Unusually it rained but the festival enjoyed another success this year. The support and enthusiasm of a team from the Maritime Volunteer Service, Thanet Unit, who are not intimidated by water, helped turn a very wet occasion and potentially loss into a satisfactory profit.

They sold more raffle tickets in shorter time and pouring rain, than has ever been achieved before even on long sunny days! The MVS Thanet Unit, some of whom are disabled, is a 40-strong team and one of the largest in the country. They act as stewards, marshalls and helpers for charitable festivals, fairs and fun events in Thanet and are highly effective.

If you would like to join to learn about navigation or boat craft on the Stour Estuary, or if you have an event that could benefit from friendly and reliable volunteer assistance you can e-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

by Irene Seijo

On the 17th October Civic Voice ran a workshop at Lenham Community Hall to encourage volunteers to take part in a project to record the condition of all the war memorials in their local area. This is part of a partnership with the War
Memorials Trust, Historic England and the Imperial War Museum. The aim of the day was to teach participants to fill in an online condition survey on War Memorials Online - who are seeking to create the UK’s most comprehensive understanding of the condition of all the war memorials. War Memorials Online is run by War Memorials Trust with the support of Historic England. The aim is to identify those war memorials that need assistance with repair and conservation. The War Memorials Trust is receiving up to £3 million to support grants and conservation advice from the Department of Culture, Media & Sport. 

Ramsgate has nearly 100 war memorials – possibly more, and most of these have not been yet been surveyed in terms of their current condition. We need volunteers to help with this task to ensure at risk memorials can be found before it is too late.
If you would like to help with this project please contact Irene Seijo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Training on how to complete the condition survey and record it on line will be arranged.

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Gerald Tripp and Benedict Kelly, regular contributors to the Society Magazine have produced a new booklet on Ramsgate Past: The Royal Ramsgate 1665-2015. It was personally sponsored by the Mayor of Ramsgate, Trevor Shonk. He contributed unpublished material from his own historical archives, and believes that, like their recent 1736 Map, such publications go a long way towards promoting the town. Were our Mayor’s example to be followed by other civic dignitaries, print and publishing sectors with numerous artists and authors of England and very probably the whole economy might all enjoy a boom.

After decades of discreetly desperate enquiries, the Ramsgate Branch of Waitrose is about to acquire its first customer conveniences. The Store was built before such facilities were common or expected. An outdoor and indoor coffee shop are to be provided along with self-service tills. The Store is one place where you can speak to someone you might otherwise never meet, in an increasingly amenable, safe environment.

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