DONATION TO THE PILGRIM'S HOSPICEMaintaining our long-term support for the Pilgrim's Hospice, President James presented Karen Kenward with a cheque for £1,000 representing part of the money donated generously by the good people of Westgate and Birchington during our Christmas street collections in 2016.

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CHARITY SNAIL RACE RAISES OVER £1000!!

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DONATION TO "THANET BOSOM PALS"

President James was delighted to present a cheque for £1000 to Andrea Boulton and Sarah Levenson for their Breast Cancer support group "Thanet Bosom Pals"

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PRESENTATION BY STUDENTS FROM

KING ETHELBERT'S SCHOOL

A group of students from King Ethelbert's School gave an excellent illustrated presentation about their recent humanitarian expedition to Goa. The "EnJewel India" project began a few years ago and this group of students were able to continue the excellent work providing support to families and orphans which our Rotary Club was pleased to support with a donation of £200, which goes a very long way in Goa.

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CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT PRESIDENT-ELECT LORAINE'S HOUSE


Members of Westgate and Birchington Rotary Club were pleased to provide and share their Christmas Day lunch with members of the local community. Following a splendid traditional lunch and a visit from Santa, we watched the Queen’s speech. Taxis were provided to and from the lunch and an enjoyable day was had by all.



The Rotary “Santa Claus” toured the streets of Westgate and Birchington on the dates below and his “elves” called door-to-door to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care and The Pilgrim’s Hospice and other local charities.

Wednesday 7th December – Westgate, Linksfield Road £199.33 collected

Thursday 8th December- Birchington, Court Mount area £260.33 collected

Saturday 10th December- Birchington, Station Road £350 collected

Wednesday 14th December- Westgate, Victoria Road £246.40 collected

Thursday 15th December- Birchington, Minnis Bay £337.01 collected

Saturday 17th December- Westgate, Station Road £234.34

THANK YOU FOR GIVING SO GENEROUSLY!


NEW MEMBER INDUCTION

President James was delighted to induct JAMES NEW into Rotary Membership on Tuesday 20th September

ANTIQUE VALUATION DAY - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

CHARITIES WE SUPPORT - CLICK HERE

"PIMMS" tent at Minnis Bay - click here for details

PAST PRESIDENT COLIN WADE - RIPClick here for the eulogy

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Past President, Colin Wade

INTERNATIONAL BBQ - Click here for a report

Garden Clearance Project - click here for details

AN "IMPORTANCE" OF PRESIDENTS!

Alain Leroy (Boulonge) John Pulford (Broadstairs) Julie Miller (Ramsgate) Chris Burton (Margate)

James Croall (W&B) Richard Parkin (IOTS) Richard Gardner (Thanet)

WELCOME TO NEW PRESIDENT!

At our "Handover Meeting" out-going President David welcomed our new President for 2016 - 17 and handed the Presidential "Jewels" to James Croall.

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PRESIDENT'S LUNCHEON

To read a report on the President's Luncheon please click here

3 Towers tour at Quex Park

Our "5th Tuesday Getaway" in May was a tour of the three towers at Quex Park.

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BEACH CLEAN AT MINNIS BAY

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CONTACT CLUB VISIT TO CELLE

Rotarians from Darmstadt Kranichstein, Poitiers Futuroscope and Westgate & Birchington

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To view a set of archive photographs of members from the 1980's please CLICK HERE

CHEQUE PRESENTATIONS TO

AIR AMBULANCE & PORCHLIGHT


PRESENTATION TO THE BAY UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

President David presented a cheque for £250 to The Revd. George Kalu at the Bay United Reformed Church in Minnis Bay as a contribution to the cost of replacing the central heating boiler for the church and hall.

GOLF DRIVING EVENING AT STONELEES

To emphasize that Rotarians enjoy loads of FUN & FELLOWSHIP, a large group of members, partners & friends met at Stonelees Golf Centre to spend a happy hour getting into the "swing of things" on the driving range and the putting green. After hundreds of golf balls had been swiped into oblivion (some reaching over 100 yards, others hitting the roof of the driving range!), everyone sat down at the "19th Hole" to feast on an excellent two-course dinner.

PRESENTATION OF £350 TO St. Nicholas-at-Wade Playgroup

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STRICTLY COME ROTARY

SATURDAY 16th APRIL 2016 at THE WINTER GARDENS

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THE KENT, SURREY & SUSSEX AIR AMBULANCE

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FOR A FULL REPORT OF THE RECENT SPEAKER


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DEFENCE FIRE TRAINING CENTRE SPEAKER

AT GUEST NIGHT

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THE VULCAN BOMBER STORY

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FOR A FULL REPORT OF THE RECENT SPEAKER - Flt Lt. Paddy Langdown

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CHRISTMAS CHARITY COLLECTIONS

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SANTA IS GETTING HIS REINDEER AND SLEIGH READY!

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WELCOME TO THE NEW PRESIDENT

Outgoing President, David Hearnshaw

congratulates new President David Guy

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Donation to Alfie Gough Trust

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SPONSORED CYCLE RIDE

A group of Rotarians and friends completed a sponsored cycle ride to raise over £700 for "Prostate Cancer UK" and local charities.

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YET ANOTHER CHARITY

 PRESENTATION!

Allocating the last of the funds raised last Christmas during the "Santa's Sleigh" street collections in Westgate and Birchington, President David Hearnshaw was delighted to present a cheque for £1000 to Caitlin O'Neill of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (which will shortly be rebranded "BLOODWISE"

To find out more about "BLOODWISE" click here


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CONTACT CLUB REUNION

Rotarians from Poitiers Futuroscope and Darmstadt Kranichstein spent the weekend in Westgate & Birchington for the annual reunion.

FOR FULL DETAILS CLICK HERE

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"STRICTLY COME ROTARY"

The annual Dance Competition was held in the Ruby Room

at St. Augustines, Westgate-on-Sea.

FOR FULL DETAILS CLICK HERE

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PRESIDENT'S CHARITY PRESENTATION

President David presented a cheque for £1000 to Loukia Michael, the Fundraising Coordinator for OASIS Domestic Abuse Service.

This donation was the second of three which the President is able to make as a result of the generosity of the good people of Westgate and Birchington during our “Santa Sleigh” street collections last Christmas.

Loukia gave a very informative talk to members and guests, illustrating the work of OASIS in providing a refuge for women and children suffering domestic abuse, and explaining how the organisation is expanding its outreach into the community and into schools with the aim of preventing abuse before it gets out of hand.

If you would be interested to find out more about OASIS log onto www.oasisdaservice.org

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GUEST NIGHT AND CHARITY PRESENTATION

A large gathering of Rotarians and Guests attended a Charity Presentation Dinner at St Augustine's, Westgate-on-Sea on Tuesday 14th March.

After an excellent dinner, President David Hearnshaw presented a cheque for £1000 to The Salvation Army, Margate Branch

Major Richard Oliver and his wife Major Sarah Oliver accepted the cheque.

After the presentation, the Majors gave a fascinating account of their service with the Salvation Army both in the UK and, for many years, in Brazil

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SANTA SAYS "THANK YOU"!

The Rotary Santa toured the streets of Westgate and Birchington in his sleigh and send his thanks to all the generous people who donated

£2163

which will be given to President David's nominated charities:

Oasis Domestic Abuse Service, Leukemia and Lymphoma Research     and The Salvation Army

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ROTARY DISTRICT 1120 CONFERENCE IN EASTBOURNE

President David and his wife Gilly together with President-Elect David Guy, Vice-President Jan Dash and Past President Tony Orpwood & his wife Chris attended the recent District Conference in Eastbourne.

A party of six of us went to the Conference this year and we all enjoyed the weekend very much. The hotel was good, very accommodating to us, the service at meal times was fast and efficient and all the staff were very helpful. At the Conference Centre all the Rotarian stewards played their part with a smile and offered helpful comments. The Saturday night dinner was excellent (the way the chef cooked so many steaks at the right time was amazing!) The bands on Friday and Saturday were good but perhaps the Queen tribute singer did not quite have the depth of Freddie Mercury. All in all we had a good time, enjoying each other's company and, no doubt, the amount of alcohol consumed!!

The Conference speakers were generally interesting, especially if you liked sport. It was disappointing not to have a service on the Sunday morning, but that is the choice of the District Governor. It is good to go along and meet hundreds of other Rotarians from around the district, hear some of their tales and marvel at the good works that they do.

Well done Rotary District 1120, you do put on a good Conference!

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NEW MEMBER INDUCTION

At a well-attended Guest Night Dinner on 30th September, President David formally inducted ALAN HARRIS into Rotary membership.

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NEW HONORARY MEMBER!

Paul Harris Fellow TONY STOKES created an Honorary Member

of the Rotary Club of Westgate & Birchington

For full details please click here

ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Successful candidates, Elizabeth Irvine and Emily Robertson, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westgate & Birchington gave a lively account of their experiences at the Arethusa Venture Centre near Rochester

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL REPORT

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WELCOME TO PRESIDENT PHF DAVID HEARNSHAW!

New President, Paul Harris Fellow David Hearnshaw is congratulated by outgoing President, Tony Orpwood

The Rotary Club of Westgate and Birchington inducted their new President at their recent meeting held at St. Augustines College. Some eighty people attended the meal and they consisted of Club Rotarians, their wives, members of The Inner Wheel Club and representatives from all the Thanet Clubs and their wives and friends. They saw Paul Harris fellow David Hearnshaw take over from Tony Orpwood for the next twelve months.  In his report David said that there was a busy programme of events planned ahead, during which he would be supporting OASIS, which is the local Charity supporting those suffering from domestic abuse, The Leukaemia and Lymphoma Trust, The Salvation Army and The Alfie Gough Trust. Apart from fund raising at various events during the year we shall continue with the Christmas collections, the Come Dine With Me evenings at members homes and the Strictly Come Rotary, the popular dance event in the Spring.

Gilly & David Hearnshaw together with Tony & Christine Orpwood after the Handover

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YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER COMPETITION 2014

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE WINNING ENTRIES

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CONTACT CLUB VISIT TO POITIERS - MAY 2014

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL REPORT & SLIDESHOW

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Seven  AQUABOXES

were filled by the children at St Crispin's School, Westgate-on-Sea.

For the full report click here:

Click the picture to go to the Aquabox website

INCOMING PRESIDENT TONY ORPWOOD IS CONGRATULATED

BY IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT CHRIS HEDGES

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HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Was conferred upon Past President & Paul Harris Fellow STEVE PUTTOCK in recognition of his 37 years of outstanding service to the Club and to the community. Over the years Steve has held most the major official roles within the Club and was instrumental in establishing the "Contact Club" relationships with Poitiers Futuroscope and Darmstadt Kranichstein.

 

  CONTACT CLUB REUNION IN LEIPZIG  

To see a slide-show of photographs and a full report please click here

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INTERNATIONAL - THEMED GUEST DINNER

PLUS NEW MEMBER INDUCTION

Please click HERE for full details of the presentations to Richard Barton of The Malawi Association for Christian Suppport and David Hatcher of Shelterbox. The Club welcomed Steven Edes into membership

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"STRICTLY COME ROTARY"

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Young Photographer Competition winners chosen.

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The SCHOOLS PROM was staged in the Winter Gardens by the six local Rotary Clubs. Click HERE for full details of this musical spectacular.

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ITALIAN MASKED BALL

"Cardinal" Allen Cox joins revellers for the Italian Masked Ball

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"Celebrating Rotary" Evensong in Rochester Cathedral

For a full report click:

http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?ClubID=753&PgID=349319 

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SANTA CAME AND NOW SENDS HIS THANKS!

When Santa toured the streets of Westgate and Birchington in the weeks before Christmas he was delighted with the generosity of the good people of our two villages who donated £2807 towards the worthy charities supported by the Rotary Club this year: Macmillan Cancer Support and "Sing For Your Life" (Music Therapy for Dementia sufferers) 

Thank you very much to all of the people who delved into their piggy banks and purses to find loads of copper, silver, gold and paper to put into our collecting tins. Santa will be back in December 2013, so please start saving up your small change!

It makes a real difference to the causes we support throughout the year. 

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THE DISTRICT 1120 CONFERENCE

Our delegates at the Gala Dinner in the Grand Palais, Lille.

For the full report click the button to the left.

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President Chris held a "WORLD'S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING"

on Friday 28th September which was very well attended

and raised £250 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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ABIGAIL'S DAY OUT!

The six Rotary Cluns in Thanet got together to send four year old Abigail, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and Microcephaly to Peppa Pig World in Hampshire.

For a full report please see:

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VISIT OF THE RIBI PRESIDENT, JOHN MINHINICK

The Rotary Club of Westgate & Birchington hosted a Dinner and Presentations to welcome President John to East Kent

For a full report please click the link in the menu to the left

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HANDOVER CEREMONY 2012

President Iain Norman handed over the Presidential jewel

to incoming President - Chris Hedges

at a ceremony held at St Augustine's, Westgate-on-Sea

on Tuesday 26th June 2012.

Over 100 Rotarians and guests attended the Handover Ceremony which, in accordance with tradition at Westgate & Birchington, involved much merriment and fun & games! Past President Allen Cox interrupted the formal proceedings to introduce a sketch based upon the television series "The Apprentice".

Allen changed his name to ALAN (Sugar) and, with a team of judges (Tony Orpwood and Jan Dash) proceeded to test whether President Iain Norman should continue in post for another year or whether "the apprentice" Chris Hedges should be elevated to the Presidency.

After an intimate examination of their financial prospects for 2012-13, Chris Hedges was finally endorsed as the new President.

To Iain Norman he said "You're fired!"

Iain Norman was then able to exchange the Presidential Jewel for his Immediate Past Presidential Jewel and Chris Hedges was then given free rein to introduce his team for the coming year and enthuse members to support the activities which are planned to raise funds and serve the community.

Chris announced that his President's Charities would be "Sing for your Life" which seeks to delay the onset and progress of Dementia through music therapy, and "Macmillan Cancer Support" which offers support to cancer sufferers and their families and carers in their own homes.

For further details of the President's Charities please click the following links

http://www.singforyourlife.org.uk

http://www.macmillan.org.uk

WELCOME TO OUR INTERNATIONAL CONTACT CLUBS

POITIERS FUTUROSCOPE & DARMSTADT KRANICHSTEIN

On Ascension Day, 17th May 2012, delegations from the Rotary Clubs of Poitiers Futuroscope and Darmstadt Kranichstein arrived for the annual reunion, this year at home in Westgate & Birchington.

For more photos and details of the programme see  

http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?ClubID=753&PgID=287877 

INTERNATIONAL ROTARY DAY 2012

To mark International Rotary Day, the Joint Rotary Clubs of Thanet mounted a SHELTERBOX DISPLAY at Westwood Cross. Rotary Clubs throughout the world support SHELTERBOX and tents and equipment are shipped to wherever people have been made homeless by natural disaster such as earthquake or flood. For further information log on to http://www.shelterbox.org

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STRICTLY COME ROTARY SPECTACULAR SUCCESS!!

The "Strictly Come Rotary" Dance Competition and Display was presented at the Winter Gardens in Margate on Friday 30th March 2012 in front of an enthusiastic audience of 300 dining guests. As well as a great entertainment spectacular, �3000 was raised for the Thanet Pilgrims Hospice.

For a full report click http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=237972&ClubID=753 

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It is with great sadness that members of the Rotary Club of Westgate & Birchington

remember the death of Past President Dr. Max Lewis who passed away on 16th January 2010.

Our sincere condolences are offered to Max's widow, Jean.

Max was President of this Club from 1987 -88

Requiescat in pace

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Our Rotary Club was founded in 1971 and over the years has met at various venues in both Westgate-on-Sea and Birchington. We now meet in the beautiful surroundings of St. Augustine's in Westgate which was formerly a convent and later a boys boarding school.

Visiting Rotarians are cordially invited to attend our meetings but should pre-book dinner by contacting Rtn. Loraine Bant or St.Augustines at least 48 hours before the meeting.

We are a very active club with a very broad age range and welcome both ladies and gentlemen as members. Please contact our Membership Secretary, Christine Laming, for further information by clicking the "Membership" link on the menu.

We enjoy excellent fellowship and organise a wide range of fund-raising activities from sponsored cyle rides to BBQs, from the "Strictly Come Rotary" dance competition to Santa's Sleigh street collections, all good fun while raising much needed funds for many charities and other good causes. 


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Grace, Objects & Raffle: Loraine Bant. Menu: Chinese Buffet
Grace, Objects & Raffle: Charlie Brightling. Menu: Fish Pie/Spanish Omelette
Grace, Objects & Raffle: Allen Cox. Menu: Southern Fried Chicken/Veg Sausage Cassoulet
Grace, Objects & Raffle: James Croall. Menu: Lasagne. Speaker: Claire Shelton from "SHED"
Come and join a sponsored cycle ride from Minnis Bay to Reculver to raise funds for local charities.

Meeting Information...

We meet on Tuesdays at 18:00 for Dinner at 18:30 (DRESS CODE: Gentlemen~Jacket & (optional) tie; Ladies~Smart casual. ) St. Augustine's
125 Canterbury Road
Westgate-on-Sea CT8 8NL tel: 01843 830150

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