Romney Marsh Rotary at Christmas by Trevor Harrison

For as long as most of us can remember, during the three weeks leading up to Christmas the Rotary Club of Romney Marsh has helped Santa to tour the area with his sleigh. This year is proving to be one like no other for all of us and it is with much regret that Santa isn’t able to make his rounds as he would wish but he is still working hard and has sent us a video message which you can find elsewhere on this website

The weather hasn’t always been kind to us and sometimes in the past when it was pouring with rain or blowing a gale the prospect of separating coins and notes from sticky lollies sharing space at the bottom of a bucket was not a pleasant one but it has always proved to be a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience for all of us who have taken part. The children are a delight and seeing the happiness on their faces soon turns what may have seemed to be a bit of a chore when the rota was drawn up into an absolute joy. We are always touched too by the mums, dads, grandparents and other big children who donate what they can and are kind enough to say how much they enjoy the event and how it often brings back fond memories of their own childhood or of ones they have loved and perhaps lost. With so much goodwill and positivity, we hope we can get out again next year and continue the tradition for many more years to come.

In normal times our club meets every Thursday at The XIXth Clubhouse at Littlestone Warren Golf Club for a dinner and a glass or two of liquid refreshment. The atmosphere is casual, friendly and welcoming and membership is open to anybody. We currently have 26 members (including five ladies) some of whom are still working but most, it must be said, falling into the ‘active retired’ category. We are trying to encourage younger people to join us and would be very pleased to welcome applications from people of whatever gender, ethnicity, creed or ability.

Our club has supported a number of international projects in the past, a minibus to get local people to and from hospital in South Africa, contributing to the Bushfire Appeal in Australia and funding ‘Shelter Boxes’, emergency help kits sent out to help with disasters wherever and whenever they occur.

All that said, we are at present holding all current funds to help those in most need in our Romney Marsh area. Our members are also involved in local church groups and are helping as volunteers at the New Romney Hub set up to act as a central contact point to help anybody in need of assistance during these difficult times.

If you are interested in finding out a little more about who we are and what we do, please take a look at other areas of our website and if you are interested in joining us, please send us a message via the ‘Contact us’ page or via our Facebook page