Thanet community news: Awards, litter picking, Silver Sunday, First Responders and more

The Hilderstone Radio Society is the best radio club in the United Kingdom

Hilderstone Radio Society

It’s official. The Hilderstone Radio Society is the best radio club in the United Kingdom! The Radio Society of Great Britain gave the club the award at a radio convention. Phil Chal-lans received the prize radio worth £1000. The club is very active by putting on special amateur radio events such as for the RNLI in May. They train new members to gain their amateur radio li-cence. Also they help brownies, scouts and guides gain their radio communications badge.

Thanks to the club, schools in Thanet were fortunate enough to speak to Tim Peake when he was on the International Space Station. Therefore the Hilderstone Radio Society is keen to continue its efforts with schools and the local community. If you would like to learn more about the hobby and elec-tronics contact Ian the secretary on [email protected]

Silver Sunday

Despite the weather, nearly 80 older people enjoyed a fun filled afternoon at St Augustines, Westgate, including afternoon tea and entertainment, as part of the national Silver Sunday events.

Silver Sunday was launched in 2012 with the aim of celebrating older people and their contribution to their communities, helping them to get out and meet new people and to learn something new.  There are now over 1000 events are held up and down the country every year on the first Sunday in October and Kent Coast Volunteering was pleased to organise this year’s event for Thanet.

St Augustines provided a beautiful venue and Thanetians, Birchington decorated the chairs and tables. The Tea cakes and Classics Car Club brought along a range of vintage cars for guests to admire and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust provided a very interesting talk on the importance of bees and how people can support them when planting their gardens.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Margate, Mick and Shirley Tomlinson also gave their support to the event and joined the guests for the afternoon tea.

The afternoon ended with a rousing singalong with the Greyhound Buskers, a local ukulele group who donate all their fees to charity, who played many old favourites that went down well with the audience.

The event was arranged through Kent Coast Volunteering, who provide a range of activities and services for older people, including social groups and befriending, and volunteering opportunities in a range of roles for people who would like to help.

To find out more please call Kent Coast Volunteering on 01842 609336 or visit our website

Inner Wheel Club of Margate

President Sylvia Pulling and ladies of the Inner Wheel Club Margate, make an early start for The Yuletide once more, with Christmas Shoe Boxes.

Shoe boxes around the country are gathered and covered in festive paper by ladies of local Inner Wheel Clubs. They are filled with Items of clothing, toiletries and small presents, for distribution to some of the unfortunate people caught up in the turmoil and suffering of war.

The boxes are all labelled by gender and age groups, starting from birth, through to the elderly.

From Margate, they are taken to a central collection in England where all the boxes will be gathered for transportation to Eastern Europe.

There, at preselected areas the gifts will be given to the people. Each a present for Christmas, prepared in thought.

Well done Ladies.

Any lady interested in Joining the Inner Wheel Club of Margate can find us on facebook.

Margate Rotary Swimathon

The annual Margate Rotary Swimathon recently took place at the Ramsgate pool and the club would like to congratulate all those who took part. We had a great time raising money for our swimmer’s chosen charities plus the Rotary charities of Oasis, Yoakley Homes and Margate Rotary’s Youth Opportunities Fund.

A big thank you to all the staff at Ramsgate pool for helping the club to make this a successful event.

To find out more about becoming a member of our club please contact us at [email protected]

Ramsgate Albion Townswomens Guild

Our Chairman for the afternoon Mrs Enid Colbear welcomed everyone to the October meeting. The minutes for the September meeting were approved and signed.

In September the Guild submitted two teams in the Federation Annual Quiz in Canterbury.  Our teams came first and fourth. Attendance was good and the day was enjoyed by everyone.

We now look forward to a Christmas Get Together again in Canterbury. Names were taken for those wishing to go to the Guilds Christmas Lunch at the Racing Greyhound in early December.

The flower arrangements for the afternoon were by Mrs Pat Greenwood and Mrs Pat Ferrett.

We were pleased to welcome back a very popular speaker to the guild. Mrs Margaret Ovenden who gave us a talk about the ‘ Bountiful Banker’ the life and good works of Angela Burdett-Coutts  who  in the 18th century inherited the Coutts Bank in London.

We meet again on November 4 at the St. Ethelberts Church Hall Hereson Road Ramsgate.  New Members are very welcome.

Margate, Birchington & Districts RNLI Fundraising Event

Coffee & Mince Pie Morning to be held at The Boathouse, Margate on Sunday, October 27, 10am – 12 pm.  £1.00 entrance to include mince pie & drink.  Shop open, tombola, raffle, craft stalls, entertainment.  Fun for all the family.

Margate Civic Society

Following a very successful evening last month which incorporated our AGM and a fascinating illustrated talk by Amber Butchart: our next meeting will be held in the Ballroom at the Walpole Bay Hotel, Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30pm – attendees are requested to be seated by 7:15pm.

The meeting will start with Members’ Notices, after which our guest speaker:  Steve Hookins (after-dinner speaker and historical presenter) will be giving a talk entitled “Doing Our Bit!” which will be followed by an opportunity for any questions.  This will be a very entertaining evening: Delivered in character, let one man and his broom “Mr Foreman” of the Emergency Road Repair Service, talk about the roles carried out by some of the Home Front’s unsung heroes, from the Upper Thames Patrol to the workers of the MG Works in Abingdon, via the Emergency Hospital Service.  Steve will also perform an array of impersonations of notable men of the period!  This talk is complemented with a small display of genuine WW2 Home Front Civil Defence badges, medals and ephemera.  Please note, during this evening, there will also be a collection for Cancer Research UK.

As always during the evening, raffle tickets will be on sale (£1.00 per strip or 6 for £5.00) with the draw taking place at the end of the evening.  Also on sale will be: Blank cards of Margate priced at only £3.00 per pack of 5, books and other merchandise, including our Blue Plaque guides priced at £0.50 each.

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

The Ramsgate Society

The Ramsgate Society arranged for a litter pick to take place around Ramsgate town and seafront today (October 13). The Society was joined by helpers from the Ramsgate Litter Forum, Friends of Ramsgate Seafront, the Guides, Sea Cadets, staff from local businesses, Ramsgate Mayor Raushan Ara and local MP, Craig Mackinlay.

The volunteers met at the Clock House in Ramsgate Harbour where equipment was handed out and participants briefed about health and safety before the start of the litter pick. The equipment for the event was kindly provided by Thanet District Council and Ramsgate Town Council.

Cllr Ara said: “A huge crowd turned out. It was wonderful to see so many young people getting involved.”

Mr Mackinlay said: “Litter blights our towns and roadsides, and spoils our enjoyment of both the seaside and countryside. It’s also incredibly expensive, costing local councils hundreds of millions of pounds a year to clear up.

“That’s why the hard work of the Ramsgate Society and everyone who took part in the litter pick around the town is so incredibly important and why I wanted to do my bit to help Keep Ramsgate Tidy by cleaning up Military Road from the Sailors’ Church to Wetherspoon’s.

“Thank you to the Ramsgate Society, the Ramsgate Litter Forum, the Guides, Sea Cadets and our local businesses for all that you continue to do for our town.”

The next Ramsgate Society litter pick is due to take place in April 2020.

Mayor of Ramsgate fundraiser

The next Mayor of Ramsgate fundraiser is taking place next Thursday evening at Encota. Join us for a fun night out. Just £5 per person (tables of four) which includes a cheeseboard.

Donations and raffle prizes gratefully received.

Enoteca, 62 Harbour Parade, Ramsgate.  Book your place directly with Enoteca; pay on the night. Raffle prizes and donations also gratefully received.

Thanet Community First Responders

Thanet CFR Team Leader Johnny Joyce, Ursuline Academy Principal Camilla Crampton and Executive Headteacher Mike Walters.

Thanet Community First Responders were very pleased to have collaborated with Ursuline College, Westgate recently to establish a public access Defibrillator site at the school.

Students raised an impressive £425 in July to purchase a secure , outdoor and heated cabinet which enables the local community to access the vital piece of life saving equipment through the 999 emergency call system should the need arise.

In appreciation for such an impressive gesture towards the local community by the students at the school, Thanet Community First Responders were pleased to donate a G3 AED to be placed in the cabinet.

We look forward to collaborating with the school further in the coming months to help train students and all members of staff in CPR and how to use an AED.

This represents the third PAD site the First Responders have helped establish across the Isle in September. The first was on Margate High Street in Collaboration with Age UK Thanet. Again, a G3 AED was donated by the First Responders to the organisation in exchange for the establishment of a Public Access Defibrillator site at their shop on Margate High Street.

In Ramsgate the local bowls club purchased an AED for their site and three first responders delivered a free 2 hour CPR and AED familiarisation session to 13 members of the club in order to help them confidently use the device should the need arise.