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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).

Presentation of Long Service Awards

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 12:08pm

7 members of the Club recieved Long Service awards  ranging from 25 years to 35 years Rotary service. Pictured are  Ken Neame (35 years) and David Simmons (30 years) service

Christmas Collections Raise £4109

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Wed, 31/12/2014 - 2:17pm

After eight days of street collections around Faversham and a number of static collections at TescosMorrisons and the Market Place, we have surpassed recent records and collected an amazing £4109.82.  

£1500 has already been presented to Monkshill Farm School and the remainder will be distributed over the next few months.

Senior Citizens’ Party 24th October 2014

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Wed, 05/11/2014 - 11:29am

Our Club  recently helped organize a Senior Citizens’ party in the Alexander Centre. The theme was the commemoration of World War 1. The event, attended by over 100 guests and their carers, included a fitting tribute to the fallen. A fish and chips lunch with much flag waving, poetry of the day followed by Doug Wake and Diane Griffin providing musical entertainment, which included a sing along to well known World War 1 songs. A great day was had by all with many of the club members lending a hand to ensure everyone enjoyed themselves.

New Rotary Year - New President

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 10:59am

At a club meeting to which members' partners had been invited, outgoing President Geoff Wade presented his successor, Earle Smith, with the chain of office. Also, both Doug Wake (1st Vice-President) and Duncan Holliday (2nd Vice-President) received their respective badges of office.

Traditionally the President chooses his charity of choice to receive a donation from the club and Earle wishes to support  Monkshill Farm, part of the Royal School for Deaf Children, and would thoroughly recommend club members visiting the farm to see the impressive set-up for themselves.

Bowls and Afternoon Tea 31st August

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:39am

Members enjoying a very English late summer afternoon of bowls followed by a delicious tea.

Celebration of 17 years as Club Secretary

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Sat, 02/08/2014 - 10:36am

Rotarian John Blackford(left) receives a rose bowl from Past President Geoff Wade on behalf of the club in grateful appreciation of his time as Club Secretary for last 17 years.

The Interact Club of Faversham is Chartered

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Mon, 21/07/2014 - 12:40pm

A student led initiative sponsored by the Rotary Club of Faversham

After many months of hard work a new Interact Club was chartered on the 27th June 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham. A short charter ceremony formalized the creation of the Interact Club of Faversham attended by young people from the school supported by lead teacher, Natalie Mitchell. On the day Head Teacher, David Anderson, Immediate Past District Governor, Chris Barnett and two district officers, John Dunkley and Carole Vizzard and from the Rotary Club of Faversham, Immediate Past President, Geoff Wade and International Committee Chairman, Douglas Rogers contributed to the inauguration.

The school is very active internationally organising exchange trips with schools in Asia and Africa and other training breaks to far flung destinations to widen international understanding throughout the school. The Head Teacher introduced the school's international activity and lead teacher Natalie Mitchell, a former Interactor herself put this into perspective by showing short Interact video. Chris Barnett provided a profile of Rotary as a worldwide organisation of 1.2 million members relating Rotaract and Interact to the global family. Chris presented all the new members with their pin badges and welcomed them to the district.

Geoff Wade presented the Club's first President, Esme Reeves (pictured above) , with her chain of office and the charter certificate to formally mark the occasion. He also expressed his pride as a school governor after watching the club development process, through online research and consultation with all age groups of pupils. Geoff said, "All the credit for the creation of the club much go to the students who have driven it forward, it is a result of student pull, not establishment push. With a student membership that has now grown to 15 we in Faversham, Rotary now look forward to supporting the Interact Club to go from strength to strength".

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