While the changeable Covid situation makes future planning difficult, we are hoping to relaunch our regular talks programme with three events at the Ramsgate Festival of Sound. Confirmation and details will follow but please put these in your diaries as strong possibilities!
Tuesday August 31st at 6pm
Jacqui Ansell is planning an online Zoom talk to reveal her original research that delves deeper into the time Van Gogh spent in Ramsgate. Using visuals and extracts from his own and family letters she will provide an early glimpse of material destined for a new book on Van Gogh in Ramsgate.
Wednesday September 1st at 3:30pm and 5:30pm
In our return to live events at the Yacht Club we hope to welcomeClive Aslet (historian, author, editor and, yes, The Ramsgate Society President) to talk about his latest book ‘The Real Crown Jewels of England’. He describes it as his lockdown journey of the mind to explore 100 places of wonder, beauty and inspiration that embody the heart and soul of England.
Thursday September 2nd at 3:30pm and 5:30pm
Also at the Yacht Club we are thrilled by the prospect of welcoming Julia Abel Smith to Ramsgate to talk about her book ‘Forbidden Wife - The Life and Trials of Lady Augusta Murray’. It is a roller-coaster of a tale of the life of Lady Augusta whose marriage to a royal prince was declared illegal, thereby reducing her from beautiful socialite to social pariah with children declared illegitimate and family scorned. She found solace by moving to Ramsgate where her popularity as ‘The Duchess’ is still reflected in numerous place names, including Augusta Steps and Augusta Road. She is buried in the Este Mausoleum at St Laurence’s Church.
There have been many twists and turns in the tale of the bid by RSP to reopen Manston Airport as an air freight cargo hub. To follow the plot demands close attention, as an observer, and even more as a player. The Society has contributed as a member of the cast since 2017.
The Planning Inspectorate submitted its report in July 2019 recommending refusal of the DCO (Development Consent Order). The Secretary of State for Transport went against the recommendation and approved the DCO. So where are we now in 2021? Those Members monitoring these matters will be aware that, following legal challenge, on 15th February 2021 the High Court quashed the Decision of the Secretary of State to grant planning consent for the RSP proposals to re-open the former Manston Airport on the grounds that:
" In his decision letter dated 9th July 2020 the defendant (the SoS) did not give adequate and intelligible reasons to enable the reader to understand why he disagreed with the Examining Authority Report on the issue of need for the development of Manston Airport. The lack of adequate reasons in the Decision letter rendered the Secretary of States decision unlawful"