Restarting our Talks Programme


Photo: The Hiker

We are delighted to be able to announce we shall be returning to the Royal Temple Yacht Club with a programme of bi-monthly talks, starting on November 19th. Please note that this and subsequent talks will now be on Friday evenings at 7pm.

The November 19th talk will be led by Joanna Thomson of the Goodwin Sands Preservation Trust. She will be sharing with us some of the most interesting and salient points about the Sands that have paid such an influential role in the development of Ramsgate and our Royal Harbour. This will include:

  1. How the Goodwins were formed and how they got their name
  2. Their geographical makeup and how they move – or not!
  3. Their influence on the growth of coastal towns like Deal and Ramsgate
  4. Their notoriety as ‘the shippe swallower’
  5. The early lifeboatmen – with a bit of smuggling thrown in
  6. Significant events & famous visitors
  7. Official protection for the marine environment, wildlife and maritime heritage
  8. The threat from marine aggregate extraction
  9. The Goodwins today
  10. What the Trust is doing to protect the Sands
  11. How the Ramsgate Society can help – responding to public consultations

We will be back to full occupancy of the room but this event is sure to be very popular and booking is essential. Doors will open at 6:30 and non-bookers will only be admitted if there are ‘no shows’ by 7pm.

Book talk tickets here


Attendees are welcome to visit the RTYC bar after the event to continue a discussion about the talk.