History 3

History Exhibition

The charity has been caring for older people since 1709, it’s first almshouses being opened to needy older persons of Thanet in 1710. The residential care home was added in 1980 to care for those who could no longer live independently. Our gardens are beautifully maintained and have been awarded recognition by the National Gardens Scheme.
We are celebrating by putting on a free exhibition of the Charity’s history at Yoakley House, Drapers Close CT9 4AH. This will include the fascinating rags-to-riches story of the Quaker founder Michael Yoakley. Born in Margate he rose to become a ship’s captain who completed early sailings to America in the late 1600s, and a significant land and property owner in the south east. We have early documentation of how the Charity was set up, documents and artefacts throughout the generations to the present day, and details of our future plans for expansion. All are welcome. Opening hours Saturday 15th June, then Monday 17th to Friday 21st from 11am to 3pm (other times by arrangement).