There's something stirring in Thanet, a movement of solidarity. People are coming together to celebrate their endeavours, sharing experiences and supporting each other, no matter what interests they may have.
There are art collectives, photography clubs, film societies, writers groups, poetry readings, music networks, theatre troupes, and everything and anything else you could think of.
Burlesque dancing? Check.
Shed building? Check.
Haute couture? Check.
The question is which group is best? They could all meet on Joss Bay for a big fight, but that might be unfair as the local martial arts clubs will have an advantage, not to mention the bare knuckle boxing society. A race? The running clubs would probably win. Maybe this isn’t the best idea.
The answer, really, is that no group is better than any other. Who cares if there are five different knitting meet-ups every month? That's good; you can make a really big blanket to keep us all warm in the winter. The joy in collaboration and the positivity of these collectives shouldn’t be marred by rivalry, and fortunately it currently isn't. The baking clubs don’t bitch, but instead allow prospective new members to find the group that is right for them, and rightly so.
We embrace the diversity we have here in Thanet, and long may it continue. Now, who’s meeting tonight?