The Return of the Sandgate Walking Tours

We’re delighted that Tony Quarrington is bringing his walking tours back to Sandgate for a third season!

Posted in chichester hall, events, History, parish council | Comments Off on The Return of the Sandgate Walking Tours

Samuel Plimsoll – the Sailors Friend

The annual commemoration service, wreath-laying and talk to mark the life of Samuel Plimsoll

Posted in events, History | Comments Off on Samuel Plimsoll – the Sailors Friend

Sandgate Sale Safari

The Sandgate Sale Safari is back by popular demand!

if it’s not there already put Sunday 29th May in your diary. The Sandgate Society found last year that visitors tended to stick to certain areas of Sandgate so this year we have some stalls available in the village centre.

If you are interested in having a stall please email or ring Gemma on 07984 694907.

The good news is there is something that hasn’t gone up!  Stalls will be at the same price of £5 with all profits going towards community events.

Posted in events, parish council, Sandgate Society | Comments Off on Sandgate Sale Safari

Sandgate Celebrates: Party in Golden Valley and Granville Parade

In early June, the country will be celebrating the Jubilee and Sandgate will be playing our part.

Our starting event in Sandgate will be the lighting of the Sandgate Beacon by the Sir John Moore Memorial at 9.45pm on Thursday 2nd June. We have a piper and bugle player beforehand, and. maybe, some special guests.

On the afternoon Friday 3rd June there will be a party in the Golden Valley car park in front of the Golden Arrow, with plenty of families to enjoy.

And in the afternoon of Sunday 5th June there will be a street and beach party along Granville Parade, with the Sandgate Society organising some tables and seating along the front for those that want it, but all more than welcome to come along, join us there or on the beach, have a beach picnic or maybe a drink or two from our great local businesses and enjoy the music from the Rowing Club balcony.

We are looking for a qualified first aider for that afternoon who could be our point of contact if we needed a designated person to call an ambulance or attend to a grazed knee! Could you help us? Please drop an email to – thank you!

For safety reasons, we’ve applied for a road closure of Granville Parade for the afternoon: with lots of people moving around it seems much the safest way. However there is free parking from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th by the Saga building, for which we thank them, and any resident is more than welcome to park there, all day, for free.

Posted in events, parish council, Sandgate Society | Comments Off on Sandgate Celebrates: Party in Golden Valley and Granville Parade

Sandgate Celebrates The Queens Platinum Jubilee

Street and Beach Party on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The sun is starting to shine and our thoughts are turning to celebrations – in particular the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee tea party on 5th June – 2 to 5pm.

In conjunction with Sandgate Parish Council, the Sandgate Society are organising a traditional street party on The Parade, opposite the Rowing Club.

Spaces at the table are available, pre-booked only, at a cost of £2.50.    If you would prefer a beach picnic or bbq, the beach is free!   Places will be limited to our number of tables and chairs, so please book early and non-Sandgate Society members are very welcome.

You are welcome to bring your own picnic tables and chairs, and join our Street table.  Granville Parade will be closed to cars all day (parking is available to residents and guests at the street party in the Saga car park).   

If the weather forces us to cancel, your money can either be returned or donated to the Sandgate Society to be used for another community event.

Please bring your own tablecloth (if required), food and refreshments, sit back and enjoy the day.   If you really want to relax, you can pre-order food from the local eateries.  We will advise you if any of these are offering special deals for the day.

The lavatories attached to the Boathouse Café will be cleaned all day, and the facilities at the Rowing Club will also be available.

The highlights are:

Live music from the Rowing Club balcony, Children’s Regal Fancy Dress competition at 3pm – all entrants receive a free ice cream.  Please assemble opposite the Rowing Club, Dedicated ice cream van all day as well as from The Boathouse on the promenade, Hula hoop and bubble entertainers for the children and young at heart.

So please email us ( to reserve your space and we look forward to partying with you.

Posted in events, parish council, Sandgate Society | Comments Off on Sandgate Celebrates The Queens Platinum Jubilee

Start a Small Business from Your Rented Space Using These Tips

This article is one of many pieces of helpful content you’ll find at

Business tips for new entrepreneurs run the gamut, but for those who are working out of a small space, it’s crucial to make your environment a priority. Not only will your workspace need to be functional, but it also needs to fit realistically into your lifestyle. Running a business out of an apartment often comes with challenges, but there are several things you can do to make the process a smooth one. Start by changing things up to ensure the space is maximized for your needs, both professionally and personally.

Create the perfect work area

It’s possible to create a great home office or workspace in a smaller spot; it just takes a bit of creativity and a lot of organization. If possible, set up your desk or work table in an area that has some privacy and/or is free from distractions. Give yourself plenty of natural light to work in, or utilise task lighting that will be easy on your eyes. Invest in a comfortable, supportive chair, and use organizational tools that will help you stay on top of your to-do lists. You can also add houseplants for a bit of cheer and get rid of clutter to boost your mental health; these are great ways to keep stress at bay while you work and will help you achieve work/life balance.

Keep it legal

Once your environment is perfect, it’s time to think about operations. Running a home-based business means you have to stay on top of your legal responsibilities as a self-employed individual, especially regarding your taxes. One easy way to do this is to form a limited liability company, which will provide tax benefits while giving you flexibility with the way you run things. Every state has its own rules about formation, so get familiar with the steps required to create an LLC.

Also, check with your landlord or council association to ensure you have their express permission to run a business on the property. Keep in mind that they may refuse your request if they believe your business will be disruptive to other tenants or will cause damage to your rented space.

Fix it up

Another aspect of your business that may require permission from your landlord is making repairs or sprucing up an area for holding meetings with clients or customers. Broken windows, doors, or ceiling fans and peeling paint are unsightly and may give clients the wrong impression of your business, even if your meetings are virtual, and if your landlord doesn’t cover every type of repair, you may need some help fixing things up. Look online for a local handyman who can take over these projects for you; review sites are extremely helpful when you’re doing some research before hiring, and they can even provide deals on various services.

Create a schedule that works for you

Once your apartment is clean, spruced up, and ready for business, it’s important to make sure your work schedule actually works for you. Running a business from home means you can create your own routines, which is helpful if you have neighbors who are noisy at certain times of the day.

Running a business out of a small space can be frustrating if you’re not prepared, but with some organization, you can ensure things run smoothly as you work toward your goals.

Need to contact Get in touch today.

Photo via Pexels

Posted in Business | Comments Off on Start a Small Business from Your Rented Space Using These Tips

Sandgate Society Events for 2022.

The Sandgate Society hold a number of very popular events throughout the year (when possible due to Covid) – and this year, 2022, is a bumper year for events.

If you would like to join the Sandgate Society so that you can attend one or more of these events do get in touch with via the contact details on the Sandgate Society website (

It’s not only events – The Society has an extensive Sandgate archive of historical documents and photographs and is involved in much much more – you can find out more about what the Sandgate Society does from:

Here is a list of events for 2022/2023.

Posted in events, Sandgate Society | Comments Off on Sandgate Society Events for 2022.

Flower Artwork Installation at St Pauls

As part of St Paul’s Church 200th anniversary celebrations this June we are creating a knitted flower artwork installation that will be displayed on the steps leading up to St Paul’s.

We need a lot of flowers and if you knit or would like to knit a flower or two (it’s very easy) come along to our workshop this Saturday (26th) at St Paul’s Church Hall, 10am – 12pm.

All you need is; A ball of wool (Any colour), Needles to suit the weight of wool, a Tapestry or yarn needle with a large eye that you can feed the wool through and that is it! For more information email:

Posted in Church, misc, news | Comments Off on Flower Artwork Installation at St Pauls

Sandgate Society Archive Team – H.G. Wells Exhibition 2022 and Guided Walk

Dear Members

Our talented and hardworking Archives Team, who entertained and informed us all during the lockdowns with their ‘Tales From the Archives’, have a new treat in store for you all.

On Saturday  2nd April and Sunday  3rd April,  from 10.30am to 4.00pm, they are holding an H.G. Wells Exhibition in the Old Fire Station with refreshments available in the beautiful listed Reading Room.

Recently discovered correspondence relating to Spade House will be on display for the first time. At the exhibition you will be able to view letters by H. G. Wells, architect C. F. A. Voysey and Folkestone builder William Dunk and also documents from the Sandgate Society archive files.

At the exhibition, there will also be a beautiful limited edition H. G. Wells Commemorative  Envelope and Stamp available to buy for £5.00.

Members also have the excellent opportunity for priority booking onto a Guided Walk, led by Blue Badge Guide Robert Sissons,  where you will walk in the footsteps of H.G. Wells; explore his Sandgate and find out more about this fascinating character.

The Guided Walk will take place on Saturday 2nd April at 2pm and Sunday 3rd April at 2pm and will cost £5 (including tea/coffee and cake afterwards in the Reading Room). Please book in advance by either emailing  or by ringing Gemma on 07984 694907. There are only twenty places available on each walk so book early to secure a place.  

Please feel free to forward the attached poster on to anyone you feel would be interested in visiting what promises to be a very special, interesting and informative exhibition.

Best wishes

The Events Team

If you would like to join the Sandgate Society please contact: – more information about the society can be found at:

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sandgate Society Archive Team – H.G. Wells Exhibition 2022 and Guided Walk

Tree Planting To Mark Appreciation of Queens Service

At a recent Cabinet meeting, Folkestone & Hythe District Council members agreed to show appreciation for Her Majesty’s 70 years’ service by planting an avenue of trees as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy which is a unique tree-planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

To mark this significant event 12 commemorative London Planes will be planted at Cheriton Recreation Ground with a plaque marking the dedication placed opposite the existing Golden Jubilee plaque at the park entrance (the recreation ground was dedicated to the Queen’s Golden Jubilee).

Every year, 10 trees will be available for the public to apply to have planted in council-owned parks and open spaces. These are: Folkestone’s Radnor Park, Cheriton Recreation Ground, Morehall Recreation Ground, the western end of Lower Leas Coastal Park, and Hawkinge Cemetery Green Burial Plot.

The location of the trees will be chosen on a year-by-year basis from these places. The trees will be mainly native broad-leaved and deciduous and a list of species for people to choose from will be available.

Cllr Lesley Whybrow, Cabinet member for the Environment, welcomed the tree-planting campaign, saying it was a “great opportunity to take part in a nationwide tree-planting campaign to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.”

The Sandgate Community Gardeners are already moving forward with tree planting plans and a team led by them planted 12 fruit trees in Fremantle Park as part of Sandgates contribution to the Queen’s Green Canopy project for the 2022 Platinum Jubilee with another 12 fruit trees newly planted in Sandgate Park too – both orchards will be dedicated in June 2022.

Posted in news | Comments Off on Tree Planting To Mark Appreciation of Queens Service

Featuring The Old Fire Station

This season’s must-have fashion accessory or simply a very nice bag to keep or give to friends and family is now available from The Village Shop or the Old Fire Station both on Sandgate High Street. A huge thank you to Euan Williamson who gave us permission to use his beautiful painting which captures the character of this iconic Sandgate landmark which of course is home to the Sandgate Society. 

I am sure you’ll be pleased to know that we decided to buck the trend and not put the price up and so the bag is still an extremely reasonable £3. A big thank you to Sandgate Printers who generously helped us make that possible. All profits will go towards local community projects supported by the Sandgate Society so please support your society in what has been another year where we have had to either cancel or scale down fundraising events.

If you would like one and can not get into Sandgate to buy one (or two or three) we can either do a drop off if you live locally or arrange postage. Postage costs will depend on how many bags you will order but it will be the cheapest way we can do it.

Posted in History, misc | Comments Off on Featuring The Old Fire Station

Sandgate Racer Wins British Superbike Championship

Continuing with an amazing season, a stunning result for twenty-year-old Jack Nixon in the British Superbikes, in the Superstock 600 class at Brands Hatch on 20th October.

Jack was competing alongside riders from across the globe and 6 manufacturers, for the championship title across 11 events, 33 races.

Sandgate mum, Sharon Nixon says she is bursting with pride over her son’s achievement. .

Posted in news | Comments Off on Sandgate Racer Wins British Superbike Championship

Sandgate Community Gardeners Saving Those Spare Plants

Have you ever wondered what happens to the town’s bedding plants when the season is finished?  We certainly have, and made some enquiries with Folkestone and Hythe horticultural department that carry out all the summer and winter floral displays all around the area from the parks to the street planters.

Most of the plants are annuals, which means after their display, they are literally exhausted and finished, fit only to be composted.  Some of the plants are perennials and can survive all year and come back to flower once again.  These were the plants we were interested in, as there were quite a few of them from dahlias to verbenas, gazanias and salvias. 

It seems that most of the plants are removed from the beds and reused which is good news.  We were concerned that these plants might also end up on the compost heap and were keen to rescue them if that were indeed the case, and put them to good use in some of the areas we are looking after. 

However, having removed all the plants the council decided that they did indeed have a few too many perennials left and offered them to us.  Always keen to save valuable resources, we jumped at the opportunity and liberated several plants which we shared with the Incredible Edible team. 

Many thanks to the Folkestone and Hythe Council for thinking of us for these spare plants, and you never know, after planting out the winter bedding, there might be the possibility of a leftover plant or two – you never know! 

The great thing about gardening is that nature is the master of recycling, and nothing is wasted.  Plants give their all by flowering or providing fruit/vegetables, and even when finished make the best compost, and the cycle continues. 

Not trying to give you the heebie jeebies with the pic of worms – but they are just the best for recyling.

Posted in health, misc | Comments Off on Sandgate Community Gardeners Saving Those Spare Plants

Sandgate Society Christmas Party – Coming Soon!

Dear Sandgate Society Members, 

We are very pleased to be able to tell you that we are going ahead with the Christmas Party this year. Many people have now been triple jabbed plus had their Flu jabs and the feedback from members has been a very strong ‘please do something for Christmas’.

As you know we were unable to use SAGA this year so we are back at the Chichester Hall, which will be lovely but does mean less tickets will be available (so book fast!). Please see attached documents for more information about this fun, festive evening. Bookings will be taken from Wednesday 1st November and bookings details will be sent out next week. 

Bookings are being taken from 1st November for this very popular event – more information about the Christmas Party will be published soon – meanwhile, if you want to know more about this event please do contact Sandgate Society directly.

Best wishes

The Events Team

More about the Sandgate Society HERE

Posted in chichester hall, Sandgate Society | Comments Off on Sandgate Society Christmas Party – Coming Soon!

Folkestone Rowing Club Did Us Proud at CARA

Following a very successful day at the Herne Bay regatta towards the end of August – when the Junior Men and Master’s 50 crews secured the CARA Championship – Folkestone Rowing Club were again prepared and ready to give it their all when they competed in the South Coast Rowing Championship 2021 the weekend of 18th and 19th September.

The 64th South Coast Championship, postponed in 2020 due to Covid, this year was hosted by the Hants & Dorset ARA – and took place from the Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, Southampton.

The Folkestone Rowing Club crews line up included: Men’s junior championship: Lodi, Dan, Tom and Finn, coxed by Vanessa, Master’s 40 open and 50s championship: Mark, Steve, Matt and Tony, coxed by Vanessa. The Novice ladies open: Zoë, Hattie, Becky and Maddie and Junior ladies open: Eddi, Jo, Finn and Holly – and all crew members were raring to go.

The course is 1880m but could be shortened to suit conditions if necessary – on the day it wasn’t necessary, the course for the Junior Racing is 910m.

The crews and distinctive yellow boats arrived in Shoreham, with help from Tony of the Dover Rowing Club, bright and early ready for the challenges ahead – and they had a fantastic weekend.

The Masters Crew came in 3rd in the 50’s race and then went on to have an amazing win in the 40’s race. The Junior mens team also did incredibly well with a brilliant win over the Shoreham team proving they are also CARA champions. All rowing club teams, and supporters too, did us proud.

If you are interested in learning to row (competitively or just for fun) – or just want to be part of the social side of the club check out:

Posted in events, news | Comments Off on Folkestone Rowing Club Did Us Proud at CARA

Enbrook Estate Display At Sandgate Library

This fascinating display about Enbrook Estate, now at Sandgate Library, traces the history of the Enbrook Estate from a private residence and grounds in the 1800s to a Star & Garter Home, Police Training College, and now SAGA office and Enbrook Park and home of the Community Garden.

You can browse and search the large collection of digitised documents and photos that the Sandate Society archive team have by visiting their website: Archive (

Sandgate Library opening times: Sandgate Library – Sandgate Parish Council (

Posted in History, Sandgate Society | Comments Off on Enbrook Estate Display At Sandgate Library

Jill Is Hanging Up Her Teapot

We would like to say a very big THANK YOU to Jill Partridge who has organised her last Vintage Tea Room during the Sea Festival.

Jill has always worked tirelessly in corralling volunteers, accepting lots of mouth-watering homemade cakes and ensuring the event runs smoothly with lots of satisfied customers.

It is time for Jill to be able to enjoy the Sea Festival, and we hope we see her as a customer of the Sandgate Society next year.

Jill doesn’t get to relax though – there is still the Archives to organise!  Look out for the new display in the Library next week.

Best wishes

Sal – Chair

To find out more about the Sandgate Society – check out:

Posted in misc, Sandgate Society | Comments Off on Jill Is Hanging Up Her Teapot

Sandgate Parish Council Email Newsletter

Dear All

From September 6th, events and activities will begin again in Sandgate Library.
                                                                  ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS IN SANDGATE LIBRARY
MONDAY                                                    Baby Rhyme Time        10.15-10.45
SECOND MONDAY OF THE MONTH        Book club         –           11.00-12.00
MONDAY                                                     Scrabble            –           1.30 – 3.30
SECOND & FOURTH TUESDAY                Knit and Knatter            10.00 – 12.00
THURSDAY                                                 Talk time            –           2.00 – 3.00
FRIDAY                                     Baby Rhyme Time          Session 1 – 10.15 – 10.45
                                                                                           Session 2 –  11.00 – 11.30

All events must be booked in advance via the library email or phone number 01303 248 563,  only during library opening hours and the numbers of participants will be strictly limited to 10*.
*Baby Rhyme Time – 1 carer & 1 or 2 babies / toddlers would be considered as 1 participant.

Kind regards and thanks

Parish Clerk to Sandgate Parish Council
01303 248563

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sandgate Parish Council Email Newsletter

Vintage Tea Room – Can You Help?

The Old Fire Station will be open on Sunday 29th August during the Sandgate Sea and Food Festival – everybody is welcome to pop in and say hello to our volunteer helpers whilst it is open, and perhaps enjoy a lovely cup of tea or coffee and slice of home made cake.

If you would like to get more fully involved and can spare an hour on Sunday 29 August any time between 1145 and 1615 you would be very welcome to help us with the teas and coffees at the Old Fire Station?

We are looking at serving our teas and coffees downstairs and need 10 willing volunteers to give between half and a whole hour to help serve whilst other volunteers are serving lots of cake!

It’s a great cause – please can you spare the time?

If you would like to help please do contact the Events Team at:

Posted in events, Sandgate Society | Comments Off on Vintage Tea Room – Can You Help?

Sandgate Society Summer Party

This year the Sandgate Society decided to hold their very popular summer party – after the many months of taking great care with Covid restrictions the announcement was very welcome by members.

To err on the side of caution – this year the summer party was held outside on the grounds of Enbrook Park. The weather although being hit and miss over July and August – on this occasion it was perfect – and members sat outside in the perfectly manicured gardens of Enbrook Park, enjoying the friendship and sunshine.

Posted in events, Sandgate Society | Comments Off on Sandgate Society Summer Party