So, spring has arrived (according to the meteorological calendar anyway) as you can tell from the emergence of daffodils and crocuses from their winter hiding places and the change in the weather from the balmy days of winter at the end of February to what seems to be more normal cloud, breeze and rain that we should expect in March. The Rotary Club are warming up too, as we have started out on a spring clean of the website and enjoyed another full month of activities.
On the community front our youth team is in the final stages of gathering entries for the Young Writer Of The Year Award. This is a national competition supported by Rotary Clubs throughout the country open to youngsters of all ages with the winners of each age category being announced at the beginning of April. The standard of entries is always very good in our area and the final choice of which entries are to be put forward to the District level will, as ever, be challenging.
We held a very successful and well attended Race Night at All Saints Church Hall on 23rd February put together for us by David and Alan Wrotchford (pictured opposite taking the bets). They provided films of eight actual horse races, produced the Race Programmes, the ‘Big Race Night’ tickets, and all the other items which made up the Tote system – and helped to generate plenty of atmosphere to transform the Church Hall into an imaginary Aintree. Our warmest thanks go to both of them for so generously giving their time and expertise – and also to all of the people who came along to support the event.
Many bets were placed, forecasts made, horses and jockeys ‘sold’, or auctioned in the case of the 8th race, in the knowledge that local charities would benefit from 50% of all wagers placed. With sponsorship, and the selfless generosity of the ‘owners’ of the winning horse and jockey in the 8th race – who returned a large proportion of their winnings – the event raised £545 clear profit which will be used to support local charities and good causes
On the last day of the month, we were delighted to welcome Joyce Allaf to the club to give us an update on the activities of The Pilgrims Hospice charity working out of their three centres in Ashford, Canterbury and Margate and now providing care and support to more than 2,500 patients each year with more emphasis now being placed on providing both medical and complementary services (such as hairdressing, counselling, physiotherapy, etc.) at the patient’s home rather than just at the hospice premises to allow them to keep their independence for longer.
They are very well supported by more than 1,500 volunteers but still need £14.5million to cover their costs and continue to provide a much needed and appreciated service in the East Kent region. Approximately £3 million is provided by NHS England but the remaining £11.5million has to be raised from donations by individuals and clubs such as ours, profits from their 31 shops and fund raising events held through the year. For more information and to find out how you can help, take a look at their website www.pilgrimshospices.org
Finally for now, we have been pleased to welcome six prospective new members over the past few weeks, we all hope that we behaved well enough so as not to put them off! If you are interested in coming along one to meet us and learn a little more about who we are and what we do please contact us via our website or our Facebook page.
What’s coming up?
Forthcoming member’s activities and public events include ..
⦁ Regular club meeting and dinner every Thursday at Littlestone Warren Golf Club;
⦁ Tuesday 5th March; Members and friends visit to New Hall in Dymchurch
⦁ Thursday 14th March; Presentation from Kent Wildlife Trust
⦁ Saturday 6th April; Quiz Night at Littlestone Warren Golf Club – see details opposite
⦁ Thursday 16th May; Club 50th Anniversary Celebration at Lympne Castle
⦁ Sunday 7th July; Members and friends outing to Canterbury for the Ladies One Day Cricket International, England vs Australia
⦁ Saturday 28th September; Concert by The Haywardians (Venue TBA)
So what do I do if I want to join?
New members are always welcome, please email email@example.com 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