Romaro (Romney Marsh Rotary) here again with our latest edition of our newsletter. January was relatively quiet but we have used the time to tie up a few loose ends and make some donations to our featured charities. We reported last month that the Santa Sleigh runs netted a tremendous £7,011.60 and we can now report that we have sold most of our calendars and raised a marvellous £317 (after paying all costs), a good result and a pleasing one for our first attempt. We are hopeful that we will be able to put something similar together for this year and are working on ideas to try and involve our local community in its production.
But there is no point in just raising money for good causes and keeping it to ourselves and it is now the time of year when we are looking to make donations to the groups and organisations that we have pledged to support. We have already made donations to Marfan, Lydd Dementia Café, Polio Plus and Shelter Boxes and this month we have sent £550 to Kids Cancer Charity to help a local family here on the Marsh with a respite break to the Welsh coast. This is a relatively small charity that was established in 1989 and helps provide relief to families suffering the trauma of having a child diagnosed with cancer by providing respite breaks, play therapy and bereavement support.
Also this month, our club president Stephen Hagues presented a cheque for £2,000 to Leila Ilkhan from Demelza House (pictured above). Stephen and 3 other members were then taken on a tour of the Sittingbourne hospice to see at first hand some of the wonderful work they do. Leila told them that the charity runs fund raising activities of its own but relies heavily on contributions made by the public and donations from businesses and organizations such as Rotary. We are delighted to have been able to donate this money to such a worthwhile cause which provides compassionate and expert care for babies, children and young people when they need it most enabling them and their families to stay and play together and to enjoy quality time in a quality place, supported by quality care.
On the club activities front, we were delighted to welcome a visit by Carol Vizzard, the district governor of our region, and to brief her on our activities and some of the innovative ideas that have been tried for the first time this year but the highlight was undoubtedly a visit from the local clubs in the Cinque Ports Group, we entertained over 60 visitors from 6 clubs including their current year.
Presidents pictured – from left to right, Chris Milne (Tenterden) Colin Baker (Rye & Winchelsea) Stephen Hagues (Romney Marsh)Tony Alexander (Sandwich) Tom McNiece (Folkestone) John Wentworth-Foster (Hythe) and David Lister (Deal).
We were treated to a short talk from one of our more ‘experienced’ members, Spencer Buck, who is the current Bailiff of The Corporation of Romney Marsh. He gave a short history of the post which was created under a charter from Henry III in 1252 and was originally set up to lead a team of Jurats and common people to look after the upkeep of the coastal defences, waterways and drainage ditches in the area. It is now largely ceremonial but does still include responsibility, along with his fellow trustees, for maintaining the grade II listed gaol and New Hall buildings in Dymchurch.
What’s coming up?
Forthcoming activities and events include..
Regular club meeting and dinner every Thursday at Littlestone Warren Golf Club; 7.00 pm
22nd February; Presentation from Skyways Lympne
26th February; members cultural (beer tasting) visit to Hastings
Early April 2018; Possible visit to Dymchurch Masonic Hall and temple
27th – 29th April 2018; Visit from Rotary Club of Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Date & Time TBA; Walking Treasure Hunt around New Romney
Date & Time TBA; Possible music in the High Street event
How do I join?
New members are always welcome, please contact Sarah Day on 07513 403398 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.