Sep 132013

Thursday morning, overcast and with a rather cold rain in the air, it didn’t look that promising of our days golf at Whitstable & Seasalter Golf Club. Packing some warm water-proofs along with the clubs, it was off down the M2 to the seaside. By the time we were on the Thanet Way, the weather was clearing and the temperature rising and we arrive just as the sun broke through the clouds. Walking into the clubhouse, we knew we were in for some hard graft when we saw the local golfing elite. But then there was worse to come as we spied the old adversaries – G&M (Rotarians from Gravesend and Meopham)….it was going to be a really tough to take any of the day’s honours even for the cream of our plays like Kevin or Simon. By the time we were on the first tee, the temperature was rocketing and there was hardly a cloud in the sky and the challenge was on.

Out in the midday sun we hooked, sliced and topped our balls with incredible regularity and were amazed at how easily they disappeared into the countless ditches but even so, we were not deterred. By the time we were at the turn, we knew we were on the up, especially as we felt the calling of the 19th. With the card finally complete, signed and handed in, it was off for a shower and then to the bar to tell of the unbelievable puts and the disastrous drives. The banter over the meal finally reach fever pitch as the prizes were given out and you can imagine our delight as it was announced that the best score for the back nine was our very own “friend of rotary”, young George.

A great day was had by one and all and our thanks go to Dave Annal for organising the event (and we even raised over £100 for charity).

John Dyke

Sep 102013

Petanque 2013 play

The cry was heard…….. the challenge accepted………. and over 60 Rotarians, family and friends arrived at the Gravesend Rugby club for the Annual Rotary Petanque Challenge. The tension was high as the teams from the Gravesend & Meopham, Northfleet with Ebbsfleet and Gravesend clubs grabbed their boules and headed off to do battle. Youngsters like Charlie Trimm were in the melee and accounted for themselves well against the seasoned veterans of French holidays like John & Dot Baker. No quarter was given as the light faded and the night air chilled. Mike Cubitt and his team of wonderful helpers refereed the matches and kept league tables and it was only when we were all back in the clubhouse did Mike tot up the scores. Taking sustenance from the magnificent buffet and quaffing a glass of red French wine (or two) we waited for Mike to announce the final score, which was…..

Petanque 2013 presentationl15 points for team “3” from the Rotary Club of Gravesend, but………

18 points for team “8” from the Rotary Club of Northfleet with Ebbsfleet

President Adrian concluded the evening official formalities by presenting the Rotary Petangue Challenge Cup to Northfleet with Ebbsfleet along with the mantle of organising next year’s challenge. Fortunately this did not interfere too much with the main purpose of the evening which was of course….FELLOWSHIP and catching up with good friends.

John Dyke


Sep 042013


Promoting ICE at BluewaterIce at Bluewater? Well, not really. It was “ICE” – In Case of Emergency. The Rotary Club of Gravesend was out again over the last days of the school holidays promoting ICE in Bluewater at The Safety Shop run by the Kent Constabulary. Rotarians like Bob Denby were at the shop talking to people about adding ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact numbers on their mobile phones or on special cards that can be kept in purses, wallets or even childrens school bags.

If you want to learn more about ICE, go to our article on ICE.

The message is the same to all ages “Put ICE in your phone and help save your life”