Community news: Young Cooks, Town Shed, 6th Ramsgate Sea Scouts, U12 Lionesses, Neurodivergent Friends, Civic Society, EK Hospitals, Foodbank Fundraiser and Bowls Bash

Young Chef Yuri Bottone of Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School

Young Cooks Showcase Lunch /Social Enterprise Kent

The Young Cooks Showcase Lunch took place at The Dog at Wingham on 26th June 2024! It was the next part of our (SEK) Young Cooks programme, whereby the overall winner of our Young Cooks Live Final in March (at Broadstairs College) Yuri Bottone of Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School took part in a day’s work experience alongside the chefs at The Dog at Wingham cooking for specially invited guests.

Guest included Mrs Kate Fenwick, Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, Cllr. Mrs. Keji Moses, Sheriff of Canterbury, Mrs Carol Reed her Escort and representatives of EKC Group: Broadstairs College, The Dog at Wingham, Kent Frozen Foods, Brakes Foodservice, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Macknade, and University of Greenwich, together with our Primary and Secondary category winners Solomon Taylor of Stocks Green Primary School and Sydnie Mason of The Canterbury Academy.

Whilst Yuri worked in the kitchens, the other young guests including Maisie Bradley of Invicta Grammar School and the VIPS were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Dog at Wingham led by Marc Bridgen.

The special menu for the celebratory lunch was based on Yuri’s winning dishes and consisted of:

Starter -Pan seared scallops, dressed quinoa, carrot puree & olive oil

Main course – Bavette steak, king trumpet mushroom, sauteed carrots & parsnip puree

Dessert – White chocolate & cherry tart

Yuri was exceptional in the kitchens and the meal was magnificent.  He has a great talent and a promising career ahead of him.

The Young Cooks competition not only celebrates the culinary talent of young cooks but also inspires others to pursue their passion for cooking. It’s an excellent opportunity for these individuals to gain experience, refine their skills, and potentially kick-start their careers in the culinary industry.

Sponsors: EKC Group: Broadstairs College, The Dog at Wingham, Kent Frozen Foods, Brakes Foodservice, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Macknade, University of Greenwich

Broadstairs Town Shed

Broadstairs Town Shed

On Sunday, 14th July a ‘celebrate community’ day is being hosted by Broadstairs Town Shed in association with Gadds’ Brewery. There will be a host of local community groups during the day with activities and information available celebrating all that your community has to offer.

Come along and have some fun getting involved in a range of workshops and demonstrations for all the family.  There’ll be live music from Gaddzukes and refreshments available.

A range of activities and exhibitors will be on hand to share their knowledge, skills and advice with everyone. Activities confirmed include woodworking, art activities, gardening tips and tricks, ceramics, and textile sessions.

There will also be professionals, volunteers and social enterprise specialists on hand to share advice and their learnings too, from Accounting, governance, funding tips with anyone running a community group or social enterprise, managing volunteers etc.,

Helen Robertson, Co-ordinator at The Town Shed, said: “The Shed is so fortunate and has benefitted greatly from such great support from individuals, businesses and funders over the last 10 years. We are always looking to share that knowledge and our experiences with other local groups who support other aspects and members of our community, to help them grow and sustain their projects and initiatives in turn. Paying it forward is a key part of what we try to do daily.”

Karen Cleverdon, Trustee of Broadstairs Town Team, added : “It’s been a bumpy but unbelievably rewarding and successful journey we’ve been on as a community group since 2012 as Town Team, since 2014 with The Shed and becoming a charity in 2015. We have learnt a lot over the years and want to share some of the possible pitfalls and useful advice we have gleaned with other groups.  We hope it will help them with their development and growth too.

“We’re very grateful to Social Enterprise Kent for helping to fund this day of fun, sharing, learning and meeting other local groups so we can all grow’ together.”

The event will run from midday to 4pm at The Ramsgate Brewery & Taproom Unit 4, Pysons Road Ind Estate, Hornet Cl, Broadstairs.

6th Ramsgate Sea Scouts

6th Ramsgate Sea Scouts are proud to be supporting a group of students at the TU Delft (Netheralnds) hydro motion team attempting to have the first boat crossing the North Sea purely powered by hydrogen!

This July the Team will be travelling from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom with the final destination of Ramsgate Harbour. Their mission is to propel the maritime and energy industries towards a sustainable future.

6th Ramsgate will be supporting them with accommodation on their arrival to the United Kingdom. The Team will be making the crossing in the first two weeks of July, the date is yet to be confirmed weather depending!

We are so excited to be able to support Tim and his team in this massive effort made by the team of students.

U12 Lionesses East Kent FC

We’re looking to raise £700 for a new football kit for the U12 Lionesses at East Kent FC.

The girls are going to be cycling to Reculver ruins from Minnis Bay and back to raise money to pay for a new football kit.
We’ve tried getting a sponsor to invest to no avail.

The girls would love to have a brand new kit for the new season, so please if you can help them they’d all be chuffed to bits.

The girls old kit will be given to a younger team in the club, so your support will help two East Kent teams.
The cycle will be on Sunday 14th July leaving Minnis Bay @10am, come along if you’d like to cheer them when they leave.

Find the fundraising page here

Neurodivergent Friends in Thanet

Neurodivergent Friends in Thanet is a community group helping local Neurodivergent adults meet their peers in safe spaces.

Our mission is to bridge the gap in local resources for Neurodivergent adults, working for positive change in mental health, well-being, community, belonging, self-acceptance, and self-advocacy.

Our first birthday fundraiser is going to be a great family afternoon to celebrate an amazing first year and build on that success for the next year to come.

It will be held on Sunday 7 July 1pm – 4pm at Windmill Community Gardens, Dane Valley Rd, Dane Valley, Margate.

Check out our new website

Margate Civic Society

Lecture Programme 2024

Please note that all meetings are held at Holy Trinity Margate Hall, Margate CT9 3TN.

Refreshments, merchandise, and raffle tickets will be on sale every evening. Talks commence at 1930 hrs and attendees are requested to be seated by 1920 hrs.

4 July Please note that this meeting has now been cancelled due to the General Election. TOWN PRIDE AWARDS has been deferred to the second part of the September meeting.

August No meeting (summer recess)

5 September Guests: £4.50 nominal fee Topic: We Will Burn Yours Barns – Rural Unrest in East Kent in the 1830s

Speaker: Robin Colyer (Vice President, Margate Civic Society and Local Historian)

This will be a bumper meeting of two halves; the first focusing on Robin’s fascinating talk, with an opportunity for any questions and the second will be a diluted version of Town Pride, with presentations made to those we consider have enhanced our community.

Following the awards, a complimentary glass of wine, juice, cup of tea or coffee will then be served, enabling an opportunity for Members and invited guests to mingle.

3 October (Renewal of Subs Due) Guests: £3.50 nominal fee

Another evening of two halves; commencing with the official business, followed by an upbeat, entertaining presentation.

Annual General Meeting, followed by a talk entitled: “My Life in the Theatre and the World of Entertainment”

Speaker: Gordon Clarkson (Margate born, Thanet based, Theatrical Producer, Entertainer, Writer, and Public Speaker)

This will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask any questions, Members’ Notices, culminating as always, with the Raffle Draw.

November No meeting

December No meeting

East Kent Hospitals Charity

Golfers raised thousands of pounds at a tee-riffic tournament in aid of East Kent Hospitals Charity.

The pro-am tournament at Canterbury Golf Club was organised by WW Martin, who have chosen the charity to support this year.

Teams included industry colleagues and staff members, and a raffle and auction raised further funds. The money will be used to support the special care baby unit (SCBU) at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (QEQM) Hospital in Margate.

The firm chose to support East Kent Hospitals Charity this year after working closely with the Trust, including on the refurbishment of the emergency department at QEQM.

WW Martin director Mike Darling said: “We have seen first-hand the amazing work that is being undertaken by the Trust and we see this as a fitting way to continue our work together.

“We were delighted to welcome Tracey Twyman, neonatal matron, to the event to speak to us about the incredible work the SCBU does. It was heart-warming to find out a little more about how the money we collectively raised will help support parents, babies and staff within the department.

“Thank you to everyone who helped make the golf day such a success.”

The winning team was DDS Group, with Clean Slate Demolition in second and Fairhurst in third. Top-placed pro was Harry Bigham from Sunningdale Golf Club, second place Aaron Galbraith from Canterbury Golf Club and equal third place James Ablett from Lee-on-the-Solent Golf Club and Ryan Moody from Waterlooville Golf Club.

The firm also held a go-karting race night at Buckmore Park Karting, which added another £4,000 to their total.

Dee Neligan, head of charity at East Kent Hospitals Charity, said: “We are so grateful to WW Martin and everyone who attended or sponsored the golf day and their other events for their incredible support.

“The money raised will help us work to improve the experience of patients, families and staff in our hospitals.”

Foodbank Fundraiser

“We Shall Overcome” is bringing Indie Rockers David Devant and his Spirit Wife to The Ramsgate Music Hall on 26th July to play a benefit gig in support of Margate Independent Foodbank CIC and MiCommunity Shops across Thanet.

Event organisers say: “As the cost of living crisis continues, people are turning in increasing numbers to food banks simply to feed their families. Many of these people are working multiple jobs but are just unable to make ends meet.

“Child poverty, food banks, benefit sanctions, cuts to disabled support, carers in crisis, soup kitchens, rough sleeping, homelessness, mental health crisis, pawn shops, payday lenders and the gig economy. Why do these things exist in one of the richest economies on the planet?

“We Shall Overcome is a movement of musicians, artists, promotors, activists and community organisers who are angry about the human costs of austerity policies but who want to do something practical to help those affected.

“As the economic climate grows ever colder, many people feel abandoned by the government. The result is communities need to look after each other. Because if we don’t do it, no other bugger else will.”

Tickets are £17.50 at with doors opening at 7:30pm.

David Devant and his Spirit Wife

Though known widely for their 90s call to arms Ginger, there is so much more to be drawn from the otherworldly experience that is a David Devant and his Spirit Wife performance.

Not just glorious glam infused classic pop anthems, Ginger, Radar or the masterpiece debut album Work, Love life, Miscellaneous. A whole treasure trove of musical and visual treats awaits. The recent Cut Out and Keep Me album being up there with the best work of their career. The Ramsgate Music Hall is the perfect setting for this Victoriana influenced brilliance. And it’s all done by kindness.

MiFoodbank and MiCommunity

A spokesperson said: “We are seeing a big increase in the number of people needing support from all over Thanet. But we are not getting any support from Central Government or Local Government so any help with raising funds is very welcome.”

Details here

Westbrook Bowls Club

Bowls England, our statutory body are running a new promotional event called “Bowls Bash” which is a new casual version of lawn bowls and we and several other bowls clubs have signed up to these events.

Therefore Westbrook Bowls Club would like to invite people from Thanet and surrounding areas to come along and try out this fun new version of Lawn Bowls which Bowls England are calling “Bowls Bash”. The club is going to have various dates during July where non-bowls club members can come along and give this fun new casual version of lawn bowls a try. You will be able to book this up using the following website link

The club will provide you with all the equipment you need, all you need to do is book up and come along. The club will provide club members to assist you and show you what to do.

Should you require further assistance and help you can find contact details at

Bowls England Bowls Bash:


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