Care about Sandgate village- then the Sandgate Society is for youA civic society – registered charity No. 280497 – campaigning since 1962 to preserve, enhance and promote the enjoyment of Sandgate village’s unique heritage.
The special character of this Kentish coastal village includes two conservation areas (which the society secured), the beach, a 16th century castle, Martello towers, a military garrison and two wooded escarpments.
The society remains vigilant in protecting the village’s built and landscape heritage whilst welcoming new buildings which add to the visual amenity and vibrancy of the village. Sandgate Parish Council, located in the Library on the High Street, is the first and only parish council in Shepway district to have produced a Village Design Statement (VDS) which provides an agreed framework for considering planning applications in Sandgate. A revised VDS, including a protocol for a local list of buildings of local interest, is currently with Folkestone & Hythe District Council for Cabinet approval following public consultation (March 2019).
(see Planning tab for further information on the work the society does on planning applications)
The society also supports research through its extensive archives of local documents (which are currently being digitised- NEW: Archive photographs) and memorabilia .
An annual events programme includes monthly talks, a popular summer garden party, christmas meal and participation in the summer sea festival.
The society’s historic headquarters is the Old Fire Station (51 Sandgate High Street Kent CT20 3AH) which is open every Saturday morning from 10.00am.
Talks and events are held at another historic building the Chichester Memorial Hall (Sandgate High Street Kent CT20 3AR).
If you have any old photographs and memorabilia, please share them on Facebook, or donate a copy to the archives.