Margate community heroes recognised with mayor’s awards at Sunken Gardens event

Community awards at the Sunken Gardens Photo Carl Hudson

Photos by Carl Hudson

A whopping 48 individuals and organisations received awards during an event at the Sunken Gardens in Westbrook on Sunday (August 20).

The Mayor’s Community Awards were hosted by Margate mayor Rob Yates and director of Resort Studios Ayaan Bulale.

Attendees enjoyed a community picnic in the sunshine as the awards were given out to  grassroots community groups and individuals.

The event featured performances from the Social Singing Choir and a raffle with prizes from local artists, authors, and restaurants.

Photo Carl Hudson

Artist Tracey Emin and Margate councillors Jack Packman, Heather Keen, John Edwards, Leo Britcher and Elysa d’Abbro, county councillor Barry Lewis, Margate mayoress Iris Johnston and Ramsgate mayor Pat Moore were among the guests.

Cllr Yates said: “The Margate community is the backbone of our town and this is driven not by profit, but by kindness. The event was our way of saying thank you and giving some of these organisations a voice, so we can hear from them, look to solve their problems and make our town even stronger.

“Speakers from the organisations continually highlighted the kindness and talent within our community and the hard work of all the volunteers keeping these organisations going.

Photo Carl Hudson

“I’d like to say a massive thanks to the Sunken Gardens Society for hosting, Clayspace for making the awards, all those businesses, artists and authors donating raffle prizes, the Sea Cadets for helping with raffle tickets, McDonalds for their donation of fruit and refreshments, Gina’s bakery for the pretzels, the Social Singing Choir for providing some beautiful singing and Carl Hudson for photographing the event.

“If you’re considering volunteering in Margate please get in contact with one of these great organisations.”

Photo Carl Hudson

Ayaan added: “We worked really hard to make sure to identify groups that were grassroots, community minded and who would not instantly spring to mind when thinking of charitable work. The groups that were awarded are all at the frontline of dealing with issues such as dismantling systemic racism, ensuring that parents can feed their babies, that those facing the end of life leave with dignity, that marginalised groups feel safe and supported.

“Every hour these groups give to our community has a positive and long lasting impact.”

Following the event Tracey Emin said: “The mayor’s community awards was such a lovely event (with) people really appreciating each other and the community we live in.”

Award winners

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Feeding MargateThanet Foodlink
Feeding Margate101 Social
Feeding MargateMi Community Foodbank
Young PeopleArts Education Exchange
Young PeopleOSE
Young PeopleMama to Mama
Young PeopleQuarterdeck
Young PeopleYo Street Zone (training held at St Anthony’s School)
Green SpaceGarlinge Phoenix Project
Green SpaceWindmill Community Gardens
Green SpaceWilderness to Wonderland
Green SpaceSunken Garden Society
Green SpaceGarden Gate
Green SpaceThanet Coastal Project Officer
Green SpaceDV Woods
Green SpaceRise Up Clean Up
SeniorsSEK – Ageless Thanet
SeniorsPilgrims Hospice (volunteer scheme to support dying adults)
Health and WellbeingSpeak Up CIC
Health and WellbeingMargate Park Run
Health and WellbeingEast Kent Mencap
Health and WellbeingMargate Task Force
Health and WellbeingPorchlight Open Door
Health and WellbeingSocial Singing Choir
Health and WellbeingMargate RNLI
Margate LegendsEli Thompson (Soul Festival)
Margate LegendsRoxy (old Town Market)
Margate LegendsSharon Goodyer (Summer Kitchen and Our Kitchen)
Safe SpaceUnited Mothers / Beyond the Page
Safe SpacePeople Dem Collective
Safe SpaceOASIS
Safe SpaceThanet Iceberg Project
Safe SpaceCompas Charity
Safe SpaceMargate Salvation Army
Community SpaceCliftonville Cultural Space
Community SpaceSt Paul’s church + Cliftonville Community Centre
Community SpaceAl-Birr Community Centre and Mosque
Community SpaceHoly Trinity Church
Community SpaceElsewhere
Community SpaceCrab Museum
Community SpaceTom Thumb
Community SpaceGRASS
Community SpaceMargate School
LGBTQIAMargate Black Pride
LGBTQIAMargate Pride



  1. Why on earth is there even such thing as a “Margate Black Pride” when there is also a “Margate Pride”?

    • How to divide people with identity politics. Add another stripe to the virtue flag. 🌈 Light a candle and post some random comment supporting your cause on your social media account.

    • Ms.Pink, can you imagine the outcry, if there was a Margate White Pride.
      We talk about cohesion, I see this as being divisive.

    • Because no one wants to be the a marginalised group within a marginalised group every minute of every day. The black and brown LGBTQAI+ experience has similarities and commonalities with the non-black/brown LGBTQAI+ community’s experiences but they are by no stretch identical hence there is Margate Black Pride chapter that is part of the Pride Movement. Margate Black Pride and Margate Pride work in solidarity and in partnership.

  2. With the exception of a few really worthy causes,
    like the Salvation Army, I am sorry I am at a loss.

    I have never heard of most of them, have no idea what they have done for the community, that I am aware of.

    Please can somebody
    explain what mama to mama is all about? I am truly
    at a loss.

  3. Mama to mama is a charity that donates essential goods to new borns and their parents. They have premises at Westwood cross. Fantastic project

    • Cllr. Lewis, you say this group Mama to Mama is a charity that donates essential goods to new borns and their parents and yes that is good. However, elsewhere it says it is a charity for vulnerable pregnant people.
      Which is it?

  4. As the saying goes – can’t feed don’t breed- not all obviously but I bet the majority of these mamas should have known better.

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