  She remarked how fortunate we were to have him in Birchington.

Members were then given the opportunity to view the items on display, to talk to Daniel and Laura and make purchases if they wished.

Later, Daniel, who was packing away his display, generously donated a silver (internally 18ct gold) ‘Rose’ pendant necklace which retails at £85, to the club to be used to raise funds for the club’s charity, The Minnis Community Hub.  President Lily said she was overwhelmed and thanked him very much.  It was agreed President Lily would retain this until the item could be discussed at the next committee meeting.

A discussion also arose concerning the beautiful knitted child’s tabard, depicting the beach at Minnis Bay. This item was made by Wendy Edmeades and it was decided to auction the item to raise more money for the Club’s charity. It was felt that the item would be most appreciated in the area as it was made specifically to represent the lovely beaches on this part of the Thanet coast. Details of the auction will be given as soon as possible.

The dire situation in Indonesia after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami has been recognised by District 12’s Committee, and they have sent a donation of £600 for the purchase of a Shelter Box, from the ‘District Funds’. President Lily therefore suggested that our club should ‘top up’ the District Disasters Fund’ by a donation of £200 from our own international fund-raising account. At our monthly meeting, a raffle is held, the profits of which are held in our club ‘Disasters Fund’, so that we can support any fund-raising effort for tragedies all over the world.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 15 at 7pm for 7.30pm at St Augustine’s, where the theme for the evening will be France and we shall enjoy a French buffet. Inner Wheel is one of the largest women’s voluntary organisations in the world, with the objects; to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service and to foster international understanding. Westgate & Birchington club welcomes like-minded women to join us, for ‘fun, friendship and fund-raising’. If you would like to find out more about us and perhaps join us for a meeting, please contact our membership officer, Janet, on 01843 841043 to arrange a suitable time for a visit.