Whitstable Society Zoom Meeting – 27th January 2021

The committee wish all members a safe and happy New Year.

With the continuing Covid restrictions we’ll be unable to resume Open Meetings, including our AGM, at the Castle for the foreseeable future.

You may recall from our Autumn Newsletter our intention to trial a members’ on-line Zoom meeting on Wed 20th January. Unfortunately we find that this would clash with another local important event so have rescheduled ours to Wed 27th January, with log-in from 7.00pm for a 7.15pm start.  

We will email a Zoom meeting link and joining instructions nearer the time. (You do not need to preload the Zoom application).

The main aim is Zoom set-up and familiarisation for interested members well in advance of our (required) AGM which we’ll be holding a little later this year on 24th March via Zoom. 

We’ve been unable to engage a speaker for the 20th January but the committee will give updates for discussion on some current activities including:

  • Glebe Way railway crossing inquiry status.
  • Whitstable to Iwade section of the national Coastal Path.
  • The new Whitstable Town Forum.
  • AGM topics, including a brief overview of reasons to change the WS to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

It will be helpful if those interested in joining this initial Zoom meeting will advise same by return email so we can determine roughly how many participants to expect.

Please note also that WS Membership annual renewal subscriptions will become due on 1st March 2021.

Richard Amos, Secretary and Membership Secretary, The Whitstable Society

March 2020 Update

The Trustees are taking the spread of Coronavirus in the UK extremely seriously and our number one priority remains the safety and wellbeing of all our members. Considering the current Government guidance to minimise the spread of the virus, we have taken the decision to stop meetings and the walks temporarily. We are closely monitoring the situation and plan to start up again as soon as we can.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to being able to get back on track again as soon as possible. Please feel free to keep in touch via email and we look forward to the time when we’ll be able to get together again. 

In the meantime, we wish to share a message from the Gorrell Ward Councillor Chris Cornell about what Coronavirus measures are in place in Whitstable which may be useful:

“As you will no doubt be aware national guidance about COVID-19 is changing on a daily basis. The council will be publishing a statement in the next couple of days but in the meantime, as a local councillor, I’ve been in touch with a number of residents and voluntary groups worried about what happens to people in need of food. This is a summary of what I have found and think you should be aware of in Whitstable.

  1. Isolated and vulnerable individuals you are aware of who may need help should be directed to Red Zebra (01227 263 313 or admin@redzebra.org.uk ) who are redeploying their Social Prescribing Service to carry out welfare calls amongst the 850 people they already have registered as with limited transport in the area and anyone else that we identify. Red Zebra will have access to a stock of food parcels from Canterbury Foodbank which their DBS Checked staff can deliver.
  2. Individuals wishing to volunteer to support the effort should also contact Red Zebra. They are immediately in need of people to help with the welfare calls (freeing-up DBS checked staff to do delivery) and may deploy them in picking up stock from the Foodbank and other tasks as necessary. I am in touch with the leads of many of the local COVID-19 Community response Facebook Accounts and will be encouraging them to encourage people to volunteer here first, rather than necessarily visiting vulnerable people in their homes without proper safeguarding support.
  3. Individuals in need of food and not self-isolating should be encouraged to contact Clare at Canterbury Foodbankwho will signpost them to where they can pick a parcel up. You can email Clare at signposting@canterburyfoodbank.org. Upon speaking to Clare, food can be collected from the Umbrella Centre or on arrangement from their central warehouse.
  4. People wishing to donate food or hygiene products for those people in need should continue to fill the yellow bins in town. These are still being collected and the contents distributed.
  5. People wishing to donate money can do so in person at a number of the ‘pay it forward’ schemes at the Umbrella Café, Revival @ the Horsebridge, Café Eighty Nine in Tankerton High Street at the café at Riverside Church on the Thanet Way. These schemes are already well utilised by people on low incomes who may be most affected, and some will be looking to continue to offer take-away services even if their main business has to close.

We have no idea of how the demand in Whitstable may grow over the next couple of weeks but please feel free to contact me if there is anything I can do. I will continue to share information I receive and co-ordinate where it is useful. I’ll be posting to local Facebook groups making this information accessible; any way you can share the information locally would be great.”

Councillor Chris Cornell Chris.cornell@councillor.canterbury.gov.uk 

Open Meeting Wednesday 18th July 2018

Our next Open meeting will be at Whitstable Castle on Wednesday 18th July from 7.15pm.
The speaker will be David Herren who will talk about the work of Tools With A Mission (TWAM), a Christian charity which collects unwanted tools, refurbishes them, sorts them into trade kits, and redistributes them to disadvantaged people in the developing world.
This will be followed by our usual refreshment break and then discussion of current local topics.
We expect this unusual subject to be a most interesting and enlightening topic and hope that many members will attend.
Additionally, our open meetings are – as the name suggests – open to anyone.

Inaugural public meeting and establishment of the Whitstable History Education Network (the ‘When’)

6PM for 7PM start on Friday April 27th at the Whitstable Junior School
(main gate between the Library and the Coach and Horses, then 1st left).

Anyone interested in local history is invited to this meeting to discuss and establish a ‘local history’ group/network covering the human and physical history of Whitstable and surrounding areas. There will be a graphical presentation and break-out groups covering a wide variety of activities and possible projects.
Continue reading “Inaugural public meeting and establishment of the Whitstable History Education Network (the ‘When’)”

Victorian Society photographic exhibition – Saving a Century

The Victorian Society photographic exhibition Saving a Century, curated by noted architectural historian Gavin Stamp, will be on show, free of charge, at A W Pugin’s St Augustine’s Church, St Augustine’s Rd, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9PA, from 1 – 31 August, 10.00 – 4.00 daily.

Saving A Century Photographic Exhibition

The Victorian Society is the national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment. It fights to preserve important Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes so that they can be enjoyed by this and future generations. It provides expert advice to churches and local planning authorities on how Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes can be adapted to the way we live now, while keeping what is special about them. It also advises members of the public about how they can help shape the future of their local Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes. It provides information to owners of Victorian and Edwardian houses about how they can better look after their precious buildings. It helps people understand, appreciate and enjoy the architectural heritage of the Victorian and Edwardian period through its publications and educational programmes.
The Victorian Society, 1 Priory Gardens, LONDON W4 1TT Telephone 020 8994 1019

The Victorian Society is a Registered Charity No. 1081435 and a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England No. 3940996.

Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO Life President: The Lord Briggs
Vice Presidents:
Sir David Cannadine, Harry Handelsman, The Lord Howarth of Newport CBE, Sir Simon Jenkins, Griff Rhys Jones, Fiona MacCarthy OBE

SAVING A CENTURY

EXHIBITION CONTENTS

VICTORIAN BUILDINGS LOST BEFORE 1958 – A photographic survey of some of the best Victorian buildings destroyed in the first half of the twentieth century, among them Crystal Palace (burnt down 30th November 1936), Trentham Hall, Staffordshire (abandoned by the 4th Duke of Sutherland in 1906 and demolished five years later) and Queen’s Park Church, Glasgow (Scotland’s worst architectural loss of the Second World War).

THE FOUNDATION OF THE VICTORIAN SOCIETY – Photographs and material from the opening meetings of the Society. Early members included architect Hugh Casson, architectural historian Christopher Hussey, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and Sir John Betjeman.

THE EUSTON MURDER AND OTHER CASES – Photographs and text documenting the bitter battle for the Euston Arch, as well some of the Victorian Society’s other early defeats. There were early victories too, among them the Oxford University Museum, proposed for demolition in 1961 to make way for new science buildings. The Victorian Society also succeeded in getting the Broad Street Building of Balliol College listed, after it was threatened with a re-build in 1963.

VICTORY IN WHITEHALL – Photographs charting the heroic, ten-year campaign against plans to demolish much of the historic square mile, including nearly every building south of Downing Street and Richmond Terrace. Sir George Gilbert Scott’s Foreign Office, Richard Norman Shaw’s New Scotland Yard and Middlesex Guildhall in Parliament Square were among the buildings proposed for demolition.

PLACES OF WORSHIP – A photographic survey of some of the historic churches, chapels and synagogues with which the Victorian Society has been involved. As churches are exempt from the secular planning system, it can be particularly difficult to guard them against insensitive change. With falling attendance figures and a growing number of redundant places of worship, the future of our best churches is one of the biggest challenges facing heritage campaigners today.

RAILWAY BUILDINGS – Photographs of some of the key buildings the Victorian Society fought for, as the closure of many branch and other railway lines resulted in the redundancy of numerous stations, bridges and viaducts. That many pioneering and magnificent railway structures, such as St Pancras Station, survive today, often still in use, is very much owing to the efforts of the Society.

IRON, GLASS & STONE – Photographs of some of the most innovative nineteenth century buildings, among them Clevedon Pier, Islington’s Royal Agricultural Hall and Bradford’s Kirkgate Market, for which the Victorian Society has fought.

THE FUNCTIONAL TRADITION – Photographs of some of the most impressive industrial buildings for which the Society has fought. With the decline of the traditional industries of the North of England after the Second World War, many mills and warehouses became redundant while many Northern towns and cities became ashamed of their Victorian industrial legacy and anxious to replace it with something new. The Victorian Society, along with bodies such as SAVE Britain’s Heritage, argued that nineteenth century industrial buildings were evocative and substantial structures which were not only of historical importance but capable of gainful re-use.

THE PURPLE OF COMMERCE – Photographs of some of the most significant Victorian commercial buildings to have come under threat in the last fifty years. Built partly as self-advertisements and partly to inspire confidence, these ambitious and substantial banks, offices and warehouses too often fall victim to redevelopment schemes.

COUNTRY HOUSES – Photographs of some of the grandest country houses to have been the subject of Victorian Society campaigns, among them Shadwell Park, Tyntesfield and Highcliffe Castle. Rendered redundant by social and cultural changes, some of the most famous large houses were demolished between the wars while many more disappeared in the 1950s.

DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE – A collection of photographs of some of the Victorian villas and terraced houses for which the Victorian Society has fought. Often extravagant and fanciful buildings, these buildings are regularly demolished to allow higher density developments in their grounds or make way for flats.

PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS – A photographic survey of some of the best municipal buildings that have been saved or lost. Physical embodiments of the Victorians’ strong sense of civic pride and duty, many of these splendid town halls, libraries, swimming pools, museums, art galleries and post offices still add much to the rich character of British towns and cities today.

BEACONS OF THE FUTURE – A survey of some of the Society’s most recent campaigns, focusing on the battle for Victorian schools and swimming pools. Among the battles highlighted are the protest and funeral for Bonner School, the Public Inquiry for Easington Colliery School and the local campaign for the Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham.

THE VICTORIANS VICTORIOUS – Photographs of some of the most notable Victorian buildings used and valued today.

Gorrell Ward Hustings hosted by Whitstable society

Hustings election meeting for Gorrell Ward (incl. the old Harbour Ward) at 6.30 PM on Friday 24th April at St Johns, the Methodist Church in Argyle Rd

(see Hustings 2015 for a list of Candidates.)

The Whitstable Society will host a ward hustings for Gorrell Ward at 6.30 PM on Friday 24th April at St Johns, the Methodist Church in Argyle Rd.

Gorrell Ward is the combination of most of the old Gorrell Ward and the now defunct Harbour Ward. This may be the first ever ward hustings in Whitstable.

All parties are attending , with about 15 candidates in total: UKIP, Greens, Lib Dems , Conservatives , Labour, the Trade Union party and one independent (former Labour).

Candidates who wish to make a statement will speak for about 3 minutes each in the first half of the meeting. Copies of what they will say may be found on http://www.whitstablesociety.info/home/Hustings2015 a few days before the meeting if a posting is requested.

In the second half of the meeting, the public can ask any question they wish. Questions can be submitted in advance to chair@whitstablesociety.info Angela Boddy Chair of the Whitstable society.