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Local News 18th October 2018



Our local hospital may be losing even more of its services.
Many people are still angry and worried about the prospect of Thanet stroke victims being carried to Ashford for treatment, yet there may be more significant changes to come. As part of a proposed scheme for a massive housing development in Canterbury, a developer has offered to build the shell of a new hospital for the NHS to fit out and equip. The initial proposals would mean the QEQM losing a number of its current services, either the A & E or a number of specialist departments. Health leaders are holding a number of ‘listening events’ to understand people’s concerns. For more information go to the website
Public NHS listening events in Thanet
Tuesday 13 November: Ravenscliffe Suite, Pegwell Bay Hotel, 81 Pegwell Road, Ramsgate CT11 0NJ
6.30pm to 9.30pm (registration from 6.15pm)
Tuesday 20 November: The Lido, Ethelbert Terrace, Margate CT9 1RX
10am to 1pm (registration from 9.45am
To come to one of the listening events register online at Alternatively, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01622 211940 to reserve a place.
For more information visit
Some local Schools did not score too well for their GCSE results.
The Department for Education has just released statistics showing the best and worst schools in Kent for the 2018 GCSE results. Grammar Schools dominate the top end of the table, with Dane Court then Chatham and Clarendon coming in at numbers 24 and 27 respectively. Hartsdown Academy is at the bottom end of the table, with the Royal Harbour Academy also in the lower quartile.
Two Thanet businesses have won prestigious accommodation awards.
VisitEngland only handed out 100 of their Rose Awards this year, recognising places to stay that offer the warmest of welcomes, making customers’ experiences extra special. Manston Court Accommodations is 3 self-catering holiday properties on the outskirts of the village. The Devonhurst in Broadstairs has been family-run since 1987 and has also been awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the 5th year running.
Kent’s first vegan ‘fish and chip’ shop opens in Broadstairs tomorrow.
Well, not fish exactly, but substitutes for fish and meat instead of the regular seafood, burgers and chicken. Their chips are also cooked to be suitable for vegans. The Cliffsend owners started with a vegan van around Canterbury, but have decided to put down roots as Veg ‘n’ Out in Albion Street.
Broadstairs makes a pretty picture on Sky TV.
The Sky Arts Channel programme, ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’, is presented by Joan Bakewell and Stephen Mangan. Episodes filmed in Broadstairs last June will be aired next Tuesday evening and again in November.