Our Rotary year is now up and running in style with a very busy month in August. We started by holding a hog roast event co-hosted by ourselves and the other Shepway area Rotary Clubs, we cannot improve on the thank you letter received from Joe Taylor, the Support Coordinator for Shepway so here is an extract from that.
‘On Sunday 5th August, 35 Young Carers and their family members were kindly received by the Shepway Rotary Clubs at Littlestone Warren Golf Club. We were extremely fortunate with the weather as we experienced glorious sunshine and a cool breeze for the duration. On arrival the Young Carers and their family members were greeted by Rotarians and Imago staff, and were directed to the various activities that the Rotary club had provided. Many of the Young Carers enjoyed a putting competition on the Golf Club’s putting green, and prizes were awarded for the winners and those lucky enough to score a hole in one! There was also a large bouncy castle which was thoroughly enjoyed, particularly by the younger children in attendance. There was a strong presence of around 20 Rotarians supporting the event who spent time talking with the Young Carers and their families and joining in with the activities. Indeed, most spectators were in agreement that several of the Rotarians were enjoying the impromptu football match more than the youngsters. Once everyone had worked up an appetite, they were able to enjoy a delicious hog roast, potatoes, salad, and cold drinks, all provided by the Rotary. This was a fantastic day which allowed all who came the opportunity to spend quality time as a family in a safe and non-judgmental environment.’
The following week on our regular Thursday club night, we were pleased to receive a presentation by Leigh-Beth Stroud from Parkinson’s UK (pictured here with Leader’s Group member Roger Joynes). She explained that ‘Parkinson’s’ is a condition that affects 145,000 people throughout the UK irrespective of age or gender, it isn’t linked to any existing condition (such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes or cancer) nor does it cause the onset of any other illnesses, nor is it contagious. It is a progressive condition that affects the coordination of movement but what actually causes it is still a mystery and there is at present no known cure, the charity is entirely funded by voluntary donations and is currently involved with funding and managing research projects as well as providing help and advice to all those affected including family members. Our local support group is based at the Day Centre in New Romney, there is a pop up café once a month at Costa Coffee in the High Street and a new exercise class has started a 13 week trial period at The Marsh Academy. Full details of the help available can be found on the Parkinson’s UK website – www.parkinsons.org.uk
We also took part in the Day of Syn at Dymchurch where we once again spent a pleasant couple of hours running a coconut shy in support of our charity chest. For the second time in the space of a few weeks, we saw four coconuts knocked off out of five attempts, this time by eleven year old Roan Hamlin, we have made a mental note of his name and resolved to give him a new throwing position should he come back for another go when the event is held again in two years time – on the other side of the field!
During the month we also hosted a raid from nine members of Folkestone Rotary Club and enjoyed a members ‘Introduction to croquet’ afternoon kindly organized by Andrew Sinden and won by Suru Patel (pictured in the rather fetching white socks / striped top combination below) followed by a BBQ hosted by Spencer & Jean Buck. We have also welcomed two new members, Mark & Gill Singfield (pictured above) as well as holding our first Partners Night of the year at Newchurch House Restaurant where we were treated to an excellent meal in a friendly atmosphere prepared by Michelle and her team. The evening gave all members the chance to bid farewell to Norman Jarvis and his wife Barbara, Norman has been a member of Rotary for more than 26 years and has made a lasting and memorable contribution to our club as a result of which he has been awarded a life long honorary membership. Both he and Barbara will be greatly missed and we all wish them many more years of happy retirement.
What’s coming up?
Forthcoming members activities and public events include ..
⦁ Regular club meeting and dinner every Thursday at Littlestone Warren Golf Club; 7.00 pm
⦁ Saturday 29th September; Charity concert featuring The Saltdish Ukulele Band and The Seaside Singers at St. Mary’s Bay – for tickets (just £12.50 to include a fish & chips supper) please contact us via the website (see below)
⦁ Santa Sleigh Runs throughout December
So what do I do if I want to join?
New members are always welcome, please 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.