Since the last edition of Ramsgate Matters your executive committee have had a very busy time: 

We are working closely with Thanet District Council and The Friends of Ellington Park in the preparation of a third bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of this much loved park.

The difference this time round is that we are getting much better support from TDC who are now fully engaged in the process having previously been lukewarm to say the least.

The intention at the moment is to submit a revised bid at the end of February 2016 for a decision in June 2016. I will keep members posted from time to time as matters progress.

The Society is in preliminary discussion with The Steam Museum Trust regarding the possibility of taking an assignment of the lease on The Clock House Museum in the Royal Harbour.

This would make an ideal base for the Society from which to extend our activities over the next few years. Part of the plan would be to carry out some essential repairs to the building. This would be a major project for the Society and would be dependent on HLF grant funding, but the Clock House is a Grade 2* Listed Building and probably the most prominent heritage asset in the harbour.

Its restoration would be a key element in the regeneration of the harbour area and the executive committee are looking into this project very seriously. TDC are being very supportive and if things go well we may be able to report on the matter again in the Spring edition of Ramsgate Matters.

The litter clean up on Sunday 11th October was a great success thanks to the organising committee Nigel Phethean, Gerry O’Donnell and Meher Basit who did a great job bringing it all together. We would have liked to have seen more society members taking part but this was more than offset by a large turnout of the Ramsgate 17th Sea Scouts and the Ramsgate 6th Scouts Group who did a superb job and really enjoyed the event.

Our thanks also go to Cardy Construction who provided high viz jackets for the participants and to TDC who cleared away all the litter we collected. The plan is to repeat the event on Civic Day in June 2016.

Gabriel Holland who came onto the committee in May has been proactive in taking forward the promotion of Heritage Open Days in September 2016. She has now registered the Society with Heritage England as the official promoters of Heritage Open Days in Thanet and I am pleased to say that Thanet District Council are once again being very supportive. More on this in the Spring and Summer editions of Ramsgate Matters.

It seems a little early as I write this but I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year 2016.

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