New Dedication, Charity Fund, School Art Festival, Dickens Scholarship, St Augustine’s and Wildlife Trust – The Isle Of Thanet News

Volunteers were involved in the restoration, along with Kent Police clergy, a former police officer and the current Thanet Police Commander.

Rededication Service

A rededication service was held in honor of a Margate policeman who lost his life in 1905.

PC John Richard Rolfe of Margate Borough Police perished in a fire at the premises of George Mence Smith’s hardware store, 17/18 Market Street, Margate.

The fire had started at 1:20 a.m. that morning and John was trying to save the occupants of the accommodation above the store.

Pensioner Ramsgate PC Eddie McManus laying the wreath sponsored by Karen Harvey of York Street Flowers.

Three former Kent officers recently renovated his grave. A rededication service was held on May 25, led by Kent Police Chaplain Reverend Barry Knott. Representatives from Kent Police HQ, Thanet Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Kent Police and Thanet Male Voice Choir attended.

A wreath was donated by Karen Harvey of York Street Flowers.

Margate Rotary Thanet Schools Young Artists Festival

The judging was held to announce the winners of this year’s Thanet Schools Young Artists Festival.

The judges were Willow Winston, Ruth Geldard and Sandra Hampton.

Over 600 paintings by children and staff from 35 schools and colleges on the island are on display for the festival at Margate School on the High Street.

The exhibition is visible from now until Sunday, June 5. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday June 4 from 10 a.m.

Viewing hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


3/5 year old Jane M Chilton Primary.

6 year old Ewan Chilton Primary.

7 year old Madelyn S Callis Grange Nursery & Infant.

8 years old Amelia M Minster CofE Primary.

9 year old Clara M Wellesley House School. Co-winner Mark B Kent Talents Art Studio.

10 years old Maicey C St Pierre-en-Thanet.

11 year old Toby W Minster Primary CofE.

12 year old Sophie B Charles Dickens.

13 year old Sophie D St Anthony.

14 year old Callum R Stone Bay.

15 years old Theo B Small Haven School.

16 year old Daniel G Stone Bay.

Broadstairs Dickens Scholarship

The Broadstairs Branch of the Dickens Fellowship recently held its annual dinner to celebrate its 85th anniversary. Guest of honor was Gerald Dickens (pictured), actor, performer, author and great-great-grandson of Broadstairs’ best-known holidaymaker, Charles Dickens.

Gerald Dickens was lodged at the Royal Albion Hotel in a room that was once part of Charles Dickens’ holiday home. It was then the first floor drawing room at 40 Albion Street, where he wrote the last lines of Nicholas Nickleby on Friday, September 20, 1839. The house was not part of the Albion Hotel at this time and was only incorporated in 1847. So it’s not hard to imagine Charles Dickens looking out the same window for inspiration, at the same sea view where now we see his great, great grandson.

The dinner was a great success and members enjoyed a delicious meal courtesy of the Pavilion in Broadstairs. This was followed by Gerald Dickens reading the book ‘A Child’s Journey with Dickens’ by Kate Douglas Wiggin – a true story of a little girl, the author, who met Charles Dickens on a train while touring America in March 1868. A delightful and memorable story, which ended a very pleasant evening.

The Broadstairs Branch of the Dickens Fellowship meets at the Pavilion on the first Wednesday of each month. Details can be obtained from the Honorary Secretary, [email protected] or visit our website at

Kent Community Foundation

The Kent Community Foundation’s new Learning Journey Fund will support up to ten applications from employees or volunteers of Kent-based charities and Medway to discover new ideas and inspiration to improve the performance of their organisation. Funding of up to £1,500 will allow grantees to visit national and international organizations and best practices, plan their own next steps and share learning across the county.

Natalie Smith, Director of Grants and Impact, Kent Community Foundation, said, “The Learning Journey is a new fund about ambition, sharing ideas and space to reflect and plan. We want candidates to think about which organizations are already doing great work in the areas you want to improve? Who is the leader nationally or internationally? What can you learn from them and how can you put your learning into practice? If you have the ambition to be bold in advancing your charity or community group, we want to hear from you.

Requests can be to visit a charity that is an example of local engagement, environmental sustainability or working with refugees. It might take learning from a care home that is at the forefront of client-led services, a museum that brings its collection to life, a resident group that runs an amazing community garden or a truly inclusive sports club.

After the initial visit(s), The Leaning Journey Fund will pay to help successful applicants reflect on their learning and engage a coach, advisor, consultant or facilitator to help them develop their plans and next steps. Learning will be shared via a blog or presentation posted on the Learning Journey pages of the Kent Community Foundation website so that others can also learn and grow.

Applications should include a description of what you hope to learn and why it will make a difference to your charity, details of who you would like to visit, why you chose them and how you will use the knowledge you gain, a schedule and budget. In addition to this written information, a video of the applicant talking about themselves and their application is also required.

For more information or to apply, appointment

St. Augustine’s Week Events, Ramsgate

Open every day except Tuesday and Sunday, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with extended hours on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June for the Jubilee.

Wednesday June 1st 7:30 p.m. – Concert by the choir with reading on the mission of St Augustine to convert the English

Thursday June 2 7 p.m. – Lecture by Dr Mike Bintley “Legacies of Rome in Anglo Saxon England”

Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June – Extended opening and visits of the Queen’s Jubilee

Free admission (donations gratefully received)

Kent Wildlife Trust

Photo Mark Hamblin

More than six months have passed since the landmark Environment Act was enacted – the first dedicated environmental legislation for nearly 30 years and the first time England has set legally binding targets for nature restoration.

It is only now that the details of these targets are being discussed and a consultation is due to close on June 27 to assess how ambitious these targets are. This is the critical moment for nature.

Unfortunately, the currently proposed long-term goal for nature recovery is to have only 10% more nature by 2042 compared to 2030 levels – by which time the state of our natural world should still have decreases.

It could mean wildlife is less plentiful by 2042 than it is now, after another decade of decline, and clearly falls short of the UK government’s promise to hand over nature in better condition .

British nature is already in dire straits. This country is one of the poorest countries in nature in the world: 41% of species are in decline and 15% threatened with extinction. Hardly surprising considering that 97% of lowland grassland – home to wildflowers, mammals and birds – is gone, as is 80% of moorland – and rivers are also in dire straits.

Kent is no exception. The Kent Wildlife Trust’s latest Bugs Matter survey revealed a worrying decline of over 70% in the abundance of flying insects in Kent between 2004 and 2021. Additionally, many of Kent’s Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – protected conservation sites – are in unfavorable conditions. For years the Kent Wildlife Trust has implemented species and habitat recovery plans across the county, from introducing ecosystem engineers like European bison to restoring natural forest management in the countryside against the development of a theme park that would destroy over 70 hectares of protected habitat in the Thames Estuary. Now, at a more crucial time than ever, we need government policies to align with the necessary ambition.

The new target proposed by the British government is too weak and unambitious – England would have even fewer wild animals in 20 years than the very impoverished state we have now.

Read The Wildlife Trusts briefing on Nature Restoration Green Paper and Targeted Environment Law Consultations here.

The Wildlife Trusts have launched a campaign to rally public support for stronger goals to help nature recover here: Join over 670 people who have already signed the petition in Kent.

Dora W. Clawson