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Community groups operating in Dalby Square and the Cliftonville West ward have been very active in supporting this scheme, and in helping to promote community involvement and pride in their local area.
Members of the Dalby Square Project have been active in the square since 2002, initially getting the renovation of the formal gardens underway. Since then, they have overseen neighbours and local residents looking after the gardens, adding to the planting and creating wildlife areas to encourage pollinators and more birds into the gardens.
The Project has also held outdoor community events in the gardens, working in liaison with other groups such as A Better Cliftonville and other organisations in the locality. The land is ideal for public gatherings to celebrate and enjoy special occasions such as a royal wedding, and seasonal festivals with music and games.
The following Groups supported the designation of the Dalby Square Conservation Area and the Dalby Square THI:
A Better Cliftonville
The Dalby Square Project
Margate Civic Society
Margate Conservation Area Advisory Group
The Futures Group, Kent Gardens Trust
Margate Community Heritage Federation.
National Civic Day June 2019
A joint project to celebrate this day was arranged between the THI team, Margate Civic Society, the Turner Contemporary gallery and Visit Thanet. Activities were promoted across websites, social media, press activity and the Margate Visitor Centre.
12 Arthur Road was open to the public, in accordance with conditions attached to the THI grant which was awarded to repair and bring the hotel back into use. Historical information was made available with guides from Margate Civic Society volunteers. The property was featured in Turner Contemporary’s current exhibition, The Seaside Photographed. The house and previous resident Ivy Gregory were photographed by Danielle Peck, who appeared at the Turner Contemporary on the day as part of the Meet the Photographer event. The experience of gallery visitors was given added value by the ability to go and visit a house that featured in the exhibition. A simple map with directions was produced inviting people to walk up from the gallery to Dalby Square.
Outside in the Dalby Square gardens, the THI team was on hand to explain the work of the Heritage Lottery grant scheme. A large selection of photo images were displayed, showing properties that have been upgraded by grants from the scheme, and also historic images over the decades since Dalby Square, Dalby Road and Arthur Road were built.
Community Day May 2019
Local members of the community met in the garden square in May 2019 to carry out activities to encourage wildlife and add planting to the gardens. The day was also marked by a visit from the Chairman of Thanet District Council to unveil an interpretation panel commemorating the THI scheme. Cllr Jason Savage spent time in the square talking to residents and viewing conservation building work that has been carried out to nearby properties under the scheme.