Santa and his helpers got the Ramsgate Rotary Club Christmas collections under way on Sunday. They will be out again on Wednesday in the Whitehall area and the Nethercourt area on December 15 from 3pm. They will also be collecting in the town centre as well as at Sainsbury’s and Tesco Manston.
Ramsgate Rotary Club regrets that for various reasons we have had to reduce our number of Santa Sleigh collections this year.
Our usual static collections will take place as usual so please watch out for us then.
The sleigh visits will be London Road area from 3pm on December 1st; Whitehall Road area from 6 pm on December 3rd and Netherourt Farm Road area from 3 pm on December 15th.
The annual putting competition organised by Ramsgate Rotary Club, continues to grow in popularity.
This year’s competition for the Wally Anthony Trophy, was held at Stonelees Golf Centre , and was won by Past President Paul Parpworth. The award for the top scoring visitor went to Keith Maslen.
The awards were made by President Henry Golding, who also thanked the staff for the delightful meal they had prepared and served, and to main organiser John Searles.
There was a good turn-out of members to witness the annual Arthur Rogers Cup competition held at St Augustine’s Golf Club and organised by Ramsgate Rotary Club of which Arthur Rogers had been a member.
The event was organised by Past President Derek Brown, who also went on to win the impressive cup.
He had a score of 94 followed by current president Henry Golding
on 120 and John Searles on 104
The golf was followed by a meal at the club, and the President had a special word of thanks for those who had prepared and served the meals as well as the work put in by Derek Brown.
Ramsgate Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel, joined forces to provide a chance for those who do not often get out and about to do just that!
More than 30 local residents enjoyed rides through the countryside and ended up at Minster Village Hall, where a tea was waiting for them.
Among those who enjoyed the occasion was Kathleen Powell, who celebrated her 100th birthday earlier this year and Denis Scott, who was 90 the week before.
They were all welcomed by Rotary President Henry Golding, who also expressed thanks to Rotarians and Inner Wheelers who had worked hard to make the occasion such a success.
Every Thanet Rotary Club was represented when Ramsgate Club installed Henry Golding as its President for the new Rotary Year, taking over from Pat Hersant.
The out-going president said it has been a very successful year for the club. Its Christmas collections had raised over £4,000 for the charity funds and hundreds of toys distributed through Social Services.
Mr Golding said he had joined the club six years ago and was very proud to become president. He planned to repeat the successful events of the past year, including an old folks tea and ride in the local countryside, the quiz held in conjunction with the Inner Wheel Club as well as the golf and putting competitions.
The club would present the third £1,000 donation to You Can, the youth cancer organisation.
He said the club would, for a trial period, meet on the first, third and fifth Tuesday of each month, instead of weekly meetings. It was hoped this would help in the club’s efforts to attract new members
The long-standing twining link between Ramsgate and Boulogne Rotary Clubs, was strengthened when the two clubs held a joint meeting on board P & O ferry Spirit of France, between Dover and Calais.
The Ramsgate members boarded the ferry at Dover, and Boulogne members were already waiting. They enjoyed a joint meal ending in time for the French to leave the ferry when it returned to Calais, leaving the Ramsgate team to enjoy the benefit of Club Class on the journey back to Dover.
PP David Read made the Ramsgate arrangements with President Pat Hersant among those who took part. She is pictured with Boulogne President, Alain Laurent.
Members were given a real insight into the tremendous work being put in by staff and volunteers at Quarterdeck Youth Hub in Zion Place Margate when they held their weekly meeting at the Hub.
It included a meal, prepared and served by members of staff volunteers and some young regulars at the hub.
Members learned about some of the many activities which are held on a regular basis. They include football sessions, youth club, chit chat sessions, well-being activity sessions, and even an opportunity for some to undergo the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The Club is now considering giving some financial support to the scheme, which is financed to a certain extent by Kent county council.
President Pat Hersant expressed the club’s thanks to all those who has been involved with such a successful evening, which had been organised by President Elect Henry Golding
It is believed that there are in the region of 280 people in Thanet over the age of 60, who suffer from the effects of Macular disease.
The figures were given by Samantha Amphlett , the regional fund raiser for the Macular Society to members of Ramsgate Rotary Club.
She revealed that there are already groups for those affected by the disease in Thanet with one meeting on a monthly basis at Harbour Parade.
She explained how the society helped with such things as support to improve lives for those affected, as well as funding research into the disease.
Well-known local artist, Mike Samson, gave us a superb ’illustrated talk’.
He created a landscape picture from scrap while giving a commentary on what he was doing and why, He threw in the occasional funny story and also gave a brief summary of how he got into art and eventually created York Street Gallery in Ramsgate seven years ago.
He was introduced and thanked by President Pat Hersant.