Thanet Community News: Thanet Health CIC, Birchington Heritage Trust, carol service, chamber choir, Christmas fairs, Martha Trust and Kent awards

Thanet Health CIC hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thanet Health CIC

Thanet Health CIC hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Thursday 13th October at Kent Innovation Centre in Broadstairs, we were taken back on how successful this event proved to be that altogether we have raised £551.43.

There was amazing cakes and prizes that was donated for the raffle prize, we cannot thank all those involved enough. Michael from Michaels Cakes kindly donated a beautiful cake for this event.

Thank you to the following companies/Individuals for the donations:

Karen (York Street Florists in Ramsgate) (for her fantastic wrapping skills)


Mark (AG Studios in Margate)


Jane (Pilgrims Hospice)Thanet Health CIC & Ged Timson
Carla ( La Magnolia in Ramsgate)Shannon (Your Leisure) (SPA)
Lois (Gadds Brewery in Broadstairs)Janine (Waitrose in Ramsgate)


Ian (Ramsgate Football Club)


Chris/Peter (Margate Football Club)


Abbie/Emily (Your Best Life in Margate Kent)

Joanna (Bookers Broadstairs)


Lorraine (Morrisons Margate)

Sue Dent (Tesco’s WWX Broadstairs)


Helen (St Augustine’s)


Claire (Waterstones Book Shop WWX Broadstairs)


Emma/Lisa (Pamper & Polish Ramsgate)


Norma Dixon


Rita (Thorley Taverns)


April Humphries
Sheena (All sorts of sweats & treats)


Nikki Davies (ACP from C-Art)


Dawn Langdon (Cancer Project Lead Nurse)


Helen Spillett (Shepherds Neame)


Eunice would like to thank all the core Thanet Health Staff that provided help and support running up to the event, especially on the day as well as the on the day donations by all the staff that are based at Kent Innovation.

Once again Thank You to all those Involved who made this event possible.

Joint Rotary and Inner Wheel Carol Service

Traditional Carol Service with readings and choir carols. All welcome! Seasonal refreshments will be served afterwards by Thanet Sunrise Rotary members.

A collection will be taken in aid of local Rotary & Inner Wheel charities. The service is at St Thomas Church, Minnis Bay, on December 16 at 6pm

Birchington Heritage Trust

The Trust was delighted to welcome so many members and non-members to Greg Bessant’s excellent talk last month on the work of Bird Wise East Kent and the internationally significant habitats along our coastline. This was followed by three superb videos on Reculver: The Destruction of St Mary’s Church; Ornithology of the Coastline and The Story of the Dambusters Secret Testing along the coast. Our thanks to everyone who supported the event.

On 24 November, the Trust hosts its’ extremely popular Quiz Night, starting at 7.30 pm at the Village Centre. This is a fund-raising event. Tickets cost £5 per person and are available from the Museum.

Our new 2023 calendars are now on sale at the Museum. All proceeds support the work of the Trust.

The Trust’s Chairman, Programme Secretary and General Secretary are stepping down from their roles. We are incredibly grateful for all their support over the years. We would welcome new Trustees to serve on the committee and volunteers to help at the museum as well as doing research to respond to enquiries.

For further information please visit our website: or on Facebook.

All talks are held at “The Centre,” Alpha Road, Birchington and are open to all (free to members). The bar will be open.

The Museum, managed by volunteers, is situated in the David Burley Gallery at Birchington Library and is open during library opening hours. Volunteers are on hand Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 0930 and 1230. It contains a wealth of archive material and displays as well as publications for sale.

Thanet Chamber Choir

The Thanet Chamber Choir is marking Armistice weekend with a concert entitled “Hear my Prayer – Music for Remembrance”. The programme includes music from British composers spanning the centuries from Henry Purcell in the 16th century (the concert takes its title from his exquisite 8-part anthem “Hear my prayer, O Lord”) , via William Harris (“Faire is the heaven” and “Bring us, O Lord God”), Vaughan Williams (“Valiant for truth” and “Lord thou hast been our refuge”) and others, to the present day.

The concert includes two pieces by local composer Tim Attride: “We shall keep the faith” and “In Flanders Fields”.

The concert is at 3:30pm on Saturday, 12th November at Holy Trinity Church, Bellevue Rd, Ramsgate, CT11 8ET.

Tickets, priced at £10 each (under 18s free) are available from Eventbrite, or Vinyl Head Record Shop, 16 West Cliff Road CT11 9HW. Tickets will also be on the door (subject to availability).

The Friends of St Nicholas at Wade Church

The Friends are holding a Christmas craft and charity fair on Saturday, November 19, 10am-2pm at the church.

Craft, charity and cake stalls will be on offer. Tea and coffee can be purchased and a ploughman’s lunch will be available between noon and 1.30pm. Free entry.

Cliftonville Cultural Space

In celebration of Cliftonville Cultural Space’s second birthday it will host events this winter including an art fair.

The team behind the space took over the former Margate Synagogue in December 2020. The winter art fair will take place on Sunday, November 27 from noon to 5pm.

It will be opportunity for local artists and makers to sell their work and for residents and visitors to enjoy affordable artwork.

The event will be raising funds for Margate Independent Foodbank.

The cultural space is at the former synagogue in Albion Road, Cliftonville.

Martha Trust

Newly formed Midlife Movers Group which was the brainchild of owner Debs Forsyth , will be hosting a Christmas Disco in aid of local charity Martha Trust on Saturday 3rd December with Barclays Bank.

The event is open to everyone over the age of 18 years old and is sponsored by Barclays, Gareth Hopkins Mobile Discos and The Astor Theatre in Deal. There will also be a raffle on the evening too.

Owner Deb said: “ Come and enjoy a good old fashioned disco. Just like we used to on a Saturday night! 70s costume is completely optional! Let us come together and raise some money for the truly wonderful residents at Martha Trust of whom I had the privilege to meet recently. This really is for everyone to let their hair down and party the night away!”

Kerry Banks , Fundraising & Events Officer for Martha Trust said: “ Debs is a pocket rocket of enthusiasm, it has been a real pleasure to support her and we are so grateful for her choosing to raise vital funds for our young people and adults with profound disabilities at Martha Trust – it promises to be a wonderful evening! Thank You also to Barclays, Gareth and The Astor Theatre for coming on-board to support”

To order your tickets, please contact Deb on 07342 982160 or visit Sholden Village Store.

Kent Housing Group Excellence Awards

Thanet council has scooped top place for its Cold Homes team in the Kent Housing Group awards.

Teams and individuals working in the housing sector across the county enjoyed success in the annual Kent Housing Group (KHG) Excellence Awards.

The awards – the Oscars for the regional housing sector – celebrate the very best projects, professionals and partnerships across housing in Kent and Medway.

KHG Chair Sharon Williams said: “I know that for all KHG members, housing delivery – whatever aspect of housing delivery that is – is a passion, not a job.

“These awards are always special. Over the years the judging panel has been touched by the passion and purpose behind the vital contributions colleagues in housing are making in Kent. The ideas, the innovation and the vision that are demonstrated illustrate the caring side of housing and the drive we have to make a difference.

“These are tough times, for our residents, our tenants and for us. We are all trying to do more with less resource, we are all under pressure to deliver. This is a challenging period but seeing so many success stories gives us enthusiasm for the art of the possible and enables us all to go back to the day job fully inspired by what we have seen and heard today.”

The winners were announced at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by Sharon Williams and Rebecca Wilcox, Chair of KHG’s Events Group. KHG is thankful for sponsorship from Kent Housing and Development Group, DHA Planning, Optivo, Paramount Independent Property Services, Golding Homes and the South East Consortium.

The Cold Homes team at TDC won the Excellence in the private sector award.