Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A herd of reindeer come to Ramsgate for this month's Handmade Fair

Saturday 15 November, 10am - 5pm

Makers all over Thanet are getting well and truly into the Christmas spirit. This month’s Handmade Fair in Ramsgate promises a brilliant selection of crafty gifts, so it’s the place to be to find a perfect and affordable selection of presents – and all from local makers and artists!

One of Ramsgate’s busiest crafters is surely Lindy Tweddell. She runs a weekly Craft Club after school at Christchurch Primary School on London Road. It’s so popular that she’s started a second session and there’s still a waiting list. Children are currently learning how to make Christmas rag wreaths, one of Lindy’s creative inventions. Last month she came up with Viking helmets for the Winternights event and her house is filling up with all sorts of stocking filler gifts to bring to the Fair. Lovely hand printed cards and spice bags are popular, and there’s this herd of twig reindeer due to come to the Custom House on Saturday, each with a ribbon and Christmas bell! She came up with doggy bandanas as a new line, which have been snapped up by a London shop, so all in all, Christmas is a great season for her crafting skills.

Come and see Lindy’s work on Saturday 15 November from 10am – 5pm at The Custom House, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate. The Fair is in the upstairs room above the Visitor Information Centre. There’s a dozen stalls with Christmas delights from pickles to jewellery, doggy bandanas to reindeer!

If anyone wants to come and sell their work, get in touch to book a space through or by calling 07946 147032.

Date:               Next Handmade Fair Saturday 15 November 2014
Venue:           Upstairs at the Custom House, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate CT11 8LP (same place as the Visitor Information Centre)
Time:              10am – 5pm
Twitter:          @NiceThingsRamsg
Facebook:      Nice Things, Ramsgate or Ramsgate Handmade Fairs

NEWS, events and shows

At our AGM last week, we're delighted that 6 Members were elected as new Trustees of Ramsgate Arts. We'll be having a creative planning session before Christmas for 2015 and beyond. 

Some of you will have seen the burning of our Viking boat on the beach on Sunday 2 November, at Winternights. There was an hour of clear sky just in time for a procession and the bonfire, postponed from the Squall bank holiday Monday. We were sorry to burn such a lot of work, but it was a very successful event! 

There's two shows taking place in East Kent that we'd like to promote and recommend to you...
"An Evening with Marlene Dietrich" is an Arts Council supported play written and performed by Anette Mutton  
Friday 14th November @ Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable. Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door, 01227 281174
Saturday 15th November @ Mrs Jones Kitchen Cafe, Canterbury. You can have dinner whilst watching the show, 01227 787786.

The show covers Dietrich's life from when she was a Hollywood film icon in the 1930's, to when she sang for the Allied troops on the front line during World War II, followed by a long career as a cabaret artist working alongside Burt Bacharach. She was a fascinating women, although German she took American citizenship because of Hitler, but her heart belonged to France and she actually spoke perfect English with a French accent!  She met many great men and women, from Noel Coward to Edith Piaf.  She spent the last 12 years of her life in bed in her apartment in Paris, but she was never lazy, she would start answering fan mail from her bed at 6.30am and liked to feel she was still influential in the world. Her phone bill was enormous, she would ring Ronald Reagan and give him advice! The show reveals her life story plus the wonderful heartfelt songs that she sang.

"Ramsgate Buzz 2014 - The Daughters of Elvin"
Saturday 22 November, Sailors' Church, Military Road, Ramsgate

Organised by Claire Dugue, this magical band make a return visit after four years. The setting in the Victorian church just adds to the atmosphere. The show sold out last time, so do book ahead. The band members are: 
Katie Marchant - Voice, Bagpipes, Recorders, Pipe and Salterio, Shawm
Steve Tyler - Hurdy-gurdy, Gothic Harp, Cittern
Tim Garside - Percussions, Nay
Tickets available from Claire Dugue on 01843 588 470 or
Adult £12  Children (under 16) £7 Doors open at 19.00 for a 19.30 start.

Looping the Loop 2015
We have confirmed that the fourth Looping the Loop festival of live performance, produced in partnership with the Tom Thumb Theatre and Ellie Jones, will run between 1 - 6 May, with productions from Battersea Arts Centre:
  • The Adventure (an adventure in all aspects, for children aged 7+ and families)
  • Gloriator (a very funny, almost stand-up show)
  • Lorraine & Allan (a big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, for adults)
We're developing a programme of work created in East Kent and building intriguing partnerships for this next festival. More details to come through

We hope this work is of interest and that we'll see you at one, or another. 

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Voices 1914-1918 raises £500.00 (five hundred pounds) for the Royal British Legion

£500.00 (five hundred pounds) was raised at WW1 Centenary event, Voices 1914-1918, on Saturday 8th November at the historic Sailors Church, Ramsgate harbour.
The church was packed and all seemed to enjoy the poignant combination of live cello and WW1 poetry readings.
Jayne Evelyn, the event's producer, would like to thank everyone who participated: members of the audience for their attendance, rapt attention and generous donations; local artist Michael Blaker for excellent illustrations on the advertising poster; cellist Charles Martin, formerly of the BBC Symphony Orchestra for his wonderful compositions and playing; fellow readers John Coverdale, Robin Fleet and Penelope Perrott for their expressive readings; Reverend Gordon Warren and Church Trustees for accommodation and support.
The poignant, memorial verses of the WW1 poets are a rich legacy of the Great War. We shall remember them and all who served. A cheque for £500.00 has been duly dispatched to The Royal British Legion HQ in London.