Scatter Week

Posted by: Earle Smith - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:27pm

For the first time in a number of years some of us participated in a 'scatter week'. The clubs visited were Whitstable, Herne Bay and Minster-on-Sea and we were all made to feel very welcome by our hosts. Invitations were extended to each club to return the visits and hopefully they will be taken up. Apart from the fellowship enjoyed on such visits it always interesting to see how other clubs function. Ruth and I went to Minster and thoroughly enjoyed it and our club has been extended an invitation to go out on a lifeboat if we wish! 

Now that we have revived 'scatter week' maybe we can do it more often.



Posted by: Miles Lemon - Tue, 01/11/2016 - 10:53am

The winning tickets in Faversham Rotary’s Prize Draw were drawn on Monday 31st October at the Club’s Halloween Supper for members and guests, held at the Sun Inn, Faversham.

  • First prize of a Hot Air Balloon Ride for four with Kent Ballooning goes to ticket 1822
  • Second prize of Red Sails Restaurant Tasting Menu for two goes to ticket 2359
  • Third prize of Eastwell Manor 3 course lunch for two goes to ticket 0001
  • Fourth Prize of Phoenix Tavern Sunday Lunch for two goes to ticket 2325
  • Fifth Prize of Macknade Fine Foods £30 voucher goes to ticket ticket 0504.

Faversham Rotary would like to thank all the sponsors who generously donated the prizes for the Draw.
In addition, several local businesses offered their support, so thanks go to Faversham Golf Club, Antoniou Hair & Beauty, M & J Supplies, The Phoenix and The Alma.

The last word goes to everyone who bought a ticket. Your generosity has raised over £950  for the Friends of Faversham Cottage Hospital.
“Thank You”

Halloween Evening

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Tue, 01/11/2016 - 10:51am

Members and guests spent Halloween at the Sun Inn, Faversham, where they enjoyed a tasty three course dinner. There was pumpkin soup to warm us up, the Sun’s famous steak and ale pie for Dutch courage, and crumble which reflected how some of us were feeling after listening to a spine-tingling talk entitled “The Ghosts of Faversham” by  John Blackford.

According to a national newspaper, Faversham is said to be the most haunted town in Britain, and John recounted tales of many ghostly apparitions – of a Benedictine monk who frequents what was the Abbey gatehouse, of a woman in white who vanishes through a wall in the town’s visitor centre, of a sea captain knocking on a pub door for help after dragging himself ashore.

Did everyone sleep soundly afterwards? I wonder……..

Literacy Box Project

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 9:55am

Following an assembly that Sue Hoey and Rev Tracey Bateson made at Ospringe Primary School about Literacy Boxes the children were keen to respond and link with a school in Zambia.  Children  wrote stories and sent drawings about their lives in Faversham and hope that the children in the Zambian school will be able to reply when the literacy box arrives in Zambia in December. Faversham Rotary Club donated £650 for 2 literacy boxes, in part raised from a wine tasting evening delivered with great charm by Master of Wine Clive Barlow. Ospringe Primary School raised a further sum from the frund raising efforts of the children, for which Ian Parker, the Chair of Literacy Boxes, sent this certificate.



Posted by: Miles Lemon - Tue, 20/09/2016 - 4:39pm

Ticket sales are going well.  Our stand on the Market on the 16th September sold over £180 worth of tickets.  Look out for our next stand on the 15th October.

Grand Prize Draw in support of the Friends of Faversham Cottage Hospital

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Fri, 16/09/2016 - 8:41pm

We are running a Grand Prize Draw in support of the Friends of Faversham Cottage Hosptial.  

1st Prize : Hot Air Balloon Ride for 4

2nd Prize:  Red Sails Restaurant Tasting Menu for 2

3rd Prize:  Eastwell Manor 3 Course Lunch for 2

4th Prize:  Phoenix Tavern Sunday Lunch for 2

5th Prize:  Macknade £30 voucher

The draw will take place on the 31st October 2016.    

Tickets are £1 each and are on sale from our stand in the Market Place on Sunday 18th September and Saturday 15th October. They are also available from the Phoenix Tavern in Abbey Street. the Alma at Painters Forstal and Antoniou Hair and Beauty Salon in Preston Street  - or from any of the Club members at any time of day or night!

Faversham Nautical Festival 23rd - 24th July

Posted by: Miles Lemon - Thu, 04/08/2016 - 10:33am

This year’s Festival was bigger and better than ever, helped by glorious warm sunshine on both days which encouraged large numbers of people to visit Faversham Creek.

The event was sponsored by Faversham Rotary Club, in association with the Brents Community Association and Faversham Creek Trust.

There were many beautiful traditional vessels moored in the upper regions of the Creek, including Thames sailing barges, Dutch barges, tugs, smacks and other smaller boats. Several vessels were “dressed overall” which added lots of colour to the scene.

On Town Quay there were exhibitions and information stalls, a beer tent and barbecue, and the music stage where live music was played on both days.

On the Front Brents, on the opposite side of the Creek, there were several stalls where local artists displayed and sold their work. A variety of food and drink stalls were also set up on the green, there was a bouncy castle for the children, and ice creams of course.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s Nautical Festival such a success.

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.