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  Choir Nieppe St Martin, France  Saturday June 10th 2017

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Whitstable Rotary partly sponsered the choir St. Nieppe St.Martin who came over from France to sing at St. Mary Bredin Church, Canterbury. Entry was FREE but a collection was taken at the end of the recitel in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The director is Pascal Codron. The choir is quite famous in France and is very popular. We were pleased to see a good turnout - but there were still plenty of seats vacant. To say they were great is an understatement! Their vocal harmony, timing were just superb but their choice of music was outstanding especially an African song. The weather of course was superb which greatly enhanced the beautiful gardens of St Marys. Those who did not come missed a very moving event.

Nieppe is a little rural town of 7500, close to Lille. The choir is like a large family covering all ages from 7 to 77 years. They have no musical barriers so a wide variety of music  for all tastes, but above all they all share a great desire to give their time and musical expertise to the public. Since 1981 many young people have joined the choir and for some it is their children who also now belong - all with the same conductor Pascal Codron at their head. They rehearse every Friday evening in the church of St Martin de Nieppe and cover many genres (Handel, Mozrt, Vivaldi, .... Gospel, French and foreign songs.

They are reguarly seen on Sundays in the church but also cover weddings etc. and give outside concerts with all the money raised going to charitable organsiations. Aside from the regular rehearsals they meet in November to celebrate Saint Cecilia - the patron saint of music. At the end of the academic year they leave for a weekend away at many diffeerent destinations.

In April 2016 they celebrated their 35th anniversary with two exceptional concerts which attracted over 1500 people all in aid of "Medecins Solidaires Lille". Maybe we can make this into an annual event!

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Rotary and Chestfiled Golf Club support Prostrate Cancer Charity

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£7000 has been present to the Prostate Cancer Support Association (Kent) through the combined charity fundraising activities of the Rotary Club of Whitstable and Chestfield Golf Club.  Past President Malcolm Ramsey, in whose year of office the funds were raised said “These funds will go towards purchase of a BK bladder scanner and probes for use in the Kent & Canterbury Radiography Centre, which is part of the Maidstone Trust”. “The price of this scanner is £48,800 and an additional cost for of £15,000 for a rectal probe used in the insertion of beads into the prostate to target radiotherapy treatment. This equipment purchased for our Kent hospitals will help to save 100’s of lives every year and both the rotary and golf club members a pleased to have been able to make this donation to the cause”. Terry Laidlaw and Graham Edwards, from the PCSA Kent, told the club that “Prostate Cancer affects 1 in 6 men in the UK and is a cancer that hits ‘below the belt”. PCSA Kent was formed in 2006 and is a patient led organisation supporting those affected by prostate cancer. The charity is also involved in raising public awareness of the disease and has a successful fundraising programme which aims to raise funds for medical equipment and training within the hospital specialities that provide care for prostate cancer patients”.

 

 

Christmas Collections at Tesco and Sainsbury's

First a big thank you to the general public for their very generous donations (£4727.30). I can assure you this money  will be well spent on deserving people and organisations. These two collections are one of our main charity event of the year - and this year it was particularly pleasant as in general the weather was very good. Our tanks to Mike Bantin for organising the two events and a special thank to Sharon Perry to not only did 14 2 hour slots but also raised a lot of money from her workplace.

 

Disco Party at the Marine Hotel 6th Dec 2016

Once again the dinner and disco party for the learning difficulty students was a huge success, with lots of very positive feedback from parents and carers, and even a spontaneous kiss and hug from one female carer to our President Steve! (Bonus)! Many thanks to all who turned up to assist, especially David Cavell, our very own Santa, and very special thanks to Mike Bantin for organising it and entertaining us with his dancing! Our thanks also go to Shepherd Neame who annually sponser this event. This is what Rotary - having a great time, but also providing a very worthwhile event much loved by very deserving people - is all about and we felt quite moved by the way the students greeted each other with hugs after a year's absence. We have also made a potential new recruit with one of the dad's showing an interest in what we do! We also need new Rotarians!

  

Visit by Hazbrouck Rotarians 4-5th July 2016

We welcomed and entertained Rotarians from Hazebrouck-Merville. The main purpose of their visit was to attend the Handover meeting on the 5th. President Malcolm has arranged for several events in and around Whitstable, Broadstairs and Margate, including afternoon tea and aperitifs in Malcolm garden, a meal at the Minnis Bay Brasserie and bowls in Cliftonville. They stayed the night on Monday 4th July and they returned. Malcolm commented that our visitors thoroughly enjoyed their visit. Congratulations to now Past President Malcolm on a great year and we welcome President Steve for this new year 2016-17.

  

Cycle Ride to Minis Bay 18th June 2016

 

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This weekend (18-19 June) was Rotary National Cycle Day where clubs organised their own activity to raise money for Prostate Cancer Support. The weather was "OK" i.e. it di not rain but was quite dull, windy and cold! We set out from Minis Bay cycling along the sea frontto Reculver and then back to Minis Bay where a nice cup of Hot Chocolate/coffee/tea helped to ease our cold limbs. Our thanks to all al sponsors 

  

Visit to Krakow 26-29th May 2016

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On May 26th 2016 thirteen people, made up of seven Whitstable Rotarians, one Chestfield Rotarian, four spouses and one friend, travelled to Krakow in Poland for a four day meeting of our contact club from Cham in Germany and their contact club from Eisenstadt in Austria. We had an enlightening few days with glorious weather, visiting Wawol Castle, the Jewish quarters, Schindler's factory, the local citadel and on the final day, a very poignant trip to Auschwitz.The whole event was organised by the Austrian Rotarians, led by Lucy Schindler (no relation), the wife of one of their members, who did a sterling job with organising accommodation, meals and travel arrangements whilst in Poland. Plans are afoot to invite Cham club to Whitstable in 2017, and to meet up with Cham and Eisenstadt in Austria in 2018.

It was a very memorable tour which will be regarded very fondly for years to come.

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Sunday 28th February 2016 at The Gulbenkian Cinema

Whitstable Rotary Club held a Charity Film Night (in the afternoon!) of the new Dad's Army film, released on February 6th, which was well attended by local people. The event commenced with a glass of champayne and canapés  It has a great cast of English actors and actresses and a  good screen writer and director and was a great laugh,The National Anthem  at around 4.30pm!!!!! - takes one back!. The picture below shows Rotarians Brian White & Brian Brooks in "fancy dress"

 a good proportion of the ticket price is going direct to charity - Hounds for Heroes. If you fancy dressing up in a World War theme - all the better!

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14th – 18th April 2015: A cycle tour to Arras, joined by Hazebrouck-Merville Rotary Club at St Omer, who took us to see La Coupole, where Hitler manufactured and launched many V1 (doodlebugs)and V2 rockets, followed by a tour of St Omer Cathedral, and later they took us for a meeting and a meal in an exclusive restaurant. A speech was given by Patrick Boortel, welcoming us to France, and a reply was given by David Cavell. This was followed by a multi-course meal. The following day, several Hazebrouck Rotarians joined us on the ride to Arras, stopping for lunch halfway there, then returning home. We carried on to Arras where we stayed for two nights, visiting Wellington Caves, the secret jumping off point for 15,000 allied troups, Vimy Ridge, the Canadian war memorial, and Notre Dame de Lorette, the French memorial. We then cycled back, once again staying overnight at St Omer. The trip raised £1.530 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

Christmas Party  was on the 15th December at the Chestfiled Golf Club.  Entertainment by Mike Bantin and Steve Wassell with a Christmas quiz actioned by Malcolm Ramsey. Our thanks to Malcolm for organising this event

 

Collections at Tescos and Sainsburys (December 2014) 

This was one of the better years for the weather with the sun out most days and little wind - MOST unusual!. We collected £3602.80 (plus a few Euros and US cents), which was better than last year. Can we thank all those that gave their hard earned money which will all go to very worthwhile local charities. Also we would like to thank Derek Boulting who so generously offered us several sacks of mistletoe - that generated even more donations - and a few kisses.- perhaps our local "Rockstar" can charge a pound-a-peck next year!  Also our thanks got to Tescos and Sainsburys for allowing us on their premises to collect the money

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Visit to Hazebrouck (November 4th),

Six Fellows and two partners/spouses travelled to Hazebrouck-Merville to join with our contact club for their “Masse de Souvenir”. This is an act of remembrance for their deceased members and included members and their partners, friends and relations of the deceased. The service was a simple, moving Roman Catholic mass with a splendid accompanying choir and organ and particularly memorable, was a solo harmonica player! The Service was held in the church of St Thomas of Cantorbery (the French spelling!) We then ventured to the next village to visit a recently completed restaurant for a champagne reception and a three course meal. Unfortunately, after much warmth and friendly banter, we had to eat our sweets hurried before the French ate theirs in order to travel back to the tunnel terminal.

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Merman (14th November 2014)

 

 Whitstable Rotary Club President David Cavell has raised around £600 for the Kent,  London Policeman and cabbie completed his 2km swim in one hour which considering he could only use his arms was some achievement. David was accompanied in his swim by fellow Rotarians Ted Rooney (who also swam 2km), Mike Bantin and Piroska Cavell along with Granddaughter Sascha Said David “The ‘Merman’ the costume was made by my wife Marika and was very realistic however I am not sure that it aided my swimming as by the end of the event I was pretty tired, however around £600 will go to the air ambulance and I thank all those who have sponsored me and to the Whitstable Pool for allowing us to raise the monies for a very worthwhile cause. In addition and at the request of the pool staff, £50 will also go to the RNLI as it is their chosen charity”.

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Whitstable Regatta (July 2014)

 

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Whitstable Rotary Club was once again involved with the Town's annual regatta over the weekend of 12th July, showing off two new sideshows- an old favourite, Splat the Rat , and a brand new one designed by one of the Rotarians, Peter Thomason. Based on pin ball, or bagatelle, but with golf balls and a club, it proved to be a great success with a continuous queue of people waiting to have a go, with a gallery of spectators throughout ! The weather was perfect on Saturday and the most was made of it, as Sunday dawned wet and windy ,so not wishing to damage the game it was decided to call it a day. Nevertheless, the club revived it's high profile at the event with some good support from the members, and raised a significant amount for charity, yet to be confirmed. We look forward to the next event where our new attraction can be used ! (Organiser Mike Bantin)

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Tour de France (July 2014)

 

Knowing how important the Tour De France is the Frence we organised this weekend for our parnter club Hazebrouck to view in England, so arrived on the Saturday, we have an excellent lunch at Kevin &Kathryn's followed by watching Stage 1 on the television. In the evening we dined at the Table Table opposite their hotel. On Sunday the weather was not to kind but we walked through Canterbury seeing some of the many sights before arriving (late!!) at the Old Neptune pub in Whitstable for a light lunch and a walk along the prominade to the Castle as the sun materialised, followed by an evening meal at the Long Reach. On Sunday we had organised a 14 seater bus to take us to London to view the race, ably collected & driven by Steve W. Arriving at the O2 we took the river bus to Westminster and then walked to the Union Jack club for a quick lunch before returning to Tower Hill to watch the race, then back to the O2 and drive back to Brenley Corner for the French to return to Folkstone (Organiser Kevin Fielding).

 

 

 

 

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Golf Day (July 2014)

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Berlin Visit with Partner Club Cham (June 2014)

Our strong ties with our partner club Cham were further strengthened during this wonderful visit to Germany. Arriving at Berlin we were met by Reinhard Hopfl and taken to our hotels. After a short rest we went by local bus to Potsdamer Platz, Holocaust memorial, Brandenberg gate and then on to the German parliament in the Reichstag followed by a superb dinner in the Restaurant Tucher. On the following day, Friday we had a long, enjoyable trip on one of the Berlin tourist river boats seeing many of the city buildings, a walk to a shopping area Kudammm and a church, part still standing after WW2 now established as a "working" memorial and again in the evening a further superb meal in the restaurant Sorriso. On Saturday we had an interesting visits to the old Stasi building/museum and the Teur... an allied listening post to accumulate radio information from the soviets etc. In the evening we travelled to the famous  Restaurant Adlon for our final meal before departure the next day. Before departure some of us were driven to Potsdam while others attempted a visit to museum island (5 museums located on an island in the river). Rotary is about many things but these partnership club activities are a most important part - and a most enjoyable one to!! (Organiser Kevin Fielding)

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Rotary Dog Walk (March 2014)

 

On Saturday 29th March Whitstable Rotary completed this year€™s Rotary Dog Walk. Starting and finishing at Strode Park and through local woods, it lasted just over one and half hours, the walkers and their dogs arrived back at Strode Farm for a cup of tea or coffee and a good hose down for the dogs, as although very dry for most of the walk, there were some distinctly unavoidable wet places. Most of the dogs thoroughly enjoyed being hosed down afterwards before getting back in their owners cars.  It was lovely to see an assortment of  dogs, some big some small,  race around the fields.  Whitstable Rotary’s President Andrea Gough came with his wife and beautiful greyhound (name???) Attracting some people from  as far away as Redhill, Whitstable Rotary raised £100 for "Hounds for Heroes" -  and the weather could not have been better, everybody and a thoroughly good time. Kevin Fielding, the organiser said œThis is Rotary -€“ we like helping charities “ but we like to enjoy ourselves at the same time if possible!

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Pantomime Outing (January 2014)

 

On 21st January we took Family's from the Whitstable area who would not normally get the opportunity to attend the preview evening at the Whitstable Playhouse to see Cinderella , this is an event that The Whitstable Rotary Club has been doing for over 20 years and have taken over 2000 children and parents/carers to this wonderful evening of fun magic and music. (Organiser Gordon Johnson)

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Tesco & Sainsbury's Collections (December 2013) 

 

Continuing our Christmas tradition members of Whitstable Rotary Club donned Santa outfits and held buckets aloft in anticipation of the goodwill of Whitstable folk over the Christmas season outside the Tesco and Sainsburys stores in Whitstable. We were certainly not disappointed! Altogether, we raised £928-56 at Tesco, and despite some apalling weather conditions, £2,814-89 at Sainsbury. Overall a healthy season, despite the cold, wind and rain. Many thanks to everybody who so generously gave. We can assure you it will find a very worthwhile cause. (Organiser Steve Wassel)

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Row The Channel (7th December 2013)

 

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  After months and months of arduous training, 4 stalwart, super fit Rotarians made their way early  on a grey misty Saturday morning in December to Dover to row across the English Channel. Arriving in Dover and looking at the mountainous waves we realsied the enormous challenge we had set ourselves €“ and that was just in the harbour! We did have two Rotarians AWOL, apparently one found his passport had expired and the other a business meeting €“ poor excuses, obviously chickens!

No I lie -€“ indeed there were actually 4 Rotarians (Mike Bantin, Kevin Fielding, Jeremy Mills, Malcolm Ramsey (also partners Jayne Spratt and Kathryn Wilson), but we were neither super fit (no training whatsoever) and we were not actually rowing the Channel. P&O had kindly offered a place on the ferry for our excerise rowing machine (kindly donated for the day by Tonics Fitness Centre, Sheerness). So after meeting in the carpark we drove onto the ferry and found ourselves placed just outside the shopping area - perfect! We than proceeded to take turns in rowing across the Channel. There were even some encouraging words from our fellow passengers like "row faster and the ferry will go quicker", but somehow that didn't seem to work (we were probably rowing to slowly!). After arriving in Calais we disembarked and drove to the Aqua Raile restaurant where we met our partner club from Hazebrouck. After a wonderful (and I do mean wonderful) meal and just a little bit wine (don't forget we were rowing back to Dover and we didn't want to be charged for "drink rowing") Ok well a lot of wine, we drove back to the ferry and rowed back. During both trips we walked around the ferry (not the one rowing!) shouting to everyone to place their money in our constantly getting heavier buckets. We raised just over £400 which was divided equally between Mercy Ships and RNLI. A great day out – having a great time and raising money for very worthwhile causes – that is Rotary! (Organiser Kevin Fielding)

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Tea Dance at the Marine Hotel (3rd November)

 

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Rotary Cycle Tour to Ypres (27-31 August 2013)

The cyclists numbered seven: three club members from Whitstable Rotary Club (Steve Wassell, Kevin Fielding, Mike Bantin), the President of Canterbury Sunrise (Richard Davis), one wife and one partner of club members (Dot Wassell and Jane Spragg) and cycle mechanic Christopher Harrington, a friend of Steve Wassell. The support vehicle was manned by two club members David Cavell and Rob Smyth and by Joan Crighton widow of past member Alex Crighton. The five day tour covered just under 150 miles in four days' cycling. (Thursday was a day off in Ypres). We rode to St Omer on the first day and on to Ypres on the second, meeting a contingent from Hazebrouck who escorted us first to a restaurant for lunch, then on to Ypres, by a very attractive scenic route. In Hazebrouck, we were treated to a reception in the Town Hall by the Mayor and President of the Hazebrouck Rotary Club and received gifts of local beer and T-shirts commemorating the event. That evening we arrived in Ypres and watched the Last Post ceremony, given by the Fire Brigade at 8-00pm every day in gratitude for the allied forces’ efforts during the Great War. On the second day (Thursday) we decided to visit Hill 62, a strategic battle field of some importance, with a cemetery and an estaminet with museum and preserved trench system. This was followed by a picnic lunch in the sun. On Friday we set off back to St Omer, this time by a more direct route and cycling into a head wind, making the going more difficult. The weather stayed fine, however, and everyone maintained high spirits. We went back to our original restaurant for an evening meal. We visited the market in St Omer on Saturday before leaving on our last leg of the journey. We arrived at the docks in Dunkirk, buffeted by the ever-increasing wind and some light rain, but in time to catch an earlier ferry. After some considerable snoozing on board the ferry, we all arrived safely back in Dover at just after 3-00pm. We raised £1,150 insponsership which has been  put in a holding account to sponsor a concert to be given by Kent Sinfonia and choirs and musicians at Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls. ;(Organiser Steve Wassell) 

 

 

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