Ramsgate Brochure

WHAT WE DO

The Society was formed in 1964 to save valued historic buildings from demolition and has continued to campaign for the town’s architectural heritage. Today the Society works with schools, community groups and charities on activities that include tree planting, litter picking, landscaping, town planning and design, signage, transport, parking, wildlife, nature, sport and leisure, coastal issues and public talks. The Society is a partner in the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone created by Historic England in 2017using the town’s heritage assets to support Ramsgate’s economic and cultural regeneration.

THE SOCIETY AIMS TO BENEFIT THE CURRENT AND FUTURE CITIZENS OF RAMSGATE BY:

* Protecting and improving their quality of life, including their economic and social well-being;

* Encouraging high standards of architecture and planning in Ramsgate

* Protecting and enhancing the quality of the built and natural environment, and the public realm

* Promoting the history and heritage of the town

* Encouraging civic pride and active citizenship

* To pursue these objectives by means of campaigns, meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, other forms of instruction and publicity and the promotion of projects of a charitable nature.

THE SOCIETY STIMULATES PUBLIC INTEREST IN, AND CARE FOR THE BEAUTY, HISTORY AND CHARACTER OF THE TOWN AND ITS SURROUNDINGS.

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Romans, Saxons, Jutes and St Augustine all landed in Pegwell Bay, close to a cleft in the chalk cliffs that later became Ramsgate. First a fishing harbour, then a port of refuge protecting the main maritime route to London and later a garrison town in the Napoleonic wars, Ramsgate was awarded “Royal Harbour” status by George IV in 1821.It remains the only Royal Harbour in England to this day. The Royal Harbour (Grade 2 Listed) with its pioneering self-draining system is largely two centuries old and contains within its arms, mooring platforms for fishing fleets, a marina for leisure craft, a lighthouse showing water depth, a classical Clock House sitting next to the Smeaton Dry Dock, an obelisk recording royal patronage, a powder store and a sailors’ church and refuge for orphans who worked at sea. Its vessels have serviced channel traffic for centuries and now service huge offshore 21st Century wind farms. Georgian terraces now occupy cliffs where Roman villas once stood. The West Cliff has Augustus Pugin’s Shrine to St Augustine. The East Cliff boasts Edward Pugin’s Granville hotel. Overlooking the harbour is Albion House where Victoria stayed as Princess. Later as The Queen she purchased Frith’s painting ‘Ramsgate Sands’ that promoted the English affection for the seaside and made Ramsgate a hugely popular destination for the aristocracy and high society. The Ramsgate Society believes that such a heritage must be protected for future generations and works to preserve the best of our past while seeking to ensure high standards for the present and future.

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The Society was formed in 1964 to save valued historic buildings from demolition and has continued to campaign for the town’s architectural heritage. Today the Society works with schools, community groups and charities on activities that include tree planting, litter picking, landscaping, town planning and design, signage, transport, parking, wildlife, nature, sport and leisure, coastal issues and public talks. The Society is a partner in the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone created by Historic England in 2017 using the town’s heritage assets to support Ramsgate’s economic and cultural regeneration.

THE SOCIETY AIMS TO BENEFIT THE CURRENT AND FUTURE CITIZENS OF RAMSGATE BY:

1) Protecting and improving their quality of life, including their economic and social well-being;

2) Encouraging high standards of architecture and planning in Ramsgate

3) Protecting and enhancing the quality of the built and natural environment, and the public realm;

  • 4) Promoting the history and heritage of the town; 3 Encouraging civic pride and active citizenship;

  • And to pursue these objectives by means of campaigns, meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, other forms of instruction and publicity and the promotion of projects of a charitable nature.


THE SOCIETY STIMULATES PUBLIC INTEREST IN, AND CARE FOR THE BEAUTY, HISTORY AND
CHARACTER OF THE TOWN AND ITS SURROUNDINGS.

The Society’s Governance Practice and Policies

In recognition of the importance of good governance the Executive Committee has approved a set of practices and policies to guide its work in overseeing and directing the work of The Society.

The Ramsgate Society Constitution

1. Name

The name of The Society shall be The Ramsgate Society.

Registered Charity No. 1138809

2. Objects

The purpose of the Society shall be to promote and encourage the following objects by charitable means but not otherwise:

2.1  To benefit the current and future citizens of Ramsgate by

* Protecting and improving their quality of life, including their economic and social well-being;

* Encouraging high standards of architecture and planning in Ramsgate;

* Protecting and enhancing the quality of the built and natural environment, and the public realm;

* Promoting the history and heritage of the town;

* Encouraging civic pride and active citizenship.

To pursue these objectives by means of campaigns, meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, other forms of instruction and publicity and the promotion of projects of a charitable nature.

2.2 The Society shall seek to maximise the benefit of its activities to citizens and organisations of the town by working in partnership with relevant statutory and voluntary organisations and groups.

2.3 The Society is committed to acting, and being seen to act, as an independent organisation. The Society is a Registered Charity and it shall undertake its activities exclusively by charitable means: it works on a not-for-profit basis, and any surplus income is ploughed back into the Society. Whilst the Society will necessarily engage in activities which have a “political” character and which may be the subject of local party political debate, it is committed to acting, and being seen to act, as an independent organisation, working in a strictly non-party political manner, as required by its charitable status. This may include, for example, acting as an “honest broker” by organising and chairing political “hustings” during local election campaigns.

2.4 The Society shall be open to all citizens with an interest in Ramsgate, whether or not they currently live in the town, and shall be democratically accountable to the membership, with annual elections and subject to the detailed regulations set out below in the Constitution.

2.5 The Officers and Executive Committee of the Society, and the volunteers who come into contact with the public, are all expected to have the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and personal behaviour. The Society is committed to:

* Open, transparent, accountable and democratic governance;

* Equality of treatment, and preventing any form of discrimination, in respect of race and gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or belief;

* Treating other people with respect and having a zero-tolerance policy towards abusive and bullying behaviour;

* Having a Safeguarding Policy for working with children and vulnerable adults.

3. Membership

Membership shall be open to all who are interested in the aims of the Society. Membership shall lapse if the subscription shall remain unpaid six months after it is due.

4. Subscriptions

Annual Renewals - The annual subscription amount shall be determined annually by the Executive Committee. Any proposed changes are to be approved by the membership (to whom due prior notice of the change has been given) in a General Meeting. Renewal subscriptions become due from 1 April.

* New Members - The subscriptions of new members joining in January shall be deemed to start from 1st April following;

* Joint Membership - An amount equivalent to approximately one and a half times the annual subscription rate shall apply;

* Junior Members (normally up to the age of 18) pay a reduced annual subscription. Only Junior Members above the age of 15 years shall have the right to vote;

* Corporate bodies, including partnerships, societies, companies, education and other similar institutions and organisations may become members; each such body may appoint three nominees each of whom shall have full membership rights.

5. Meetings

The financial year of the Society shall end on 31 December and an Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held in any month following the end of the financial year but before 31 May. Twenty eight days’ notice shall be given in writing to members of the date of an AGM. An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) may be called at any point provided twenty eight days’ notice is given in writing to member of the date of an EGM and its purpose.

6. Honorary Officers

The Honorary Officers of the Executive Committee shall consist of:

CHAIRMAN

VICE-CHAIRMAN

HONORARY SECRETARY

HONORARY TREASURER

Additional honorary appointments may be made by the Committee according to need.

7. Executive Committee

The Executive Committee members are trustees and shall be responsible for administering the affairs of The Society and make any decisions on its behalf. A quorum for meetings of the Executive Committee shall consist of half its members. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers and not more than eight elected members, all of whom shall relinquish office annually and shall be eligible for re-election at the Annual General Meeting.

The Executive Committee shall have the power to co-opt members, including holders of additional honorary appointments, who shall be full members of the Executive Committee. Other co-opted members may attend in an advisory and non-voting capacity.

The Executive Committee shall have the power to appoint sub-committees as shall be deemed necessary. All sub-committees and holders of additional honorary appointments shall be responsible to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee, or any sub-committee which may be appointed, shall have the power to invite persons who may have specialised knowledge to attend any meeting of the Executive Committee of sub-committee in an advisory capacity.

The Executive Committee shall have the power to remove a member of the Committee or sub Committee in the event of misconduct, non-attendance, or poor performance in carrying out their duties, provided that due regard is paid to the Society’s policy on Equality and Safeguarding Policy.

8. Elections

All elections shall normally be by ballot. Members unable to attend the Annual General Meeting may make arrangements to vote by post on a form provided by the Honorary Secretary. A President or Vice-President may also be elected at a General Meeting of the Society for periods to be decided at such a meeting.

9. Nominations

Nominations shall be sent to the Honorary Secretary twenty-eight days before the Annual General Meeting on a form signed by the proposer and seconder, and signifying that the consent of the nominee has been obtained. Each member shall be entitled to send in nominations for the Honorary Officers and for the Executive Committee up to the number of places to be filled.

10. Register

An attendance register shall be kept at all Executive Committee meetings.

11. Appeals

The Executive Committee shall have the power to make appeals, solicit donations and canvass for monies for carrying out the objects of the Society.

12. Expenses of Administration

The Executive Committee shall, out of monies received by the Society, pay all proper expenses of administration and management of the Society and shall use the residue of such monies as it thinks fit for, or towards, the objects of the Society.

13. Investment

All monies at any time belonging to the Society and not required for immediate application for its objects shall be invested by the Executive Committee upon such investments, securities or property as it may think fit, but so that monies subject or representing property subject to the jurisdiction of the Charity Commissioners or of the Secretary of State for Education shall be invested in such securities as may for the time being be prescribed in law.

14. Borrowing

The Executive Committee may borrow for the objects of the Society such monies at such a rate of interest and in such a manner as it may think fit.

15. Declaration of Interest

It shall be the duty of every member who is in any way directly or indirectly interested financially or professionally in any item discussed at any meeting or the Society (including any meeting of any committee or sub-committee) at which he or she may be present to declare such interest and he or she shall not discuss any item (except by invitation of the Chairman) or vote thereon.

16. Amendments

The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of members present at an Annual or Special General Meeting, provided that ten days’ notice of the proposed amendment has been sent to all members, and providing that nothing contained therein shall authorise any amendment permitting the expenditure of the funds of the Society on any object which is not of a charitable nature.

17. Winding Up

In the event of the winding up of the Society the available funds of the Society shall be transferred to such one or more charitable bodies having objects similar to those herein declared as may be chosen by the Executive Committee and approved by the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales.

October 2020

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The Executive Committee Of The Ramsgate Society

 

Patron Sir Terry Farrell
President Clive Aslet
Vice-Presidents Davena Green
George Arnheim
Chairman John Walker
Vice Chairman Richard Oades
Secretary Graham Woolnough
Treasurer Beverley Perkins
Communications Terry Prue
Committee Members
Mike Ashley
Meher Basit
Irene Seijo
Sue Gyde

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