Rotary Club of Romney Marsh newsletter ISSUE 36 – JANUARY 2021


We would like to wish everyone a peaceful, happy and healthy 2021


On the 19th October, a ‘Cinque Ports Raid’ by local clubs from our district was hosted by Romney Marsh via the Sandwich Rotary Club Zoom portal.  Our speaker for the evening was Lord Boyce, Admiral of the Fleet and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and after a short introduction from Roger Joynes, a member of our club, he delivered an interesting presentation looking at the Royal Navy and the effect it has had in the past and currently, on our country and around the world.  After answering members questions, what was an informative and enjoyable evening for all was rounded off with a vote of thanks given by Peter Russell, a former seaman himself and one of our founder members.


Frank Thrower spoke about his career at our weekly Zoom meeting on the 22nd October.  Frank left Loughborough University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and went to work for the Gas Board, where he spent the next 31 years.  He completed a 4 year gas engineering course which included work experience at gas works, with fitters and in showrooms and as a chartered engineer became the manager in charge of converting the south east of London to natural gas, covering 1,000 houses a week!  Still with British Gas, he then joined the Suppliers and Transport department in Bow, East London, managing the warehouse and then transport but with the privatisation of British Gas and the changes it brought to the industry Frank took voluntary retirement opening up opportunities to travel the world.  A great talk, thanks Frank.

On the 5th November we were fortunate to have Steve Hanks, Chair of Youth for our District, join us on Zoom to give a brief update on Youth Matters.  Steve highlighted how the Young Writers’, Artist, Photographer, Environmentalist and Film Maker Competitions, usually held face to face, were now available online.  It was refreshing to hear how activities for the young people were continuing to run in these difficult times.

Our President, Barbara Gold, and a few club Members attended a small ceremony at the memorial outside St Nicholas’ Church on Remembrance Sunday.  Barbara laid a wreath on behalf of our club and a donation cheque was later delivered to the Secretary of the New Romney branch of the Royal British Legion.

On 26th November Barbara, gave a talk about her working life, which included being a secretary, an assistant librarian and a Legal Executive (primarily in Local government).  Whilst working for Leicester City Council, one of Barbara’s jobs was to manage the sale at auction of a large city centre Shopping Centre and she found researching the history of the dozens of pieces of land comprising the site of the Shopping Centre fascinating.  She spent the last 14 years of her career working as Principal Conveyancer for Leicestershire County Council and one of her last major projects before retiring was to register, at H M Land Registry, all of the County Council’s unregistered Land.  Attending a Caravan Show at Earls Court Barbara discovered another Show, ‘Discover Dogs’ and after talking to people at a stand for Canaan Dogs, an interest in the Breed led to her owning and showing her own Canaan Dogs; she now owns and shows Italian Maremma Sheepdogs, is Chairman of the Maremma Sheepdog Club GB, and occasionally judges at Dog Shows.  Thankyou Barbara for a fascinating talk.

As we drew near to the end of an interesting and difficult year, it became apparent that some of our more traditional Christmas activities couldn’t take place. The members decided to collect toys to be distributed in the area responding to the Salvation Army toys appeal.  It was thus, a few weeks later, after boxes and boxes of toys were, piled up in their spare bedroom that Gill and Mark Singfield found themselves knocking on the door of the Resource Centre in Mountfield Road with five big boxes of various new toys.  Chris, the CEO of the Resource Centre, was delighted to receive them and acknowledged that this act of generosity by the members of our club would be very much appreciated by many children in the Romney Marsh area.

This year Santa had to go ‘virtual’ as Tom Ward, an IT technician from the Marsh Academy, helped us out by filming and producing a video for the club with a short story from Santa explaining why.  You can still find the video on our website and also on the ‘Light Up New Romney’ website.  Thankyou Tom for all your hard work and thanks too to the Marsh Academy and to Screen South in Folkestone for the loan of the specialist camera equipment to make it all possible.  Santa was also able to leave Puzzle Sheets and pencils at 3 local Primary Schools, 2 Nursery Schools and at the New Romney Day Centre for distribution to local children.


The club were happy to help the local Spar store in Greatstone with their efforts to provide Christmas Hampers to local families in need of a bit of cheering up and delighted to help a local school PTA by funding a couple of teddy bears to help with their fundraising, Big Ted was the prize in a ‘Name the Teddy’ competition and Little Ted was destined to be a prize in their Christmas raffle.

We have also made further donations to support The Salvation Army, Porchlight, Demelza Hospice and Pilgrims Hospice and we thank them for their invaluable work in the local community.


The 11th Romney Marsh 10k Run took place on Sunday 13th December and was a great success. The organisers, NiceWork, ran the event efficiently and maintained a covid compliant environment while members from the club helped out along the route as Stewards. Many thanks to all who took part or supported it, making it a great day.

So, what do I do if I want to join? We would be delighted to welcome new Members to the club, if you are interested in joining please get in touch via email or check out our Facebook page or visit our website where you can also find out a little more about who we are and what we do.


Reg’d charity no 281361

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