Community news: Stan’s Smilers. Ghostbusters for GOSH, Margate Rotary, Quex, Serenaders, Wilder Wellbeing, LINEV Systems, Copperfield Court, Margate Cup, Town Shed, Aquila, SAMS and Diocese

Stan's Smilers Demelza Open

Stan’s Smilers Demelza Open

An event organised by a Cliftonville grandad-of-three in aid of Demelza children’s hospice charity has raised £1,955.

Stan Knott, 90, organised an annual bowling tournament at Walpole Bay Bowls Club to take place on Sunday 30 June.

Sixteen teams of mixed bowlers battled it out on the green for the fondly known annual “Stan’s Smilers Demelza Open”.

Former off-licence owner Stan has been fundraising for Demelza for around 20 years, resulting in donations totalling some £50,000. Demelza provides care and support to children and young people with serious or life-limiting conditions, and their families, across Kent, South East London and East Sussex, from first diagnosis and for as long as they are needed.

Stan said: “I’m blown away by the amount raised. The day went really well, apart from the bit of rain we had in the second game.

“I am very pleased with the support we received, not just from the bowlers and all at Walpole Bay bowls club, but all the local businesses that helped support with raffle prizes.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great day. I also want to say a special thank you to my son and his fiancée Becci, for helping me to organise the day.”

Ghostbusters fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital

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The Ghostbusters immersive event in Ramsgate in aid of Great Ormond Street was a huge success. Just the cash buckets alone bought in £1750 donations and this has been added to the just giving page, which now stands at £2760 and is still rising all the time!

The justgiving page will be open for a further 2 more weeks, whilst the online merchandise shop is still open, until Saturday July 20th at midnight.

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Unfortunately, the Ectomobile which was due to appear as a prop, broke down on the morning of the event and sadly couldn’t be there, as the nature of the fault posed too much of a health & safety risk. But the Delorean car was there and proved very popular.

The training academy was a big hit too, with children and adults alike. Children from both GOSH and Evalina children’s hospital attended the event and absolutely loved it.

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It helped them and their families to forget all the negativity and upset that comes with suffering from illnesses, some terminal, just for a few hours and not one child left the experience upset; all happy faces.

We had characters as featured in the 1984 film interacting with the public, which gave the whole experience a more theatrical and immersive feel.

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The venue, Radford House, said they think this is the most money raised at a charity event that they’ve held there to date.

Organise Fern Sherratt-Wells added: “It’s been a hard three and a half months for me to organise in the little time I had. But to have a great team and local businesses and authorities supporting me as much as they can, has made a hard job, a bit easier.

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“Dependant on the venue, which is due to be renovated come September, I hope to hold an event like this next year, considering the popularity and success of this one. So watch this space!”

Rotary Club of Margate

Rotary Club of Margate  Boot Fair

Sunday 11 August. Palm Bay Recreation Ground CT9 3PP.

Gate opens at 7am


Cars £9

Vans £12

Vans with trailers £12

Just turn up at 6.45am to secure a pitch. Net proceeds will be donated to charities in our local community.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Margate Rotary and Thanet Schools Young Artist’s Festival


Congratulations to Tara Gill, sponsored by Margate Rotary Club , who came first in the intermediate age group of District 1120 South East in the heats for the RIBI Young Artists Award Competition 2024. .

She also came second place in the National finals.

Out of 18 districts taking part across the country she did very well.

Tara’s explanation of her painting for the theme given ‘rebuilding’ (title Ocean Architects): “In my drawing, buildings reach up like giants, their broken windows telling stories of a forgotten world. But amongst the destruction, sea creatures swim between the buildings, weaving through the cracks and crevices.

“Through their movements, the ocean breathes life into the ruins, rebuilding a beautiful world from what is left behind. It is a reminder that even in devastation, there is the potential for regeneration and beauty.”

Quex open gardens

Quex Gardens are taking part in the upcoming National Garden Scheme on July 14th 11am-4pm. On this day, all admission fees will be donated to the National Garden Scheme, which last year contributed £3,403,960 to their beneficiaries. More information about their beneficiaries can be found here:

The day will include Jambo Africa in the garden creating an African village with drumming workshops, and we will have an open studio by our artist in residence Julia Ellen Lancaster Ceramics, and there will be the opportunity to explore the gardens, and meet our Head Gardener Sue Harris. You can find out more about the event here

Serenaders Ladies Choir

Following our very successful Concert last Christmas, the Serenaders Ladies’ Choir are, practising hard for their Annual Charity Summer Concert, which is to be held at 7.30pm on

Saturday 20th July at St. Philips Church Summerfield Road, Palm Bay.

This year the choir are supporting the National Coastwatch Institution, who are currently operating from Ramsgate and hope to raise the money to open a station in Margate and

Broadstairs. All watchkeepers are volunteers who act as “The eyes along the Coast”.

We will be having a great evening with a wide variety of music including, songs from Abba and the musicals. So for an evening of light music, with tickets only £5 per person, please

contact our Musical Director, Janice Regan on 01843 224027 or our publicity officer, Chris Buffrey on 07711938373 email: [email protected]

We hope to see you on Saturday 20th July at 7.30pm at St.Philips Church in Summerfield Road Palm Bay.

Kent Wildlife Trust

Kent Wildlife Trust is excited to announce its upcoming FREE 6-week wellbeing programmes and wellbeing walks at Pegwell Bay Country Park.

Wilder Wellbeing for parents with children under 18 months

This is a new opportunity to the area specifically designed to support the wellbeing of parents and carers in the Thanet area with children under 18 months. We know that parenting can be challenging and stressful at times impacting on parents mental health. This programme will offer parents a toolbox of relaxation techniques, information on local services and connect them with other local parents to support their wellbeing- all whilst enjoying gentle walks their baby on this beautiful reserve.

Wellbeing Walks – 7th and 14th August 10-12pm.

6 week programme –  starting Wednesday  21st August 10-12pm running every Wednesday for 6 weeks (While we encourage participants to commit to all six sessions, we understand that occasional medical appointments or sickness may result in missed sessions)

Wilder Wellbeing for over 65s

Building on the popularity of the current walks we are delivering at Pegwell Bay, we are offering another 6 week programme for over 65s, to support their wellbeing.

6 week programme – starting Wednesday  7th August 1-3pm running every Wednesday for 6 weeks. (While we encourage participants to commit to all six sessions, we understand that occasional medical appointments or sickness may result in missed sessions)

Both programmes will include gentle walks (along wheel friendly paths) incorporating breathing invitations, sensory engagement techniques, nature-based crafts and opportunities to learn about wildlife. Our goal is to foster connections among participants encouraging ongoing peer support beyond the programme, and to increase a connection to nature to maintain wellbeing.

People can sign up for either programme through our online booking form Wilder Wellbeing ( or can email us at [email protected] and we can complete the form over the phone with them.

LINEV Systems

LINEV Systems, your local security screening technology developer are committed to giving back to the community and are looking at how we might support schools and colleges in the local area.

We know that security can be a concern for schools and impending legislation on counter-terrorism protective security and preparedness (Martyn’s Law) will place another statutory obligation on a sector that is already stretched.

We understand many of the challenges that the education sector faces but we would like for you to join us during our open day so that we can learn more from you.

We are delighted to have Lisa Broad with us, formerly the Head of Counter-Terrorism Protect, Prepare and Security Team at the Department for Education and one of only a handful of people in the UK that specialises in counter-terrorism for the education sector.

Lisa has decades of experience in Counter-Terrorism and Serious Crime in government and now supports the education sector independently on counter-terrorism and emergency response.

Lisa led the development of Martyn’s Law for the education sector and now works to help the sector start preparing for impending legislation.

Lisa is a Vice Chair of a Local Governing Body and understands the many daily pressures on schools and colleges.

Lisa will be with us all day and will happily chat through any questions or concerns on the legislation and wider counter-terrorism protect and prepare for the sector”

For more information, please email [email protected] or call 0333 577 9813

Other panel sessions include venue safety and security delivered by the O2 Arena.

Copperfield Court

Copperfield Court Care Home, part of Oyster Care Homes, recently commemorated its grand opening with a celebratory time capsule burial ceremony.

The time capsule, filled with special items and memories, includes contributions from Copperfield Court residents and team members, the Brownies from St. John’s Church in Margate, and pupils from Charles Dickens School. This diverse collection of artefacts will be a treasure trove for future generations when the capsule is opened in 50 years.

Eve Balcombe, General Manager of Copperfield Court Care Home, shared her excitement:

“The time capsule ceremony was a wonderful way to celebrate the opening of Copperfield Court. The contributions from our residents, team, local Brownies, and pupils from Charles Dickens School are truly heartwarming. It is an honour to create a lasting legacy that will be cherished by future generations. A big thank you to everyone for participating.”

The ceremony featured key community representatives, including Lauren, Assistant Headteacher from Charles Dickens School, and Brownies’ representatives Millie, Leah, and Sophia.

This event not only marked a special occasion for Copperfield Court but also emphasised the importance of community spirit and collective memory. The time capsule serves as a testament to the strong connections within the community and aims to inspire a sense of unity and continuity for years to come.

For more information on Copperfield Court care home, click here:

The Margate Cup

Northdown Road bakery and coffee shop Oast is pioneering a reusable coffee cup scheme that local campaigners are hoping will take hold across Margate, Thanet and further afield.

Plastic Free Thanet, Rise Up Clean Up and Oast launched The Margate Cup on Friday 14 June.

The Margate Cup is exclusively available from Oast, which approached the campaign groups

with the idea and volunteered to be the first Margate outlet to offer it. Discussions with other local businesses through last year’s Plastic Free Thanet business forums suggested there was appetite for this and other coffee shops are coming on board to offer discounts to anyone with a reusable cup.

Lightweight and made of fully recycled and recyclable plastic, The Margate Cup and Plastic Free Thanet’s #ChooseToReuse discount scheme are part of a Thanet-wide campaign to reduce the amount of single-use plastic on our streets and beaches.

In the UK, 2.5 billion single-use coffee cups are thrown away each year and most of them contain plastic. Many of these end up in our gutters, waterways, on our beaches and in the sea.

Participating coffee shops so far include Oast, Curve Coffee, The Grain Grocer, Big Shot, Cliff’s and the Bus Cafe – with more to be announced. Plus, 25p from each sale goes to support the work of Rise Up Clean Up keeping Margate’s beaches clean.

Oast co-owner Will Moss said: “We noticed that post-lockdown the use of reusable cups seemed to have become less of a priority for customers. This seems to be an inevitable consequence of coffee shops discouraging their use during the pandemic. With this in mind, it seemed that the responsibility lay with us cafe owners to make using reusable cups an easy and inviting habit to get back into.

“Living in a seaside town like Margate the amount of waste we see on our beaches, especially in the summer, is truly shocking. If we can be part of a project whose aim is to help people to remember to bring a reusable cup with them, then that is something we definitely want to be a part of. We feel that if we can harness the amazing community of small businesses in Margate then this scheme has a real chance of making difference.”

Plastic Free Thanet founder Jessica Rose said: “Local businesses told us that they wanted practical solutions to single-use plastic and The Margate Cup is exactly that. Affordable and desirable, we’re hoping this pilot with Oast will see many more coffee shops across Thanet coming on board to offer the cups themselves and to offer discounts to anyone with a reusable cup. Along with water fountains and reusable cups for festivals, it’s all about trying to get more of a reuse culture going in our towns to stop plastic finding its way onto our streets and beaches in the first place.”

Rise Up Clean Up founder Amy Cook said: “Since we began in 2020 we have collected more than 1400 bags of rubbish from our beaches. Plastic cups, bottles and coffee cups are some of the worst offenders. It’s fantastic to see local businesses stepping up to reduce waste and great that the sales of these cups can help us to continue our work.”

Find out more about The Margate Cup and sign up to the Plastic Free Thanet newsletter to keep up to date with the campaign and take action.

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.

Aquila Trust

A school trust with more than 4,000 pupils across Kent has celebrated its 10th anniversary with a service at All Saints Church in Maidstone.

Since 2014, Aquila, the Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust, has grown from just one primary school, Archbishop Courtenay Primary, to 16 across the county including St Laurence in Thanet Primary Academy in Ramsgate.

To mark Aquila’s 10th year, each of its 16 schools put forward 10 pupils to sing in a choir of 160 young voices at All Saints Church last week. Aquila’s schools’ music leaders selected the songs. Each school also produced a piece of art for the church’s gallery. The church was filled with invited guests, parents, pupils, ex-pupils and teachers joined in the celebrations, with the pupils leading the majority of the services and giving readings. The Bishop of Dover, Rose Hudson-Wilkin, blessed the congregation and all the schools.

Safety and Management Solutions Ltd (SAMS) Manston

Safety and Management Solutions Ltd (SAMS) launched its ‘An Anniversary Worth Celebrating’ campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Many employees take things like drinking water, toilets, or basic PPE for granted. Yet these and many more provisions only became mandatory across all UK workplaces with the advent of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act, SAMS has launched its campaign with a lighthearted video highlighting the impact of the law on workplace safety.

Shot with local actors and produced here in Kent, the ‘Life of Brian’ parody addresses scepticism around health & safety. Riffing on the ‘What have the Romans ever done for us’ sketch, it poses the question: what has the Health and Safety at Work Act ever done for us?

‘An Anniversary Worth Celebrating’ recognises not just the impact the law had on workplace safety at the time, but also its continuing legacy. The campaign aims to highlight the many ways in which the Health and Safety at Work Act laid the ground for future safety laws, and continues to influence legislation and attitudes today.

‘An Anniversary Worth Celebrating’ is the brainchild of Lee Sadd, former HGV driver and now Managing Director of SAMS; and Operations Director Chris Brenchley. Both have seen the impact of the Health and Safety at Work Act first-hand through their careers in safety training and consultancy.

“We at SAMS felt it was important to acknowledge the Health and Safety at Work Act’s introduction as it completely changed the working world, by placing absolute duties on employers to provide safe workplaces to employees,” said Chris. “The campaign is our effort to shine a light on what was a historic piece of legislation.

“The ‘Life of Brian’ parody is a really good way to show that behind all of the negativity and ‘old wives tales’, there are genuine provisions that are there to keep us all safe and which we all benefit from – it is easy to forget this and take it for granted!”

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 established the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which continues to enforce safety legislation today. It was also the first piece of legislation to apply universal health and safety standards to all industries, not just those that were deemed dangerous.

Safety and Management Solutions Ltd is a health & safety training and consultancy provider in Manston.

To find out more and watch the full video, please visit[email protected].

Diocese of Canterbury

A former wrestler, army officer, youth worker, and teacher were just some of the people ordained for ministry in Canterbury Cathedral last weekend.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and The Rt Revd Rose Hudson Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, ordained 19 new deacons and 6 new priests for ministry in the Church of England on Saturday 29 June during the ordination services held at Canterbury Cathedral.

Ahead of the service, Bishop Rose said: “The journey to this point is different for each person, but what is key to all of those being ordained, is that they have heard and accepted the call to serve in God’s church.”

Former wrestler turned deacon Steven Horne said: “Prior to ordination, my adventures have, among many things, included: serving as a police officer, jumping around a wrestling ring, earing a PhD in Theology, working in strategic management, and writing the first comprehensive ‘Traveller Theology’.”

Age is not a barrier for those exploring ordained ministry, as shown with the new Dover Pathway, a route to ordination for those over 65 years old. It is available for people who lead in the local church and have already undertaken theological study. Clergy ordained through this route will continue to serve in the church where they are currently licensed or locally authorised.

New deacons include Bethany Keenan (Ramsgate, St Luke and Ramsgate, St George) and Jessica Rodewald (Margate, Holy Trinity)

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