Thanet community news: Search and Rescue donation, Citizens Advice, Serenaders, Young Artists Festival and Gatwick Foundation Fund

Superintendent Warren Franklin presenting a cheque to two members of Kent Search and Rescue.

Kent Search and Rescue

A charitable organisation dedicated to assisting the emergency services in the search for and rescue of vulnerable missing people has received a donation from Kent Police.

Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR) was presented with a £10,000 cheque from Kent Police on Wednesday 23 November 2022.

The organisation is made up of volunteer members who make themselves available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to help find and rescue people who go missing and there is serious concern for their welfare.

This donation will contribute towards a new sonar Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) for the team. This equipment will significantly improve KSAR’s underwater search capabilities and builds on sonar equipment previously donated by Kent Fire and Rescue.

It will enable KSAR to provide a full emergency response when searching for vulnerable missing people who may have entered Kent’s waterways.

KSAR’s new sonar ROV will also significantly improve safety not only of KSAR’s search and rescue volunteers, but also police, fire and rescue officers, and recovery divers, who will no longer need to spend as much time in or around dangerous waters.

The money was made available by the force’s Property Fund, which distributes money from the sale of unclaimed lost property or items seized during police operations.

Money raised from the fund is given to local groups which provide a service to communities in Kent throughout the year.

KSAR Water and Sonar Lead Chris Beer said: ‘This major investment will make searching rivers and lakes in Kent much quicker and far more efficient.

‘If, tragically, the missing person has drowned, our new ROV will also bring much faster closure to families and friends of loved ones, desperately awaiting news.’

Superintendent Warren Franklin from Kent Police added: ‘KSAR are a valued partner that delivers outstanding work and support for Kent Police, Emergency Service partners and primarily the public.

‘I’m delighted to hand over this cheque on behalf of the Kent Police Property Fund so they can continue their life saving work.’

Citizens Advice Thanet

Annual General Meeting of Citizens Advice Thanet will be held at 12.00pm on Tuesday, 13th December via  video link

And where a Special Resolution to adopt the National Citizens Advice Model Articles of Association 2021 will be considered

If you wish to join the meeting, please email [email protected] for joining instructions

This is an open meeting that the public are welcome to attend.

You have a right to appoint a proxy, if you would like a form, please email as above.

Serenaders Ladies Choir

Following a very successful Summer Concert in July the Serenaders Ladies’ Choir are, practising hard for the Annual Christmas Carol Concert!

Our Charity concert held in July was very well supported and  we are hoping to once again, have a “full house”.

Our annual Christmas Carol Concert is to be held at St Philips Church in Palm Bay on Saturday 17th December at 2.30pm.

Tickets are selling fast and at only £5 a ticket it’s a bargain not to be missed!

We will be having a great afternoon with many much loved carol’s including Joy to the World, O Holy Night and many more. The climax to this great afternoon will be “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

So, if you would like to come along, please contact either our Musical Director Janice Regan on 01843 224027 or our publicity officer Chris Buffrey on 07711938373 email: [email protected]

We hope to see you on Saturday 17th December at 2.30pm at St. Philips Church in Palm Bay.

Margate Rotary’s Thanet Schools Young Artists Festival 2023

The Thanet Schools Young Artists Festival will take place on 28th May-4th June 2023, at The Margate School. Prizegiving ceremony Saturday 3rd June at 12 noon.

Registered to date.

Wellesley Haddon Dene, King Ethelbert, Royal Harbour Academy, Charles Dickens, Chatham and Clarendon, St Mildred’s, Newlands, Monkton, Palm Bay, St Peters, Chartfield, Chilton, Small Haven, St Anthony’s, Callis Grange, Dame Janet, St Georges Junior, Kent Talents Art Studio, Ursuline, Birchington Primary, Minster Primary, Ellington Infants, St Ethelberts, St Nicholas, Foreland Fields, Llewellyn school, Inspiration Creative CIC, Stone Bay, Ripplevale school, St Gregory’s, Lighthouse school, Priory, Great Oaks, St Joseph’s, Upton Junior, Bromstone, Garlinge, Ramsgate Art School, Cliftonville Primary,

Sponsors include Your Move which has made a financial donation and is also going to display works at its Margate office.

Gatwick Foundation Fund

After being suspended during the pandemic, The Gatwick Foundation Fund is relaunching with grants of up to £10,000 for local organisations in Kent, Surrey and Sussex that support young people, improve health and wellbeing, tackle social isolation and disadvantage or raise aspirations.

Originally launched in late 2016, Gatwick’s Foundation Fund has to date distributed £1.2 million in 236 grants, benefiting over 100,000 people across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

Kent Community Foundation will administer the Gatwick Airport Foundation Fund for

community projects in Kent and the funding for Surrey and Sussex organisations will be administered by their respective Community Foundations. The Fund will make £300,000 available each year split evenly between the three counties.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “We are delighted that the Gatwick Airport Foundation Fund is relaunching after a hiatus during the pandemic. The grant criteria purposely aligns with priority areas of need including building better communities by fighting social isolation and tackling disadvantage, enabling social mobility by raising aspirations and improving skills, improving physical and mental health and wellbeing and making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

“Applications for grants of up to £10,000 that meet the funding criteria should be submitted to us before 10 February 2022.”

Melanie Wrightson, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Gatwick Airport said, “We feel tremendously proud to be back in a position where we can offer grants to so many worthwhile community projects across our region.”

”To apply for funding from the Gatwick Foundation Fund please visit