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Blacthorn Trust Visit - September 2018

Our meeting on 4th September was a second visit to the Blackthorrn Trust. We had a lovely meal and a fabulous talk from Susie who told us about the "White Water Challenge" she undertook to raise funds for the Blackthorn Physic Garden.

Kingfisher Trips for Young Carers - August 2018

Each year, in conjunction with the Kingfisher Medway Trust, we arrange trips on the river Medway for young carers. Many thanks to Catherine for taking the pictures.

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Medway Valley Walk - August 2018

In place of our regular weekly meeting we had a social event with a gentle circular stroll along the banks of the Medway from Wateringbury, with an option of a boat trip for the less mobile. After several weeks of heatwave the weather could have been kinder to us, serving up light rain and occasional thunder and lightning. However the rain kept us cool and we finished up at a pub ready to demolish the superb buffet supper provided. Many thanks to Alan & Catherine for taking the pictures.

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Defibrillator Plaque - June 2018

In 2005 Mike Baker, the Club President at the time, sadly passed away. The club decided to honour the memory of Mike by presenting a defibrilllator to the Maidstone Shopping Centre. Unfortunately during the renovation of the Centre the plaque was lost. We made arrangements for a new plaque to be installed and Mike's widow, daughter and brother came along to unveil it.

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Petanque and Handover Evening - June 2018

Our last meeting of the year 2017-18 was a pub social event where most of us played Petanque, with varying degrees of success!

After a meal of sausage & mash, followed by some delightful desserts, President Nic handed over Catherine who will lead us through the coming Rotary year.

Thanks, as always, to Chas for taking the pictures.

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President's Night - June 2018

77 members, guests, family and friends enjoyed a splendid evening at Bearsted Golf Club to celebrate Nic's year as Club President. Thanks to Chas and Carolyn for the photos.

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Dutch Visit - June 2018

Every two years our friends from our twin club in Dordrecht visit us for a relaxing weekend of fellowship and sightseeing. Thanks to Catherine for taking the photos.

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Litter Pick - Various Dates, April 2018

Giving practical rather than monetary support we spent several sessions picking up litter along the banks of the Medway and under the M20 motorway.

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Torquay Conference - 6th - 8th April 2018

Some of our members attended the National Conference at Torquay. An enjoyable weekend with thought provoking and inspirational speakers, entertainment,  plus the chance to catch up with other Rotarians from across the country.

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Purple for Polio - 1st April 2018

Back in October we planted about 8,000 crocus corms in the villages around Maidstone. These are part of Rotary's worldwide campaign to spread awareness of the Polio Eradication work. The pictures below show the croms starting to bloom.

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Alzheimer's Research Presentation - 13th March 2018

Georgi Welch and Emily Roots from Alzheimer's Research UK visited our club to give us an update on the work of their charity. We learnt that dementia is the leading cause of death in women in the uk, can strike at any age, and to date has no cure. We were delighted to present a cheque from the club.

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Rotary Wood - 9th February 2018

Our National President, Denis Spiller, challenged every Rotary Club in Great Britain & Ireland to plant a tree this year for every member of their club. Working together with Gallaghers the three Rotary Clubs in Maidstone have created the Rotary Wood at Hermitage Quarry with the planting of over 100 trees.

Thanks to Chas for taking the pictures.

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Carol Concert - 16th December 2017

Once again the Sutton Valley Choral Society kindly allowed us to join the annual Carol Concert held at Sutton Valence School. We were treated to carols, readings and recitals, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Proceeds from our ticket sales will go to support Maidstone Christian Care.
Trinity Foyer - 13th December 2017
For several years we have been supporting Trinity Foyer, a service for homeless people in Maidstone. Each year part of this involves us making up a gift of toileteries and similar items for each resident at Christmas. Two of our members visited and met residents and staff today. We were made very welcome and received many thanks from everyone.

Shoeboxes - 21st November 2017

The club meeting was given over to wrapping and packing shoe boxes for underprivileged children in Moldova. In all 32 boxes were produced and these will be taken to the headquarters of the Mustard Seed Relief Mission charity in Eastbourne. There they will join about 30,000 other boxes which will be taken by truck overland to Moldova, ready for handing out to children who would otherwise not get any presents. What a great way to create a smile at Christmas!

Thanks to Chas & Pete for taking the pictures.

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Crocus Corm Planting - 21st October 2017

Continuing Rotary's campaign to eradicate polio and to mark annual Polio Day on 24th October we were out in Tovil and East Farleigh planting purple crocus corms. Purple For Polio represents the ink dye put on the finger of each child immunised against Polio in the few countries where this terrible disease still persists.

Thanks to Chas for taking the pictures.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning - 17th September 2017

Members and partners together with family and friends joined Norman and Doreen for a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Over £330 was raised and some delicious cakes enjoyed by all.

Norman said  "Although our feet seemed not to touch the ground it was really great to have your company at our place. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Thank you again."

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