Heritage Open Days - England’s largest festival of history and culture! Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

This years local events are again being coordinated by the Ramsgate Society and run from 13-22 September. The 28 participating venues across Thanet are open free of charge and offer a unique glimpse into the past of our local area. The brochure outlining the individual participants with dates and timings will be available at a variety of locations across Thanet from mid August. If your business would like to supply the brochures please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/ 

The Ramsgate Society announces the Civic Champion recipients list for those who will receive awards at a ceremony on the 22nd June 2019 at the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate. This coincides with National Civic Day.

The recipients are:
  • Becky Wing
  • Maxine Morgan
  • Beverley Perkins
  • Suzy Humphries
  • Rebekah Smith
  • Margarita Moscoso
Chairman John Walker said: "There are a great many people in Ramsgate who donate their time, effort and enthusiasm as volunteers to make Ramsgate a better place to live and work. Whether it’s by picking up litter, caring for our parks, gardens and open spaces, organizing community events, organizing Heritage Open Days, the Ramsgate Arts Festival or The Ramsgate Film Festival these people contribute enormously to our quality of life in the town. They often do this without any sort of praise or recognition for what they do and most of them wouldn't want it any other way. They do their work because they want to give something back to the community in which they live.

"Every alternate year The Ramsgate Society try to show their appreciation for what these very special people do by awarding a number of Civic Champion Awards in recognition of their dedication. This year the committee chose six people the Ramsgate Society would like to honour and these awards will presented by the Mayor of Ramsgate, Raushan Ara."

On 18th April The Society held a Hustings at RTYC in connection with the upcoming local elections due to take on 2nd May.

The event was well attended with over 60 local residents and 8 prospective candidates including Labour, Conservative, UKIP, The Green Party, and Thanet Independents in addition to 3 Independent candidates. Each candidate was allowed 3 minutes to set out the main points in their manifesto and this was followed by an informative and sometimes lively debate about what local residents felt should be done to make Ramsgate a better place to live, work and visit.

The question and answer session ran well over time indicating the many concerns residents have about what needs to be done. Over a dozen issues were raised from the floor but if I had to summarise the discussion I would say that there were 2 big issues. The first is that the cutbacks in central government grant to local authorities, which have been going on since 2010, have cut to the bone and are now threatening the viability of basic local authority services. The overall view was that these should be halted as soon as possible and adequate funding be made available for local authorities to provide the necessary services that local residents have a right to expect.

On Sunday 14th April the Ramsgate Society organised what is likely to be the largest litter pick of the year. Around 80  people assembled outside The Clock House in Ramsgate Royal Harbour and spread out from the Eastcliff Chine to the Westcliff Chine  covering the whole of the sea front. A chine is a deep narrow ravine and Ramsgate has two chines one at the eastern end and another at the western end of the sea front.
RS Litter Pick 14th April 2019
 Litter is a perennial problem in Ramsgate with its many visitors and thousands of tourists each year. The Ramsgate Society undertake a major clean up in the Spring and Autumn and this event was part of the Keep Britain Tidy Big Spring Clean. Over the last month a number of community groups have been clearing litter in different parts of the town culminating in a big push on 14th April with the Ramsgate Society Chine to Chine Spring Clean. These litter picks are great family events with young and not so young taking part and help to bring together people who really care about the place they live. Many thanks to everyone who took part.
 
John

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