The Club was given an interesting and informative update regarding the work of Porchlight, the Canterbury based charity, about its excellent work in alleviating homelessness. Covid restrictions have placed a huge strain on many areas of peoples’ lives with the threat of job loss, eviction and domestic violence, foremost among many factors causing mental health issues. We learned that there are presently around 3,000 people in Kent who potentially could become homeless as the country comes out of Covid lockdown.
Like many charities Porchlight has been severely restricted in its ability to run fundraising events throughout Lockdown but it continues to operate a 24-hour Helpline (0800 567 7699). This has seen a significant increase in calls recently but encourages calls from anyone with Homelessness issues themselves, or on behalf of anyone they see in need of help. The Club has been a supporter of Porchlight for several years, having donated £1,800 over the past three years to this worthy cause, and it is currently looking into assisting Porchlight by supplying used mobile phones to enable homeless clients to keep in contact with their case workers and emergency services.
Schools Laptop Appeal
The Club’s appeal for people to donate laptop computers and tablets for use by local schools, in particular for remote learning during the Covid lockdown, fired up the natural generosity of Marsh residents and has resulted in over 50 devices being collected which are now being prepared and made available to local schools. The picture shows Gill Singfield, who leads the Appeal project for the Club, delivering to Karla O’Gormley, Vice Principal of The Marsh Academy, the first three units ready for the school’s IT department to prepare and which are now, we trust, in the hands of students who need them. Laptops and tablets are still being received, securely “wiped” of all information and distributed, so it isn’t too late to donate any spare laptops you may have. Please call Gill on 01797 367258 if you can help.
Puzzle & Quiz Night
In March Members enjoyed a challenging evening of puzzles and quiz questions presented by Julie Lawrence. It was in a style sitting somewhere between TV’s The Chase and Only Connect and it was won by the Club’s own Mastermind, Andrew Sinden.
Charity Golf Day
On 28th April the Club staged its first (in the modern era) charity golf day at Littlestone Golf Club. There were 24 teams of 4 and 1 team of 3, with all players starting from the first tee, commencing at 09.30 with the last setting off at 13.30. Due to Covid restrictions, there couldn’t be a formal prize giving and the planned sit down meal after the golf was not possible. Instead, all those taking part enjoyed a take-away breakfast roll and tea/coffee on arrival and were offered an opportunity to have a drink and sandwich (at their own expense) in the open air after they had finished their round. With Covid restrictions in place, guests were encouraged to leave promptly when they had finished. All proceeds from the day, from our generous sponsors, entry fees and the raffle, will be donated to CARM, to help them with their work helping the elderly and the vulnerable in our area. The Club would like to thank Littlestone Golf Club for its much appreciated hospitality even if they couldn’t arrange better weather. A full report of the day will be included in the next newsletter scheduled for issue in July but we can reveal the winning team was Steve Watkins, Graeme Dinsdale, Trevor Thompson and David Mills with a net score of 47
“My Job Talk” – Mark Singfield
Mark Singfield left school in 1970 with no clue as to what he wanted to do for a career. Through golf contacts Mark found himself working in Insurance Broking with a small company, where he passed his Chartered Insurance Institute course and became an Associate of the British Insurance Association. After 5 years Mark become a clerk in the construction department of a Maidstone company and around that time, he married Gill. Their first child arrived in 1977. A promotion saw Mark becoming a Client Executive, a role that lasted over 20 years. In 2001 following changes to the company, he found himself working in West Worthing as Team Leader of Client Executives and Service Director for the South East. In 2009 Mark and Gill moved to St Mary’s Bay and Mark left his insurance career in 2010, allowing him to pursue his second career – Golf. Mark was a county player in his childhood and youth and once played with Nick Faldo when he was 15 years old. He took on the management and Captaincy of Kent Seniors Golf Team and was involved in the Board of Kent Golf. In 2020, Mark came off the board and finally considered himself ‘retired’! Thank you Mark for a fascinating talk – hope you are enjoying your retirement!
“My Job Talk”- Lindy Hutchinson
Lindy left university with a degree in Art and Environmental Science and no clear career path. Her first job was in a local library, where she ran a variety of clubs for children. A group of young people with diverse learning and physical difficulties visited the children’s library weekly and they became the foundation for Lindy’s interest in and passion for Special Needs Education. Lindy moved from the library to work at a special needs college, where she completed her teaching qualification, specialising in Autistic Spectrum Disorder. After more than 25 years at the college as a lecturer and then a manager, it was time to move on, this time to work for the charity Mencap where she managed the Children’s Services, providing respite for families through clubs and activities. However, she missed engaging directly with the young people, so finished her working life supporting individuals at a Mencap Pop Up Training Café. Highlights in Lindy’s life have been, completing The Duke Of Edinburgh Award and receiving it from Prince Philip at the palace and publishing a resource book for people with learning difficulties. Thanks Lindy for an interesting talk.
|Upcoming birthdays in what remains of Lockdown: Happy birthday one and all!
May: Trevor Harrison, Barbara Gold, Syed Rahman
June: Lindy Hutchinson
All Members would like to send their deepest condolences to the families of Raymond Moses, a tireless and much loved Member of the Club for many years, and of Brenda Maddieson, the wife of founder member and former President Peter Maddieson; sadly both Raymond and Brenda passed away during April.
- 2nd May: Club Charter Day
- 6th May: Talk on “The Job of a Laughtime”
- 27th May: Andrew Sinden presenting a talk about his career.
- 17th June: Roger Joynes presenting a talk about his career
- 24th June: Joint AGM and Club Assembly
- 1st July: President’s Handover Night & Partners Night
So what do I do if I want to join?
We’ll be delighted to welcome new Members to the club. If you are interested in joining us, get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website – www.romneymarshrotary.co.uk where you can also find out a little more about who we are and what we do. Reg’d charity no 281361