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 2019 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.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 5th March, when our guest speaker will be the great Chris McCooey, who gives very funny and informative talks.  His subject will be "Rogues, Rascals and Rebels". The meeting starts at 7.30pm in our usual venue of the Walpole Bay Hotel.  All welcome - members free of charge, non-members £3.00.

We now have all nominations for this year's award and the judging panel will be viewing the properties soon.  The results will be announced at our meeting on Thursday 14th May. 

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

Since 2014, we have been organising coach trips to UK and near-Continental destinations, and these have proved to be very popular with members and their friends, as well as helping to raise funds for the Society.  Our next trip will be to Ostend on Friday 29th May 2020 when we will be able to enjoy not just the shops and restaurants of that pleasant town but also the maritime festival "Ostend at Anchor".  This is now well-established and includes many sailing vessels to view and, in some cases, to board as well as street entertainment, food and drink stalls, processions and bands and search and rescue demonstrations.  On the way into Ostend, the coach will make a stop at the Atlantic Wall Museum for those who wish to spend a couple of hours there.  Tickets are now on sale at £34; for more details and how to buy tickets, please click here.

Distinguished Oscar-winning film director Arnold Schwartzman OBE RDI was brought up in Margate and has never lost his love for the town.  He has spent much time collecting Music Hall songs with a Margate connection and has kindly compiled a CD of twelve songs for Margate Civic Society to sell.  Each CD costs just £5 (plus £1 p&p where appropriate) and is available to buy at our meetings or by contacting us by clicking here.  For further information about the CD's playlist, please click here

For an extract from 'All Aboard for Margate' by Florrie Ford, to whet your appetite, please click here.

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.

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.

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.

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Minnis Bay at spring tide, 8th January 2019