Margate Civic Society
"The love of our town leads us"
Welcome to our website
Founded in 1968, Margate Civic Society is a registered charity (no.257884). It is affiliated to both the Kent Federation of Amenity Societies and the Kent History Federation and is a founder member of Civic Voice.

We hope that you will enjoy browsing these pages and that they will help you to take pleasure in the history and character of Margate and its surrounding towns and villages.  We hope also to provide a service to members of the Society in publishing news and photographs that will be of interest. 

The Society produces a Newsletter four times a year, and has a winter lecture programme which covers a wide range of interests.  Details are given on the "Calendar" page.  The last meeting of each season includes presentation of the coveted Town Pride awards, and details of the 2019 winners can be found on the "Town Pride" page.  Town Pride contenders are nominated by members of the Society.

If you would like to join Margate Civic Society, details of fees and a link to an application form are shown in the "About us" page.  We currently have almost 300 members and always like to welcome more.  The winter lectures are invariably of a high quality as is the Newsletter, and membership of the Society really is extremely good value.  The Society takes an active role in reviewing and, where appropriate, responding to planning applications and has a good working relationship with Thanet District Council in helping to improve the character and appearance of the area.

We had to cancel the last two meetings of the year (April and May) as well as our planned coach trip to Ostend.  To give some certainty to members and our booked guest speakers, we have very reluctantly decided to cancel our meetings for the remainder of this year so, subject of course to events, our next meeting will be held in February 2021.  The Walpole Bay Hotel, our venue for many years, is closing over the winter period and will not be open again until May 2021, so the February and March 2021 meetings will be at a different venue which we will advise nearer the time.

You can see this year's nominees on our Town Pride page by clicking here.  We will announce the winners on a date to be determined.

We’d like to remind everyone of James Brazier’s extensive work in detailing the names of those lost in conflicts and who are remembered on the Margate, Westgate-on-Sea and Birchington War Memorials.  James’s work can be viewed by clicking here

Distinguished Oscar-winning film director Arnold Schwartzman OBE RDI was brought up in Margate and has never lost his love for the town.  He has spent much time collecting Music Hall songs with a Margate connection and has kindly compiled a CD of twelve songs for Margate Civic Society to sell.  Each CD costs just £5 (plus £1 p&p where appropriate) and is available to buy at our meetings or by contacting us by clicking here.  For further information about the CD's playlist, please click here

For an extract from 'All Aboard for Margate' by Florrie Ford, to whet your appetite, please click here.

The Society has published an eight-page guide to the Blue Plaques of Margate, including a map of their locations and a brief description of the person commemorated by each plaque.  We are selling them at our meetings and other events for 50p each.

One of our members, Anny Squire, is kindly looking after our social media.  If you use Twitter, you can follow us at @MargateCivicSoc and on Facebook by clicking here.  Please check regularly so we can keep you informed of new and interesting events.

We have been very fortunate to have had four talks by Dr Steven Alexander about his father Christopher Alexander ARE ARCA.  Christopher was a Margate man who was a most talented artist.  We are very pleased to be able to supply copies of Steven’s beautifully written and illustrated book about his father.  For full details and samples of Christopher’s work, please visit the "Christopher Alexander" page.

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Minnis Bay at spring tide, 8th January 2019