So much to write about, it’s hard know where to start. Even given the difficult circumstances the Club has endeavoured to carry on supporting our area. So, some updates. The Young Writer Competition, in which we are keenly involved yearly to encourage and support children in expressing their written skills, has now finished. The winners were announced by District and writers from Sandgate School achieved first and third place. Congratulations to them.
We also have the Young Chef Competition coming soon, Covid-19 permitting, which will allow the children to explore their creative side and present an opportunity to taste some fantastic food and pick up some culinary tips.
There are two other interesting new projects we are hoping to become involved in over the next few months. The first of these, commencing next month, is an appeal for used mobile phones which will be given to Porchlight, the Kent charity supporting vulnerable and homeless people. The other, currently still being explored, is to look into how we could help the environment on the Marsh.
Congratulations – Pride of New Romney Award!
The Club was delighted to receive from New Romney Town Council the ‘Pride of New Romney Award’ for ‘service to the Town by a Community Group or Organisation’. The signed, framed, certificate – was presented to President Barbara Gold by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of New Romney, Councillor Paul Thomas, says:
“The Rotary Club of Romney Marsh is one of our Community’s best kept secrets. They work ‘behind the scenes’ raising funds for local causes, raising awareness of issues that affect local residents and lending support to local events and causes”.
Laptop Appeal for Schools
Over the past few months the Club has supported the national appeal to collect unwanted laptops, so that they could be adapted and given to children who otherwise would not have had access to continue school work at home. This appeal has now ended and thanks to the great generosity of the public, the campaign managed to distribute a total of 53 Laptops and tablets, together with numerous cases. The Club has also received some very generous donations via our website which has enabled us to purchase a further three refurbished laptops to give to primary schools in our area.
Charity Golf Day – Littlestone Warren Golf Club 28th April
“Come along and play golf we are raising money for CARM”
“Don’t get there too early, don’t get too close, stay in your groups of 4”
“After golf please enjoy a drink but please don’t stay long after”
“Can I volunteer – yes please”
“Do you need more volunteers – no ta”
“Can I come and watch, mingle and socialise – no please don’t”
What a strange way to carry on in a golf day – but in these COVID times we were grateful just to be able to go ahead. Yet it worked. Yes, it was a bit cold and yes, we were a bit concerned when there was a shower but the golfers all turned up at the right time, the breakfast muffin was stupendous, there was tea and coffee too and all 25 teams were dispatched onto the golf course on time. The course was in great early season condition, the greens firm and fast.
Well done to the winning team led by Steve Watkins with a rather magnificent gross 50 – yes that’s right. They failed miserably on one hole having their solitary par! A net 47. Team Foster was second with a net 50 and Team Harrison third also with a net 50 but just being pipped on countback. The longest drive for a bottle of champagne on the 14th hole was won by a young T Bate (much to the delight of dad – it is on ice apparently!) and nearest the pin prizes went to Gill Singfield, Chris Reynolds (twice), Sean McDermott and James Lowther.
Thanks to all that assisted with the organisation of the day, those Rotarians who volunteered, those who sponsored holes, David Mills and the team at the Golf Club (who were most helpful both before and during the day), Helen and Victoria from C.A.R.M., our nominated charity for the event, but most of all to all those who came and played and
made it such a good day. The event raised just over £2,700 and was such a success that plans are already being made to do it all over again next year.
“My Job Talk” – Roger Constable
Big thanks to Roger C. who gave us his “My Job” vocational talk. Roger gave us an insight into his career within Banking, expressing how he developed an interest in figures from a young age, which set him on his journey in the financial sector. Having lived and worked in Kent where he met and married his wife Cynthia he continued along this path, spending a number of years in Insurance Broking and as Branch Manager for various Lloyds Banks. Finally he took a well-earned early retirement but continued to keep busy, among other things, helping audit many voluntary organisations
“My Job Talk”- Andrew Sinden
Thanks also to Andrew for his “My Job” talk. Andrew was born and raised on Romney Marsh, living in Hope. His working life started on the family farm. Although having a place at the University of East Anglia to study French, German and Linguistics, Andrew opted for a job with the Home Office working in Folkestone Unemployment Benefits Job Centre and later moving to the New Romney office. After being assigned to the South East Region Employment group in Maidstone and, subsequently, Hastings, he later changed to an Adjudicator role, presenting information for both the court and claimant. Andrew then moved into education, delivering training across London and the South East. Following the introduction of new regulations in Higher Education and Student Support, his role changed again and included briefing Ministers regarding the modifications. In 2002, as the result of an earlier injury, Andrew took medical retirement which allowed him time to do volunteering, to develop his love of theatre and singing and to pursue many other interests.
Coming up in July:
Ø 8th July: Roger Joynes presenting a talk about his career
Ø 22nd July: First Post-Covid Lockdown “face to face” meal
Ø 25th July: 10k Romney Marsh Run
Ø 29th July: President’s Handover Night & Partners Night
Coming up in August:
Ø 15th August: Young Carers’ Hog-Roast
Ø 26th August: Suru Patel presenting a talk about his 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 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.
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