Jan 272014
 

foodbank logoFrom the moment visiting Rotarian Diane Marsh got up to talk to us at our lunch meeting on 27th January, everyone present knew that she believed in the local Foodbank project with a passion. Explaining that a visit to a former Rotarian that had fallen on very hard times had galvanised her resolve to help people in Gravesend that were in a similar predicament. To-date she has got her own club of Gravesend and Meopham to support and assist the Gravesend Foodbank (which is affiliated to the Trussell Trust) but she was looking for further support and assistance from other Rotary clubs in the immediate area. Rotarian Jeff Glover, chairman of our Community Service Committee assured Diane that our club would assist her in providing support to such a worthy cause.

John Dyke

 

Jan 212014
 

No, not at the local Gravesend Tandoori but at the headquarters of the Royal Engineers at Brompton Barracks. On Saturday the 18th of January with tickets and photo IDs clutched in hand, we approached the smart young soldier on guard duty at the barracks gate. On his clipboard, our names were ticked off and we were directed to the car park and the Officers Mess.

Entering the Mess, it was anything but – smart young people ensured that our coats were taken promptly, we were informed of the table we would be sitting at and we were offered a drink while we waited in the anti-room for lunch to be called. When lunch was announced, we meandered into the great hall to our allocated tables. Our wonderful surroundings were matched by the wonderful curry and dessert that were consumed while we discussed all manner of things with other table guests however, this was all a pre-cursor to the main event – the speaker Peter Barton

His talk was on the history of some first world war soldiers that had been killed during a 14 hour battle at town called Fromelles in July 1916. The allied attack by British and Australian troops was suppose to distract German attention away from the main assault at the Somme but the attack fail along with the strategy. The bodies of the British, Australian and German soldiers that were found in the fields around Fromelles, were, thanks to modern science, individual identified and subsequently buried in a new “war graves” cemetery in the town.

We left the barracks remembering the young men of long ago that became hero’s of a battle that few had ever heard of…………

John Dyke

Jan 212014
 

 

As Ashley Davies rose to take the floor, the audience immediately experienced the buzz and colourful excitement as he talked us through the festivals that he initiated with the Chinese community of Medway in recent years (even to the extent of getting President Adrian to operate a festival lion). He then expanded his talk to explain how he had managed to forge links with communities in China. He also arranged exchanges of the most highly skilled lion dancing teams in the UK and China, had taught English at colleges in China during his many trips there, and even managed to teach the audience a greeting in Mandarin. The audience finally went home with a little more knowledge and understanding of the most populated country in the world.

John Dyke

 

Jan 112014
 
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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse …… not strictly true. It was two weeks before Christmas and more than 80 people from all three of the Gravesham Rotary clubs and the Mid Kent Golf Club were intent on entering the Christmas spirit. The meal, a real Christmas supper, washed down with wine, was concluded by a raffle during the coffee …. then a short break before the Salvation Army Brass Band made a valiant effort to lead the throng in some enthusiastic if somewhat raucous carol singing. President Adrian Warburton of the Gravesend Rotary Club, as host for the evening, presented the Salvation Army with a cheque for £500 which, with a short speech, closed the clubs most enjoyable Christmas evening festivities.