Community news: Rotary anniversary, Broadstairs kiosk, town forum, Westgate exhibition, Oasis, Martha Trust, new music book, Boys & Maughan

Rotary Club of Thanet

Rotary Club of Thanet

The Rotary Club of Thanet held their 40th anniversary on the 7th August 2023 at the North Foreland Golf Club. Founder members in the photograph include David Hounsome, Melvyn Robinson, Alan Sales, and Michael Shipley , as well as remaining active founder members Dr David Diggins, John Hammill and Peter Saunders. There was a special welcome for Judith Bennett the widow of our founder Nicholas Bennett.

Broadstairs Visitor Information

We have quickly settled into our brand-new Information kiosk and have enjoyed welcoming visitors to our new location above the Chandos shelter.

We would like to thank the following for their financial support Grieves & Wife Roofing Rosalind Binks of KCC Broadstairs Town Council Broadstairs Society Visit Thanet All individuals who donated online or at the kiosk

The photos include David, Ralph and Sancha of Grieves & Wife Roofing; Roslind Binks of KCC; Malcolm Cox, Chair of the  Kiosk

Management Committee; Janet Thomas and Ruth Bailey who are board members and volunteers and Gina Harrison, manager of the  kiosk

Broadstairs Town Forum

More than fifty local people attended a recent Town Forum event at Pierremont Hall in order to meet the new Councillors and discuss plans for the next four years.

Town Mayor, Cllr Kristian Bright gave a short presentation on the goals and aspirations of the Council centred around the Cleaner, Safer, Kinder vision the  Council is developing.

Representatives from more than thirty local groups ranging from the Town Team and Access Thanet to The Gap Project and The Pavilion Youth and Community Cafe came together to discuss issues which were important to them and to discuss ways of working together to achieve common goals.

Cllr Bright explained: “We were delighted to welcome so many interested local people to Pierremont Hall and to join them in lively discussion on matters which concern us all. All the comments have been collated and officers are now working on a draft plan for implementation. The Action Plan will be discussed and approved by Council and will form the backbone of everything we do over the next four years.”

The next Town Forum will take place on Monday 16 October and representatives form any local group or organisation are invited. In the meantime residents are reminded that all of the Council’s meetings are open to the public. Details can be found on the Town Council’s website:

Westgate Art and Craft Group Summer Exhibition

August 21-29, St Saviour’s Church, West Bay Avenue, Westgate

Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm, Fri 1pm-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1pm-4pm, BH Mon and Tues 10am-4pm.

There will be paintings, cards, embroidery, knitted items, jewellery, crafted Christmas decorations, etc. Cash payment only. Members of the group will be attending each session, so we will be available to answer questions.

It is a group of amateur local artist and crafters, with mixed abilities and styles who get together every Tuesday afternoon 2pm – 4pm at Westgate Community Centre, Lymington Road. There is no tuition, but occasionally the group invites professionals to give workshops..

Prospective members can come and see what the group does and join in, the first 3 weeks are free of charge. Members pay small weekly fees and an annual subscription.

Cash only sales.

On Saturday 26th August the Church will also have a display of booklets and information about the Westgate Heritage Centre.

Oasis Quiz Night

Back by popular demand – the Oasis Quiz Night at the Grosvenor Casino Thanet returns for another year!

Join us on Wednesday 18th October 2023 at 7pm (ready for a 7.30pm start).

Tickets are £12.50 per person including a buffet. £5 of each ticket sold goes to Oasis.

Teams of 4 will pit their wits against each other at this fun event. So don’t delay – gather your friends and family, and join us for a night of brainteasers as we raise vital funds for Oasis.

For more information and to book your place, please e-mail [email protected].

Venue address: Grosvenor Casino, Unit 47 Westwood Cross, Margate Road, Broadstairs CT10 2BF.

Martha Trust

Local Charity Martha Trust , who support young people and adults with profound disabilities, held their 7 th annual Music4Martha event on the Square in Deal, alongside long term Supporters and Sponsors The Kings Head, The Port Arms and Dunkerleys.

The event was free to attend and the crowds were treated to a variety of music from Rebecca Robinson, Tom Dawson, Carl Street, Situationist!, The Martellos and LVIS 2.

The compere for the day was Miss Sarah Banks, the sound was provided by Mark One Sound & Light plus Deal Radio were broadcasting live all day from the event.

There were also dance compilations by students from Dean Academy of Performing Arts School.

The décor was provided by Balloonarama Party and the event was attended by Anna’s Face Candy offering Face paints and Eat & Mess serving delicious cakes.

The event was supported by Canterbury Barclays branch who also gave match funding, which raised over £7000 on the day.

The event was also sponsored by 2023 Events Sponsor Superior Healthcare Group plus local family run business Walmer Installations.

Fundraising & Events Officer Kerry Banks BEM said: “It was incredible on Sunday – on behalf of our residents and staff, thank you so much to everyone that came along to support- the atmosphere was amazing!

“Special thanks to everyone who gave their time for free to help deliver this event.- we couldn’t do it without you- our Volunteers are amazing! Thank You also to all our auction and raffle donators including Shepherd Neame, Cin Cins, LWC, Bluebirds in Dover, Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club, Kent UK, Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, Boonies, Brow & Beauty Studio, Holton VA & Property Services and much more!”

Next year’s date has already been confirmed as Sunday 4th August 2024.

If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor for this event, please get in touch by calling on 01304 610448 or emailing [email protected] for more details

Jerry Lee Lewis: Breathless book

Brchington music author Peter Checksfield add another tome to his library with Jerry Lee Lewis: Breathless.

In the summer of 1952, a 16 year-old Jerry Lee Lewis travelled from Ferriday, Louisiana, to New Orleans, and cut a Demo record. In April 2022, a frail 86 year-old Jerry Lee Lewis, suffering from the debilitating effects of a stroke 3 years earlier, taped a Gospel album with his cousin Jimmy Lee Swaggart in Baton Rouge. It was his final recording.

When he passed away a few months later, almost inevitably, the obituaries focused on his  controversial personal life. Peter Checksfield met Jerry Lee Lewis several times, and befriended family members and musicians associated with him. He draws on these experiences, as well as nearly half a century of collecting and concerts, to create the definitive guide to The Music. Encompassing Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country, Blues, Pop Standards, Gospel and just about everything in between.


Boys & Maughan

Following an internal application process and applications from some outstanding applicants, Boys & Maughan has awarded Kirsty McGhee and Tyler Greenland training contracts starting on 1 September 2023.

Kirsty attained her LLB and Masters of Law at the University of Kent, specialising in medical ethics and law. She will be training for 18 months in our Children Law team, where she is a paralegal. Following this, Kirsty will join the Litigation team for 3-6 months and is due to qualify in September 2025.

Kirsty is following the SQE (Single Qualifying Examination) approach to qualification and will take the SQE1 exam in January 2024 and SQE2 exam in October 2024.

Tyler Greenland, who attained his law degree at Swansea University, is following the traditional approach to qualification because he has already completed his LPC at the University of Law in London. It involves a two-year training contract, and Tyler will be in Boys & Maughan’s Commercial Property for the first six months, followed by periods in our Private Client and Litigation teams. Like Kirsty, Tyler is due to qualify in September 2025.

Andrew Baker, Senior Partner at Boys & Maughan, said, “Many congratulations to Kirsty and Tyler on starting their next steps to qualification as solicitors. Their promotions recognise the specialist expertise they have honed in their respective areas, and their valuable contribution to clients, their teams, and the firm.

“We seek to lead the way in providing high-quality legal services and the calibre of people who work for our firm. Investing in the lawyers of tomorrow and homegrown talent is an essential part of ensuring we have the best skillset across all our legal services.”

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  1. That information kiosk needs to be moved nearer the seafront where people can see it or a big (i)’Information’ flag waving in the wind to make it visible to all.

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