Thanet community news: Wellesley Haddon Dene, Scouts, Thanet Lifeguards, Dementia Alliance, Birchington Heritage Trust and Margate Rotary

Wellesley Haddon Dene School pupils have been litter picking

Wellesley Haddon Dene School

Wellesley Haddon Dene School has beaten its target of collecting 40 bags of litter during the past month. The school signed up to the Great British Spring Clean challenge as part of their commitment to the environment and local community.

Staff and children have timetabled beach cleans and litter picks during the school day and this has continued over the Easter holiday with further bags being collected.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Mrs Parpworth, headmistress at the school, said: “This is a fine example of teamwork and the positive impact we have had on our local community. If everyone got involved, these small acts would add up to a massive difference.

“Climate change is the biggest challenge we will face and it is up to us to encourage our youngsters to do everything they can to preserve nature and the world as we know it. I want to thank all our staff, children and parents for getting involved.”

Thanet District Scouts

Photo Carl Hudson

Every year on the Sunday closest to 23 April, Scouts across the UK hold some form of celebration in honour of St George, the Patron Saint of Scouts and reflect on all the amazing achievements, adventures and friendships the year has brought.

This year on Sunday 23rd April, Thanet District Scouts brought their celebration to Dreamland, parading through the park before lighting-up the Scenic Stage with song and dance.  Every member from 4 to 88 also renewed their promise.

Royal Lifesaving Society/Thanet Lifeguards

Photo Louis McLaren

The RLSS UK has teamed up with Surf Life Saving Association Wales (SLSAW) to offer the NVBLQ which is a national standard for beach lifeguarding. On completion of this course, candidates will have the skills and knowledge to protect the public at the beach. NVBLQ is also endorsed by the National Water Safety Forum and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Members of the RNLI in conjunction with members of Thanet Lifeguard Club, hosted their annual beach lifeguard course, training students in skills and knowledge in effective beach lifeguarding covering:

  • Beach Environment. Hazards & Supervision
  • Rescue Techniques
  • CPR, AED & Life Support

The course covers all aspect of coastal beach lifeguarding and over a period of three weekends in April, fifteen students were put through their paces battlering the true meaning of cold-water immersion, in biting North Eastly winds & rough sea conditionsin the first weekend. All adapted very quickly and demonstrated continual confidence and development as the course progressed. The course provides students with understanding and skillsets to help someone in trouble in the sea and promote water safety awareness. The final day of the course is where the students are externally assessed, to show understanding and underpin their learnings. The assessment process comprises:

  • Theory of beach lifeguarding:

The beach environment

Beach patrolling and working practices


CPR, AED and life support

  • Life-support, completing practical scenarios:

Primary survey

Secondary survey

Action for vomit

Recovery position

CPR & AED usage

First-aid scenarios

  • Pool, to demonstrate skills and stamina:

Swim 400 metres swim in eight minutes or less

Demonstrate defence and release actions

Find and retrieve a casualty who is underwater

Contact tows

  • Ocean test, competences in open water:

Hand, flag and whistle signals

Run (200m), swim (200m), run (200M)rescue of responsive casualty

  • Rescue, assess and retrieve, unresponsive casualty and responsive casualty

A special mention goes to the team that Orchestrated and delivered the course. RNLI lifeguards and volunteers Stuart Cattell (RLSS NTA). Neil Morgan (RLSS TA) Dan Seagrove Castle (RLSS TA) and Adam Cooper (RLSS LG). Extrenal Assessors Chris Espejo (RLSS TA) and Tom Hawkins (RLSS TA). A big thank you to, RNLI Thanet & Swale Lifeguard Service, RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat Station, RNLI Margate Lifeboat Station and Thanet Lifeguard Club for facilities and equipment support which forms our relationship within Community Lifesaving.

If your interested in how to become a lifeguard please contact [email protected]

Thanet Dementia Alliance

A Dementia awareness day will be held at Holy Trinity Church, St Mary’s Avenue, Margate, on May 20th from9am-6pm.

Day includes virtual dementia tour, training, specialist on site,

Register interest in tour by emailing [email protected]

Birchington Heritage Trust

The Trust’s programme of events continues and we look forward to the next one on 27 April when Jeff Wagner will be giving a talk about “Chateau of the Loire Valley”.

On 25 May, our local resident and historian Pat Orpwood will be giving a talk on the subject of “The Amazing Hall Caine – not just a friend of Rossetti”.

All events are held at The Centre, Alpha Road, Birchington. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30 pm. Free to members; guests are invited to make a donation. All proceeds support the museum which is manned by volunteers on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 0930 and 1230 hours.

On 29 June, the Trust will hold its Annual General Meeting. This provides an opportunity for members to vote for people to serve as Trustees and to discuss future plans for the museum.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be changing our current display and replacing it with a selection of memorabilia from the Coronation of the Late Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

Finally, we’re asking for images and stories from the Coronation of King Charles III so that these can form part of our archive to be referred to and enjoyed by future generations.

More information about our Trust, our collection and publications is on the website: and on Facebook: @birchingtonheritage

Margate Rotary

Join us for Margate Rotary Boot Fair- Sunday 21 May 2023

Time to sort out your unwanted goods and join us for the first Boot Fair of the Year.

Palm Bay Recreation Ground CT9 3PP.

Gate opens at 7am


Cars £8

Vans £12

Vans with trailers £12

Just turn up at 7am to secure a pitch. We look forward to seeing you there.