Written by Jocelyn McCarthy
I am sad to tell you that, as I stepped down as Chairman at the last AGM, after ten years in post, this will be my last Chairman’s Letter. During those ten years I have seen The Society grow in stature and ambition, and increase its membership. Its status and the work it does has been acknowledged by the community, the local Councils and organisations such as Heritage Lottery Fund, Civic Society, Community First, and even the office of the Lord Lieutenant. I hope that The Society will continue its brilliant work, and that its contribution to the community will continue to grow.
Unexpected redevelopment meant that the Ramsgate Society had to leave its Harbour Street HQ at short notice this summer. It was generously offered temporary accommodation in the Maritime Museum annex at the Royal Harbour Clock House. The Steam Trust that runs the Museum and the nearby Steam Tug Cervia, holds an annual summer event. Volunteers from both the Society and the Museum jointly served refreshments on a glorious day in July.
Written by John Walker
Our first task has been to review what the society needs to do, to better enable it to carry out the role defined in its constitution:
“To encourage high standards of architecture and town planning in Ramsgate.
To stimulate public interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of the town and its surroundings.
To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic interest.
To pursue these ends by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, other forms of instruction and publicity,
and promotion of schemes of a charitable nature”
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ramsgate Town conservation area. To celebrate this the Ramsgate Society would like to plant 50 trees within the conservation area for future generations to enjoy.