Friday, 28 April 2017

Mick Cairns & Sally-Ann Bullock at York Street Gallery in Ramsgate

The current exhibition is by - Mick Cairns & Sally-Ann Bullock
Exhibition - 26 April - 3 May

Exhibitions change weekly on Wednesdays.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Old Ramsgate photos, the Buffs Chapel makeover and a bit more painting in the cathedral

My bookshop closed today and although hoping to be able to paint outside the weather wasn’t up to it, I spent a fair amount of time in the cathedral. Most of it doing preparatory sketches for what I hope will be a reasonable watercolour of the chancel.

The Buffs Chapel has had a really good clean up and the flags have been restored

Right at the end of the day I did a bit more on my watercolour from the stone seat under Bell Harry of. What? Well the bit on the right is in front of me looking you the nave’s north transept, the pillar just left of the middle is about 20 feet away from me but about seventy feet high and on the left of that is the view looking down the north side on the nave, the pillar on the far left is the side of the arch behind me.

Oh and click here for the newly arrived books in the bookshop here in Ramsgate 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Ramsgate scouting pictures and some sort of ramble

October 14th 1923 scouts outside the Royal Temple Yacht Club

November 13th 1921 scouts mayors day church parade St George's Church

scouts mayors parade 1947, car park Elms Avenue Queen Street?

mayors parade 1947 High Street Goulden and Wind's picture house

I have just had my lunch while watching PMQs which was almost enough to put me off voting for anyone.

It did however make me think about the use of the question in debate and how they are much easier to ask than to answer.

On the local history front I have been interested as to how much interest there has been in stuff relating to Broadstairs, with considerable feedback related to the Dancing Queen World Record Broadstairs 22nd May 2011 picture, so here is the link to the blog post about that then. This includes link to pictures of the event and has some videos of the dancing embedded in it

Back to the questions, on the Manston front, for those who only want aviation use for the site, what use would thy like for the site if aviation just proves unviable and therefore impossible there? And of course the other way around, if the DCO gets approved and Manston gets turned into a busy airfreight hub, do those against this think there will be some way of living with it or will they just move away?

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Just what constitutes historic local pictures and a minor ramble

Photos of Thanet in this post date from around 1900 to around 2012, but what is the cut-off date for calling a local photo historic?

Say you danced in the 2011 Broadstairs Dancing Queen event and you are now an eighteen year old adult then you would have been thirteen then – so history.

The one I took of the bronze plaque was the only record for the no scrap value replacement, 2010 but of historic value.

Been mostly local history on the bookshop front today and here is the link to the books that went out

Local news front seems to contain a lot of I’m a politician, vote for me, so I won’t bore you with all that.

Not sure if the local assets sale is a storm in a teacup so have put the press release at the bottom of the post.

One thing about the Manston issue is that there is very little dialogue between the pros, antis, sceptics and the generally confused locals but there is some sort of dialogue going on at the Facebook group East Kent Civil Society, here is the link 

Potential sale of council assets
A list of eight council-owned assets for disposal will be discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Thursday 27 April.
Councillors will be asked to vote to proceed in principle with the sale of the following assets:
  • Land at Phase 2 - Eurokent Business Park
  • Phase 1 – Eurokent Business Park
  • Land adjacent to 2 Park Place, Margate
  • Land at Eastern Entrance to Northdown Park, Margate.
  • Land at Hengist Road, Minnis Bay, Birchington
  • Northdown Garages and Store
  • Palm Bay Coach Park
  • Quarterdeck, Zion Place, Margate
The council recognises that two of the assets listed are leased to third parties to provide services for community groups:
  • The land adjacent to Northdown Park is maintained by Margate Garden Gate Project which works with adults with learning disabilities or mental health issues.
  • The Quarterdeck is home to the Thanet Youth Hub and leased by KCC.
It should be noted that any existing tenants or licensees have the protection of the terms of their tenancy or licence agreements.
Consultation period
If the decision is taken to go ahead with the sale of these assets, there will be a three-week consultation period when local ward councillors can give their views on the proposals. Members of the public can also present their views to their ward councillors during this time. Not all assets listed may be disposed of during 2017.
Tim Howes, Director of Corporate Governance, said:
“TDC owns around 750 assets in the form of land and buildings throughout the district. This needs significant management and budgetary commitment which has to be balanced against the benefits they provide to the community.”
“Monies raised through the sale of council-owned assets will help fund important capital projects. This is part of the council’s medium-term financial strategy, 2016-2020.”
“In most cases, sales will be through open auction which gives the greatest potential to meet our legal obligation to achieve the best possible price.”

Notes to Editors
Asset Disposal Strategy
The recommendation by officers to sell these properties is part of the council’s asset disposal strategy which was agreed by Cabinet in 2016. This is playing a key role in reducing the amount of council-owned property in the district and protecting assets that would otherwise fall into disrepair.
In disposing of unwanted TDC assets, the council is following the practice of other local authorities and so far this has been successful with sales totalling £964,000.
Over the next two years, there will be further sales of council-owned assets and in all cases the final decision to sell any type of property will be subject to cabinet approval.
The council carried out a detailed review of the benefits of continued ownership of assets across the district to help ensure that asset sales benefit both the authority and Thanet taxpayers. This review demonstrated that some types of property or land would be suitable for sale into private ownership, while others would be suitable for the council to let as a corporate landlord.
The sale of unwanted council-owned property is now part of the council’s asset management strategy to reduce costs and generate additional income. This in turn can be used to fund improvements to other buildings and assets across the district through the council’s capital programme. This approach is built into the council’s medium term financial strategy, 2016-2020.
Monies raised through previous sales:
  • 10 Market Street, Margate - Sold for £180,000 at auction in February 2017
  • Land at Duke Street, Margate - Sold for £270,000 at auction in February 2017
  • Newgate Gap store, Margate - Sold for £99,000 at auction in February 2017
  • Dane Valley Enterprise Units in St Peter's, Broadstairs - Sold for £415,000 at auction in March 2017
When disposing of publically-owned assets the council is required by law to achieve the best price reasonably obtainable. A public auction is generally the most appropriate way to achieve this from those who are competing to purchase the asset and this method of disposal gives everyone the opportunity to bid.



Monday, 24 April 2017

Pictures of The Viking Invasion of Thanet in 1949

pictures should expand if you click on them.

A much better Monday morning in the bookshop on the computer front meaning I can access old local pictures again.

Fortunately the main bookshop computer didn’t go wrong too so the books have been going up normally on the bookshop blog, here is the link to Saturday’s post for the dedicated followers

I am having another go at trying to understand the internet’s social media, Facebook is really the only other social media site I use and with that I really only either put up what I post on my blog or link what I put up on my blog.

With Facebook the main issue that I am getting at the moment if spam friends requests, difficult for me as a lot of the genuine friends requests I get are from people who have a common interest, rather than people who I would know by name.

For the most part this is local history, but there is also a certain amount watercolour paining related or related to the scandal involving my old school.     

I have now taken to messaging people who send me unlikely looking friends requests before approving the request. 

Events on this week:
19th - 26th - York Street Gallery Exhibition
22nd - 1st May - Looping The Loop, Around Ramsgate
26th - Northwood Singers, St. Marks Church
26th - 3rd - York Street Gallery Exhibition
27th - Blend For Everyone Who Loves to Sing, The Salvation Army Church Hall
27th - Thanet Sound Crowd with Filipe Gomes, Newington Community Centre, Princess Margaret Avenue, CT12 6HX 
27th - Xenia RubinosRamsgate Music Hall
28th - Sam Brookes, Ramsgate Music Hall
29th - Mayor of Ramsgate Civic Dinner, Royal Temple Yacht Club
29th - Alex Paterson [The Orb] - DJ Legend Series, Ramsgate Music Hall
29th - Free Introduction to Bowls, Government Acre, The Esplanade
29th - Make Me A Star 2017 Heat Two, The Salvation Army, High Street

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Turner Contemporary, Now We Are Six

I’m a bit slow on the uptake with this one, I just realised that Turner Contemporary has been open for six years, don’t time fly? Anyway just as a reminder here is the link my post and pictures of the first day it opened 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Out and about with Me in Margate and Ramsgate

worth going to the new elecTic art gallery in Margate, I should have taken a proper camera I sort of got some of the glass with my phone but the cast silver insects were beyond it.


I spent much of the day trying to find a perspective that could work painting a watercolour looking both ways out of Turner Contemporary Cafe.
 the photo panorama gives you some idea of the direction I would like to go in