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 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 2013 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.
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Members’ nominations for the 2014 Town Pride Awards are shown on the Town Pride page. For the interest of members and others, a copy of the Society’s very first Newsletter, dated January 1969, has been posted on the Newsletter Archives page. We hope to copy and post more of the older Newsletters in the future.
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 8th May 2014 and will include the Town Pride Awards followed by a talk by Rory McEvoy, Curator of Horology at the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
We are very proud of our book “Margate Clock Tower” by Mike Bundock MBHI , which is available from us. For more details, click here. For those who enjoy walking, a new website from the Royal Geographical Society is highly recommended. It is beautifully presented with a huge amount of information - and what’s more, a walk around Margate is featured. To see this walk, please click here.
We want to see the time ball on Margate Clock Tower moving again and have almost raised the £12,000 to have it restored. For more information, please see the Time Ball page. If you would like to help us, please donate towards our fund-raising effort; every penny is appreciated. See the About Us page for details of our bank account for direct transfer, or the address of our Membership Secretary to send a cheque. Thank you very much.
We are holding a dedication ceremony at the Jubilee Clock Tower at 12.30pm on Saturday 24th May (exactly 125 years after the official opening of the Clock Tower). At 1pm, the Time Ball will be dropped for the first time for over 90 years. Please come and join us on this fantastic occasion.