Friday, 29 January 2010

Membership Cards, Elections and AGM

Good news, Membership cards are being designed and printed and will be sent out in March 2010 along with nomination papers for election of Officers for the Society.

AGM will be in April, venue and time will be notified at the same time.

If you would like to check if your subscription has arrived please call
01843 223300 (Admin).

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Lynn Jackson

St Johns Margate School Reunion

I have been asked to post this as they are looking for anyone from the 1970's who attended.

Was it you?

Monday, 11 January 2010

In memory of Ann Barford

Under the heading burial at the crossroads, this article by Mick Twyman and Alf Beeching from the Margate Historical Archives is about the tragic story of Ann Barford.

Monday, 4 January 2010

The loss of the "Hawksdale" 27th January 1899

Another winters tale from the Maritime Margate archives published by the Margate Historical Society , this article written by Mick Twyman and Alf Beeching , tells the story of the loss of the "Hawksdale" in January 1899 and its cargo of 900 pianos during a all too familiar January storm.

The loss of Pilot Officer John Allen

In reply to a enquiry about the spitfire that crashed into the sub station in Omar Avenue , Cliftonville , Margate during the Battle of Britain claiming the life of Pilot Officer John Allen. I have attached notes from John William's archive.
As you can see from reading the notes Pilot Officer John Allen was a true hero a eight victory ace who died for King and Country.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

The Long Row 1895

This story of determination and endurance of Margate boatmen took place in 1895, written and researched by Mick Twyman for the Margate Maritime archive. It is about the Margate Lifeboat "Quiver"and the crew of 14 under skipper Steve Clayson, who rowed a round journey of 80 miles to rescue the crew of the Norwegian Barquentine "Tvedstraved" only to abort the mission to find out later that the crew had been rescued by the Harwhich lifeboat.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Oh dear , Oh Lor , she's going over

I have received a request for some information on the "Friend to all Nations" surf boat disaster on the morning of 2nd December 1897 claiming the lives of nine Margate men. Rather than send out the information I have posted it on the blog for all to share. The extractis froma article by Mick Twyman and Alf Beeching from the History of the Margate surf boats, Maritime Margate number two published by the Margate Historical Society 2002. Also included is the details of the Nayland Rock seafront statue and the monument at Margate cemetery on the lifeboatmen grave.