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 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 2018 nominees 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.
LOCAL HISTORY WALKS
One of the Society's Vice-Presidents, Robin Colyer, is a noted local historian. He is leading two history walks, on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May. The walk on 26th May is around St John's Church and graveyard, while that on 27th May is a walk from Margate railway station to Westgate-on-Sea station, taking in points of interest on the way. For details please click here for the St John's walk and here for the Margate-Westgate walk.
At our meeting on 10th May, we announced the winners of this year's prestigious Town Pride Awards and presented the awards to the owners, representatives and craftsmen responsible for the properties. We awarded two Blue Plaques this year, to the Cinque Ports PH in Margate and 12 Arthur Road in Cliftonville. We also awarded five Highly Commended certificates. For full details, please visit the Town Pride page.
OUR NEXT MEETING
We reluctantly had to cancel our March meeting because of the severe and dangerous weather conditions. We're very pleased to say that our guest speaker scheduled for that meeting, Rod LeGear MCIfA, Vice President, Kent Archaeological Society and Chairman, Kent Underground Research Group, has kindly agreed to give his talk on "Margate Caves and Thanet's Underground Heritage" at an additional meeting on Thursday 14th June. Usual 7.30pm at the Walpole Bay Hotel.
Steven gave a lovely talk to us at our February meeting. He kindly donated framed paintings as raffle prizes and we decided that all proceeds from the raffle and from visitor entry fees would be donated to the Parkinson's UK charity. We're very pleased that £140 was raised.
Tickets for our Autumn coach trip are now on sale. The trip, on 11th September, is to Sheffield Park National Trust gardens plus a trip on the Bluebell Railway. For details of the day and how to buy tickets, please click here.
MARGATE COASTAL PARK
Guest speaker at our April 2017 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.
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.
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.
OUR 50th ANNIVERSARY
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.
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Last updated 21st May 2018
Margate Civic Society
"The love of our town leads us"