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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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Last updated 22nd July 2014
Welcome to our website
We are so pleased that, thanks to exceptional generosity from many people, we have raised sufficient funds to enable us to pay for the Jubilee Clock Tower Time Ball to be restored.  We would like to thank everyone so much for contributing towards this iconic feature of our town.
A civic dedication ceremony was held at the Clock Tower on Saturday 24th May, led by the Mayor of Margate, Cllr John Edwards, by our President Ralph Handscomb, by Admiral The Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE and by Jonathan Betts MBE FSA FBHI, Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.
The climax of the day was the first drop of the Time Ball for over 90 years, at 1pm precisely.  The Time Ball will now drop at that time every day.

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Our Newsletter Editor, James Brazier, has compiled a slide show of 130 images of Margate in WW1.  This will be shown continuously on a loop on Monday, 4th August at St John's Church from 10.00am to 8.00pm - except for a break around 2.30 when a short service will be held at the church.  In addition, there will be a single showing of the slideshow on Saturday, 2nd August at the end of Robin Colyer's tour from Droit House to St John's Church.  The showing on Saturday will start around 3.00pm.

The slideshow contains images of soldiers in Margate during WWI, defences in the town and damage to properties caused by enemy air raids, the unveiling of the Margate War Shrine and - later - of Margate War Memorial, the Revd David Railton and the Unknown Warrior, the WWI memorials in St John's Church, various WWI artefacts relating to Margate and ends with details of James’s Rolls of Honour on the Margate Civic Society website.  The slideshow lasts for just over 27 minutes.  It will be projected on to a large screen which hangs above the nave.  


There will also be displays at St John's Church on 4th August relating to Revd David Railton (former Vicar of Margate) and to other WWI-related matters.


Click here to view James Brazier’s comprehensive Rolls of Honour of the names on the Margate, Westgate-on-Sea and Birchington war memorials.