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Our next meeting will take place on Thursday 11th May 2017.  At this meeting, we will announce the results of our Town Pride Award and present certificates and the prestigious Town Pride Award plaque. We have been selecting Town Pride Awards since 1983 and are pleased that the standard of nominees is as high as ever.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm prompt, at the Walpole Bay Hotel. All are welcome; we charge a nominal £3 for non-members.  This is our last meeting of the 2016/17 season, and we will mark it by socialising with a complimentary glass of wine (or orange juice) following the Award ceremony.

Details of 2017 Town Pride Award nominees are on the Town Pride page on this website.


Guest speaker at our April meeting was Sam Causer, local architect and lecturer, who gave a most interesting talk about “A House in a Garden in a Park: Margate Coastal Park mediating between the civilised and the wild, 1860s-2017”.  Sam has two websites which are well worth exploring:  Studio Sam Causer and Margate Coastal Park, each of which can be reached by clicking on the site name. Do have a look at the Historic Maps under the “Research” section on the Margate Coastal Park site - a huge amount of very valuable research and extremely interesting to view.

Our heartiest congratulations to the team who’ve been working so hard to re-open the Margate Caves, an important asset to the town. They’ve recently been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1,115,700 and have announced that the caves will re-open in 2019. Full details are on their website which you can reach by clicking here.


We have been very fortunate to have had three 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.


The next of our one-day coach trips will take place on Tuesday 23rd May when we will visit the Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial and the city of Arras.  Details here.


The first meeting of Margate Civic Society was held on 26th November 1968 so we will be celebrating our golden anniversary year in 2018.  We have lots of ideas of how to mark the occasion, including inviting reminiscences from members and a 60s theme evening for our December 2018 meeting.  We welcome ideas on how we can further mark this important year for us; please email them to us by clicking here.


Thanet District Council has produced an excellent video showing our wonderful coastline - you can see it by pressing the play symbol below.

Christopher Alexander

St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate-on-Sea

We are grateful to Kent County Councillor Mo Elenor for recommending payment of a KCC grant of £478 towards “Raising the Profile” of our Society.  This money will be used over the next twelve months to print publicity leaflets, our coach trip fliers and our second-to-none quarterly Newsletters.