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 towns and 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.

OUR NEXT MEETING
We have now "broken up" for the summer and our next meeting will be on Thursday 3rd October.  This will include our AGM and a talk on "Nautical Chic" by fashion historian, journalist and TV presenter Amber Butchart.  We'll then catch up over a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink.

The meeting will begin at 7.30pm at our usual venue, the Walpole Bay Hotel in Cliftonville.  All are welcome - members free of charge, guests £4.50.

At our 9th May meeting, we announced the result of our prestigious Town Pride Awards.  We had seven nominations this year, an interesting mixture of two restored properties, three new buildings and two which are even more unusual but certainly enhance the town. The results are shown on the Town Pride page; the worthy winner of our 2019 Town Pride Award blue plaque is Brompton Villas in Westgate-on-Sea.



BLUE PLAQUE GUIDE
The Society has just published an eight-page guide to the Blue Plaques of Margate, including a map of their locations and a brief description of the person commemorated by each plaque.  We are selling them at our meetings and other events for 50p each.

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS
Heritage Open Days this year take place from 13th to 22nd September.  The Society will again be stewarding at 12 Arthur Road, Cliftonville.  This is a beautifully-restored late-Victorian property which has retained many original features and is well-worth seeing.  The times are yet to be arranged so watch this space.

Thanet is blessed with many interesting places to visit.  Leaflets giving full details will be available soon but in the meantime details may be seen by clicking here.

SOCIAL MEDIA
One of our members, Anny Squire, is kindly looking after our social media.  If you use Twitter, you can follow us at @MargateCivicSoc and on Facebook by clicking here.  Please check regularly so we can keep you informed of new and interesting events.

CHRISTOPHER & STEVEN ALEXANDER
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.

The Margate School is currently holding an exhibition of both Christopher's and Steven's work, until 1st September.  For details please click here.

COACH TRIPS
The Society has built up a reputation over the last few years for organising interesting and enjoyable coach trips, for members and their friends.  On 22nd September, we're going to Chatham Historic Dockyard for their "Salute to the '40s" Festival, one of the country's best vintage festivals. This trip costs £27 per ticket, which includes entry to the Dockyard.  Further details including where to buy tickets by clicking here.

ART DECO CITY
We are very proud to have Arnold Schwartzman OBE RDI as one of our members.  Arnold is an Oscar-winning director with a most distinguished career.  He was brought up in Margate and loves and supports the town.  He has written a number of beautifully-produced books about Art Deco buildings and the latest has just been published.  It is called "Art Deco City: The World's Most Beautiful Buildings" and is a must for anyone interested in or enjoying seeing wonderful architecture.  Details can be seen by clicking here.

WAR MEMORIALS
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



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