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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.