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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 1st October 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 2014/15 season of monthly evening meetings commences on Thursday 2nd October.  This will start with our AGM, followed by a talk on the St Peter’s Village Tour by Sue Elliott.  All members and guests are welcome; the meeting starts, as always, at 7.30pm.

 

Because of venue availability, our December meeting will now be held on Thursday 11th December, rather than our usual first Thursday in the month.  Following from last year’s success, this will be a Christmas soiree, with entertainment by “Serenas”, a vintage-swing duo who we are sure you will enjoy.  Tickets are £12.50, to include a buffet meal and a glass of wine.

 

We have recently reprinted Geoffrey Williams’ book “Wings over Westgate”, the story of the Westgate Royal Naval Air Station during the First World War. Copies are available from Michael’s Bookshop in Ramsgate at £12.50 plus p&p.