Details of our events programme for 2022 will follow shortly

A choppy passage in the Royal Navy – PART 2

To purchase tickets

  • Email and a committee member will get back to you to arrange payment
  • Ring Gemma on 07984 694907
  • Visit the Old Fire Station on Saturday mornings (cash, cheque or card)

Tour of Sandgate Community Gardens

with Leonie Wootton

Sun 5th Sept 2pm

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If you are intrigued by the idea of ‘’No Dig’’ gardening; want to get some top tips for successful fruit and vegetable growing or simply want to find out more about Community Gardens then please join us for a walk and talk with Leonie Wootton from Sandgate Community Gardens on Sunday 5th September.

This walk and talk will start at 2pm outside the Sandgate Community Garden in Saga grounds before moving to Fremantle Park in Fremantle Road and finishing in The Golden Arrow in The Golden Valley for a chat over tea and coffee . (You may of course wish to drive from the Community Garden to Fremantle Park.)

The tour which will be led by Leonie will give us an opportunity to find out how the gardens developed so quickly over 2 years and to find out how a no dig garden for healthy, organic, seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables can be set up and planted in the course of a day. You will be able to ask questions and find out what really works including the principles of a no dig garden and how to avoid its pitfalls.

Leonie is the inaugurator of the Sandgate Community Gardens and has been growing fruit and vegetables all her life. She owned a small holding for 20 years and has also worked in a listed Kent Garden as well as in schools teaching children and adults how to grow fresh food and how to cook with the wonderful produce. Leonie has seen all the growing ‘fashions’ come and go, but feels passionately that ‘’No Dig “ just makes sense”!

The cost of the afternoon is £5 per person including post talk  tea or coffee in the Golden Arrow and  profits will go to Sandgate Community Gardens.

To book either:

  • Sign up at the Old Fire Station on a Saturday Morning (cash or cheque payment)
  • Email to book your place and a committee member will get back to you to arrange payment
  • Ring Gemma on 07984 694907                           

We look forward to seeing you there

Best wishes

The Events Team                                                                   


Events Programme for 2021 – subject to restrictions and confirmation.

June 6 – Sandgate Safari Sale – exciting way to sell the contents of your cleared out cupboards!  Selling from your front garden/garden as part of a registered Safari or a chance to stroll around Sandgate, meeting people and grabbing a bargain or plant or cake  or  even an original art work. 

July 3, Sat – The Old Fire Station re-opening, we hope, at 1030.  Join us for coffee, cake and a glass of something sparkly to celebrate our return.      

August 14  –  Summer Get-together Picnic:  1300-1600.  Outside St Pauls Church Hall, Sandgate, subject to weather.  Bring your own picnic – welcome glass of bubbly – tables and chairs can be provided with prior notice.    Cost £5 per person to cover costs.    Further details and tickets available in June – members only as we need to restrict numbers.  If you have a friend who would like to come and is not a member, now is the time for them to join!

August 29  –   Vintage Tea Room as a Pop Up outside the Old Fire Station, subject to weather.

September 5  – Leonie Wootton – Walk (or drive) and Talk with Leonie through her work at the Saga Community Garden, up to Fremantle Park, finishing at the newly refurbished Golden Arrow for refreshments.

October 13  – Talk 2 of 3 “A Choppy Passage in the Royal Navy – The Beginning” from Lt. Commander Colin Tozer (Rtd) RN, following his amusing anecdotes from the Falkland War in Talk 1.

November 4 – Talk at the Chichester Hall by Ann Morgan, a local author. Ann is a freelance writer and editor based in London. Ann’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, BBC Music Magazine, the Literary Review, the Australian and the New Internationalist, and she was a finalist in the Guardian’s International Development Journalism Competition 2010.

See Ann’s work on ( or (/ann_morgan_my_year_reading_a_book_from_every_country_in_the_world).

December 10, Sat – Christmas Party – venue to be confirmed and more details later this year.   There will be fewer tickets this year, restricted to Members Only (if you have a friend who would like to come but isn’t a member, now is the time to join!).


January 13 – Talk at the Chichester Hall – speaker Gordon Corrigan, Professor of History & author on military history

February  5 – Sloe Gin Competition – start picking your sloes soon!

February 16 – Talk at the Chichester Hall – Bob Sinfield.  

THE GAG TRADE (Misadventures in TV & Radio Comedy):  Bob Sinfield spent 25 years scripting every star on the box, from Lenny Henry and Jasper Carrott to Tracey Ullman and Rory Bremner.  Now he tells all about the life of a jobbing jokesmith and the celebs he tried to ‘gag’.

March 2nd – AGM at the Chichester Hall

Our next event – which is NOT on line is ……

Is your garage full of lockdown clear outs? 

Do you have bags of stuff cluttering up your house just waiting to find a good new home? 

 If the answer is YES then why not take part in the Sandgate Sale Safari on  Sunday 6th June, 11:00am – 4:00pm organisedby the Sandgate Society, with money raised going towards supporting local community projects

You may have been to one of these before or know of them, but if you haven’t, they are basically a boot fair where people sell from their garages/front gardens etc with customers following a map to visit each site rather than walk around a field. It costs £5 to take part with the Sandgate Society organising/promoting the event and providing customers with a map of the sale locations. 

If you live in Sandgate and would like a stall, please email with your name, full address and any additional information you would like on your listing, and we will then send you payment details.

Please support your local community by taking part in this fun event and spreading the word – the more stalls the better! If you don’t think you have enough things to sell, why not team up with a neighbour?


We are really excited that we were able to book Adam Pasco, a garden journalist and horticultural consultant, for our second free Zoom talk, ‘Easy Ways to Better Gardening’ on Wednesday 7th April.

The Talk will start promptly at 7pm start (the ‘waiting room’ will open from 6.45pm). Amongst many other things, Adam launched and edited BBC Gardener’s World Magazine for 22 years; wrote and edited a gardening column for the Daily Telegraph and The Collins Complete Garden Manual and was editor of the Waitrose Garden magazine.  He has made guest appearances on Gardener’s World and Gardener’s Question Time and is an experienced public speaker, making regular appearances on Gardening Cruises.

Adam is also a keen photographer and his talks are illustrated with beautiful plant and garden pictures and videos. His talk will last for around an hour, finishing with some topical tips for the weeks ahead. At the end there will be the opportunity to ask Adam a question.

To book simply email and a confirmation email will be sent to you by a member of the Events Team, followed by the invite, with joining details, which will be sent the day before the talk.

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