Sunday, is however a workday for me for the next month or so, as I've a project in Abu Dhabi to complete and it's a normal day of the week, until about midday, because of the time difference. Thanks to the internet and 'Skype' calls however, my phone bills are rather lighter than using good old BT.
Yesterday evening, I dropped in to the cabaret cancer charity event at the Westgate pavilion, organised by our most colourful of local characters, 'Horace' and Birchington parish councillor, John Worrow. It was very good indeed, supported by Margaret Sheldrick, the Chairman of TDC, with some excellent and very amusing local talent on display. Kevin Crace is doing a wonderful job restoring the Westgate pavilion to its former glory and I would recommend visiting some of the events there to enjoy the atmosphere.
Walking back through the village, later that evening, aside from three bored teenagers at the bus stop, it was absolutely quiet and in marked contrast with previous weeks. I now have many of the traders on email and rather than simply 'doing the rounds' for a chat, I'm hoping that they can keep me abreast of any changes when they need to.
Councillors Goodwin and King are working on the Westgate Christmas lights. These and the celebrations we have when they are turned-on, have been a great success over the last two years with great personal generosity shown by Darren Ellis but this time, thanks in part to the economic climate surrounding donations, we have a shortfall, I'm told, of £1,500 that we are trying to make-up.
Councillors can make a modest contribution from their own special community fund, of £500, which we are all happy to do but an application has gone to the Margate Charter Trustees to see if there's a little financial support available there and I know that the traders and businesses have been asked if they can spare a little extra. I'm optimistic that we will reach the figure but the community will have to work fast, as it's almost November. I'm sure that Cllrs Goodwin and King will keep me informed of their progress and I will post any updates here.