Jun 302012

June 2012 – On June 6th at the Gravesend Sea Cadets parade Brian Portway President of the Rotary Club of Gravesend presented the Commanding Officer with a cheque for £640 towards the cost of improved workshop and training facilities.

An ex-shipping container will be turned into a modern up to date dual facility unit used to maintain essential equipment and to teach the cadets basic skills in engineering and training.

2012 Sea CadetsAs material is delivered on site, Gravesend Rotarians will be helping out in construction and fitting out work which.has been funded both by local when over 900 cyclists took part in this years annual “On Your Bike” sponsored fun ride; and also by members of the Rotary Club of Gravesend who have given their time and expertise in the planning and submission of project details to the relevant authorities and also ensuring that Rotary District fund holders requirements were met.

President Brian said that “To be able to help local youth in both financial and practical terms is an example of what Rotary is all about. The standards of discipline and commitment shown by these young boys and girls is a credit to all who give up their time and we are pleased to be able to play our part.”

Bob Denby


Jun 302012

2012 Dartford ShieldJune 2012 – What a fine day at the Darenth Valley Golf Club, it was warm and the sun was out. We all had our coffee and bacon roll and after a little practice putting, the four of us from Gravesend were ready for action. Unfortunately there were a lot of people playing the course so progress was slow but on the good side, that gave us plenty of time to discuss at length such weighty matters as the various aspects of our golf swing, the problems we were having with our putting, the courses we had played at and the completions we had played in.

Although we battled on valiantly, only Adrian managed shine with a splendid effort in the “yellow ball” competition for which he gained the only prize for our club. John B and Colin scored well but were unable to wrestle any of the other prizes from the eventual winners (and we just won’t talk about my own score, only to say that I didn’t come last).

The day ended with us sitting down with sunburnt faces to a rather nice meal washed down with a glass of wine. We cheered and heckled as the other teams went up to collect their well earned prizes and finally thanked Gravesend and Meopham for organising the tournament. We said our farewells to our fellow Rotarians as the sun set on a truly wonderful day.