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
We’ll be showing a number of historic Whitstable film clips from the notable Tony Blake Collection during our open meeting at the Castle from 7.15pm.
All are welcome – and non-members too!
Acting secretary, The Whitstable Society
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.
A town proud of its maritime heritage…..
Whitstable Maritime invites everyone to come and share in the fun of Harbour Day on 11th August as the town celebrates its connections with the sea, past, present and future.
From 10.30 in the morning, the harbour quays will be packed with stalls, there is a full day’s programme of live music and drama on the stage, and craft old and new will be mooring in the basin. Over 250 volunteers will be helping visitors enjoy this annual maritime festival – and it is all free!
Visitors will be able to clamber aboard the Border Force cutter, the In-shore Fisheries patrol boat, a cargo vessel, and the lifeboat. Barges and smacks, some over a hundred years old, will race against each other oﬀ-shore before returning to harbour.
The stalls will reﬂect local maritime themes: from sea-food to family histories; from plastic pollu-tion to sea-defences; from sea-rescue to coastal walks; from boat-restoration to harbour rail-ways; from marine archaeology to coastal gardening; from marine conservation to yatching.
Children of all ages will be able to navigate beautiful radio-controlled models of many of the local craft in a large pool and try their hand at rope-making before riding along the quay on a small-scale steam engine.
Resident traders will be providing a range of food and drinks as well as gifts and collectables and local artists will oﬀer everyone an opportunity to be creative.
It is truly a great day out for the family.
Our fundraising efforts together with the Oval Preservation Community Group continue apace for the Oval Judicial Review scheduled for 13th to 15th December.
The next significant event is another Grand Quiz, raffle, auction and supper on Friday 25th November, as detailed below. Continue reading “Grand Quiz Fundraising Event 25th Nov 2016”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Angela Boddy Chair of the Whitstable society.
By now, all members should have received their membership cards for 2014-15.
The card lists the programme for this year’s monthly members meetings at The Castle.
The Events Page on this website has been updated with the new programme as well
This Saturday ( the 25th January) the committeee will be meeting to put forward ideas and suggestions for potential guest speakers at our monthly meetings.
We are very interested to hear any suggestions that you may have regarding the topics you would like to be covered, or indeed recovered.
If you are paticularly interested in a subject and would like to hear from someone about it please let us know.
You may of course be willing to speak yourself on a subject that you believe would interest others, or you may know someone who would be willing to come along and share their knowledge.
Please let us have any suggestions or ideas and any contact details prior to 25th so we can consider the options available, and put together a programme that you as members want.
Please note that we have an additional meeting this month which will be held on 27th November at The Community College, Belle Vue Road, starting at 7:15pm.
We have arranged for Anne Barnes, Kent Police Commissioner to speak and take questions. The meeting will be open to the public, hence the change from our normal venue of The Castle.
This meeting is open to all, the venue has a large seating capacity and is on the ground floor. It will be an opportunity to raise any relevant questions or concerns that you may have relating to policing issues.
We look forward to seeing you there.