Thanet community news: Line Rangers, QEQM Friends, Dementia Action, Roma Day, Civic Society, Pilgrims, Bemix and Martha Trust

An anniversary for Line Rangers

Line Rangers Line Dancing

Theo Loyla celebrated 25 years of teaching line dancing on Saturday 1st April.   The Line Rangers held a sold out silver social dance at Birchington Village Centre.

In the process the charity raffle raised £250 for Pilgrims Hospice in memory of recently deceased line dancer Catherine Jenner who passed away in their care.   A good time was had by all.

Line Rangers Line Dancing

Mondays – Birchington

Tuesdays – Westgate

Wednesdays -Monkton

Members of Country & Western Dance Council UK

QEQM Hospital League of Friends

Kingsgate (Maternity) Ward are delighted with 4 Croyde height adjustable cots, one of which is shown, we funded at a cost of £3,740. Matron Peyma and Ward Manager Leisa said: “We love the cots and are so very grateful for the League of Friends  ongoing support that enabled us to acquire them.”

The cots are designed to improve neonatal patient safety. The glide under the bed putting the baby directly in front of the mother, reducing the risk of infant falls, providing closer contact between mother & baby and improving caregiver ergonomics.

If you’d like to help us fund similar items in the future please visit our page on Facebook or our webpage

Thanet Dementia Action Alliance and Chartwell House

We are thrilled to announce that Chartwell House, Broadstairs first luxury care home, will be hosting the Thanet Dementia Action Alliance’s next meeting on Tuesday 25th April from 11am to 1pm.

This sensory themed event is designed to engage, relax, and entertain attendees living with dementia, and we can’t wait to share the experience with everyone.

The Thanet Dementia Action Alliance is a group of local businesses, organisations, and individuals committed to improving the lives of people living with dementia in the Thanet area. They aim to raise awareness, provide education and training, and support those living with dementia and their carers to ensure they feel included, valued, and supported in their community.

The event at Chartwell House will showcase a variety of sensory activities, designed to provide stimulation and relaxation for attendees. The Thai Chi session will provide gentle exercise, promoting physical and mental wellbeing, while the sensory dogs will offer therapeutic interaction and companionship. The College beautician students will be on hand for hand and nail care/massage, and the sensory activity table will provide tactile stimulation and creative opportunities.

In addition to these activities, attendees will be able to enjoy visual mood scenes on screen, accompanied by gentle background guitar music from a local guitarist. And, of course, there will be a sensory taster table for food and drink refreshments, providing a range of flavours and textures to excite the senses.

Diane Collins, Home Manager at Chartwell House  said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting the Thanet Dementia Action Alliance’s sensory event at Chartwell House. As a care home that specialises in dementia care, we understand how important sensory experiences are for our residents. We’re excited to be able to support the Thanet DAA in hosting this event, share our expertise and offer this event to the wider community.”

For more information call 01843 264 865.

International Roma Day at Cliftonville Cultural Space

Spring is finally with us –and what better way to re-open our building than with an afternoon of music, food and dance to celebrate International Roma Day on Saturday April 8th.

We are presenting this event in partnership with Nelson College, which will soon be opening in Broadstairs, and are really excited to announce the headline band –  Gejza.

This is an event for all the family. It starts at 2pm and finishes at 6pm. Do come along. Everyone is welcome and entry is free!

If you would like to get involved in developing Cliftonville Cultural Space or would like any more information about these projects, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. [email protected]

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, 6 April at 1930 hrs (attendees to be seated by 1920 hrs please)

Speaker:  Felicity Stafford  (MCS Vice-President and Margate Museum Trustee)

Topic:  “Riding The Wall of Death” – which was a major fairground attraction of the 1930’s. What was it and where did it come from? How did a Margate lad get to travel in Europe? Explore a little-known facet of life! This will be 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: Non-Members: £3.50 nominal fee.

As always during the evening, refreshments and merchandise will be on sale, together with raffle tickets (priced £1 per strip or 6 for £5) 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.

Pilgrims Hospices

This year, eight solicitor firms across east Kent are generously giving their time and expertise to write or update Wills, in exchange for donations to Pilgrims Hospices.

This April, solicitors across east Kent are waiving their fees to write or update Wills, with all proceeds going directly towards providing local hospice care. Since its inception in 2013, the scheme has raised over £185,000 for Pilgrims Hospices, and has helped over 1,000 local people make or update their Wills.

Each year the participating firms are invited in to one of the hospices to discuss the upcoming scheme. This year they were joined by Sophie Van Walwyk, Head of Psychosocial & Wellbeing Services, who gave the solicitors an insight into the vital work the hospice does with their patients in the Therapy Centres.

“Part of the vital work we do at the Hospice is supporting our patients and their families plan for their death. If you need to make or update your will, there really is no better way to do it, knowing that you’ll also be making a huge difference to the lives of so many people who benefit from our care in the most difficult of times,” Sophie said.

There are eight solicitor firms taking part in Make a Will Month 2023:

Whitehead Monckton

Stilwell & Singleton

Robinson Allfree

Prospero Solicitors

Mowll & Mowll


Gardner Croft

Boys and Maughan.

In the UK, nearly 60% of adults do not have a Will. Make your appointment this April, and ensure your wishes will be fulfilled when you’re gone.

Visit for further information on suggested donation amounts, and to see a full list of participating solicitor branches.

Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to thousands of people in east Kent who are coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured. The charity support patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.


Bemix is moving to Thanet in September and will hold a webinar this month which is open to young people with an EHCP, 16-24 and wanting to work.  Parent/Carers and teaching professionals welcome to see what Bemix has to offer the young people of Thanet.

The session is on April 18, 7pm-8pm

Book tickets:

Martha Trust

Charity Martha Trust, which supports young people and adults with profound disabilities, always has a packed calendar of events to raise vital monies for their residents and 2023 is no exception.

The charity is pleased to be able to deliver their annual Walmer & Kingsdown Charity Golf Day at long term supporters: the magnificent “ Club on the Cliffs ”Walmer & Kingsdown on Friday 21st April and the cost is £55 per individual and £220 for a team of four or £35 per individual and £140 for a team of four for members.

To find out more about registering players for this event, please call 01304 610448 or email [email protected] or you can book online at

The day will begin with coffee and a bacon roll ahead of 18 holes of golf, followed by a two course dinner, fundraising games and charity auction.

Main Sponsorship has been provided by Perrys who will be displaying four models from their Ford & Mazda range on the day plus Superior Healthcare who are Martha Trust’s 2023 Events Sponsor.

The charity’s patron is former West Indies International Cricketer John Shepherd who will be present on the day.

Fundraising & Events Officer Kerry Banks BEM said: “We are so thankful for our ongoing partnership with Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club and we would love to hear from you to take part either through playing, offering sponsorship, raffle or auction prizes. We would like to make this golf day the biggest and best yet!

“Thank you so much to Barclays UK, Superior Healthcare, Perrys Whitfield, Castles Removals, RentaBar, Hardmans Solicitors, Bumper2Bumper, Bloody Marys, The Larder, Weekday Warrior, Solleys Ice cream, Hutchings Timber, True Cut Diamond Drilling, J&R Carpets, GM Pro Plumbing, KW Security, The Kings Head, Dunkerleys and the family of Gemma Goulding for all offering sponsorship so far. “

The charity is holding an extra Virtual Golfing Challenge called “Golf Marathon4Martha” throughout June- August . Teams of four can take on a 72 holes in a day “ marathon” or 36 holes in a day “ half marathon. It is free to take part however the charity encourages sponsorship from all participants and there is a golfing prize for the team with the highest sponsorship. To learn more please visit