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December 10, 2017

The club has successfully completed the annual festive Toy Collection.

Organised  by President Elect Pat Hersant, Father Christmas and his little (and not so little) helpers visited local schools to collect the toys and entertain the children.

With community support around 1,000 toys were delivered to KCC Social Services  for 'less fortunate' children in the area over the Christmas period.

Pat said: ”This was yet another example of the Rotary Club of Ramsgate striving to 'make a difference' in the community.”

Schools which took part were Newington Community Primary; Priory Infant; St. Laurence in Thanet C of E Junior; Ellington Infants; Chilton Primary and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary.

Caption:  Toys await collection at Newington Community Primary School

November 19, 2017

There was a good attendance for the  President’s Night at the North Foreland Golf Club.

A number of other clubs were well represented and Mike Bastow, President of Margate  proposed a toast to the Ramsgate Club.

Replying Ramsgate President Graham Larcombe said he was delighted to welcome such a good attendance and thanked all those who had helped with making the arrangements and MC Roger Waddell.

Music during the meal,and for dancing, was provided by Jon Nickoll, resident pianist at the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London.

The President also presented his wife, Cherry, with a Friend of Rotary badge, awarded mainly for her work on the club website

November 12, 2017

Ramsgate Rotary Club members celebrate the end of preparations to the Father Christmas sleigh which is a focal point for their popular charity collections in the coming weeks.

They start in the London Road area on Sunday December 3rd :

3rd December  London Road  

5th December Hereson and St Luke’s area 

10th December Nethercourt

12th December  Dumpton

14th December  Whitehall

17th December  Minster

18th December Cliffsend 

There will also be static collections at Tesco Manston, Sainsbury’s and Ramsgate Town Centre.

Club President Graham Larcombe said: “This is our main collection time in support of the various charities we help during the year and I am sure local residents will be as generous as ever. We also look forward to many children (and young people)  turning out to greet Santa.

October 26, 2017

The Club was well represented at this year’s district conference in Bournemouth with a party of 11 members and partners.

The first evening everybody attended a meal in an Italian restaurant organised by President’s wife Cherry Larcombe.

There was a full  programme on Saturday and also Sunday morning. Among the top speakers, and also the most entertaining  was former Coronation Street star,  Shaun Williamson,who promoted the British Wireless for the Blind Fund and sports reporter,  Garry Richardson, who recalled some of the highlights of his 43 year career with the BBC.

The Rotary Party on the Saturday included a banquet and a ball with music provided by Mike Harrison.

The national Rotary president  Dennis Spiller travelled from a conference in Wales to open the Sunday session.

October 16, 2017

When they received a plea for help from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, members were quick to make a positive reply.

As a result they raised £158.56 through a collection at Sainsbury’s Westwood Cross store on a Sunday.

The Trust hopes to be able to build on the day by increasing activity in the Thanet area.

The following week’s meeting heard  from Jackie Bergerson, who has established  a local group to help people who have lost a close member of the family through suicide.

October 6, 2017

It was a case of hands across the sea for members of Ramsgate Rotary Club on Thursday when they held a joint meeting with members of their contact club of Boulogne- on board a cross channel ferry!

It started when the French members boarded a P and O ferry in Calais and were joined by their Ramsgate counterparts at Dover.

They enjoyed a sumptuous buffet and drinks together as well as catching up with old and new friends.

Boulogne president Nicolas Singer said how delighted he was the two clubs had been able to meet up and he hoped that as next year was the eightieth anniversary of the two clubs agreeing to be contact clubs there would be a special celebration.

The idea was welcomed by President Graham Larcombe and the President Elect Pat Hersant.

Mr Larcombe, who proposed the Rotary toast said he hoped many of them would meet again when Ramsgate held its Presidents Night on November 18.

Among those who attended was the club’s International Officer Lawrence Page.

September 14, 2017

Stoneless Golf Club was the venue for a fun evening with the annual putting competition for the Anthony Wally cup.

The winner, as last year was Lawrence Page, with Julie Miller a close runner up. In the competition for guests the picture was similar with Francine Waddell taking top place with  Margaret Read the runner up.

Club President Graham Larcombe presented the trophies and thanked  organiser  Roger Waddell for all the work he had put in.

August 30, 2017

One of the landmarks of Ramsgate Royal Harbour is the Steam Tug Cervia, which is open to the public at weekends in the summer, but there was a special midweek visit to the vessel by members of the Club.

They were given a conducted tour by the chairman of  the Cervia Volunteer Crew, Mike Houckham, who offered the club the opportunity when he spoke to them some weeks ago.

Members had the chance to see over the vessel, including the boiler room, the engine room and even the former living quarters.

The visit was followed by meal at Pizza Express with the arrangements made by Past President Roger Waddell.

August 23, 2017

The club has a new member who was inducted on Tuesday August 22.

She is the Rev Jan Durrans, Priest in charge of St. Peter in Thanet, Broadstairs, who was proposed for membership by Roger Waddell, and inducted by President Graham Larcombe.

Anybody interested in finding out what membership of the club involves should contact the website.

Caption: The Rev Jan Durrans with Roger Waddell and President Graham Larcombe

August 2, 2017

The work of the Co-Co’s foundation in South Africa was told to members by Susan Knight, who earlier this year visited the country as a volunteer.
Among the aims of the foundation are to build houses; provide proper clothing and food and tackle education problems.
A member of a Surrey Rotary Club she illustrated her talk with photos taken while acting as a volunteer. She was thanked by Past President Maria Blackburn.
The speaker was accompanied by her husband, John, who is President of Redhill, Reigate and District Rotary Club, who received a club pennant  from President Graham Larcombe.

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