Archive for June, 2012

We invite you to grab a suitcase or two (maximum two per person),  fill it with things you wish to sell and join the conga of have-a-go market sellers, stretching from The Old Town right up the High Street. It runs from 10am to 2.30pm. All you need to do is turn up with your case of stuff and that’s it.

It’s all part of supporting Love Your Market and National Market Day. For further info phone 07967 051915 and email info@margatetownteam.org.uk

Help us promote this event by downloading the Suitcase Conga Poster and putting it up where people can see it. Choose the print settings ‘fit to page’ so you can print A4 or A3 for example. It would be great if anyone can help us print us off a fair quantity to distribute around the town.

More info on supporting your local markets:


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Thank you Margate!

A big thank you to everyone who made it along to our gathering at the ex-Woolworth’s building in Margate High Street last night, it was an amazing night.

The many positive comments and offers of help from everyone who joined us have been really inspiring.

The ideas wall was brilliant and we will now be taking it with us wherever we go to show people how passionate Margate is about its High Street!

To everyone who turned out on a grey night, thank you for your time. If you didn’t leave us contact details do send us an email to info AT margatetownteam.org.uk and we will add you to our mailing list. For those of you, and there were many, who did leave us details, we’ll be in touch to double check what you were interested in getting more information on.

For those of you who weren’t there and haven’t caught up with some of the comments online, the Queen of Shops, Mary Portas also joined us with a TV crew from Optomen TV. They are planning on making a programme about the High Street and we are working with them to decide what our involvement will be. We are keen to benefit from the expertise and ideas that Mary has to regenerate Margate but need to be mindful of the need for us to be able to get to work on the aims identified in our bid.

Here’s what Mary had to say: http://margateneverruns.com/post/24976748215/mary-portas-talks-to-margate with transcript and video.

As we have more news about this, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, if you have any photos or short videos of the event, we have a Margate Town Team group in flickr that you can upload to.

Finally, the Oscars bit of the speech…

Thank you to the building’s owners for letting us use Woolworths – amazing space – free of charge (let’s hope it’s not long before it’s open again permanently).

Thank you to Jamie Moore for the live music, Kapo, Mandy and Gavin with their  vintage Dreamland ice-cream bike, thank you to everyone who helped clean up, set up and take down the market stalls. Thank you really to everyone who helped. Thank you for coming down, thank you for your support. You know who you are!

Stay tuned for more news from your Town Team. But if you have thoughts or news, please let us know!

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Press Release 13th June 2012

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We’ve been busy! And we’re really pleased to let everyone know that we will be opening up the empty Woolworth’s building at 31-33 High Street, Margate for a public event.

On Tuesday June 12th at 6.30pm until 8.30pm we invite you to come and see what it’s all about and give your input.

The Town Team’s bid was chosen as one of the first 12 towns in the UK to become one of the ‘Portas Pilot Towns’ with Margate Town Team being awarded the maximum allocation of £100,000 funding from the Government. We know this sum of money can’t fix everything that needs fixing in a street, never mind a town. But we can achieve much much more by working together as a community.


This weekend we put the call out and a band of volunteers turned out on their weekend, brooms and mops in hand to give the wonderful Woolworth’s Building a good scrub. Windows you can now see through! Thank you to everyone who turned up and helped. We also had lots of passers by stop and ask us what it was all about.


Rest assured, dear reader, not a penny has been spent thus far! We don’t have any! But if we did…we’d be just as frugal.

Please download, print off and stick up a poster to show your support for Margate High Street:
Margate Town Team Public Meeting 12th June (PDF)
We love Margate High Street

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