Members of Ramsgate Rotary Club and Inner Wheel, joined forces to give a special afternoon out for nearly 40 elderly local residents.
While Rotarians took the guests on local tours, Inner Wheelers. were preparing a tea for them all at Minister Village Hall.
The guests were welcomed by newly elected President Pat Hersant, who also thanked those who had prepared the teas.
The club has a new President.
Patricia Hersant, a member of the club for four years, took over the chain of office from Graham Larcombe on Tuesday night, in front of representatives of all five Thanet clubs.
Pat, whose work was in retail, outlined her plans for the year and thanked the club for the confidence they had placed in her.
Henry Golding was presented with his insignia as President Elect.
Pictures: New president Pat Hersant with out-going President Graham Larcombe,
President Pat with her partner Nigel Cooper; and President Pat with outgoing President Graham Larcombe, and President Elect Henry Golding
The Ramsgate Military and Heritage Trail is something we will hear a lot about in the next few months, but members of the Rotary Club had an early foretaste of things when “Mr. Ramsgate” Ralph Hoult spoke on the subject.
He told how a new educational and immersive walk to celebrate the town’s rich history is being designed as a self-guided walk around the town, highlighting areas easily missed and could be forgotten with time.
It will be a brochure style booklet to guide walkers through the various walks
His talk was illustrated with photos of some of the areas to be included.
Before the meeting started Mr Hoult was congratulated by President Graham Larcombe on receiving an OBE from the Queen, for services to the community of Ramsgate.
He was thanked for his talk by Past President Lawrence Page.
A donation of £1,000 to the YouCan Youth Cancer Support Group was made by Ramsgate Rotary Club, with the promise of £2,000 more to follow.
This year’s President, Graham Larcombe, next year’s Pat Hersant and the following year’s Henry Golding agreed to give the money over a three year period to the home which gives free holidays to young people, their friends and family, in a Westgate property.
Terrie Kennon, the charity’s East Kent Co-ordinator, received the cheque at a weekly meeting of the club at the Pegwell Bay Hotel.
She thanked the club for their support for the charity which gives young sufferers a chance to have a break from their day to day lives and the stress and anxiety of living with cancer.
On the13th we are specially inviting those who might be interested in learning more about Rotary to come to our weekly meeting at 6 for 6.30 pm at the Pegwell Bay Hotel. The speaker will be an Orpington Rotarian Clive Doubleday, who will speak about the work of the overseas charity ‘Smile’. If you would like to come along, please message us via the contact form on our website: www.ramsgaterotaryclub.co.uk
The club had its largest attendance for some time when former Kent and England cricketer, Geraint Jones was the speaker.
Now coaching at St Lawrence College, he spoke of his satisfaction in helping young people to find their way into the sports of their choice - not just cricket
Born to Welsh parents in Papau New Guinea. He later moved to Australia and some
years later to England where he played cricket for small teams before joining Kent and then England, the highlight of which was in the 2005 Ashes series against Australia where he took a long-remembered catch which led to a key victory.
His talk was followed by an incredible number of questions from members and visitors from a couple of neighbouring clubs.
He was introduced by President Graham Larcombe and thanked by John Searles.
The hard work put in by members of the Club, leading up to Christmas, has really paid off.
Due to the generosity of local people the club has boosted its charity funds in the region of £4,500.
By accompanying Father Christmas on his sleigh around the area, they also provided a chance for many youngsters (and the not so young) to greet Santa in person.
President Graham Larcombe said: “This is the biggest money raising event we do throughout the year, but it is also good to know how much it is appreciated by so many people. I am extremely grateful to all those who took part with our efforts, especially organiser, Henry Golding”.
The club will support various charities throughout the year, with £1,000 a year already pledged to YouCan Cancer Concern, which has premises in Westgate which are used to give breaks to young cancer sufferers.