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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.

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