Thanet community news: Christmas fun, donations and an auction

Youngsters at the Northdown pop-up event

Northdown Primary School

A Christmas pop-up restaurant was held at Northdown Primary School in Margate for pupils, family and residents.

The school and its catering partner, Principals by CH&CO, provided lunch and its on-site team and local businesses gave their time voluntarily to prepare and serve the food.

Guests enjoyed sausage and mash with onion gravy, salad, or homemade soup and freshly-baked bread, followed by a traditional dessert of apple crumble and custard. Tea, coffee and cakes were also available.

Southern Water

Southern Water has donated £10,000 to community groups in Thanet as part of its Community Grants Scheme.

A total of 14 groups were told they had been successful in applying for a share of the grant in early December after a judging panel decided the lucky applicants.

The panel was made up of Southern Water representatives, its delivery partner TPMD (Terra Solutions, Pfeiffer and Matt Durbin Associates) and local Thanet district councillors Brenda Rogers and John Townend.

Community groups in Thanet, particularly in Broadstairs and Ramsgate, had the chance to apply for a grant of up to £1,000 as part of the scheme before the closing date of 30 November.

The scheme was set up in conjunction with Southern Water’s investment of £34 million to upgrade Thanet’s ageing sewers, which will help further protect wildlife and the environment while ensuring the system is fit for future generations.

Grants have been awarded to groups or projects that have a particular focus on education and opportunities, helping the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Head of Delivery (Networks) at Southern Water, John Evans, said: “Thanks to everyone who applied for our Community Grants Scheme and congratulations to all who were successful.

“This is part of our scheme to renew Thanet’s ageing sewers and we always do our best to minimise disruption. This grant is a great way to boost the communities we work in.”

Councillor Townend said: “It was a pleasure to help in allocating the grants but difficult in deciding between the many local causes.”

For more details about Southern Water’s work in Thanet, please visit:

Westgate & Birchington Inner Wheel Club

Westgate & Birchington Inner Wheel 10 day eBay auction January 18- 27 for Minnis Bay jumper to raise funds for Minnis Community Hub

There will be an auction of this jumper on eBay with all the proceeds going to benefit the Minnis Bay Community Hub. It was knitted by Wendy Edmeades.

You will be able to find the jumper on E Bay if you type in exactly the following into the search;

Knitted Jumper Minnis Bay Beach Scene and then select the ‘nearest to me’ option.

Here is a little more information about the jumper;

Hello prospective bidder. I am a member of the Inner Wheel of Westgate and Birchington and I would like to donate all the money from the sale of this jumper to the Minnis Community Hub. Anyone that knows me understands my passion for knitting and this jumper has been lovingly knitted by myself over many hours. The idea behind it was to meet the brief of a competition around making an item from wool with a Minnis Bay theme. I could not resist including the delightful beach huts that we have in the summer along the prom, together with the spectacular outline of the Reculver Towers which dominates the skyline and gives character to this part of the world. The tassel fringe has miniature ice creams, shells and flip flops. The main jumper is made from 100% acrylic yarn, but some of the beach huts have an acrylic and wool yarn mix. Bearing this in mind I would recommend that the jumper is hand washed only.  I made this jumper with an older girl in mind, approx a size 8/10. The model in the picture is a size 10 and 5’7″tall. Please bid generously!

Maurice House

South Thanet’s Member of Parliament, Craig Mackinlay MP, has made a festive visit to residents at the Royal British Legion’s Maurice House in Broadstairs.

Like every one of the Legion’s care homes, Maurice House is exclusive to ex-Service people and their dependents.

Craig makes an annual trip to the residents of Maurice House at the end of each year to thank the veterans for their service to our country and to wish them well as the festive season approaches.

He said: “The whole country values greatly the contribution made by our Armed Forces personnel and their families, and the many sacrifices made through their service in keeping Britain safe.

“That is why, each Christmas, I like to visit some of our local veterans at the Royal British Legion’s Maurice House in Broadstairs.

“Maurice House provides a fantastic, welcoming home for those who have given so much, such as new resident Wally Smith, veteran of Operation Market Garden and holder of the Légion d’Honneur.

“As well as wishing the ex-Service personnel all the best for the festive season, it gives me an opportunity to gauge their views on current affairs both nationally and locally.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our veterans and current serving Service-personnel a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”

1 Comment

  1. what an absolutely brilliant, generous, fun thing to do for your community. I bet you created any number of good memories.

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