Community news: RNLI fundraising, camera club success and Thanet’s Male Voice Choir

RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat fundraiser

RNLI Fundraising

The RNLI Broadstairs Kiosk volunteers held a Christmas Stall at the Royal Albion Hotel on Saturday (November 9). 

Takings were £75.20.

They wished sincere thanks to the staff at the Royal Albion and their generous customers for the kind support.

The last Christmas Stall will be on Saturday, November 16 at the Pavilion in Broadstairs (10.30am – 12.30pm).

Thanet’s Camera Club

The great start to the season continues, with our annual exhibition held in Ramsgate in October attracting a record number of entries and lots of interest from visitors. 

In 2020 the exhibition will be held for a week in June but still at York Street Gallery in Ramsgate.

The club has welcomed many new members so far and we were delighted that one of them, Eddie Bradley, came top of the Intermediate group in our first quarterly digital image competition with his black and white photo entitled “Gone Surfing”. 

Mike Aubry topped the Advanced group with his image called Airobics.

Janine Ball was our guest speaker at the first meeting in November, on the topic of Composite Tips and Tricks. 

Ms Ball gave a masterclass in how to produce composite images often from the most basic original, using a range of techniques and software to create some dynamic and unusual photos.

An inspirational evening and club members will no doubt be experimenting with entries for forthcoming competitions.

Our next challenge is on the subject of “Song or Film Titles” which will be judged by Di Long and in December we’ll be continuing our skills training with an evening dedicated to Intentional Camera Movement.

New members welcome. We meet Mondays at 7.30pm, Ramsgate Football Club, CT11 0AN. 

Full details about membership and the programme can be found at and on Facebook.

Ramsgate Albion Townswomen’s Guild

The November meeting was chaired by Margaret Price who welcomed all the members.

Minutes from October’s meeting were read and approved. 

There was a book and jigsaw stall, always very popular, in aid of Guild Funds.

The next meeting will be the December Christmas party with entertainment by the committee and a bumper Christmas raffle and gift stall.

The Guilds Christmas lunch will be at the Racing Greyhound in Ramsgate and the Federation Christmas get together will be in Canterbury on December 5.

The flower arrangements for the top table were by Hazel Kelly and Sylvia Gower-Spain. The speaker for the afternoon was by Andrew Ogden from the Monkton Nature Reserve. 

He gave an informative talk with colourful pictures and urged us all to visit the reserve.

We next meet on December 4at the St. Ethelbert’s Church Hall, Hereson Road, Ramsgate at 2.30 pm.  We welcome new members to come and join us.

Thanet Male Voice Choir

The Broadstairs‘ Annual Charity Christmas Concert given by Thanet Male Voice Choir is on

Sunday December 8 at Holy Trinity Church, Broadstairs, beginning at 2:30pm. 

They will once again welcome the children of Upton Junior School Choir, the Proteus Brass ensemble and Father Christmas & Son. 

This year the money raised is being donated to The Cheerful Sparrows organisation, a long-established local volunteer group who do much unsung charitable work in

Thanet from helping families through difficult times to funding equipment in QEQM where there is a ward named in their honour.

Tickets at £10 can be purchased from Terrence Painter Properties in High St, Broadstairs, via a choir member or from Richard Aslet (01843 867570). 

Tickets are for unreserved seats and if you are part of a big group and wish to sit together you are advised to arrive early – doors open at 1:30pm.

Probus Clubs East Kent

The annual meeting of Probus Clubs from within East Kent was held recently, with Whitstable playing host on this occasion.

The President and three or four members from each of seven clubs in our area attended the event at the Marine Hotel.

Following an excellent lunch, the various presidents gave a brief outline of their club’s activities, with Clive Jackson speaking on behalf of Ramsgate.

Birchington was able to boast of a waiting list to join, adding that their MP Sir Roger Gale is among its honorary members.  Our club can look forward to hosting the event next year.

At our November meeting held just prior to Remembrance Sunday, Brian Martin opened proceedings by reciting The Exhortation, followed by John E. Cook’s humble reading of the poem, The Poppy.

Our guest for the day was Aby Evans from Nat West Bank offering very sound advice on how to avoid the many scams being used by fraudsters these days.

With cyber crimes becoming ever more prevalent, Aby is doing similar presentations up to six times a week, advising on how to avoid falling victim to this modern day scourge.

Continuing with his military exploits, Mike Willett offered us Part 3 of his service to Queen and country as a Senior NCO. at our coffee morning.

Having been shipped out to Cyprus, he was soon on security patrol with the military police as a dog handler.

The dog was a Great Dane named Wolf to whom Mike became very attached, though keeping it fed was a problem.

The principal work was fighting EOKA, and seeking out booby traps and other explosives.

Mike told how he lost his close friend George, who was married with a young child, to such a device.

On his return to England, he was due to be demobbed. He was offered promotion if he chose to continue service but declined though he did get to keep his faithful friend Wolf.

For further information about Probus contact our secretary, Brent Rimmington on 01843 589192 or email [email protected]