Thanet community news: Fundraiser, history talks, bowls, a Korean delegation and more

Birthday fundraiser at Ramsgate Tandoori

Ramsgate Tandoori fundraiser

A Ramsgate restaurant has celebrated 31 years in business with a party and fundraising lunch for Oasis Domestic Abuse Service.

Run by Mayor of Ramsgate, Raushan Ara and her husband Reza, the Ramsgate Tandoori opened in 1988 and has been a regular supporter of local charities.

Guests enjoyed a celebratory lunch and were entertained by live music and Bollywood dancing. £500 was raised for Oasis.

Raushan said, “Oasis is vital for people who feel trapped and have nowhere else to turn.  As a community we need to support each other and help raise awareness of services such as Oasis for the health and welfare of all our citizens”.

On behalf of Oasis, Loukia Michael said, “We would like to congratulate Raushan and Reza on the 31st anniversary of their restaurant. It is typical of their generosity that their celebration was in support of a local charity and we thank them for their commitment”.

Oasis was founded in 1994 to offer emergency, safe and temporary accommodation as well as ongoing support for families who have suffered domestic abuse across Kent. Two women are murdered every week in the UK by their partner or ex-partner; Oasis works to keep victims safe and help them to rebuild their lives free from abuse.

The charity supports children and young people both in their refuge and in the wider Kent community, sharing the message that love shouldn’t hurt. Oasis also has a charity shop, ‘The Oasis Shop’, on Northdown Rd in Cliftonville.

1950’s women pension campaign

1950’s women from all across the country and from all main and local campaign groups are converging upon London for a mass rally. They will be gathering at 11am onwards on  November  5 by the Millicent Fawcett Statue on the Green at Parliament Square Westminster.

Following Back to 60’s recent application to appeal the decision of the recent judicial review on their pensions, the women, and increasingly… men, are giving the government a timely reminder that they are still not going away.

There are also mirror protests going on around the country on the day for women who cannot afford the journey to London or are too ill, carers or working.

The main intention of the rally is to remember the women who have passed away frightened, over worked and far too soon, many in poverty without the pension they had paid in for all their lives.

They also intend to remind the government of their voting power and have already started a facebook and twitter campaign where each of the women are changing their profile to show a personal picture and adding a reminder that they are about to vote. MPs will be joining the women on the green across from Westminster to show their support.

There will be Penny for the Guy, (and there have been two guys produced with no clues to who were the popular choices! You will have to come and see for yourself) singing and a memorial service, with an appearance from Frazer Mitchell Baddams who has produced the No 1 download protest single with Charlene Clease

East Kent Hospitals trust

East Kent Hospitals has passed the first stage in achieving Unicef Baby Friendly accreditation, meaning mums and babies will get the best advice and support with breastfeeding.

The scheme is regarded as the gold standard for maternity and neonatal teams and the Trust had to demonstrate training was in place for all staff to meet the criteria for the first stage.

Infant feeding coordinators Kate Lynch and Philippa Parrett led the process and said it meant mums and babies would get the same top-quality care to establish breastfeeding, whether they gave birth at Ashford or Margate, and whoever looked after them.

Kate said: “Everyone is truly committed to achieving Unicef Baby Friendly accreditation, and this has been demonstrated by the way they have really got on board with the process.

“We can now be confident that everyone will be trained to the same high standard and providing the best advice and support to new mums on breastfeeding and the benefits it offers them and their babies.”

As part of their preparations to achieve full Baby Friendly accreditation, Kate and Philippa have organised groups of volunteer baby-friendly advocates at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate and William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. Across both sites, staff deliver approximately 6,500 babies every year.

Unicef’s Baby Friendly status is designed to provide parents with the best possible care to build close and loving relationships with their babies, and to feed them in ways which support optimum health and development.

The Trust will now work towards achieving the second stage accreditation, which must be done by August 2021 and recognises staff’s ability to support women with complex breastfeeding issues. After that the guidelines allow a year to reach full accreditation, which involves judges interviewing mothers who have used the service about their experiences. Staff are also tested on their knowledge.

Old Ramsgate talks

St Laurence Church Hall -Thursday 14 November at 7-30pm. Ramsgate at War The Movie –cost £3-50

St Laurence Church Hall -Thursday 5 December at 7-30pm. Ramsgate The Movies — 50’s 60’s 70’s films of Ramsgate

Hereson Family & Community Centre, Lillian Road, Ramsgate on Fridays at 2pm to 4pm – November 8 – History & Heritage Trail Plus the WOW Set

November 15 Streets of Ramsgate

November 22 Ramsgate Workers & Trades

November 29 What has Ramsgate Done for the World

December 6 Classic Buildings of Ramsgate

December 13 Ramsgate at War & the Tunnels

December20 Ramsgate Pubs & Churches

And every Tuesday 10am to noon

November 5 Ramsgate the Movies

November 12 Saint Lawrence and Newington

November 19 Shops & Shopping in  Ramsgate

November 26 Ramsgate Entertains

December 3 Ramsgate at War & the Tunnels

December 10 Ramsgate Pubs & Churches

December 17 Classic Buildings of Ramsgate

All Lillian Road shows are free.

Thanet Indoor Bowls

Thanet Indoor Bowls Club, Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville, CT9 3AB.

Come and try your hand at bowling with four free trial sessions with guidance from experienced club members.  Thanet Indoor Bowls Club also has a strong social side with organised entertainment nights, Bingo Thursday evenings at 7pm, Quiz last Friday of the month, Cribbage every Tuesday at 7pm.  There is also a good restaurant open to the public providing food and drink with ample parking. Come along at any time or for more information telephone:  01843 227083.

Pilgrims Hospices

Yiannis Christodoulou is European and National Aquathlon Champion 2019 and team captain representing Great Britain. Living in Canterbury and working in Ashford, Yiannis has always been aware of the important work of Pilgrims Hospices in his local community.

As a keen athlete, Yiannis enjoys taking part in events in his local area. In August 2019 he went to watch friends at the Canterbury Half Marathon, an annual event that has raised over £57,000 for the much-loved local hospices. Whilst there, Yiannis visited the Pilgrims information stand and picked up a 2019 event brochure. After looking through the variety of events they host; he felt inspired and contacted the local charity expressing a desire to get involved supporting in any way that he could.

Yiannis was invited to meet with Cate Russell, Pilgrims Hospices Chief Executive, to discuss the role he could play for the local charity. He will soon be working with Pilgrims Hospices as a volunteer ambassador; his role will be to help Pilgrims to open up conversations and support the community to think and plan for the future; bringing about societal change.

Since taking up running in 2012, Yiannis has never looked back; he’s always looking for new and exciting ways to get involved with local running events. When looking through the Pilgrims Hospices event brochure he saw Santas on the Run! Tri-Series, the perfect combination of festive celebrations, fun and a challenge; he had to get involved.

Pilgrims Hospices has been holding Santas on the Run! in Herne Bay for the past two years, the family friendly festive fun run of 3k and 5k has been incredibly popular with the community with over £65,000 having being raised for local hospice care. This year, Pilgrims are excited to announce that Santas on the Run! will also be coming to Folkestone and Margate. The three festive fun runs will be taking place on consecutive weekends in December so that our Santas can challenge themselves to all three and join our tri-series in the countdown to Christmas. Yiannis is really looking forward to getting involved with the Santas on the Run! Tri-Series and will be taking part in Santas on the Bay! in Herne Bay on Sunday, December 1.

Yiannis said: “This is a nice friendly run for fun, for a great cause. You never know where one run can take you.”

If you want to join Yiannis at Santas on the Run! you can sign up now at

Santas on the Bay! in Herne Bay on Sunday 1 December

Santas on the Harbour! in Folkestone on Sunday 8 December

Santas on the Seashore! in Margate on Sunday 15 December

If you would like to register of find out more visit and join in with jolliest jog of the year!

Aldi (Thanet)

Aldi is embracing the season of goodwill once again this year and is calling on charities and community groups across the Isle of Thanet to register so that they can collect food donations this Christmas Eve.

Following the launch earlier this year of the successful partnership with Neighbourly, a community engagement platform that links businesses to key charitable organisations, 95% of Aldi stores are now donating surplus food up to five days a week, all year round.

Christmas provides an opportunity for even more charities to benefit from the initiative, and are therefore calling on all charities and community groups in the Isle of Thanet to get in touch for a Christmas Eve donation.

As part of the Christmas initiative, charities and community groups will be paired with local Aldi stores and can collect fresh food products that are near the end of their shelf life such as fruit, vegetables, fresh meat, fish and bread after the store closes at 6pm on Christmas Eve.

Last Christmas, Aldi donated just under half a million meals to charities across the UK, and is hoping to increase this for Christmas 2019, spreading Christmas cheer to even more families.

Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “Our Christmas food donation scheme is something we’re really passionate about, and we’re working with Neighbourly this year to pair as many stores up as possible.

“Last year we were able to reach thousands of people across the UK, and some charities were even able to prepare fresh meals that fed families well into the New Year. This is our third year of Christmas food donations and we’re hoping this year will be just as successful, and we look forward to working with local charities and food banks from the Isle of Thane in the future.”

Charitable groups interested in working with Aldi this Christmas should contact Neighbourly at [email protected] before Monday 11th November 2019.

All groups that apply must:

Have a level 2 hygiene certificate gained in the last two years

Be a registered charity, CIC or community group

Be able to collect, transport and store chilled food products

Seniors Helping Seniors

South Korean delegates have visited Kent to learn about successful elderly care.

They say health ministers in Britain were “too busy with Brexit” but had seen the Senior Helping Seniors website and so got in touch.

The delegates told their Kent hosts “they were looking to provide the best for their elderly and to get ahead of their problems.”

The groups talked via a translator and then went on a visit to Age UK and then to a GP reception.

Christian Wilse, of Seniors Helping Seniors UK said: “When you run a business that impacts as many lives as ours does, it’s important to share experience. Korean delegates singled out Seniors Helping Seniors because we are driving change and raising expectations.”

Seniors Helping Seniors in the UK already reaches more than one million people each year for elderly care, giving families the help and peace of mind they need. Elderly people get support to live safely and well in their own homes and the model provides job opportunities for older people.

With every new Seniors Helping Seniors that opens, the local community gets increased employment, great elderly care choices and it alleviates pressure on GPs and local hospitals and charities”

Helping to keep people active is a win-win for all involved.

Thanet Lions

Many thanks to everyone who attended our choral concert. An excellent afternoon of song and music performed by the Thanet Male Voice Choir and Village Voices from Minster. Special thanks must go all the choristers. Also to the Thanet Male Voice Choir Musical Director, Martin Long, Accompanist Deborah Longley and Thanet Villages and Birchington PSCO and Village Voices Musical Director Debbie Forsyth, for arranging such a fantastic programme.

Funds raised from the ticket sales were divided between The Monkton Nature Reserve (Nature Shed Project) and Minster Matters Mobility Scheme. A cheque for £500.00 was donated to each of these good causes. A further £200.00 was donated to St Mary’s Church, Minster. Funds raised from the raffle and programme sales will go towards Thanet Lions Christmas Hamper appeal.

Thanet Lions Club would like to wish ‘good luck’ to Village Voices as they audition for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Our boot fair season has now come to an end. Sadly our last two Sunday’s were rained off but otherwise we have had a successful summer. We will shortly be making a presentation to Drapers Mills School with their share of the ‘Boot’ takings.

Our Christmas quiz will take place on Saturday 14th December at St Peters Church Hall. 7.15pm prompt start. £7.00 per head. Please bring along your own food and drink. This has always been one of our most popular events; please book your place early.

We have made a number of donations over the last few weeks. These include £130.00 for a fridge for a local family, £175.00 for a washing machine for a gentleman living in Margate and £60.00 to Minster School covering the shortfall of a school Science trip.

We would like to thank the generosity of many local people for their kind donations of children’s clothes and toys. These have been distributed to various organisations including Birchington School and Surestart Newington.

It is not all work and no play. On the social side Club members have enjoyed a Charter lunch hosted by Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions Club and a Charter dinner with Canterbury Lions. Also a night of ten pin bowling and breakfast at Weatherspoons in Ramsgate.

If you would like to know more, Thanet Lions Club meets on the second Monday of every month at the Sir Stanley Gray Pub, Pegwell Bay. For further information about any of our events or you think we can help you please telephone us on our new number 0345 8339532. You can also find us at or on Facebook.

The Friends of Montefiore Woodland

The Friends of Montefiore Woodland are pleased to announce that on Sunday, November 17 at 3pm – Montefiore Synagogue, there will be a talk on Judith, Lady Montefiore: Her Story.

The talk (told by Mark Negin, a founder member of the Friends of the Woodland) will be about the life of the woman in whose name a college was built, on the site of the Montefiore Woodland. Judith was the wife of Sir Moses Montefiore.  Talk – Free! All are welcome to attend. Donations welcome.

Montefiore Woodland has a very interesting history. The Victorian Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore purchased East Cliff Lodge (situated in what is now King George VI Park), in 1831, and in gratitude for a safe return from his first visit to the Holy Land he promised that he “…would build a small but handsome synagogue”. He therefore bought a piece of land nearby on which to build this, and it still stands, now a Grade II* Listed Building. He also was responsible for the building of the Judith Lady Montefiore College on what is now known as Montefiore Woodland. The building was completed in 1869 & was established for the study of Hebrew Law and Literature. It included a Lecture Hall, Reception Hall and a library which contained a valuable collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts. Sadly, the building was demolished in 1964.

Sir Moses became known nationally and internationally as a great philanthropist, financier, banker and Sheriff of London and Kent. He was greatly involved in the life of Ramsgate making generous donations to the community as well as the gold mayoral chain, made up of his own Hebrew initials ‘mem’.

Locally his name can still be found in many places, including Montefiore Avenue, Montefiore Arms, Montefiore Medical Centre, Montefiore Bowls and Games Centre. Not to forget the electoral Montefiore Ward.