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9 months ago

The Whitstable Improvement Trust

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You are reminded that in addition to any initiatives the WIT may undertake ourselves, we provide small grants for local groups,associations and charities to help finance deserving projects which meet a set criteria. For full details go to our website www.whitstableimprovementtrust.org.uk, you never know you may well qualify! ... See MoreSee Less

You are reminded that in addition to any initiatives the WIT may undertake ourselves, we provide small grants for local groups,associations and charities to help finance deserving projects which meet a set criteria. For full details go to our website  www.whitstableimprovementtrust.org.uk, you never know you may well qualify!

The Whitstable Improvement Trust (WIT) is an independent Charitable Company founded in 1989 by local community groups. Our work is focused on providing benefit to Whitstable and its community and promoting the protection and improvement of the local environment and features which give it its unique character. Our aim is to encourage and support public awareness, particularly of young people, in the diversity and richness of the town’s heritage.

We are financed from the utilisation of our own assets, public donations and the membership of local individuals, groups and businesses. If you are interested in becoming a member you will be warmly welcomed.

In addition to any initiatives we may undertake ourselves, we provide small grants for local groups, associations and charities to help finance deserving projects. These Whitstable Improvement Trust Grants are administered by the Trust’s Executive Board using a set criterion specifically designed
to ensure that these projects are in accordance with our main aims.

If you wish to become a member or apply for a grant all the details can be found on our new website at www.whitstableimprovementtrust.org.uk or telephone us on 01227 277580.
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The Whitstable Improvement Trust (WIT) is an independent Charitable Company founded in 1989 by local community groups. Our work is focused on providing benefit to Whitstable and its community and promoting the protection and improvement of the local environment and features which give it its unique character. Our aim is to encourage and support public awareness, particularly of young people, in the diversity  and richness of the town’s heritage.

We are financed from the utilisation of our own assets, public donations and the membership of local individuals, groups and businesses. If you are interested in becoming a member you will be warmly welcomed. 

In addition to any initiatives we may undertake ourselves, we provide small grants for local groups, associations and charities to help finance deserving projects.  These Whitstable Improvement Trust Grants are administered by the Trust’s Executive Board using a set criterion specifically designed 
to ensure that these projects are in accordance with our main aims.

If you wish to become a member or apply for a grant all the details can be found on our new website at www.whitstableimprovementtrust.org.uk or telephone us on 01227 277580.

The Whitstable Shop & Visitor Information Centre will sadly close its doors for the last time early tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon - so you have until 2.30pm to pick up a last minute bargain!

On behalf of the Board Members and Volunteers, take I this opportunity to thank you all; our lovely residents, our very many visitors from across the globe, plus our local organisations and businesses, for your custom and support over the last 30 years.

We can now confirm that a five year lease has been taken on our property in Harbour Street and will take effect from 1st March 2020. Our tenant is Graham Greener the florist and this rental income will enable the Trust to continue to invest in town improvements to the benefit of the local community. We hope you will agree that our choice of tenant will ensure that the attractive nature of the property and garden will continue to enhance the town. We are also delighted to say that it is the intention of Graham Greener to continue to let part of the garden to the Whitstable Produce Store and to maintain the planted area in its present form.

A new Whitstable Improvement Trust Grant Scheme has been created, which will be available to local groups and organisations wanting to carry out projects which benefit the people of Whitstable and the surrounding area. For further details on this, please contact us on 01227 770060 or email wit.whitstable34@talktalk.net

Here's looking forward to a productive new year for the WIT!

Lou Fowkes
Trust Manager
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A difficult decision and I'm sure it wasn't taken lightly. We must all adapt in changing times and I wish you all the best in the next chapter. Thanks to the ever helpful people who have worked there, too.

Sad to see such a important resource lost but the situation for many small charities is incredibly difficult. I am glad the garden will continue to be available and hope the new rents can be driven back into local projects through the WIT.

Tough times Lou. Good luck on the job front. I am sure that 2020 will be a good year for you.

It’s sad to see you go 😤

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What a great Christmas event on Saturday, organised by the fabulous team WhitSparkle We now have a lovely festive tree in our garden for all to enjoy. Well done to everyone involved! ... See MoreSee Less

What a great Christmas event on Saturday, organised by the fabulous team WhitSparkle  We now have a lovely festive tree in our garden for all to enjoy.  Well done to everyone involved!

The Small Business Saturday Bus rolled into town this afternoon and parked it's mobile sofa in our garden. Here are some of our lovely local business owners outside our shop welcoming the team... ... See MoreSee Less

The Small Business Saturday Bus rolled into town this afternoon and parked its mobile sofa in our garden. Here are some of our lovely local business owners outside our shop welcoming the team...

PRESS RELEASE – 4/11/2019

Closure of the Whitstable Shop and Visitor Information Centre

The board of trustees of the Whitstable Improvement Trust have confirmed that their shop and visitor information centre in Harbour Street will close at the end of this year.
The closure will enable the Trust to focus on its core objectives: delivering a variety of improvements to the town and its residents.

Trust members were advised of the closure in a letter from the chairman prior to their AGM last week. Although much disappointment was expressed at the meeting, the closure was accepted as an inevitable consequence if they were to continue to implement the type of improvement initiatives which they have over the last 30 years.

The Whitstable Improvement Trust was established in 1989 as an independent Charitable Company, with community funding from Canterbury City Council and Kent County Council. This funding has enabled the Trust to undertake close to one hundred projects, including refurbishment and community enhancement schemes, signage and heritage-based publications. In 2010 the Trust also accommodated and managed the Whitstable Visitor Information Centre after Canterbury City Council closed their Whitstable offices.

Chairman of the Trust David Roberts said “the visitor information centre, which is staffed by local volunteers, has provided a valuable service helping visitors and promoting the town’s attractions and its businesses. We are hoping that a local organisation or business comes forward to continue this good work”.

He went on to say “unfortunately, today the level of community funding originally granted to the Trust is just not available. Whilst we have endeavoured to maintain a modest income through our shop, this is insufficient to enable us to continue to manage and fund improvement projects in the town”.
Freeing up the shop will save the Trust the running costs and allow them to lease the premises to secure a regular income. This income will then be used to further the work of the Trust in the longer term.

David said that “with a sounder financial footing we will be able to implement our own initiatives as well as introduce a Whitstable Improvement Trust Grant Scheme. This scheme is available to local groups and organisations wanting to carry out projects which benefit the people of Whitstable and the surrounding area and which are in line with our own objectives”.

The Trust is open to local people who are interested in having an influence on their environment and its associated quality of life, through individual, group or corporate membership. David said “we are indebted to our loyal members, many of who have given up their valuable time over the years to work in the shop and information centre on a voluntary basis. Without this support the Trust would not have been able to operate as long as we have”.

For more information on the work of the Whitstable Improvement Trust or for information about the WIT Grant Scheme email wit.whitstable34@talktalk.net

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David Roberts
Tel 01227 277580
starlings66@talktalk.net
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PRESS RELEASE – 4/11/2019

Closure of the Whitstable Shop and Visitor Information Centre

The board of trustees of the Whitstable Improvement Trust have confirmed that their shop and visitor information centre in Harbour Street will close at the end of this year.
The closure will enable the Trust to focus on its core objectives: delivering a variety of improvements to the town and its residents.

Trust members were advised of the closure in a letter from the chairman prior to their AGM last week. Although much disappointment was expressed at the meeting, the closure was accepted as an inevitable consequence if they were to continue to implement the type of improvement initiatives which they have over the last 30 years.

The Whitstable Improvement Trust was established in 1989 as an independent Charitable Company, with community funding from Canterbury City Council and Kent County Council.  This funding has enabled the Trust to undertake close to one hundred projects, including refurbishment and community enhancement schemes, signage and heritage-based publications. In 2010 the Trust also accommodated and managed the Whitstable Visitor Information Centre after Canterbury City Council closed their Whitstable offices.

Chairman of the Trust David Roberts said “the visitor information centre, which is staffed by local volunteers, has provided a valuable service helping visitors and promoting the town’s attractions and its businesses. We are hoping that a local organisation or business comes forward to continue this good work”.  

He went on to say “unfortunately, today the level of community funding originally granted to the Trust is just not available. Whilst we have endeavoured to maintain a modest income through our shop, this is insufficient to enable us to continue to manage and fund improvement projects in the town”.
Freeing up the shop will save the Trust the running costs and allow them to lease the premises to secure a regular income. This income will then be used to further the work of the Trust in the longer term.

David said that “with a sounder financial footing we will be able to implement our own initiatives as well as introduce a Whitstable Improvement Trust Grant Scheme. This scheme is available to local groups and organisations wanting to carry out projects which benefit the people of Whitstable and the surrounding area and which are in line with our own objectives”.

The Trust is open to local people who are interested in having an influence on their environment and its associated quality of life, through individual, group or corporate membership. David said “we are indebted to our loyal members, many of who have given up their valuable time over the years to work in the shop and information centre on a voluntary basis. Without this support the Trust would not have been able to operate as long as we have”. 

For more information on the work of the Whitstable Improvement Trust or for information about the WIT Grant Scheme email wit.whitstable34@talktalk.net

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David Roberts
Tel 01227 277580
starlings66@talktalk.net

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My Dad enjoyed many years volunteering for WIT, right from the beginning. Such a shame.

As visitors to Whitstable it was one of the "must have been there" places every single time. The nice conversations will be missed. Thanks to all the volunteers doing the job. Greetings from your twin Town in Germany and the Partnerschaftsverein Borken e.V. 😢

UTTERLY TRAGIC!!! Jx <3

Oh that's so sad!

What a terrible shame!

And yet another costal area with out any tourist information

Oh no!! Loves that place

Sad news

Inevitable and logical.

What will happen to the building?

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1 years ago

The Whitstable Improvement Trust

This fantastic image is one from White One Sugar, a collection of contemporary artwork that we have in both cards and magnets. Pop in soon and take a look! ... See MoreSee Less

This fantastic image is one from White One Sugar, a collection of contemporary artwork that we have in both cards and magnets.  Pop in soon and take a look!

1 years ago

The Whitstable Improvement Trust

This beautiful image is of course Harbour Street - although how local photographer Alex Hare managed to get the photo with no people or cars in is a mystery! And if you like this, why not pop into The Whitstable Shop & Visitor Information Centre to pick up his 2020 calendar, which includes many more gorgeous shots of our wonderful Whitstable... ... See MoreSee Less

This beautiful image is of course Harbour Street - although how local photographer Alex Hare managed to get the photo with no people or cars in is a mystery!  And if you like this, why not pop into The Whitstable Shop & Visitor Information Centre to pick up his 2020 calendar, which includes many more gorgeous shots of our wonderful Whitstable...

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Must be early morning

Lou, our Trust Manager, spent the morning taking tourism journalists from around the world to some of the best places in town. Visits to meet Graham at West Welks, Stephen at the Produce Store and of course our shop in Harbour Street. Here they are with James from the Whitstable Oyster Co sampling local native oysters and wine. A great morning for everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

Lou, our Trust Manager, spent the morning taking tourism journalists from around the world to some of the best places in town. Visits to meet Graham at West Welks, Stephen at the Produce Store and of course our shop in Harbour Street. Here they are with James from the Whitstable Oyster Co sampling local native oysters and wine. A great morning for everyone!

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We don't want any more tourists in Whitstable until we have 'park and ride' , better traffic management and a tax on holiday lets. Affordable housing for our young people.

local "native" oysters? Really?

***Press Release - £1 Million Funding for Waverley***

The Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, has announced that the Scottish Government will support Paddle Steamer Waverley’s return to service with £1 million being provided for essential boiler replacement works required to save the historic ship.

Ms Hyslop said: “The Waverley has delighted generations of locals and visitors throughout its 70-year history and I am pleased to be able to announce this significant financial commitment to help the historic paddle steamer set sail once again.”

Waverley was withdrawn from service earlier this year when it was determined that her boilers would need replacing if the iconic steamship was to sail again. An appeal to raise the £2.3 million required to return Waverley to full operation was launched in June.

Paul Semple, Waverley’s General Manager, commented: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has allocated this level of funding towards Waverley recognising the ship’s heritage value and the economic benefit she brings to many coastal communities. This funding together with the donations received from thousands of individuals takes our running appeal total to £1.9 million. However, we urgently need to secure a further £400,000 through donations, corporate funding and grants to ensure we can carry out all the work required to have Waverley back for next summer.”

If further funding is secured Waverley will return to service for 2020 which has been designated as the Year of Coasts and Waters. Passengers on Waverley will be able to experience Scotland from a different perspective viewing vast areas of the Firth of Clyde and the west coast.

Mr Semple further added: “Waverley can offer a truly unique coastal cruising experience aboard a real steamship. All involved with Waverley are determined to keep her alive. I would urge those who share in our vision to preserve a piece of the past for future generations to enjoy, to join the Government in helping to return the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world to service.”

A decision on the £250,000 application for Waverley to the National Lottery Heritage Fund is expected by November.

Donations can be made to the Boiler Refit Appeal at waverleyexcursions.co.uk or by calling 0141 243 2224 or by texting STEAM £20 to 70085.

#savethewaverley
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In support of the global Climate Change strike tomorrow (Friday 20th September) we will be closed all morning and re-open at 12.30pm. ... See MoreSee Less

Calling all dog owners - in this wonderfully warm weather, make sure you give your dog a rest by visiting our shady garden. Cold dog water provided. Food and drink for humans beautifully supplied and served by our great neighbours the Whitstable Produce Store. ... See MoreSee Less

Calling all dog owners - in this wonderfully warm weather, make sure you give your dog a rest by visiting our shady garden. Cold dog water provided. Food and drink for humans beautifully supplied and served by our great neighbours the Whitstable Produce Store.

Our cover image is ‘Whitstable Harbour’, a contemporary, quirky painting exclusive to us by local artist Angelo Pizzigallo and adorns our new tea towels on sale in The Whitstable Shop & Visitor Information Centre for just £8.50 each...Grab yours before we sell out! ... See MoreSee Less

Our cover image is ‘Whitstable Harbour’, a contemporary, quirky painting exclusive to us by local artist Angelo Pizzigallo and adorns our new tea towels on sale in The Whitstable Shop & Visitor Information Centre for just £8.50 each...Grab yours before we sell out!

Our lovely volunteer Gill is ready and waiting at our stall at Harbour Day - do make sure you stop by and say hello! ... See MoreSee Less

Our lovely volunteer Gill is ready and waiting at our stall at Harbour Day - do make sure you stop by and say hello!

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This won't be happening this year for sure.

Make sure you grab one of our exclusive Whitstable Harbour Tea Towels tomorrow from our stall! We'll be selling them at the special Harbour Day price of £6.00 instead of the usual £8.50! Would make a great gift or souvenir... ... See MoreSee Less

Make sure you grab one of our exclusive Whitstable Harbour Tea Towels tomorrow from our stall!  Well be selling them at the special Harbour Day price of £6.00 instead of the usual £8.50! Would make a great gift or souvenir...

We are pleased to be selling this beautiful 2020 Whitstable Calendar by local photographer Alex Hare. At just £10, pop into The Whitstable Shop and Visitor Information Centre to pick up yours before we sell out! #whitstable #wit #HarbourStreet #alexharephotography ... See MoreSee Less

We are pleased to be selling this beautiful 2020 Whitstable Calendar by local photographer Alex Hare. At just £10, pop into The Whitstable Shop and Visitor Information Centre to pick up yours before we sell out!  #whitstable #WIT #harbourstreet  #alexharephotography

As we enjoy this wonderful weather and welcome the Whitstable Oyster Festival this weekend and Harbour Day the next, please follow these simple measures... ... See MoreSee Less

As we enjoy this wonderful weather and welcome the Whitstable Oyster Festival this weekend and Harbour Day the next, please follow these simple measures...

1 years ago

The Whitstable Improvement Trust

Our new header picture of Harbour Street on a beautiful Summer's evening is courtesy of Alex Hare. www.alexharephotography.com ... See MoreSee Less

Our new header picture of Harbour Street on a beautiful Summers evening is courtesy of Alex Hare.  www.alexharephotography.com

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Looks beautiful Julie

Kent is gearing up for a hot weekend and no more so than in wonderful Whitstable! Take full advantage of all the beautiful things to do and see in 'the bubble'

#wit #thewhitstableshop #whitstablevisitorinformationcentre #HarbourStreet #whitstable #visitwhitstable #visitthebubble #alexharephotography
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Kent is gearing up for a hot weekend and no more so than in wonderful Whitstable!  Take full advantage of all the beautiful things to do and see in the bubble  

#WIT  #thewhitstableshop  #whitstablevisitorinformationcentre  #harbourstreet  #whitstable  #visitwhitstable  #visitthebubble #alexharephotography