It has been a terrific start to the new Rotary Year marked by a very enjoyable BBQ co-hosted by ‘The Three Presidents’, Trevor Harrison, the current incumbent, Stephen Hagues (2017-18) and Nigel Whiteley (2018-19) who, together with his wife Ann, did most of the hard work including organising their delightful garden and beautiful weather.
We were less lucky with the weather on the day of the New Romney Fayre when we once again ran the coconut shy. We believe that everybody who took part enjoyed the experience and can certainly say that our members had a great time chatting to the public, extolling the virtues of Rotary to those who wanted to know a little more about us and what we do and finding new ways to give coconuts away to avoid having to eat them ourselves. One punter, Ricki (pictured below) helped very much in that objective by toppling three coconuts with his five balls.
The next day we were pleased to host the annual 10k run in association with ‘Nice Works’. The weather remained cloudy and cool which, even if not quite what spectators wanted, was welcomed by the runners. Running the event on the same weekend as the fayre worked well with entries much increased from last year. The winners of the individual events were Marshall Smith of Ashford AC and Yvette Dore from Dulwich Runners who received bottles of wine and, along with all competitors, free cake for their efforts. Full results details are on the Nice Works website at https://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/the-romney-marsh-10k
Back on the ‘domestic’ front we have had a couple of very interesting talks from members, Peter Russell told us all about the design and planning processes and explained why, in the end, it was decided to build a tunnel rather than a bridge to connect Dover and Calais and then Peter Woodward-Bailey gave an interesting presentation about Shepway Brass Academy which is based in Folkestone. It is for young people aged 8 – 21 who live in South- East Kent and who want to learn to play brass musical instruments. Peter informed us that out of the 50 – 60 students, 10 are from the Romney Marsh communities.
The students are taught by volunteers to develop musically within an environment where they can make friends, gain confidence and build a range of skills that will help them throughout their lives. Peter said that this is a fantastic opportunity for them, especially at this time of cutbacks in musical tuition by the Kent Education Authority. They each pay £2 per week towards their tuition but are not required to pay anything for the loan of their instruments so offers of sponsorship for the Academy are always very welcome. There are four student levels, a Beginners Band, Developing Band, Training Band, and the Academy Band for the more accomplished musicians.
As they progress, the students enter Brass Band contests and take part in concerts. The club has agreed to provide some financial support to the band and is currently discussing the possibility of them playing for us at our planned Partners Night in December.
We have also agreed to make a donation to the local Romney Marsh Litter Pickers Watch group, the Martha Trust which provides inclusive lifelong care for people with profound physical and multiple learning disabilities at their homes in Deal and Hastings and to help with the launch of a Dementia Friendly local support group scheduled for 20th September.
Finally we have recently received an update on the wonderful work to help the homeless in our area undertaken by Porchlight, of which more in our next issue
What’s coming up?
Forthcoming member’s activities and public events include ..
⦁ 24th September Club visit to Curious Brewery with optional lunch or dinner
⦁ 26th September Member presentation on ‘The Farming Year’ by Dennis Wimble
⦁ 28th September Public concert by the Haywardians at St. Mary’s Bay Village Hall; £10 including
Refreshments with proceeds in support of C.A.R.M. details on the club website
⦁ 29th October Visit to Battle of Britain Museum
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