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Know Your Blood Pressure Day - 22nd April 2017

Thanks to Norman, Clive, Chas and Pete for helping to organise this year's event which couldn't have taken place without the generosity of The Mall for allowing us the use of their space, the guys and gals from the Urban Blue Bus for doing all the technical stuff and the Maidstone Baptist Church for the loan of their tables and chairs.  The photos below were taken by Chas.

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Ten Pin Bowling with Crossroads - 10th March 2017

Riverside Rotary entertained the young carers from the charity Crossroads, to our annual evening of 10 pin bowling. The carers were joined by two young people from Invicta Interact Club and members of our Rotary Club. The teams were a combination of adults and young people and a fun time was had by all. After the games everyone enjoyed a hot snack and drink. Special thanks go to Geoff Wood, who organised and managed the arrangements on the night.

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Young Chef Competition - 28th January 2017

The district Young Chef competition was held at New Line Learning Academy Maidstone on Saturday 28th January 2017.

Clubs in the district had held local competitions since September 2016 and their winning students gained a place in the District Final.  The students, who were aged between 14 and 17, had to prepare a three-course meal within two hours for £15 or less. They were marked on taste, nutritional value, cost, organizational skills and the table layout.
Six students took part sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Senlac, Eastbourne AM, Maidstone Riverside, Darenth Valley, Tenterden and Uckfield.

This year we invited the winner of Kent Cooks, organised by KM Charity, to take part in the competition. We hope that this is the beginning of working with another local charity.

The judges were very pleased with the standard of cooking and awarded first place to Jamie Monaghan, 16, from Longfield Academy and second place to Will Rogers, 14, from Homewood School. The winners will now go forward to the Rotary Region 4 final.

May I thank all those who helped on the day, especially the judges who gave such encouragement and valuable advice to the students, without them the event could not take place.
Carolyn Bassett and Steve Elms
Organisers District Young Chef

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Christmas Collecting 2016

Collecting for Local Charities at Tesco, Grove Green

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Swim Relay 2016 - 12th November 2016

Sunday 6th November was marked by our second SwimRelay event held at and thanks to the generosity of the Mote Park Leisure Centre.  The article below says it all but, as a club, we thank Clive Bradburn for his tireless efforts to make the event such a success.  It is hoped that the event can continue into the future and become a major fundraiser for the club.



Article courtesy of Kent Messenger Friday, November 11th.

Click here to watch a 3 minute video of the event.

The Blue Bus - 13th August 2016

Four members of  The Rotary Club of Maidstone Riverside visited Maidstone’s Urban Blue Bus on  Saturday night and officially handed over the new patient chair that the club  had recently donated.

Past President  Mary Lynn, volunteered to try out the chair and the Urban Blue Bus team  demonstrated how much easier this chair is to use rather than the old standard  type.

The leader of the  Bus Team, Val Jacobs explained that the chair has already been put to good use  on many occasions. Val said “ We often have to move young people from where  they have been taken ill or injured to the bus where we can treat them for  minor problems. Where it is necessary to call for an ambulance the chair is a  quick and easy means for us to have the patient ready when it arrives.”
Every Saturday  night the Urban Blue Bus team will be available in the town centre to provide  medical facilities to those presenting with minor injuries. They also give  emotional support, drug and alcohol counselling and other support to vulnerable  people in need of assistance and practical help.

Riverside Rotary  have been pleased to assist with this amazing community project which has been  running successfully in Maidstone for over seven years now.

Our thanks to Clive for getting the story in the KM and Downs Mail.

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Hayley's Heroes - 10th August 2016

Interact Club Raises £1000 to help Cancer Sufferers

Daniel Mcquarrie, the retiring President of the Interact Club at Maidstone Grammar School, nominated the charity, Hayley’s Heroes to receive a £1000 donation in his final year at the school. The Interact Club, chartered in 2002, operates under the guidance of Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club. Interact clubs are based on Rotary principles but manage their own charity fund raising and activities.

Rotarian Geoff Wood said ‘ We are extremely proud of our young Interactors, who do so much for the local community whilst still having to work hard for exams and prepare for university and future working lives”

Hayley’s Heroes is a local Registered Charity, formed two years ago during Hayley’s lifetime. It has a mission to offer young adult cancer sufferers, their close family and friends, a magical wish to create special memories during the toughest of times.

Geoff Wood, along with the charity’s committee members Zoe Bridges, Emma Stafford and Charlotte Green are pictured receiving the £1000 cheque from Daniel in the grounds of the Tudor Park Hotel at Bearsted.



RBLI Visit - 2nd August 2016

15 members and partners, had a fascinating tour of Royal British Legion Industries at Aylesford, then presenting a cheque. Many thanks to Paul and Natalie of RBLI for organising it for us and for Chas for taking the photos.

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Annual Golf Day - 26th July 2016

Our thanks yet again to Geoff Wood for organising the 26th Riverside Rotary Golf Day at Bearsted Golf Club.  Geoff, ably assisted by Mary and Steve on the day, persuded   8 Riversiders and 8 guests to partake of the golf and they were joined by 9 Rotarians and partners for the dinner.

The weather was perfect although the same couldn't be said for the golf which resulted in some poor scoring overall. Remarkably, Nic was able to retain the claret jug by beating Lloyd by one point.


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