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.
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 5th April, at our usual time of 7.30pm and in our usual venue, the Walpole Bay Hotel.  Our guest speaker is another of our favourites, horological expert Mike Bundock, who will be telling us about "Public timekeeping on the Isle of Thanet".  As usual we charge a nominal fee of £3.00 for non-members.

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.

Nominations are now closed for the 2018 Town Pride Awards and we will be judging them soon.  The criteria we use to judge nominees are:

enhancing the built environment;
• using quality materials;
• aesthetically pleasing to the eye;
• restoring pride to the local community;
• contributing to the community amenity.

Details of the nominees are shown on the "Town Pride" page and the results will be announced at our meeting on 10th May.

Due to cancellation, we have two tickets left for this trip.
Our coach trips have been very successful and much enjoyed by those who participated.  The next one we have organised is to Ypres, in Belgium, on Tuesday 15th May.  As well as having time for sightseeing, dining and shopping, we are offering an optional trip to the Tyne Cot military cemetery and will be staying on in Ypres to watch the 8pm Menin Gate Memorial Service.  For further details please click here to see our leaflet.

Early notice of our Autumn coach trip, which will be on 11th September and will be to Sheffield Park National Trust gardens plus a trip on the Bluebell Railway.  For details, please click here.

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.

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.

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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Margate Civic Society
"The love of our town leads us"