Birchington Residents’ Association was founded in 1956, at the suggestion of the Birchington Chamber of Commerce, to provide a voice for Birchington in its dealings with Margate Borough Council. It proved extremely popular and by 1989 its membership had reached 3,750 members.
From 1959 it published a quarterly newsletter with the first magazine being produced in 1963 and is still circulated free to all members. B.R.A. has been active in all major village events including raising money for the Village Centre, securing the footbridge over the railway by the station and CRISAB, where it strongly objected and overturned plans for a dual carriageway through the middle of Birchington.
Coffee Mornings were established early on and outings organised. However, with the re-introduction of the Parish Council its primary activities were assumed to have been taken over by this body and membership fell accordingly. Today we have approximately 500 members and are still active in monitoring the various local authorities and making the views of the village felt. This was very important when challenging the draft Local District Plan which remains one of our priorities.
Despite fewer numbers, our coach outings and other trips, including our very popular Christmas Lunch, continue and we have developed other activities including strawberry teas, ploughman’s lunches and evening meetings. We have organised a number of special events over the last few years to celebrate the Royal wedding, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, V.E. Day and on June 12th this year we organised the Royal Birthday Tea with Blend providing the entertainment.