Sandgate Parish Council Email Newsletter: Markets, Libraries, and Tours!

The latest edition of the new Sandgate Parish Council email newsletter is out now.

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There is a LOT going on over the next few days in Sandgate!

  • Sandgate Farmers Market is BACK this Saturday
  • Sandgate Library Reopening from 7th September
  • Last Few Dates for 2020 Sandgate Walking Tours

See below for more details of each!

Nina Bliss would also like to thank everyone through the village who have showed so much support for her and respect for Robert since his death on 10th August. The welcome for the cortege through the village on Tuesday was hugely appreciated by the whole family. If you wanted to give a gift in his memory, there is a collection on behalf of the RNLI: please send cheques payable to “R.N.L.I. Dungeness” c/o W J Farrier and Sons, The Island, Red Lion Square, Hythe, Kent, CT21 5AU. Thank you.

Sandgate Farmers Market is BACK this Saturday

It’s great to see the return of the Sandgate Farmers Market this Saturday 5th September from 10am-12.30pm in the newly refurbished Chichester Hall.

There is a lovely line-up of stallholders at the first Sandgate Farmers Market since lockdown: please do pop in and show your support (and see what’s been done in the hall!).

Sandgate Farmers Market flyer with stallholder details.

In order to ensure safety for all, visitors will be welcomed at the front door, name and a contact number or email taken (for trace and trace) and you’ll be invited to sanitise your hands on entry. Masks are required (except medical ground exemptions) in the hall, only a maximum of 20 visitors at any one time, and please observe distancing through the hall. The cafe will not be open.

Diary Dates: The Market should then be operating again as usual on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, from 10-12.30pm in the Chichester Hall each time, so 19th September, 3rd and 17th October, 7th and 21st November.

Library Reopening

Sandgate Parish Council is delighted to announce that Sandgate Library will be re-opening on 7th September.

In keeping with other Kent libraries which are re-opening, a Click-and-Collect loan service will be available, and – for Sandgate residents only – a Home Library Service for those who, because of age or disability, are unable to get to the library.

To book these services, borrowers will be able to contact the library from 1st September on the dedicated phone number 07552 810271 or by email to

Reading or listening choices can then be discussed with a member of staff, and arrangements made for a suitable time-slot when books will be available for collection or a Home Library Service delivery will take place.

At reopening, Sandgate Library’s opening hours will be from 9.30-12.00 Monday-Friday (closed on Wednesdays) and from 9.30-1.00pm on Saturdays. You should only attend if you have called / emailed first and been allocated a time slot.

Please note that Click-and-Collect & Home Library Service loans are for a maximum of 6 items per occasion and, for the time being, will be limited to the stock held within Sandgate Library.

In addition, there will be one WiFi area available at the front of the library, bookable via Netloan, but there will be no print facility for the present. Obviously, every effort will be made to ensure the safety of both staff and customers. Please call 07552 810271 in advance to check if there is space for you.

Only one Click-and-Collect user will be able to enter the library at a time and they will be expected to use the available hand sanitiser and to wear a mask. Staff will also be wearing appropriate PPE.

It is hoped that in the near future more access to stock and browsing may become available, but we would ask that you bear with us as we learn a new way of working and understand that we are trying to provide the best possible service.

Last Few Dates for 2020 Sandgate Walking Tours

Sandgate Walking Tour leaflet with dates and booking details

Tour Guide Extraordinaire Tony Quarrington invites you and your family to join his guided walking tour of Sandgate. Many of his Sandgate tours to date have been sold out, but there are still a few spaces left through September and October: book early!

Tours depart from the Chichester Hall at 11am on a Saturday morning (so time to check out the Farmers Market first!) and cost just £5 per person for a circa 2 hour tour – great value. Call Tony on 07738 624522 or email to book.