Visit from Helen Whately MP

Posted by: David Kirsch-Mills - Tue, 02/08/2016 - 10:29am

Our guest speaker at last night's meeting (1st August) was the MP for Faversham and Mid-Kent, Helen Whately. The evening was very well attended with member's partners joining us. Helen became an MP at the last General Election and entertained us with her experiences as a new Member of Parliament and then took questions from the audience.

Helen is pictured with President Duncan Holliday (right) and Rotarian Martyn Reeves.

Bottle Stall at Cottage Hospital Summer Fair 16th July

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 10:55am

Faversham Rotary Club ran a bottle stall in support of The Friends of Faversham Cottage Hospital at their Summer Fair.

This is a popular event which the club has supported for a number of years and this year was no exception.  Lots of visitors to the Fair tried their luck on the bottle stall and their were many lucky winners.  With prizes ranging from washing-up liquid and bubble bath to soft drinks, wines and spirits, some winners were more lucky than others!

Although the final figures are not yet available, the Summer Fair raised about  £80 more than last year, with the bottle stall contributing £286 to the total.

Wine Tasting improves Literacy

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Thu, 21/07/2016 - 10:51am

Faversham Rotary Club held a social and fundraising evening on Friday 15th July at the Purifier Building. Clive Barlow from Press Wine Services at the Goods Shed, Canterbury, a grand master in wine, led a wine tasting that had us swirling our glasses impressively, trying to identify the flavours and aromas, which country the wine was from, and even its age and strength. Did we improve as the evening went on? Hard to tell!

The evening was held to raise money to send a Literacy Box to a school in Zambia. The Box contains everything a class needs for a year – basic school stationary items, a bag to carry them on the long walk to school, and appropriate text books.

We achieved the target of £325, the current cost of a Literacy Box, thanks to the extraordinary generosity and warm-heartedness of Faversham people who were very interested in Rotary’s support of this worthwhile cause. Indeed the event was only possible because the Creek Trust kindly gave us the use of their room in the Purifier Building.

Faversham Rotary Club has linked up with Ospringe Primary School for this project.

Children from all classes at the school have written stories about their lives in Faversham which will go into the Literacy Box and we hope this will lead to further contact between the two schools.

Visit to Ramsgate Tunnels and Margate Shell Grotto - 6th May 2016

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 3:15pm

17 of us the went on a fascinating visit to the Ramsgate Tunnels and the Margate shell grotto on the 6th May. The trip also included a stop over at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.

 The tunnels were constructed in 1939 as part of the town's civil protection plan and were heavily used from 1939 - 1944, providing shelter from German air raid and costal bombardment.

Faversham Mayor Making 9th May 2016

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Wed, 18/05/2016 - 3:03pm

Seven current or ex Councilor club members (including 4 ex mayors) plus President Doug Wake attended that annual Faversham Mayor Making on the 9th May. 

They are pictured here with President of the Rotary Club of the Dominican Republic and the mayor, Shiel Campbell.

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.