Community news: Mummy to Mummy fair, Oasis fundraiser, Battle of Britain Day, Birchington Heritage Trust, Probus, AiR, Martha Trust and RLSS

Mummy to Mummy Fair at Under 1 Roof

Mummy to Mummy Fair

Organised by Thanet Virtual High Street and Under 1 Roof

The Mummy to Mummy Baby Fair is tailor-made for pre-parents and parents of 0-5 year olds and takes place on 24th September from 4.30pm-7pm at Under 1 Roof, Pyson’s Road.

Admission: £1 per adult. children’s play for £1.

On offer will be pre-loved baby and children’s clothing in excellent condition, toys, gear, and equipment to keep little ones entertained and connect with fellow parents for tips, and advice.

Snacks and refreshments will be available to buy.

Oasis Domestic Abuse Service

The Oasis Golf Day at North Foreland Golf Club in Broadstairs raised £6,400 for the award-winning domestic abuse charity.

The event, held on Friday 8th September, a gloriously sunny day, saw 17 teams of 4 taking to the fairways for a 1pm shotgun start. Teams were made up of North Foreland Golf Club (NFGC) members and Kent-wide businesses, many returning to show their ongoing support for the important work of Oasis and with the event now being a staple in the local golfing calendar.

The day began with coffee and bacon rolls in the Lighthouse Brasserie, sponsored by Wahl (UK) Limited, followed by 18 holes on North Foreland’s beautiful main course with views out to sea. In the evening, guests were treated to a two-course meal followed by a high-spirited charity auction artfully run by former Club Chairmans Keith Rumblo and Mike Bastow.

Taking first place in the charity tournament was NFGC Vice Captain Paul Jefcoate’s team with newcomers Broadstairs Business Club coming very close behind in 2 nd . Steve Fuller hit

Nearest the Pin on the 7th hole and Mark Brooks won Nearest the Line on the 17th. All winners received golfing prizes sponsored by Lanes Printers of Broadstairs and handed out by Club Captain Tommy Dolan.

The charity was well supported by 18 local businesses who sponsored tees on the course.

Oasis’s Head of Income, Loukia Michael said: “Once again, local businesses and golfers have lent their support to an incredible event and we are so grateful for their generosity. Special thanks to North Foreland Golf Club for their hospitality.

“The funds raised by our annual golf day allow us to reach more people in our community affected by domestic abuse to help them to recover from the trauma they have experienced.”

Battle of Britain Day

Battle of Britain Day was remembered on Friday at the Spitfire & Hurricane Museums Allied Memorial Gardens at Manston.

Attended by Margate and Ramsgate mayors, Rob Yates and Pat Moore, who laid wreaths to mark the 15 September 1940 as officially named Battle of Britain Day as it was the day when RAF Fighter Command claimed what proved to be a decisive victory over the German Luftwaffe.

Spitfire and Hurricane pilots scrambled to their aircraft when Britain came under attack, would go up time and time again, bravely, blindly in defence of their country. Ground crews below slept under the wings of the aircraft they serviced, all ready to respond at the ring of a bell.

But we must always remember this victory came at a cost. And that is why we must always remember The Few and the ultimate sacrifices they made and their families made for our freedom. Their history would be nothing without the future it gave us.

The event was arranged and presented by Brian Coles of the Ramsgate Branch of RAFA

Birchington Heritage Trust

More than 130 visitors explored Birchington’s past through “Maps and Mapping” at our hugely successful event on 10 September, which was held as part of Heritage Open Days.

We now look forward to the next of our regular talks which will be on Thursday 28 September when we will welcome Brian Faulkner and Tamara Rattigan from the Dreamland Heritage Trust. They will be telling the fascinating story of John Henry Iles and his role in creating “Dreamland” in Margate.

The event is 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.

Two days later, the Trust will be at the Powell-Cotton Museum to take part in their Heritage Fair on 30 September. We hope to see many of our members there and to welcome everyone with an interest in Birchington’s history.

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

Broadstairs Probus Club

Broadstairs Probus Club provides a friendly group for retired and semi-retired men over 55 who have been involved in a Professional or Business working life and who currently live in the Broadstairs area.

There are similar Probus Clubs in many countries throughout the world and several in the County of Kent.

Unfortunately, the recent pandemic has caused some clubs to close and there are now only 4 clubs left in the East Kent area, Birchington, Broadstairs, Herne Bay and Ramsgate.

However, these Clubs are all keen to promote Probus and in September, the Broadstairs Club hosted the other 3 clubs for a combined lunch at The North Foreland Golf Club Restaurant, overlooking the sea on one of the hottest days of the year.

The Broadstairs President, Michael Bon, gave a welcoming speech to everyone and gave permission to remove jackets because of the hot weather. After a delicious lunch, the four Presidents spoke about the challenges, activities and future plans of their respective clubs. And the lunch finished with a talk from local entertainer, Gordon Clarkson who regaled everyone with his humorous stories and anecdotes about his life in show business.

On behalf of everyone, the Broadstairs Club`s Immediate Past President, Dr. Ian Brooman, gave the vote of thanks to Gordon.

Overall, the atmosphere was very friendly and convivial and it was decided that the clubs would take it in turns, once again, to hold this annual event. Birchington offered to hold the event next year and Ramsgate in 2025 when it will be their 50th anniversary.

The photos show the members enjoying the relaxed lunch meeting and the 4 Presidents ( l-r ) George Johnson ( Herne Bay ), Richard Steele ( Birchington ), Michael Bon (Broadstairs ) and Rod Thomas MBE ( Ramsgate ) with Gordon Clarkson in the middle.

The Broadstairs Probus Club meets for a Coffee Morning on the second Tuesday of every month and for a formal Lunch Meeting on the fourth Tuesday of every month at The Yarrow Hotel.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Club, or perhaps trying out a free Coffee Morning, please contact Rogan Montgomery-Smith on 01843 603939 or email him on [email protected] for further details.

Arts in Ramsgate

Ramsgate’s leading art and community hub, Arts in Ramsgate (AiR) has recently received a £300 donation from local housebuilder Barratt Homes. The housebuilder, which is behind the new Spitfire Green development on New Haine Road, has contributed to a fundraising campaign to save the centre from officially closing.

Established in 2016, Arts in Ramsgate is an inclusive not-for-profit community centre and gallery in the heart of Ramsgate. A welcoming hub, AiR welcomes people from all kinds of backgrounds, particularly supporting those with complex lives, whether they suffer from poor mental health or chronic illnesses, as well as those with disabilities or isolated.

In recent times, AiR has experienced an increase of people coming through their doors, with the community being hit the hardest by the cost of living, health and social care and housing crises. As a result, Barratt Kent has committed to ensuring the arts are not forgotten in its local community, with a £300 donation to boost the centre in its fight for survival.

Natalie Perry, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt Kent, said: “The arts are important for human culture and are a lifeline for people living in the communities where we build. With costs rising in every part of life, not-for-profit organisations are amongst those hit the hardest, and it is our duty to be able to support them in any way we can. We are proud to aid a club who has worked tirelessly in Ramsgate, and we cannot afford to lose such an important community pillar.”

Jemma Cullen, from AiR, added: “Given how difficult the economic climate is as well as the crisis within NHS mental health provision, ensuring the community is able to come together and express themselves creatively is crucial at this time. Everyone is welcome at Arts in Ramsgate, we offer free arts, wellbeing and social activities as we understand that individual mental health and community health are intertwined.

“We are ourselves going through difficult times at present though, and fear losing the organisation due to illness and needing to rely on funding. We are so grateful to Barratt Kent for its generous donation, and we encourage any donation, no matter how big or small. We are also available as a gallery and creative workshop space for hire, please be in contact if you are interested in supporting us by hiring our space.”

For more information on Arts in Ramsgate and to donate to their Go Fund Me page, please visit:

Music4Martha Sandwich

Music4Martha Sandwich took place on The Guildhall Square as part of the Sandwich Festival.

The crowds were treated to music and dance from DAPA Offcial, Endless Knot, The Altones, PennySpent and Electric Landlady.

Despite rain on and off throughout the day-the sun still came out and the event raised over £2800 for the residents at Martha Trust who all have profound physical and mental learning disabilities.

It was sponsored by 2023 Events Sponsor Superior Healthcare Group plus Sandwich Community Events and Mark One Sound & Light.

Fundraising & Events Officer Kerry Banks BEM said: “A huge thank you to the Sandwich Festival team for inviting us along for the 4th year -you all do an amazing job with special thanks to Dean Marie and Jack for their on the day support!”

Charity Partner stalls Anna  Face Candy, Bj’s Pizza and Time & Tide Brewery donated 20% of their sales on the day to Martha.

“A massive thank you to our amazing volunteers for working so hard throughout the day and to all our auction and raffle donators including KW Security, Boonies, Property by Polygon- Canterbury and much more!

“We are truly grateful to have such a wonderful band of volunteers and supporters!”

The next event for Martha Trust is their charity Golf Day on Tuesday 17th October at the prestigious Princes Golf Club.

If you would like to come onboard as a sponsor for this event, please get in touch by calling Kerry on 01304 610448 or emailing [email protected] for more details .

Sponsorship packages start from just £100.

Martha Trust has two homes in Hacklinge and provide a home for life as well as respite and much needed support for families and carers. They only receive very basic core care funding and so rely on the generosity of organisations and people to support their fundraising and activities to enable them to provide a safe and loving environment with proper holistic services along with education, specialised equipment, day trips out and sensory technologies.

If you would like to fundraise for Martha , please contact the team on 01304 610448 or email [email protected].

The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK)  Water Safety Education.

Water Smart Schools is a new accreditation initiative by RLSS UK. It has been designed especially for schools to help their students develop water safety skills for life in the classroom environment, in recognition of the fact that not all schools can access poolside safety education.

A cross-section of schools have recently piloted this new initiative and three have now successfully achieved the Gold level of accreditation (the highest available) due to their exceptional level of commitment.

Drowning is currently one of the leading causes of child trauma-related deaths in the UK and is largely avoidable through education and positive experiences around water.

Sadly, access to swimming tuition and water safety education differs across the UK and there is often disparity for those from low-income and ethnically diverse family groups.

The most recent data shared through the 2022 Active Lives Survey shows that only 34.7% of children from low-affluence families are able swim 25 metres unaided, compared with 76.4% children from high-income families.

RLSS UK’s Water Smart Schools accreditation aims to improve this by providing schools with a framework and all necessary resources to facilitate this vital learning.

Andy Lane, Education Manager at RLSS UK said, “With flexibility at the heart of the initiative; we are proud that the Water Smart Schools programme can be applied to any learning environment including further education and SEND settings. It is fantastic to see schools’ enthusiasm and ensuring children who attend the school have the vital water safety knowledge needed to stay safe in and around water.”

RLSS UK are pleased to launch the Water Smart Schools programme in line with the start of Autumn term and all educational settings are being encouraged to sign up and take part during the 2023-24 school year. Water Smart Schools is a free programme for schools.

If you are interested in taking part to become a Water Smart School, please email [email protected].