Thanet community news: Walk for Ukraine, Chartwell House, Your Move Margate, Civic Society, McDonald’s book swap, BETA and crocus walk

Walk for Ukraine

Solidarity & Support Walk For Ukraine

A well-attended Solidarity & Support walk took place on Friday morning (February 24) in Ramsgate town centre to mark a year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Members of the Ramsgate Refugee Support Group, established last year by local Councillors Becky Wing and Tricia Austin with Ramsgate Mayor Raushan Ara, gathered with Ukrainian and English friends, hosts from the local community and Carl Whitewood and colleagues from Ramsgate Salvation Army to mark the occasion with music, testimonies and prayers.

There was a display of photographs and personal stories of life in Ukraine before the war and now. Community leader Nadia Grigorieva spoke movingly of ‘the day our world changed forever’. She said the group wished to thank the people of Britain and of Thanet for opening their hearts and homes to Ukrainian guests.

After observing the national minute’s silence, group members walked to the Destiny war memorial in Albion Gardens where flowers were laid and the Ukrainian and British National Anthems sung.

Chartwell House

Boutique Care Homes’ new luxury care home, Chartwell House at Westwood, is hosting a community open day on Saturday March 4th.

With stunning interiors and passionate team, Chartwell House is inviting those considering care for their loved one to take a tour of the home, meet the team and experience life at the Broadstairs’  luxury care home.

The Open House will take place from 10am-4pm and alongside tours of the home, will feature performances throughout the day by pianist Harry Lang and a presentation from New Life Wills at 3pm on the subject of ‘Making Wills’.

In addition, local community radio, 107.8 Academy FM, will be at the home from 11am to 1pm with interviews and live links to the station. Be sure to put in your requests and you could feature on Thanet’s award-winning radio station.

Tours of the home will be conducted by our friendly and knowledge able Admissions Manager, Jude Coveney, who is excited to welcoming visitors to the home:

“Attending this Open House is a great opportunity to experience the delights that Chartwell House has to offer. Whether you are at the start of your care journey or in need of more urgent support, the team and I will be available to answer your questions and discuss how we might be able to support you now or in the future.”

If you would like to arrange a visit to this event or learn more about Chartwell House, please contact our Admissions Manager, Jude Coveney on 01843 264 844.

Your Move Margate

The Your Move Margate team are going to jump out of an aeroplane at 15000 feet! to help raise funds towards a training a guide dog, to assist someone with sight loss have the best life possible. Juliette and Patrick will be jumping out on Friday April 14th. We are asking for sponsorship to help this great cause described below.

Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss that has a significant impact on their daily lives. Of those, around 180,000 rarely leave their homes alone and lead lonely, isolated lives. Guide Dogs works for a world where people with sight loss are never left out of life, for a world where being blind or partially sighted is not what defines you. A world with enough support to make the challenges of sight loss no barrier to fulfilling hopes and dreams.

Find the fundraiser here

Margate Civic Society

After our winter recess: we look forward to welcoming Members to the first meeting of this year’s Lecture Programme, details as below:-

Date: Thursday, 2 March at 1930 hrs (attendees to be seated by 1920 hrs please)

Speaker: Kathy Bailes (The Isle of Thanet News)  Kent Press and Broadcast Awards – Kent Commitment to the community 2020, Kent news website of the year 2018 and Kent Digital Journalist of the year 2017.

Topic: “Local News Media Today and the Growth of Independent Publishers” – followed by an opportunity for any questions

Venue: Holy Trinity Margate Hall, St Mary’s Ave, Margate    CT9 3TN – ample parking available outside the church.

Entrance Fee: Non-Members/Lapsed Members : £3.50 nominal fee.

As always during the evening, refreshments and merchandise will be on sale, together with raffle tickets (priced £1.00 per strip or 6 for £5.00) with the draw taking place at the end of the evening.

If you are interested in joining Margate Civic Society, or wish to find out more, please see our website for further details.

McDonald’s Broadstairs

Next week on World Book Day, (March 2) we will be opening our children’s book swap in our restaurant. To open the launch of our book swap we have invited some children from St George’s school who will be spending some time with us, swapping their books and taking part in some World Book Day’s activities.


Members of ‘BETA’, the Broadstairs Ex-Round Tablers’ Association (41 Club), treated their partners to a special Valentine’s Dinner this month. Away from their regular meeting place at North Foreland Golf Club, thirty of them dined at The Peninsula Restaurant in St Peters.

Club Treasurer Philip Powell said “Our former Tablers are all men, but we have at least five meetings a year with our partners. In the three summer months we have outdoor events which could be bat and trap, mini-golf, croquet or other sociable games, followed by a buffet or pub-meal. At Christmas we have a grand celebration and for our February meeting a special evening with our Valentines.”

“This year, the event was ably organised by Terry Painter and Malcolm Rowlett, whose ‘little touches’ made all the difference. A red rose for all the ladies set the tone, followed by drinks in the bar. Moving into the dining room was a visual treat, with heart-shaped balloons on the table which was strewn with red rose petals, topped-off with packets of love-hearts. The Chinese feast was amazing and enjoyed by all.”

Club President, David Stringer, said “Round Table was started in 1927 by Louis Marchesi, uncle of the family who ran the Royal Albion Hotel and Marchesi’s Restaurant in Broadstairs. He established the rule that members had to retire at 40 (since slightly raised) but the joys of sharing happy memories of fun times while fund-raising and serving the community live on. 41 Club is built on the ethos of continued friendship, with the motto ‘May the hinges of friendship never rust’.”

If you are a former Round Tabler and would enjoy a monthly meeting, making new friends in a convivial atmosphere, you will find a warm greeting at BETA. We know that a number of former Tablers have moved to Thanet and there will be a real welcome for DFA’s (“Down From Anywhere”).

Interested? Email David Stringer – [email protected] – for more details.

18th Crocus Walk for Breast Cancer Now

Claire Blazsinski and Kerry Banks

Deal’s 18th annual Crocus Walk for Breast Cancer Now, organised by fundraiser & ambassador for the charity Kerry Banks BEM takes place on Saturday 15th April with check in from 10am in the large gravel car park on the Kingsdown Road in Walmer Kent.

Entry is £10 which includes complimentary nibbles at the halfway point, supplied by Sponsors First Light Bistro in St Margaret’s.

There will be also be a prize for the highest sponsorship raised, kindly sponsored by long term supporters The White House, Kent in Victoria Road in Deal.

The walk is open to all, aimed at all ages and abilities and is not a race. Dogs are welcome to join the walk too however must be kept on a lead.

After check in from 10am, there is a walk warm up in the car park, undertaken by Pilates instructor Paula Murphy, then the start  is at “Julie’s Bench” at 10.30am which is above the large gravel car park.

Kerry said: “This was the first ever fundraiser I undertook for the charity back in 2006, when our friend Julie Mortimer was going through secondary breast cancer again. Julie sadly passed in 2010 and the bench is part of her legacy.”

The route goes through Kingsdown, up onto and along the iconic and picturesque White Cliffs to the Dover Patrol memorial, into St Margaret’s to the First Light Bistro where there will also be a raffle too and back to the Julie’s Bench to finish.

.To sign up to register and take part in this year’s  walk, please go to  or call/text  07708913976 for more details.


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