Romaro (Romney Marsh Rotary) here to announce the launch of our new website, it is still being developed but already contains a whole heap of information about the club, the charities we support and what we have planned. You will also see all the past issues of this newsletter so why not take a look at www.romneymarshrotary.co.uk
We seem to have had an excess of good times this month, it started with a very enjoyable excursion to Hythe, six of us met early at the RHDR station in New Romney and were given a very interesting private tour of the engine sheds and workshops. Every engine is regularly serviced and maintained of course but every 7 – 8 years it will undergo a major overhaul which can take anything up to two years and an amount of money with a lot of zeros on the end to complete, the company is mainly supported by volunteers but it directly employs 40 people to provide the specialist engineering and painting skills it needs. Feeling fully informed, we got on one of the steam trains and chugged our merry way to Hythe where we refuelled with a pint at the first pub we came to before working our way up the High Street sampling the delights of most of the hostelries on the way, mainly of the liquid type but we did manage to find time for some lunch as well before getting the bus home and working out what excuses we needed to make to our wives and partners – I think most of us got away with it but we are still being very good, kind and obliging to our other halves just to be sure.
The second major outing was to the Dungeness B Power Station where we were met by our guides for the day, Sarah and Attia (in blue if you couldn’t guess) both of whom did a fantastic job of showing us around the complex. We started with the usual Health & Safety briefing – “If you hear an alarm – run” (ok, I made that bit up!) and were kitted out in hi vis vests, helmets, ear defenders and radio ear pieces through which we could hear what our guides were saying before stepping through the security scanners (like those you see at airports) and setting out on the tour. We were shown the steam generators, pressure vessels, transformers and massive turbines before being whisked 13 stories up to see the tops of the reactors and have the process of how the electricity is made explained to us. The whole tour took a couple of hours and was thoroughly enjoyed by the whole group, the overriding impression was just how big everything is, all the way round, we were fed a diet of fascinating facts – we put our heads together over a fish and chips lunch at The Pilot afterwards and these are the ones that we remember…
- One fuel pellet (about the size of a couple of baked beans) produces the same amount of energy as 1 ton of coal;
- Only 3% of all nuclear waste is high level and spent fuel which has been in the reactor cores for anything up to 15 years gets transported by rail to Sellafield in steel flasks which are incredibly safe, during the early days of construction, they even hit one with a fully laden train travelling at over 100 mph and still couldn’t break it!;
- The turbine blades that generate the electricity turn at 3,000 rpm – and because they are so big, the outer edge of each blade is travelling faster than the speed of sound.
- One of our group, Roger, told us he used to work at the plant where he was principally involved with the design and installation of the new Essential Cooling Water System.
- The plant uses sea water flowing at a rate of 3 full size swimming pools per minute to cool the wet steam after it has passed through the turbines to produce distillate which is then reheated to produce the superheated steam to drive the turbines. The cooling water is then cleaned, filtered and returned to the channel 3 – 10 deg. C warmer than when it came out.
- Any fish caught in the process are cut up to provide a gourmet meal to the local birdlife – it must be the equivalent of a 5 star restaurant for them.
It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all who were there. I was going to include the picture on the left of what we looked like at the end of the tour but sadly there wasn’t enough space!
With so much going on, there isn’t enough space to tell you much about our support to the national campaign to plant purple crocuses in support of end polio now but we have distributed over 2,000 bulbs to local schools and churches in our area for them to plant to serve as a reminder of the work done by so many to eradicate this terrible disease. No space either to tell you about our raid on the Rotary Club of Deal or the talk given by the people from the Dementia Café or that our calendar is still available for sale via that wonderful website I mentioned earlier – a snip at £5 + £1.50 p&p – buy one now, you know you want to!
What’s coming up?
Forthcoming members activities and events include..
- Regular club meeting and dinner every Thursday at Littlestone Warren Golf Club; 7.00 pm
- Tuesday 10th October; Group visit to Dungeness B Power Station
- Monday 23rd October; Club raid on The Rotary Club of Deal
- Monday 13th November; Club raid on The Rotary Club of Folkestone
- Friday 1st December; Christmas dinner & dance at Littlestone Golf Club
- 27th – 29th April 2018; Visit from Rotary Club of Gelsenkirchen, Germany
- Date & Time TBA; Walking Treasure Hunt around New Romney
Forthcoming public activities and events include..
- Saturday 18th November; Fund Raising Quiz Night at St. Mary’s Bay Village Hall – Tickets are now on sale, please contact us via the website or using the phone numbers below on the contact us page – cost is £5, bring your own snacks and drinks.
- Santa Sleigh Runs throughout December
How do I join?
New members are always welcome, please contact Sarah Day, our chief recruiting officer, on 07513 403398 or Stephen Hagues on 07900 736018 or by email to Frank Thrower at firstname.lastname@example.org