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Annual Charity Auction raises £1800

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Tue, 26/04/2016 - 10:21am

For the past 5 years we have been running an annual charity auction at the West Faversham Community Centre in order to raise funds for our local charities.

This year was no exception, and after a lot of preparation, including distributing information flyers throughout Faversham and the collection of items from donors, we held our event on the 10th April. Through the astute and persuasive skills of own auctioneer Duncan Holliday, we raised a stunning £1,800 - an increase of just over £250 on last year.

St George's Day Party 22nd April 2016

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Mon, 25/04/2016 - 10:35am

Almost 100 senior citizens were guests of Faversham Rotary when the club hosted a St George’s Day Lunch at the Alexander Centre.

The lunch was attended by Nigel Kay the Mayor of Faversham, Anita Walker the Mayor of Swale, Ray Dixon the District Governor of Rotary, his wife Jenny, and his successor Peter West.

Guests enjoyed a traditional fish and chips lunch supplied by Ossie’s Fish Bar.
There was musical entertainment from the Fleur Singers whose programme, including old favourites such as "Down at the old Bull and Bush”, soon had everyone singing along.

The music continued with St Mary’s School Choir singing a varied programme of more modern songs. The children then chatted with all the guests, offering chocolates as they went round to each table. The musical finale came from Doug Wake and Diane Griffin who rounded off the event with patriotic songs including “There’ll always be an England”.

Christmas Collections raise £4,907

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Thu, 31/12/2015 - 10:52am

After 9 nights of street carol tour collections and 5 static collections around Faversham we have collected a stunning £4,907. After expenses, this is a huge net increase of £1,015 on last year's total and will be put to good use by a number of our selected charities in due course. Well done to the everyone in supporting these collections - a brilliant job was done by all.

Senior Citizens' Christmas Party 7th December

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Thu, 10/12/2015 - 5:38pm

We ran our Senior Citizens's lunch at the Alexander Centre on the 7th December. This year we hosted 90 senior citizens from around Faversham plus their carers to a fish and chip lunch from Ossies Fish Bar followed by sherry and mince pies. Doug Wake and Diane Griffin, who provided the musical entertainment throughout the lunch, were joined by Faversham Choral and St Mary's School choir. In addition Miles Philips came along and gave us a very entertaining and amusing performance of balloon sculpting. All in all, a good time was had by everyone!

Wine and Wisdom at Quex Park

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Mon, 09/11/2015 - 12:07pm

A few of us made up a team at Whitstable RC's highly successful quiz night at Quex Park in aid of the High Five Club. Proving to be no intellectual slouches, we came 4th out of 12 - not bad for a scratch team. Amongst the additional activities we were invited to make paper giraffes - something Peter Flower (right) got stuck into with enthusiasm.

Presentation for the Magna Carta Models

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Thu, 16/07/2015 - 10:53am

President Doug Wake presented both Ospringe Primary School  and Davington School with cheques for £150.00 for their contribution to Faversham’s exhibition built around its 1300 A.D. issue of the Magna Carta.  The pupils of Ospringe made a model of the Faversham Creek as it might have appeared in 1215, while Davington Primary produced a model of the creek as it appears today.  The comparison of the changes over the years made a most interesting exhibit.  Ospringe will be using their contribution to purchase equipment for their gardening club which is very popular with the pupils and Davington will be purchasing Magna Carta related history books for the school.

Presidents' Handover Evening

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 10:45am

The 29th June saw the end of the Rotary year and hand over of Presidents. Before handing over to Incoming President Doug Wake, President Earle Smith had the pleasure of presenting Paul Harris Fellows awards to Ken Neame and Tony Mogridge as well as a Long Service Award for 40 years membership to Maurice Weaver.

Schools Show 800 Years of Change on Faversham Creek

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Sat, 27/06/2015 - 10:23am

At the time of the Magna Carta charter's arrival in Faversham, the town would have been a small but significant trading port associated with a large Abbey. What fun it was to speculate on the old origins of Faversham from around that time and compare with the present town and its development. Of course the changes are huge, and Ospringe Primary School and Davington Primary School, aided by sponsorship from Faversham Rotary Club, took up the challenge of showing the difference that 800 years can make by producing a model of then and now.

Ospringe's model from around 1300 showed "Favreshant" as a charming hamlet surrounded with fields and marshes, but nonetheless a trading and shipbuilding village, while Davington chose the ambitious modern day representation of Faversham Creek and its surrounds with over 100 buildings represented by clay models. They were able to show where the Victorians had laid out the new water course and even Morrisons supermarket.

Well done Ospringe and Davington. Your efforts made a real live exhibit in the Magna Carta Exhibtion.

Presentation of £1500 to Royal School for Deaf Children at Monkshill Farm

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 10:07am

Towards the end of last year the club donated £1500 to the Royal School for Deaf Children at Monkshill farm.

President Earle and some club members
together with staff and students at the Farm

The farm enables students who ordinarily might not be able to contribute to society in the normal way to be actively involved in helping to run a commercial enterprise, thereby giving them confidence for future ventures. It was agreed that the school would use this money to purchase equipment to be used on the farm by the students and that the club would officially hand it over at a later date. This duly happened at the end of April and was attended by club members, partners, school staff and, of course, some of the students. We were then shown some of the activities the equipment would be used for by them and advised that it would ease their work considerably. This was followed by a very interesting tour of the farm by the conscientious staff which completed an extremely satisfying occasion.

St George's Day Senior Citizens party

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Tue, 28/04/2015 - 12:17pm

On the 23rd April we hosted the town's senior citizens to a St George’s Day Lunch Party in The Assembly Room on Preston Street.  About 80 guests attended and everybody enjoyed a splendid buffet lunch supplied by ‘Ossie’s’ fish and chip shop.  The hall was decked out in red and white,  and the party entertainment included some splendid singing by young students from both Ethelbert School and St Mary's School,  and some duet singing of popular songs by Diane Griffin and Doug Wake (who provided the music throughout).

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