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 2017 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.
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Our final meeting of the 2016/17 season has been held and our next meeting will be
held on Thursday 5th October. This will include our Annual General Meeting, followed
by a talk by Steve Edney, Head Gardener at the Secret Gardens of Sandwich. This
will, as usual, be held at the Walpole Bay Hotel and will start at 7.30pm.
TOWN PRIDE 2017
Winners of the 2017 Town Pride Awards were announced at our meeting on 11th May.
Details are on the Town Pride page on this website.
MARGATE COASTAL PARK
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.
MARGATE CAVES Our heartiest congratulations to the team who’ve been working so hard
to re-open the Margate Caves, an important asset to the town. They’ve recently been
awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1,115,700 and have announced that the caves
will re-open in 2019. Full details are on their website which you can reach by clicking
We have been very fortunate to have had three 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.
OUR NEXT COACH TRIP
The next of our one-day coach trips will take place on Tuesday 23rd May when we will
visit the Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial and the city of Arras. Details here.
OUR 50th ANNIVERSARY
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.
St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate-on-Sea
We are grateful to Kent County Councillor Mo Elenor for recommending payment of a
KCC grant of £478 towards “Raising the Profile” of our Society. This money will
be used over the next twelve months to print publicity leaflets, our coach trip fliers
and our second-to-none quarterly Newsletters.