Hi All.

On Thursday 19th September, Rotarians Peter Woodward-Bailey and Mark Singfield hosted two teams in the Folkestone Rotary Club’s annual   charity golf day at Sene Valley Golf Club, supporting The Shed, a local youth charity. The course was in excellent condition after the ravages of the summer, the food was good, the organisation was good, the weather was good. All we needed now was some good golf. A Texas scramble, nice social golf. Each player drives from the tee, take the best tee shot and each player plays a shot from there – and off you go until the ball is in the hole. Each player only required to count 3 tee shots. Nice and easy you think. Not for this reporter who’s play from the tee was definitely “under par”. However, the team Singfield played some excellent golf to record a score of 56.9 after deducting handicap a “gross 59”. Good enough to beat Peter’s team, but only good enough for 4th place. A good day and one for us to have in our diary for next year. Well done Folkestone Rotary.

The Rotary Club of Romney Marsh are gearing up for Christmas! Routes are being planned and collection buckets cleaned ready for the annual sleigh runs which will commence this year on Monday 2nd December. We will be out and about for three weeks, with our last collection night currently scheduled for Friday 21st. We are also delighted to once again be part of the New Romney Lantern Parade on 13th December and to have the opportunity for Santa to park his sleigh outside Sainsbury’s on 14th December. We hope to publish route information towards the end of November. Monies collected from the sleigh runs are used to support mainly local charities, organisations and good causes. In the last Rotary year we donated just over £11,000 to support local scouts, Demelza House, Dementia cafes, Hi Kent, Parkinson’s Society, Paula Carr Trust, Pilgrims Hospice and international disaster relief work. This year we have already made donations to Martha Trust and plan to give further help to Paula Carr, C.A.R.M (Caring Altogether on Romney Marsh), The Salvation Army, Romney Marsh Counselling Services and Porchlight as well as supporting the international project headed by Rotary Clubs from all over the world to finally extinguish the still lingering threat of polio in Africa.

Fabulous concert in St. Mary’s Bay kindly put on by the Haywardians, who performed their usual wide range of musical arrangements As always, we are very grateful to Haywardians and to the general public for the great turnout and support, ensuring an enjoyable evening was had by all. All in aid of C.A.R.M (Caring Altogether on Romney Marsh).

On the 10th October John Wren, (Hythe Rotary Club), gave a talk on Young People, why bother? John described the young people as the youngest part of Rotary. He focused on the importance of encouraging and providing opportunities for young people in local communities to develop communication skills, self-confidence and working with others. Many young people are achieving these aims through Rotakids clubs, run at schools with teacher input and Rotary mentors. The young people are supported in running the clubs and organizing activities such as the Christmas Shoebox and events to support chosen charities. They also take part in Rotary competitions such as Young Chef, Young Writer, Young Photographer, Young Film Maker, Young Artist and Youth Speaks. Positive outcomes have resulted in the young people being more respectful towards each other and having an increased awareness of others both locally and worldwide. This is an important part of Rotary work which needs to continue and widen to include the parents of Rotokids. Thankyou John for an informative talk.

What an excellent and maybe a little squiffy afternoon many of the Rotarians had at the Curious Brewery in Ashford. Commencing with a very interesting talk on how and why the business got started, followed by a lengthy tour of the Brewery and an informative overview of the beer fermentation process. We all looked the height of fashion all decked out in high vis jackets and glasses. This was then followed by the best bit, tasting the various beers and cider currently being processed at the plant. After the tour some members decided to finish off the day by going for a curry and, YES, you guessed it, more beer.

We were pleased to assist, help fund and be part of the Romney Marsh Dementia Friendly Community Launch Event, which was well attended and kindly hosted by the New Romney Day Centre.  Liz Taylor, Service Manager for the Alzheimer’s Society, and Wendy Richley, a Dementia Champion, gave an excellent and informative talk regarding Dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s Disease and how its rapid growth is effecting the population.  This was aimed at encouraging Kent County Council, local businesses and clubs to focus on the need for all areas of the Marsh to promote a Dementia friendly environment, bringing to the forefront an awareness of the need to provide a safe place to come and visit, whilst increasing local support groups for people suffering with memory impairment and their carers.

What’s coming up?

Forthcoming member’s activities and public events include.

  • 24th October: Cinque Ports Raid, Guest speaker from the Battle of Britain Museum
  • 29th October: Visit to the Battle of Britain Museum
  • 31st October: Partners Greek Night at Demetrios
  • 7th November: Ukrainian Embassy Speaker

So what do I do if I want to join?

New members are always welcome, please email info@romneymarshrotary.co.uk 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.

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