Above: Debussy performing in 1893

International Ensemble Chamber Concert

Date:           Thursday 9th June

Time:           2.30pm

Venue:         York Street Methodist Church

Event:          International Ensemble chamber concert

Programme:  Works for piano and strings by Brahms, Debussy, Dvorak, Elgar,                         Mendelssohn, Tschaikovsky

Cost:            £5

More info from Joyce on 01843-579 028.




People from all over Thanet gathered at Broadstairs war memorial to protest against the bombing of Syria on Saturday 12 December.

The protest was organised by Christine Tongue of the Thanet Stop The War group.

Christine said: “It was a very moving occasion. We had readings and a song and people expressed their opposition to the British government’s decision to join the bombing.”

She added: “What saddened me the most was to hear how many hundreds of civilians have already died in bombings in Syria. And I fear that the British bombing will lead to yet more innocent people dying.”

Christine explained why the Thanet Stop The War group decided to hold their meeting at the war memorial.

“The war memorial is a monument to those who died in war. What better place to come together say that we don’t want more deaths?”

She said that there will more protests in the future if the bombing continues



On Saturday 12 December at 2.30pm people will hold a peace vigil at the war memorial in Broadstairs to show their opposition to the bombing in Syria. The following was written by one of those taking part.

The idea of bombing Syria is to destroy ISIS, but will it work?

In November the French government said 30 of their air strikes destroyed an ISIS training camp and munitions dump in Raqqa in Syria.

But a media activist in Raqqa said that the French air strikes hadn’t touched ISIS.

“It has been two insane nights,” he said. “People are horrified and everyone here lives in fear.”

He said that in the past few days Russian air strikes had caused the most destruction.

“Last week, Russian air strikes destroyed one of the main bridges in the city in addition to the national hospital. Most hospitals in the city have been destroyed in Raqqa,” he said.

“The US, Russia and France are all bombing Syria. How many more countries want to bomb us?

“Raqqa is devastated. Raqqa has endured the unbearable and we live in fear under ISIS’s dictatorship.

“Not everyone who lives in Raqqa approves of ISIS. I am a citizen of Raqqa and I refused to leave my hometown just like many others did.

“What the world needs to know is that we live under ISIS control on the ground, and constant air strikes from the sky. We are trapped,” he said.

In December, on the eve of the vote in Parliament on bombing Syria, the Observer newspaper spoke to Raqqan exiles in Turkey.

Most of them feared that more bombing would cost more innocent lives in their city.

Many were baffled and frustrated that the city’s fate was being decided in distant capitals and conference rooms where the people of Raqqa have no presence or a voice.

The Syrian activists known as Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently said:  “We are against the UK strikes on Raqqa; all the world is bombing Raqqa; UK will not make any change in the situation Syria. If UK want to help people then they should accepts Syrian refugees in their country and not close the border.”

The UK-based monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights puts the number of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes in Syria already at close to 400 since September 2014.

The number of Syrian civilians killed by Russian warplanes is at least twice that figure.

Just on Tuesday of this week (Dec 8) the Syrian Observatory received reports that  26 people,including 7 children and 4 women, were killed in Syria by Coalition airstrikes.

Many others were wounded  and the number of the dead is likely to rise.

There is an estimated 500,000 people in the Raqqa, and one million people in Raqqa province, including almost 150,000 children.



A public meeting about the causes of the Syrian war and the refugee crisis is to be held in Broadstairs on Wednesday 14 October.

At the meeting journalist and author Ian Sinclair will explain how events in Syria have led to the thousands of people fleeing for their lives across Europe.

Mr Sinclair will argue that people in Britain get a limited and distorted view of what’s been happening in Syria – in particular the role of western countries.

He says: “Other than a few honourable exceptions, journalists have repeatedly downplayed the scale of western intervention in Syria.

“Contrary to the actual actions of the west in Syria, much of the reporting and analysis of the mainstream press has presented a false narrative of western inaction and benevolence.”

He argues that this makes it harder for the general public to understand our own role in exacerbating the refugee crisis.

He says: “As David Yelland, the former editor of the Sun, once said “People attack papers for what they print. But what they don’t print is often the bigger story.”

Mr Sinclair is the author of “The March That Shook Blair.”

An open discussion will follow his presentation.

The meeting, which has been organised by the Thanet Left Forum, is at 7pm on Wednesday 14 October at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Rd, Broadstairs CT10 2BT. Entry is free and all are welcome




Thanet was a thriving tourism centre over 250 years ago. But why did people come here in those days? What were the attractions? And what was the Sea Monster Of Broadstairs?

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There’s been another protest against Broadstairs’ secret arms factory.

Early on the morning of Monday 6 July, campaigners blockaded the Instro Precision factory in Pysons Road Industrial Estate.

Instro Precision is part of the infamous Israeli firm Elbit Systems which makes the unmanned drones used to bombard the Palestinians of Gaza.

This is the second time this year that campaigners have closed the factory. To see our film of their previous occupation see