It’s been lovely to see and catch up with so many Rotarian friends enjoying social outdoor dining over the summer period. Social distancing a priority and thanks to Kevin and his staff for their diligence.

Vocational Talks

Our vocational monthly talks are proving a great success, the August Zoom chat being given by Peter Woodward-Bailey, in a change from the planned talk by Frank Thrower, who will now talk about his life in October.

Peter gave a very interesting account of his working career. Having been born in Scotland he then moved to Buckinghamshire at the age of 10. He left school at the age of 16 and went on to complete apprenticeships in engineering, draughtsmanship, welding and pharmaceuticals. Leaving the world of pharmaceuticals, Peter made a complete career change moving into Financial Services focussing on Insurances, both in Kent and Sussex. He swiftly climbed the promotion ladder within this area, managing a variety of departments and winning the National Cup for three years running. Peter then became an Independent Insurance Broker focusing on investments, and was a founder member of St. James Place where he contributed to building a strong client portfolio base. A major influence in Peter’s life was the time he spent as a young man on a Rotary Youth Leadership Award course, gaining invaluable experience to take with him into adulthood. After his many years of work, spanning a variety of jobs, Peter is now happily retired and enjoying his role of Vice President at our Rotary club.

September’s vocational talk was given by, Gill Singfield. Gill decided to take a slightly different thread to her talk in that instead of focusing on her successful teaching career only, she shared a more personal approach talking about how her talent and passion in dance and creativity through movement and how it had influenced her life vocational choices. From a young age she excelled in ballet and tap dancing and at 17 years of age preformed as one of the Tiller Girls at the London Palladium. However, in 1969 Gill decided to commence her career she stayed true to her passion focusing on Educational Dance and Drama within both the State and Private Education Sectors.

A Grand Day Out

We hope that this title isn’t copyrighted by Wallace & Grommit, but it does perfectly describe the enjoyable time had by all who attended the Sene Valley Golf Day hosted by Folkestone Rotary Club on 10th September. Romney Marsh entered two teams, one finishing third and the other ‘comfortably mid table’. It was an excellent day and in these difficult Covid-19 times raised a good amount of cash which was donated to Folkestone Home Start – a local charity helping local people with depression, isolation and physical health issues. The Rotary Club of Romney Marsh is hoping to host a similar golf day of our own on 28thApril next year.

Christmas 2020

Unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Santa’s Sleigh will not be making its usual tour around the Marsh to collect money for Charities; we all hope that it will be possible to take the Sleigh around as usual in 2021. However, from the beginning of December we hope to have a ‘virtual’ Santa’ video on the Club’s Website, with Santa sending a message to the children and asking them a few quiz questions, (answers also on the website). In addition, there will be a ‘Donate’ button so that members of the public can, if they wish, make a donation to Rotary Charities, (and in these difficult times all of the Charities to benefit will be local ones). We will also have Collection Boxes and Posters in shops and businesses that are happy to display them. There are other plans afoot too – but at present we’re keeping them secret!!

Puns for educated minds:- 1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. 2. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still. 3. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math destruction. 4. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire; unsurprisingly it sank – proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it!


Ø 22nd October: Frank Thrower will present a talk about his career


Ø 5th November: Steve Hank’s talk on Youth

Ø 26th November: Barbara Gold will present a talk about her career

So what do I do if I want to join?

We’ll be delighted to welcome new Members to the club. If you are interested in joining us, get in touch via email or check out our website – where you can also find out a little more about who we are and what we do.

Reg’d charity no 28136

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